Indiana Arts Commission


Learn how to take your professional creative career to the next level

Artists and creatives who are hoping to take the next step in furthering their business should be sure not to miss the Arts Council Next Level Training event in August.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is partnering with the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Small Business Development Center to bring free professional development to regional creative entrepreneurs.

Next Level Training is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Bob Jones Family Room in Old National Bank in Downtown Evansville. The all day event will include professional development, information on how to launch your business with the Small Business Development Center, working with corporate partners, making the most of digital platforms, website development, and more.

Next Level Training is designed for creatives who are either currently generating revenue from their creative practice and want to expand their business, or for those who don’t currently generate revenue from their creative practice and want to learn how.

The Next Steps Creative Entrepreneur Trainings are brought to you by the Indiana Small Business Development Center, a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the Indiana Arts Commission. This initiative is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Attendance is free, but please register to attend.

List of sessions and schedule

Welcome and Introductions
9-9:15 a.m.

Developing Your CV and Artist Bio
Iris Williamson — Director, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art (New Harmony, IN)
9:15-10 a.m.

Launching Your Own Business
Small Business Development Center — Southwest Indiana Chapter (Evansville, IN)
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

12-1 p.m.

Navigating Galleries, Museums and Academia
Garry Holstein — Director, The Bradbury Art Museum (Jonesboro, AR)
1-1:45 p.m.

Booking Gigs for Musicians
Chris Passage & Zach Evans — Promoters (Evansville, IN)
1-1:45 p.m.

Corporate Partners, Commissions and Public Art
OftenSeenRarelySpoken — Public art collective (Louisville, KY)
1:45-2:30 p.m.

Making the Most of Digital Platforms for Musicians
Corey Greenfield & Zach Evans — Musician, Thunder Dreamer & Musician, Corduroy Orbison (Evansville, IN)
1:45-2:30 p.m.

Grants, Fellowships and Residencies
Al Holen — Associate Professor of Ceramics, University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN)
2:45-3:30 p.m.

Marketing and Website Development
Alex Mourer — Lead Engineering Manager, Under Armour Global E-Commerce (Evansville, IN)
3:30-4:15 p.m.

Mix and Mingle
Arcademie, 22 NW Sixth St. Evansville, IN 47708
4:30-5:30 p.m.

What: Next Level Training for creative professionals

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

Where: Old National Bank, 1 Main St. Evansville, IN 47708

Cost: Free with registration

Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Don’t miss out on these upcoming Indiana Arts Commission webinars

The Indiana Arts Commission is hosting some upcoming webinars you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re interested in grants and diversity. As the state’s Regional Arts Partner for the area, the Arts Council is happy to help you through the granting process.

Arts Project Support grants (FY23)

You’ll want to attend this webinar if you have any questions about the Indiana Arts Commissions Arts Project Support grants, which go towards project-focused applications. This grant provides funding to nonprofits to support a specific project, such as a one-time event, a single production, an exhibition, a workshop, or a series of related arts activities. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for Arts Project Support programs is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9.

The webinar for Arts Project Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Feb. 8. Here’s the link to register.

Arts Organization Support grants (FY23)

Organization support grants are for groups looking for institutional funding. This grant provides annual operating support to arts nonprofits for ongoing artistic and administrative functions. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for the Arts Organization Support is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9. 

The webinar for Arts Organization Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 9. Here’s the link to register.

Arts for All: What does IDEA look like in practice?

Arts for All is a three-part inclusion, diversity, equity, and access training series led by Dr. Pascal Losambe, an educator and consultant in the areas of education, organizational culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and presented by the Regional Arts Partners of the Indiana Arts Commission. 

This virtual training is free for arts providers in Indiana and is designed to provide organizations with workable strategies to build relationships with their community and engage underserved audiences. 

The last part of the series looks at how using inclusion, diversity, equity, and access works in practice. Losambe will lead a panel discussion that illustrates best practices for using IDEA strategies and community engagement.

Arts for All is 10:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 16. Click here to learn more and register.