Art Seminar

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Nov. 1, 1996

Arts Business Seminar Excellence Recognized

An innovative seminar that instructs artists on techniques to successfully market themselves as business enterprises has won regional recognition.

"Creating the Successful Arts Business Seminar" received the 1996 regional Award for Excellence for a seven-state region for the upper Midwest of The University Continuing Education Association.

The award has added additional momentum for the seminar's planning committee, which has set next year's seminar for UW-River Falls on April 5, 1997, at Rodli Commons. It is sponsored jointly by UW-River Falls Continuing Education Extension, the Pierce County Economic Development Corp., Minnesota Crafts Council and the Great River Road Art Coalition.

The award announcement was greeted warmly by Sharon Remund of UW-RF Continuing Education Extension, who coordinates the event with Miller Rogers and Mary Caton-Rosser.

"This was truly gratifying to be recognized for the accomplishment of our efforts," Remund said. She added that the recognition serves as an additional stamp of approval for the event, which enables artists, mainly of visual mediums, to gain the knowledge and tools, as well as networking opportunities, essential to making a living in the arts.

Creating the Successful Arts Business is open to both amateur and professional artists, or to anyone with an interest in promoting the arts.

Because of the enthusiastic response and participation in "Creating the Successful Arts Business: Working Together For Fun and Profit in Western Wisconsin," (1995) and "Creating A Successful Arts Business: Practical Approaches to Making a Living in the Arts,"(1996), the committee is preparing for 1997.

Each annual theme has taken a chronological step forward in informational content, as some participants continue to attend each year.

The nearly 150 participants at each of the last two annual events are from a large area of western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Many local artists living in the St. Croix Valley are regular participants.

The 1997 agenda will include a presentation by a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and several breakout sessions by experienced experts on topics relevant to forming a business of making and marketing art. Participants will learn to understand the economic impact of the arts on a community, as well as offering opportunities for culture and recreation.

Anyone wishing to be placed on a mailing list for more information should contact UW-RF Continuing Education Extension at 715/425-3256.

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