Re: Arts Business Institute seminars


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Posted by John on January 14, 2002 at 06:38:22:

In Reply to: craft business seminars? posted by Annie on January 13, 2002 at 10:30:16:

No plans to relocate yet, but all the action is back East, so....

As far as a Santa Fe seminar is concerned: our philosophy is to *partner* with a local art org or art school, so that we have someone on site to help organize the retreat and provide some of the infrastructure services. Any local commitment just reduces the overall costs of putting one of these on.

Assuming the local partner can come up with affordable facilities, A/V equipment, lodging etc., then the other major costs become transportation and presenter fees to those few who require an honorarium.

My back-of-the-envelope calculations tell me that it can cost $5-6,000 to bring 4 or 5 presenters into a given town for a 2-3 day seminar. We're talking about the likes of Bruce Baker, Wendy Rosen, Nancy Markoe, etc. To make that work economically, it takes up to a hundred attendees to spread the costs over, and that's again where the local school or org partner comes in -- they are the ones recruiting the participants. As an aside, were we to schedule one here in Santa Fe, I'm certain that I could negotiate reduced fees from the commercial presenters.

Now, if you just want Little Old Me for an informal Q&A panel discussion or somesuch, that could probably be arranged fairly easily at nominal cost. The key is that partner concept.

So, if you want to see one here in SFe, you need to start working on the orgs and schools. Drum up some support for one, and we'll take it from there.

As it stands right now, our first formal retreat will be held this June at Longwood College outside Richmond, Virginia. We are partnering with the college, the American Craft Council's Southeast Regional Assembly and the Association of Virginia Artists. It's a four day event featuring hands on workshops, panel discussions, presentations to the entire group in an auditorium setting, and breakout sessions for detailed instruction. We've also scheduled one heck of a dinner/dance party for Friday night!




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