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Carroll Community College Promotes Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Release Date: 3/14/2014

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CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Carroll Community College Promotes Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Westminster, Md., In 2010, Chair of Visual Arts Scott Gore realized that Graphic Design students could benefit from practical instruction on how to run a business. Many of them were entering the work world as “freelance artists” or as new entrepreneurs.

Gore, who also teaches at Carroll Community College (Carroll) in credit instruction, became inspired to be part of the development of a project called “Entrepreneurship in the Arts.” He collaborated with the Continuing Education and Training area of the college to create a series of four non-credit courses ranging from three to 12 hours in length: “The Business of Art”, “Online Presence & Portfolio”; “Art Economics”, and “Marketing & Self-Promotion of Artists”.

These basic courses assisted art students, artists and artisans to gain exposure to and an understanding of basic art and entrepreneurship principles. As the program grew, Leslie Chesley became the project developer. Chesley is an instructor for several of the Entrepreneurship in the Arts courses and owns her own photography business, Bluehat Studios. The course list then expanded to include such courses as “Legal Issues for Artists”, “Gallery Sales” and “Photography as a Business.”

More than15 non-credit courses are now being offered year-round that provide basic business education for artists. The instructors are all local and regional business owners and entrepreneurs. To date, there have been more than 300 enrollments in these courses.

Last spring, Carroll hosted the first “Making Art Your Business” conference for a half-day. The event featured regionally- known artist Anne Yoch Russell, whose keynote presentation focused on continuous reinvention in business as a path to success. Breakout sessions by local and regional instructors spoke about the basics of starting a business, time management and the use of social media.

Participant feedback included a request for a full-day conference with longer breakout sessions. In response, Carroll will hold “Making Art Your Business,” a full-day conference on April 5. This year, the keynote speaker is nationally known artist and business owner, Joseph Craig English (www.josephcraigenglish.com). His speech will focus on “the marriage of art and business.” Breakout sessions with regionally-known instructors will focus on creating the perfect business card, marketing art through charity and more. For more information, call 410-386-8100.

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Note to the Media: For best response to your inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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