2017/20178 Artist Business Management Workshop Series

In Winter 2017/2018, gallupARTS offered a 3-part FREE Business Management Workshop series for artists. This program served 72 artists total (62% Native/38% Non-Native & 48% from Gallup/31% from McKinley County/21% from Navajo Nation ), going a long ways toward fostering entrepreneurship in Gallup’s creative sector.

Overview of 1st Workshop: 

On November 3, 2017 gallupARTS hosted is first Artist Business Management Workshop in partnership with New Mexico Arts and the Gallup Small Business Development Center. Twenty-five artists attended and gained–in their words–“valuable,” “interesting,” “exciting,” and “inspiring” information from artist Maggie Hanley on how to build a clientele, price and market artwork, and make online sales. One artist said that after 15 years, this workshop has “put me on the path of success.” Wow! See pictures of the event below.

Overview of 2nd Workshop:

On January 13, 2018 gallupARTS hosted is second Artist Business Management Workshop at the Navajo Tech Innovation Center. Thirty-two artists–weavers, painters, silversmiths, fashion designers, flower designers–gathered from as far away as Rio Rancho, NM and Flagstaff, AZ, from across McKinley County, from Tohatchi to Iyanbito, and from Gallup to get tips and tricks from renowned Navajo painters Bahe Whitethorne Sr. and Jr. Attendees described what they learned as “relevant,” “salient,” “informational,” “motivating,” and “meaningful”. See pictures of the event below.

Overview of 3rd Workshop:

On February 28, 2018, gallupARTS hosted its third and final workshop in the series. Presented by renowned painter and silversmith Tedd y Draper, Jr. this roundtable discussion focused on setting up shop, taxes, inventory and more pro tips. Fifteen artists left inspired and motivated to strike out on their own!

Download a comprehensive list of artist business management resources from Pave (Program in Arts Entrepreneurship) here