The field of arts entrepreneurship is exploding right now, as a response to changes in technology and the arts economy in the last twenty years, and particularly in the last five years. We now live in a “do it yourself” world, where artists have many more tools at their disposal with which to advance their careers. At the same time, the traditional economic models for arts careers are drying up and changing. Chicken or egg? It’s hard to say. But the fact is that artists now have to take matters into their own hands if they want their creative work to get seen/heard/experienced, whether or not they’re seeking to earn a full-time living at it.
As artists of faith, we have access to supernatural power for our lives. Yet, at the same time, we live within “the law of gravity.” In nearly 20 years of working with artists in the church, I have yet to see anyone entirely levitate over the challenges and processes that are ingrained in way the arts work “in the world.” And, if our godly calling is to serve and renew those systems, it can only happen if we’re present within those systems.
So, two of the issues we’ll be looking at in the workshop, ““The Path Between: Entrepreneurship for Artists of the Church,” are:
- The arts economy today, and how artists are responding to it
- The artist of faith, and how we can serve the world
- The meaning of entrepreneurship, and how we can embrace it to advance our creative work
I’m looking forward to sharing this information, and this time, with you!
Luann Jennings – Workshop Facilitator, Church & Art Network
Atlanta Arts Network is proud to offer an Artist Workshop on March 15-16.
[More topic previews to come, watch this space…]