The ability to embrace numbers, revel in tax regulations, and master marketing often is what allows professional artists to succeed financially.

Nickel Plate Arts teams up with the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, the Bohlsen Group, and other local leaders to offer The Art of Business and the Business of Art: workshops taught by local business leaders designed to help artists build their business savvy. Each workshop will cover a new topic, including tax preparation, building a marketing plan, tips on social media and how to prep for an art fair.  

New in 2018: Coffee+Connect conversations driven by YOU! Often, some of the best professional advice can come from your peers who have been there, done that, and learned hard lessons. Throughout 2018, we will be organizing informal conversations over coffee or other comforting beverages to allow artists to network with each other, share war stories, and pose thoughtful questions that can help us all grow as professionals.  

For the latest updates, members-only newsletter and Art of Business class discounts, become a member!

2018 Details

Coffee + Connect: May 23rd, 6:30-8 p.m. Noble Coffee & Tea

This meeting is all about location. It will cover some of the art galleries in central IN. Let our list prompt a discussion about the various galleries in and around Indiana that our local artists are involved in. After the meeting we can update our list to be more inclusive and offer a broader perspective of the galleries in our own backyard.

Our list can be seen here: Public Art Galleries_

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Coffee + Connect: Big Picture Brainstorming: June 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Noblesville City Hall

What do we want our arts community to be?  What do we need that we don’t already have?  What can we celebrate?  What do we want to see change?  We invite you to brainstorm with us – everything from public art to programs, to gigantic dreams!


Registration link coming soon.

Ice Cream Social: Jul 18th, 6:30-8 p.m. - Location TBD
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Social Media 101: August 22nd, 6:30-8 p.m., Noblesville Library $10
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Coffee + Connect: October 17th, 6:30-8 p.m. Location TBD
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Build Your Marketing Plan: Nov 7th, 6:30-8 p.m. Noblesville Chamber
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COMPLETED! Coffee + Connect, featuring the IAC: Jan 17, 6:30-8 p.m. at Nickel Plate Arts

Anna Tragesser from the Indiana Arts Commission leads a discussion about entrepreneurship and the IAC’s new On-Ramp training opportunity. FREE

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COMPLETED! Small Business Startup: Mar 17, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The Noblesville Chamber

The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce offers a Small Business Startup session for all area entrepreneurs, including artists.

Beginner’s Guide to Business Success Workshop
This Free workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success.
Beginner’s Guide to Business Success provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start your business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the pros and cons of the various forms for your business, the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash management, and funding sources.

  • Myths & Realities of Entrepreneurship
  • Characteristics of the Entrepreneur
  • Keys to Business Success or Failure


  • Business Details/Requirements/Regulations
  • The Marketing Side of Your Business
  • Funding and Cash Management
  • Business Plan Development

If you are still thinking about starting a business or have recently started your own business, this Free 2.5 hour workshop is for you. Seating is limited so register now.
SCORE Mentors will also be available to speak directly with you and answer all your questions.

Sign up via the Noblesville Chamber’s website.

COMPLETED! Social Media 101: Thurs, Mar 15, 7-9 p.m. at Noblesville City Hall

From individual artists to studios and galleries like Nickel Plate Arts, small businesses in the arts community should see social media as a vital resource for increasing awareness and sales.

When used strategically, social media allows you to connect with customers in real-time and to promote events and new products to new audiences. It also allows you to better personalize your brand so that it better resonates, or connects, with the public.

Join Nickel Plate Arts and Bohlsen Group at Noblesville’s City Hall on Mar 15 for Social Media 101, covering the fundamentals of using social media as a business tool and diving into Facebook and Instagram as promotional tools for artists and the spaces that showcase their works.

$10 to participate

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CANCELLED (to be rescheduled): The New Tax Landscape: April 25th, 6:30-8 p.m. - Noblesville Library

You’ve (hopefully) filed your 2017 taxes . . . but 2018 is a whole new ball game.  The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce will bring in tax experts to help you understand what’s new, what’s no longer true, and what is most important to know for your 2018 fiscal year! $10.

Please note that this class has been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please email info@nickelplatearts.org to receive updated information about his event.

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread and get in on the art game! Enroll in an Art of Business class. Keep tabs on upcoming classes by signing up for our newsletter. Become a member, volunteer, be a teacher, share your ideas for building community around the arts. Contact us to learn more!

Potential Rock Stars Welcome

Noblesville artist Christine Merchent shares her Art of Business experience.

The Art of Business class gives me things I’m not getting anywhere else. I’m busy just like everyone else — two children, husband, home, non-art business, art business and other art organizations. So why do I make time on a weeknight to attend Art of Business classes?

To meet the other talented individuals in my area who are expressing themselves through art. To hear the common threads among all artists. To learn from the mistakes of my colleagues. To get ideas from artists in other mediums. To be lifted up and appreciated by my peers. To get advice from experts outside the art world. To find out what is going on outside my head.

The life of an artist can be a lonely one. As artists we face much of our jobs alone. We face the canvas, notebook, computer, potter’s wheel, blowtorch, and camera often by ourselves. The siren’s call of art takes us into lonely waters where we spend hours unaware of the passage of time because we are following our muse.

But when I go to the Art of Business meetings, I have a common bond and I learn not just from the speaker but also from my new friend who is asking questions. He practices a very different art than I do, but from a business perspective, we have many of the same issues. I enjoy listening to the speakers and the participants. I leave feeling more informed and connected.

Nickel Plate Art and these classes are focused on art in general and how we face day-to-day business issues that all artists have in common. I would recommend it to any artist who isn’t already a rock star. If you are a rock star, how about you come teach a class?

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