Overview

If only succeeding as an artist were as simple as putting paint to canvas! Financial success for artists also requires ability to embrace numbers, revel in tax regulations, and master marketing.

Nickel Plate Arts has brought together partners from across the county to provide resources that support artists’ professional development, including the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Conner Prairie, the Da Vinci Pursuit, and the Fishers Arts Council.

Nickel Plate Arts Members can receive discounts and priority registration for many of these opportunities!

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POSTPONED: Conner Prairie's Opening Doors to Public Engagement

Postponed to a date TBD
10 am – 1 pm each day
Cost: $100
Conner Prairie – 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Class limit: 5-15 people

Conner Prairie’s award-winning techniques for engaging and delighting guests are now available to artists! In this three day workshop, Conner Prairie staff will lead artists through conversations and exercises that will help artists engage patrons in conversation and activities that allow those patrons to better understand and value their work. Prepare to talk, think and practice together with other artists.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, contact Kelsey VanVoorst.

Please note: Nickel Plate Arts Members with a $50-or-higher membership level will receive first priority for registration.

Design Innovation Workshop with The Da Vinci Pursuit

Spring Session: April 14th
2:00-5:00 pm

These immersive workshops are all about creating innovation through design thinking. Mark Kesling of The Da Vinci Pursuit will walk you through the steps of design thinking as you and your group generate solutions to a real-world community problem. This workshop will match you up with community leaders and artists and stretch your creativity to new heights! This is a great professional development opportunity for city employees, elected officials and artists alike!

The participants for this first session will be selected by Hamilton County Tourism. If you are interested in participating in this or future sessions, contact Sarah Buckner at sbuckner@visithamiltoncounty.com

The next session will take place in October, 2020.

Fishers Arts Council's Artist Skill Set Experience Talks - or ASSET

ASSET: An Artist Lecture Series
Times 7:00-8:30 p.m.
FREE

At Ignite Studio at the Fishers Library

Please join Fishers Arts Council at Ignite Studio for the Artist Skill Set Experience Talks – or ASSET: Artist Lecture Series! This series will be comprised of four Thursday evenings where panels of artists, gallery owners, and marketing experts will share their knowledge for entrepreneurs in the arts. Come out to hear stories and tips from native Indiana artists and advocates. This series is open to the public and for all ages. Fishers Arts Council will also offer child supervision for those who would prefer to create in the Ignite Studio space while their guardians attend the lecture series.

This series takes place from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on these dates:
April 23 – Marketing for Artists – Skill Building
June 25 – Inside the Gallery World – Be In the Know
August 27- Exhibiting Artists – Learn the How
October 22 – Hoosier Success Stories – Be Inspired

Registration link not yet available – visit The Fishers Arts Council website and use the contact link at the bottom of the page to get on the ASSET Early Access list.

The Art of Business and the Business of Art

The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and Nickel Plate Arts have teamed up to provide basic business training opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

These sessions are currently under construction, to begin in May, 2020:
– Small Business Start Up Basics for Creatives
– Product Testing Fair: Get feedback from business leaders and art connoisseurs on your new products, packaging, brand, and more
– Social Media for Artists: Tips & Tricks from a Noblesville marketing expert
– Taxes and Inventory for Artists

Interested? Contact Aili to be added to our waiting list.

Artist Swap: A Project of the Indiana Cultural District Consortium

Indiana is home to 10 Cultural Arts Districts, where creativity and artists thrive. In 2020, the Cultural Districts are working together to share talent around the state by ‘swapping’ artists – a professional artist will travel from their home District to a different District around the state to teach a class or workshop.

These will be the top teachers from each district, so each class will be an amazing opportunity to develop artistic skills while learning from a real pro!

Artists who would like to be considered for this teaching opportunity should contact Aili. Priority will be given to Artists who have a $50-or-higher paid membership to Nickel Plate Arts.

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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 Arts 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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