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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On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Career Accelerator - Applications due Jan 6

Applications Due Jan 6th
Workshop will take place May 11-13, 2022
8 am – 5 pm or later each day
Cost: Free to Accepted Applicants
Noblesville: details to be provided to accepted applicants

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program.

The On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is a program for artists and creative entrepreneurs seeking training and resources around establishing or supporting an arts-based business in Indiana.

Designed by Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts, the program focuses on ten key business concepts for a successful portfolio career including defining value, business structure, identifying and marketing to customers, pricing strategy, marketing strategy, managing expenses and generating revenue, taxes, and planning.

The On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is comprised of a three-day in-person intensive entrepreneurship and community engagement workshop and up to $2,000 in fellowship funding to put training into action through a career-advancing community-engaged project. The 2022 On-Ramp workshop will be May 11-13, 2022 in Noblesville, Indiana.

Based upon state and national survey results, On-Ramp alumni were more financially resilient compared to artists across the nation. On-Ramp program participants retained more of their savings during the pandemic and are managing and tracking expenses, identifying new allies and partners, and adjusting their business plans more effectively.

“This is an ideal program for those Indiana artists and creative entrepreneurs who want to acquire business skills to fuel their creative practice in the State of Indiana,” said Paige Sharp, Indiana Arts Commission Deputy Director of Programs.

The deadline to apply to participate is January 6, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Click here to download the guidelines.

The Art of Business: training series for artists looking to build their craft into a career.

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 Fall 2022
– 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.

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

ASSET: An Artist Lecture Series
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.

Lecture series schedule:

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

Times 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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.

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 Arts 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.

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.

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.

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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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