Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

The South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative: Helping artists build sustainable careers.A FREE WORKSHOP FROM ARTISTS U/South Carolina

  • Why artists are poor and why we shouldn’t be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive, and sustainable

Based on 12 years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders Andrew Simonet, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Rodney Lee Rogers will offer tools for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and making it all sustainable. We will focus on strategic planning, financial thinking, artist mission statements, and time management.

Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

  • Friday, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • I.P. Stanback Museum, South Carolina State University
  • 300 College Ave., Orangeburg, S.C. 29115

How much does it cost? It’s free… but the class size is limited.

Who is it for? Practicing South Carolina artists.

Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.

Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.

How do I register? You can sign up here.

What Artists Say About the Workshop

“Our local art sphere is changing with these workshops. People are talking about things differently and feeling more empowered. The impact is deep.”

Visual artist


“I have been working full-time as a self-supporting artist for 10 years, yet there was not a single idea or observation that arose today that did not make an impact on me. I have also sat through many, many strategic planning meetings, charrettes, and professional development seminars in different fields, and this by far was the most fruitful, efficient, and enjoyable. This weekend will not only make a difference in my artistic and professional life, but also in the creative life of my beloved city.”

Dance artist


“This intensive was exactly what I needed – concrete reminders that I use both sides of my brain; the guided direction to jump start my career goals that lay dormant; and defining motivation to move forward to accomplish those goals.”

Visual artist

This project is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.