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Artists U is coming to the Pee Dee!

Attention Pee Dee artists! The Artists U Intensive: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist is coming to the Soulé Art Space in Florence May 26 and 27. Artists are talented, hard-working people, so why are so many exhausted, broke, and overwhelmed? Artists U will present tools and approaches for building a balanced, sustainable artist life. Based on 10 years of work with artists locally and nationally, artist leaders Andrew Simonet (Philadelphia), Michaela Pilar Brown (Columbia) and Rodney Lee Rogers (Charleston) will offer artists tools for reconnecting with deep values, building community, and managing time and money. Dates and location:

  • Friday, May 26, 7 – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Soulé Art Space, 130 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501
  • How much does it cost? It’s free (but the class size is limited).
  • Who is it for? South Carolina artists.
  • Do you have to attend both sessions? Yes.
  • Will there be beverages? Of course. And lunch on Saturday.
  • How do I apply to participate? Find out more about Artists U and register here.
Any professional South Carolina artist may apply to attend (you do not have to live in Florence.) You will be notified once you are enrolled.  

Artists – apply for the Artists U/S.C. Intensive weekend!

Applications are due April 6. On May 8 - 9, 2015, the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Artists’ Ventures Initiative will host the Artists U/SC Intensive in downtown Charleston, S.C., in the Simons Center at the College of Charleston (54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29401). Drawing on his work with Artists U Philadelphia, artist leader Andrew Simonet, along with Karen Ann Myers, Michaela Pilar Brown, Tamara LaValla, and Rodney Lee Rogers, will outline approaches for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist’s life: time and money. Topics to be discussed:

  • Why artists are poor and why they shouldn’t be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable
How to apply
  • Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend.
  • The weekend intensive is free, but class size is limited to 30 participants.
  • You must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, May 8, 2015, from 7 - 9 p.m. AND Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Please note that if you are traveling from out of town, you will be responsible for your own lodging, meals and transportation expenses. Additional information about the host facility and preferred hotel will be provided only to the applicants who are selected. Complete this online application to apply. Applications are due by midnight, Monday, April 6, 2015. Only those applicants who are selected will be contacted. Those selected will receive notice no later than April 17, 2015, via e-mail. If you have any questions about this application or the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend, please contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission’s website for more information about the S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative.

Free grantwriting workshop and book talk for artists

Andrew Simonet from Artists U will be in Charleston for the Alliance of Artist Communities conference, and he's offering free events for artists:

Tuesday October 21, 6-9 p.m. Grant Writing for Artists The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Charleston SC 29424 From Andrew: I didn't sign up to be a grantwriter. I wanted to be a choreographer. I discovered that, to make my work, I needed to find support. So I embarked on a painful learning process of trial and error, making every possible grant writing mistake. I secured grants from funders like Creative Capital, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Rockefeller Foundation. I will share with you everything I've learned. Based on 20 years of grant writing and art making, I will introduce artists to principles for writing simple, clear grants. No bull, no fancy powerpoints, just real-world tools for being an artist who writes grants.

RSVP here.

Wednesday October 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Book Talk: "Making Your Life as an Artist" The Halsey Institute, 161 Calhoun St. Charleston SC 29424 Andrew will talk about the challenges artists face, and the creativity and resourcefulness we use to over come them. How can we build balanced, productive, sustainable artist lives?

Via: Artists U

Artists to take on money, time and other career issues at Artists U/SC Intensive

Artists U/SC Intensive is headed to Spartanburg June 13-15! Twenty-three artists from around the state will gather at the Chapman Cultural Center to tackle issues around building a sustainable career while having a balanced life. Andrew Simonet of Artists U/Philadelphia, Ashley Minner of Artists U/Baltimore, and Artists U/SC facilitators Tamara LaValla, Karen Ann Myers and Rodney Rogers will lead sessions on reconnecting with one's values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist's life: time and money. Facilitators-in-training Michaela Pilar Brown and Glenis Redmond round out the workshop team. Participating artists include Rebecca Basinger, Jane Bess, Allison Bigbee, Kristy Bishop, Clarence Carter Boucher, Evangelos Constantine Courpas , David Cutler, John English, Worthy Branson Evans II, Julianna Hane, Brittany Bonnie Hill, James Johnson, Alicia Leeke , Susan C Livingston, Maria Martin, Jose Perez, K.G. McAbee, Brandi Perry , Lisa Puryear, Nan Raman, Jessica Anne Stone, Barbara Streeter and Ed Streeter. Artists U/SC Intensive is part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists Ventures Initiative, a program designed to improve conditions for artists by helping them develop sustainable, satisfying careers. Artists interested in applying for the next Artist U/SC Intensive are encouraged to join the Artists' Ventures Initiative email list.  You'll also receive news about other artist opportunities, such as the Statewide Arts Conference scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014. Image: Andrew Simonet, center, works with artists during the 2013 Artists U/SC Intensive, held in Charleston.

There’s still time to apply for the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend!

Applications are due May 2. On June 13-15, 2014, the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative will host the Artists U/SC Intensive in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. Drawing on his work with Artists U Philadelphia, artist leader Andrew Simonet will outline approaches for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist's life: time and money. Topics to be discussed:

  • Why artists are poor and why they shouldn't be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable
Artists U's South Carolina leaders, Tamara LaValla, Karen Ann Myers and Rodney Rogers, will join Andrew in leading workshops and exercises he has developed over eight years of working with artists nationally. Seven participating artists will have the chance for one-on-one sessions with a facilitator. How to apply
  • Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend.
  • There is no cost, but class size is limited.
  • You must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, June 13 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. AND Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The weekend intensive is free, however, if you are traveling from out of town, you will be responsible for your own lodging and transportation expenses. Artists who are accepted to attend will receive location details. Complete this online application to apply. Applications are due Friday, May 2. Selected applicants will be notified via e-mail by May 16. If you have any questions about this application or the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend, please contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission's website for more information about the S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative.

Artists U: “All I need to be is open.”

Christina Laurel of Greenville was one of 30 artists who participated in the South Carolina Arts Commission's recent Artists U Intensive, part of the Artists' Ventures Initiative. She shares her experience in a post on her blog:

Expectation, anticipation, and trepidation are all folded into the days prior to attending the November 15-16 Artists U in N. Charleston, SC. Expectation: dealing with social media. Anticipation: resources, tools, grant writing, and new ways of looking at the business of art. Trepidation: dealing with social media in a room filled with eye-rolling young artists. Before I reveal "which pea under which cup" emerges, let's discuss what I did know about Artists U as of November 14. Choreographer Andrew Simonet is founder and director of Artists U, operating initially from Phildelphia but now expanded to Baltimore and South Carolina. Facilitators include visual artists, educators, writers, performers, directors, and professionals from other disciplines.  The SC Artists U is open to 30 artists; applications were due September 13. The weekend intensive is part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative and is, I believe, the second occurrence of this event for the state. Here is what I know as of November 17: it is unnecessary to be expectant, anticipatory, or trepid. All I need to be is open. From the moment Andrew greets the ensemble ringing a horseshoe of tables, there is acceptance, validation, and encouragement. My fellow creatives are all ages, genders, ethnicities, and in different career stages. Okay, I do eagerly wish Friday evening would begin on time, as chitchat with tablemates is dwindling and refreshments are reduced to crumbs on plates. However, when the program officially begins, not for an instant does Andrew lose my attention. Participants are asked to bring a notebook and pen. Only. Handouts are provided, PowerPoints are absent, smartphones and computers are temporarily irrelevant. The facilitators - Tamara LaValla, Darion McCloud, David Mitchell, Karen Ann Myers, and Rodney Rogers - join in the discussion as appropriate and lead breakout groups. The SC Arts Commission has a supportive human presence - Program Director for the Initiative, Joy Young; Board Commissioner, Barbara Nwokikie; Program Director for Arts Participation, Susan DuPlessis; and Executive Director, Ken May. All of these totally engaged individuals are working as a team, just for us. Delicious. There is homework the first night: write a list of goals for what I want personally, professionally, and artistically in the next 2 years. No one checks the homework on Saturday; this is my job. I'm instructed to leave it alone for a week, then choose three goals (total), and write small steps for reaching the goals. It is helpful to be reminded of the concept of "small." I tend to conceive of artistic progress as going bigger. This weekend, I consider small as a way to go big. Without recounting a play-by-play as the intensive unfolds, I'll attempt to recapture its essence. If our art is mission driven, connected to our values; if we have community, manage our time and resources; if we think in terms of an art life versus career, then we can build one that is balanced, productive, and sustainable. Good stuff. Although It is a ubiquitous exercise - tell everyone one thing we don't know about you, it didn't fail to lighten the atmosphere and connect participants. Who knew that one can be an artist as well as a roller derby teammate? or a former medical photographer? or still hold a long jump record as a former gymnast? I find it is actually refreshing to rewrite my artist statement, and to hear how other artists deal with common issues. It is so relieving to be freed of the should's: the external and internal voices telling me I should be tweeting or tweaking. Unless tweeting and tweaking are relevant to my mission and are manageable. The sensation of being overwhelmed is not felt, even if I do have a handful of notes and handouts. Not overwhelmed even on Sunday, when I am one of the early recipients of an integral part of Artists U: one-on-one mentoring. Actually, my one-on-one is one-on-six, with Andrew and all the facilitators present. This session is clarifying and focusing as I look ahead to 2014 and beyond. Honestly, what a gift! I fully intend to consume my plateful of info and input from presenters and participants, until all is reduced to crumbs.
Via: Christina Laurel

Reminder: Artists U/SC Intensive set for Nov. 15-17

Applications are due Friday, September 13, 2013. The South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative: Helping artists build sustainable careers.South Carolina artists from all disciplines, career stages and interests are invited to apply for the next Artists U/SC Intensive, scheduled for November 15-17 in Charleston. Andrew Simonet of Artists U Philadelphia will explore how to reconnect with your core values and banish the two demons of the artist's life (time and money) in order to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable. Artists U's Charleston, S.C. leaders, Karen Ann Myers and Rodney Rogers, will join Simonet in leading workshops and exercises he has developed during eight years of working with artists nationally. How to apply

  • Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend.
  • There is no cost, but class size is limited.
  • You must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. AND Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Before you apply, please make sure that you are available on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Also be aware that if you are traveling from out of town, you will be responsible for your own lodging and transportation expenses. The weekend intensive is free and light meals will be provided. Complete this online application to apply. Applications are due Friday, September 13, 2013. Artists U is part of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative program. If you have any questions about this application or the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend, please contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203.

Artists: Apply to attend the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend!

On November 15-17, 2013, the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiative will host the Artists U/SC Intensive in downtown Charleston, S.C. (exact location TBA). Drawing on his work with Artists U Philadelphia, artist leader Andrew Simonet will outline approaches for reconnecting with our deep values, building community, and slaying the two demons of the artist's life: time and money. Topics to be discussed:

  • Why artists are poor and why they shouldn't be
  • Tools artists have used to make things easier
  • How to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable
Artists U's Charleston, S.C. leaders, Karen Ann Myers and Rodney Rogers, will join Andrew in leading workshops and exercises he has developed over eight years of working with artists nationally. How to apply
  • Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend.
  • There is no cost, but class size is limited.
  • You must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. AND Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Before you apply, please make sure that you are available on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Also be aware that if you are traveling from out of town, you will be responsible for your own lodging and transportation expenses. The weekend intensive is free and light meals will be provided. Complete this online application to apply. Applications are due Friday, September 13, 2013. If you have any questions about this application or the Artists U/SC Intensive weekend, please contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission's website for more information about the S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative.

Artists U/SC Intensive

The South Carolina Arts Commission is hosting the Artists U/SC Intensive Nov. 9-10. Artists U/SC Intensive is a project of the S.C. Arts Commission's Artists' Ventures Initiatives program. Any South Carolina artist may apply to attend. Drawing on his work in Artists U/Philadelphia, artist leader Andrew Simonet will outline approaches for reconnecting with deep values, building community and slaying the two demons of the artist's life: time and money. Andrew will help participants see past the starving artist mindset and understand how to utilize existing strengths to build a life that is balanced, productive and sustainable. Using assignments and exercises in a round-table approach, participants will learn how to use tools to make their artistic lives more satisfying and lucrative. Artists who apply must be able to attend both sessions: Friday, Nov. 9, from 5 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is no cost, but class size is limited. Applications are due Oct. 15. Visit the website for more information and the application form.

The mission of Artists U is to provide individual artists with planning and professional development programs that are comprehensive, local, long-term, and artist-run. Artists U seeks to empower artists to leverage their talents and accomplishments toward individual goals and visions. Take a peek into Artists U/Philadelphia: