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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEWS: Professional Development Workshops Offered by Cedar City Arts Council Board Member

Professional Development Workshops Offered by Cedar City Arts Council Board Member

CEDAR CITY - Debbie Drake, Board Member and Director of Professional Development for the Cedar City Arts Council, will offer a series of workshops for artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts over the next three months at the Cedar City Aquatic Center. Drake, who is a multi-media artist and Business Technology Program Coordinator at the Southwest Applied Technology College, said, "Many artists have not been prepared to approach their art form from both the business and creative side, and therefore wonder why success eludes them."
            The first workshop on Saturday, February 8 from 10:00a.m. until noon will focus on "How to Write Artists' and Vision Statements." Artists' Statements are directed toward the viewing public's understanding of the artist, the work, and the intentions behind the work. Vision Statements communicate artists' ultimate goals in working in their field.
            The second workshop on Saturday, March 8 from 10:00a.m. until noon will address "Creating Artwork as a Business." Most artists are not prepared to invest time in marketing, public relations, resource management, and record-keeping, yet most successful artists report up to 50% of their time is spent in these critical areas.
            The third and final spring workshop will take on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00a.m. until noon, focusing on "The Critical Keys: Finances and Profit." Drake will take an in-depth look at costs, inventorying, profit margins, how to price one's expertise, and strategies for staying in the black on the ledger book.
            The workshops will take place in the conference room of the Cedar City Aquatic Center at 2090 Royal Hunte Dr. (phone 435.865.9223). Admission is free to members of the Cedar City Arts Council; non-members pay $10 per session. Anyone in Southern Utah or beyond is welcome to attend.
            The Arts Council Board has recently rewritten its mission statement to focus on Advocacy, Appreciation, Education, and Support for all artists, arts organizations, and arts business in Iron County. Toward that end, the Professional Development series will continue next fall. Drake plans to develop an Arts Incubator Certificate Program for those who wish to bring their creative ideas and energies to fruition in the expanding arts scene in Southern Utah. For further information, please call Debbie Drake at 435.463.1546 or email her at ddrake1546@gmail.com.
For Public Service Announcements:                Who?                     Debbie Drake, Director of Professional Development, Cedar
(Radio, TV, Internet)                                                                                          City Arts Council Board Member (435.463.1546;
                                                                                What?                    Professional Development Workshop Series
                                                                                When?                   February 8,  March 8, April 12, 2014 from 10:00a.m. until noon
                                                                                Where?                  Cedar City Aquatic Center, 2090 Royal Hunte Drive
                                                                                Why?                     To assist artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts, arts
                                                                                                                                organizations, and arts business in skill-building toward
                                                                                                                                economic viability
                                                                                Costs?                    Free for Cedar City Arts Council Members; $10 per session for

Cedar City Arts Council, P. O. Box 2655, Cedar City, Utah 84721 - www.cedarcityartscouncil.org

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