Wednesday May 16, 7:00-9:00 pm
Next Stage, Putney
Artists and Arts Organizations are constantly trying to get the word out about what they are up to and why it is important, or at least interesting. The Press Release is still one of the prime tools for this. How do we use that tool well and keep it sharp and effective?
The Arts Council of Windham County, in partnership with The Commons and Next Stage Arts Project, is presenting a forum to help artists make the most of the press and other news outlets. Joyce Marcel of The Commons, Lynn Barrett of Southern Vermont Arts and Living, and Tim Johnson of WTSA will share their perspectives in this free artist’s forum.
Questions to be explored will include:
- What in an artist’s life and business is newsworthy?
- Who are you trying to reach?
- What is the message, both intellectual and emotional?
- How does one get the feel of ones art into a PR?
- Use of Photos?
- What does it take to build, maintain, and use a press list?
- How much is too much?
- Where does the energy come from to do this?
- Has Social Media changed the Press Release?
The forum will begin with a potluck desert and tours of Next Stage. The forum is appropriate for all artists and anyone involved in producing press releases
Grafton Open Meeting
April 26, 2012 6:30-8:30 pm
Grafton Inn, Grafton
Dear Arts Leader:
I would like to invite you to a discussion of how ACWC can better serve its mission “to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County” and how it can be of more use to you, your business, and other artists in your area. We are holding our next Trustees meeting Thursday, April 26 at the Grafton Inn with the express purpose of hearing from artists and arts leaders from your area. I hope you can attend and bring anyone you think can add to or benefit from the conversation. Also please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested.
Please join us for a buffet dinner, cash bar, and time to visit at 6:30. The discussion will get underway over desert at 7:00 and will end by 8:30. We are asking for $10 per person to help with the food costs and RSVPs by April 20 will help us not waste food.
Feel free to sit in on all or part of our Board business meeting from 5:30-6:30. The agenda will include:
Report on Student Art Month
Discussion on MeetUp as a vehicle for communication in the County arts community
Report on “Our Town” partnership with Town of Brattleboro
Report on partnership with BABB for arts planning and publicity calendar
Windham County 2012 Cultural Events publicity trifold
Report on plans for publicity of Windham County Arts Economic Impact Study
Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about what ACWC is up to, or thoughts on what we should be up to that you can’t bring to this event.
Thank you for all you are doing to make this a great area for the arts and healthy communities.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7-8:30 pm
Moore Free Library, Newfane
Artists To Discuss Business Training at April Forum
The Arts Council of Windham County (ACWC) is sponsoring a forum, “Business Training for Artists,” on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 7-8:30pm at the Moore Free Library (23 West Street) in Newfane, VT.
This year, the ACWC provided scholarship funds to nine Windham County artists accepted into the two-day Vermont Arts Council (VAC) professional development workshop for artists, “Breaking into Business,” held in February and March.
Windham County artists Michael Billingsley, Ronald Demers, Sheryl Fletcher, T Namaya, Rolf Parker-Houghton, Stephen Proctor, Brendan Taaffe, Elin Waagen, and Ruth Wplk were selected for the workshops. Most will be available at the Newfane forum to share what they learned about business and marketing planning specifically tailored to the needs of artists. Also attending will be participants from last year’s training who will share their perspective from applying the training.
The panel discussion is intended for artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, media, literary, crafts and traditional). Those attending will get and share ideas on how to achieve greater success in their current or dreamed of arts business. The session will also identify needs for additional business training and services for area artists. There is no charge for the forum.
Since 1975, the Arts Council of Windham County has worked to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County.
Contact: Doug Cox, 802-257-1024, email@example.com