Artists Summer Institute 2013, Credit: LMCC
LMCC's 2014 Professional Development Opportunities
Dear Shellen,

Happy Spring! Our 2014 Professional Development series is now well underway and we have some pretty exciting opportunities happening soon! Mark your calendars as registration opens later this month for Fundraising Fundamentals, and in early June for the Artists Summer Institute. More details can be found below.

In other news, our annual Basic Finance for Artists class kicked off last month, on tax day, sparking many conversations about how to track and manage professional and personal finances. Over the coming weeks we will look toward the future, hearing from our art and finance experts on building credit, savings, investment, and retirement.

Please see below for a full list of our upcoming opportunities.

On Twitter? Join the conversation at: #LMCC_learn

Best regards,

Kay Takeda
Director of Grants & Services

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Fundraising Fundamentals Mark Your Calendar!

Registration opens May 20 at 12:00pm
Wednesdays, June 4–July 2 from 6:30–8:00pm 

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan
LMCC’s core fundraising series is designed to help artists develop knowledge and skills in raising the resources to support their practice. The series features five free workshops and a follow-up session of one-on-one grantwriting consultations for participants who attend three or more workshops. Covered topics include: the funding ecosystem, grantwriting, budgeting, work sample dos and don'ts, and cultivating individual donors.
The series is free, but space is limited and registration is required for each workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants who attend three or more workshops in the series will be invited to participate in a one-on-one grantwriting consultation later in July. 

For more information, please visit Workshops & Talks.

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Artists Summer Institute Mark Your Calendar!

Registration opens June 3 at 12:00pm
August 6–10
LMCC's Studios at One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor,
Lower Manhattan

Artists Summer Institute (ASI) is a five-day intensive professional development opportunity for artists. The program, created and developed in partnership between LMCC and Creative Capital, brings together both organizations' programs to provide more comprehensive, arts-focused training, tools, and advice to help put artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Space is limited to 55 participants. Due to high demand, eligible participants will be selected through a lottery process.

For more information, please visit Artists Summer Institute.

Credit: Whitney Browne

Basic Finance for Artists Happening Now
Tuesdays, April 15–May 20 from 4:00–7:00pm

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor, Lower Manhattan 

LMCC has welcomed 20 artists to the annual Basic Finance for Artists (BFA), our free, six-week intensive personal finance seminar, developed to help artists make informed financial decisions and plans over the long term. The participating artists practice a variety of artistic disciplines from across New York City and were chosen by a lottery process. 

From April 15–May 20 artists meet every week to develop a greater financial awareness and balance through practical training in money management. 

For more information, please visit Basic Finance for Artists.

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Art & Resilience
What We Learned

We heard from three leaders in the field who shared their expertise with artists on important business areas such as Record Keeping / Archiving, Insurance, and Legal Issues. Artists also received information on all topics including emergency preparedness, which were helpful in providing an incentive to start getting organized.

"Preparing for an emergency is a process that takes time, focus, and the appropriate tools and resources. It also takes a strong network/group of like-minded colleagues and friends with whom you can collaborate, as well as share and exchange information, resources, ideas, best practices, tools, and tips."
Art & Resilience workshop leader Susan Schear,

"As a young, emerging artist, this was helpful in terms of planting the seeds I will need as I grow my practice!"
Art and Insurance workshop participant

Looking to gain more professional development resources? Check out our Artist Resources fact sheets here!  


Make your mark on culture by supporting LMCC! Your gift will allow us continue to fulfill our mission to serve artists and arts audiences Downtown and throughout Manhattan's diverse communities. To make a donation online, click here. To view a full list of LMCC's supporters, click here.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture Downtown and throughout New York City for 40 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.

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LMCC's Professional Development programs are supported by Joan Mitchell Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

LMCC’s Professional Development programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Artists Summer Institute is made possible, in part, by Creative Capital's Workshop Subsidy Program, underwritten by the Kresge Foundation.