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The Business of the Arts

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The Business of the Arts Professional Development Series aims to provide knowledge and skills related to fundraising and development, marketing and public relations, legal concerns and entrepreneurship. Free workshops and seminars are led by accomplished professionals and subject matter experts.

Unless otherwise noted, workshop facilitators are independent professionals, not employees or affiliates of CAH or the District of Columbia government. The views expressed are their own and not necessarily those of CAH or the District of Columbia government.

Upcoming Workshops

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There are currently no future anticipated workshops at this time. For additional inquiries, please send an email to [email protected].

 

Past Workshops

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An Evening with Master Tailor Andrew Ramroop, OBE

Andrew M. Ramroop, OBE is the owner of Bespoke Tailor, Maurice Sedwell on London’s Savile Row. He was the first tailor to be made a Visiting Professor of the London Institute. Trinidad-born Andrew Ramroop is one of the finest Master Tailors in the world. He has taken his fashion flair to runways all over the world – New York, Italy, Paris, London, Jamaica, and Trinidad. Another significant achievement is his establishment of the Savile Row Academy training institute as he wishes to pass on the centuries-old handcraft of bespoke tailoring techniques of Savile Row to future generations, creating international employment opportunities.

Mr. Ramroop will be interviewed by Michelle Taylor who is a Howard University Graduate School Professor in Sustainable Fashion and Textile Design Art. The conversation will have a focus on sustainable textile design art and fashion globally.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
4:00 - 5:30 pm ET via Webex

 

Becoming A Certified Business

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will discuss the process and resources to become a business in DC.

There will also be a Q&A portion where questions will be allowed about navigating DCRA Business portals or any other applicable concerns.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET via Webex

Session Recording

PowerPoint Presentation

 

Tools for Entrepreneurs

Identifying resources and using web commerce to support art practice and businesses.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET via Webex

Session Recording

 

Copyright 101

Guest lecturer will walk guests through the definitions, differences, and legal protections associated with copyrighting your brand and content. This session includes an overview of each with lots of time for in-depth Q&A

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET via RingCentral

 

How To Develop an Art Exhibition and Pop Up

A brief checklist and discussion to help anyone who is contemplating running a pop-up shop. It takes the form of a list of questions and statements we recommend you consider before you go any further. Make sure you have considered every aspect and have an idea of how to answer most of them.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET via Webex

Session Recording

 

Trademark Basics

Presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and Loeb & Loeb LLP

Are you interested in learning more about trademarks?

Come learn about the basics of trademarks at this presentation followed by a brief Question and Answer session.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET via RingCentral

PowerPoint Presentation

 

Organizational Frameworks for Access and Inclusion

This online workshop designed for arts and humanities administrators explores disability, access, and inclusion in relation to organizational infrastructures and programming. Participants gain a foundation of philosophy and practice that can guide their work as they strive to create an inclusive cultural environment—for both in-person and digital experiences—that actively welcomes and engages the disability community.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 pm ET via Zoom

 

Inclusion Best Practices in Arts Education Settings

This session will explore the design and implementation of arts education programs for both in-person and online environments that are inclusive for students of diverse ability, learning, communication, and processing styles. Session topics will include an overview of the philosophy and practice of inclusion, general classroom infrastructures, student supports and strategies, and tips for facilitating a culture of social inclusion and supporting positive behaviors. Attendees will gain ideas and resources that can be implemented within their classroom and program practice no matter where they are on their inclusion journey. 
Live, real-time captioning will be available for this workshop. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
10:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

 

Keeping Community Connected: Virtual Technology Roundtable

An open format virtual roundtable for leaders who have found innovative technological solutions in the time of Coronavirus, and those who’d like to ask questions. Think of it as a recipe exchange: bring ideas for some of the tools you've enjoyed using in the vitural world for programming, production or administrative work and "take some home" with you too!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm ET
Session Recording

 

Arts Organizations and Resilience: Sustaining Staff in Times of Crisis

A conversation about sustaining staff during compound crises, at lower capacity, while responding to increased needs of constituents.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm ET
Session Recording

 

New Realities: Navigating E-Commerce in the Arts 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 pm ET 
Session Recording

Identifying and using web commerce to support art practice and businesses.

 

Building Access to Public Art Placemaking
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Session Recording

A salon for an exchange with individual artists, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Main Streets, and Non-Profit Organizations. This conversation will build upon opportunities to grow the public art landscape in Washington, DC, supporting artists, and expanding the storytelling opportunities for neighborhoods.

 

Accessibility and Inclusion in the Arts 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Session Recording

 

Legal Issues for Artist Live Streaming
Co-Presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Session Recording
PowerPoint Presentation

 

The District's Landscape for Artists
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Session Recording

 


The Business of the Arts Professional Development Series refers to workshops organized by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) that aim to provide CAH grantees (past, present, and future) knowledge and skills that will increase capabilities for successful grant writing, networking, advancing cultural democracy, and improving operation sustainability.

Unless otherwise noted, workshop facilitators are independent professionals, not employees or affiliates of CAH or the District of Columbia government. The views expressed are their own and not necessarily those of CAH or the District of Columbia government.

 

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Bruce Willen with Neighborhood Design Center + Tim Scofield Studios, Chairs, 2020.
CAH Civic Commission, Playable Art In partnership with DC Office of Planning through an Art Place America Grant, and the DC Public Library. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE.