Staten Island Arts, Staten Island MakerSpace, and Live With Design are partnering up to co-host Art Intersects. It’s a professional development workshop series that addresses practical concerns around making a living from your art. Bringing together both makers and producers to provide a unique networking opportunity to evolve entrepreneurs on Staten Island, NY. Live With Design team members Brielle Maxwell and Ruhi Shamim give us a post-session dialogue on what we can expect from Art Intersects.
Art Intersects is focused towards individual artists, designers, makers, community projects, and collectives seeking to develop a business model and meet other people defying the “starving artist” stereotype.
On the structure of the series, Brielle of Live With Design said, “Art Intersects creates a community space where artists can apply their creativity to business, and gain fluency by defining their entrepreneurial skills. The world of art and the world of business play by different rules. By taking this challenge out of the “lecture and panel format,” we’ll create a platform to inspire community inspired solutions. Throughout the four sessions, we’ll be mapping ideas, encouraging dialogue, storytelling, and creative play.”
Brielle and Ruhi and the Live With Design team will lead interactive exercises and facilitate discussions around various topics. Including project and career management, cultural capital and inventory assessment, figuring out worth and getting paid, building a network, a budget and branding. Even a whole session dedicated to what keeps you from crossing items off of your to-do list. Special guests will participate in discussions week-to-week.
“It’s quite impressive just how many Staten Islanders make things from furniture to wearables and even edibles. And there are those that provide creative services including graphic design, photography, and catering. My hope is that Art Intersects will be a safe space to assess, innovate and connect with others, and to generate practical, actionable and entrepreneurial ideas that gel with the realities of being a creative as a business,” says Monica Valenzuela, Director of Development and Community Programming at Staten Island Arts.
“Our simple goal at the Staten Island MakerSpace is to help people make their creative ideas happen. In addition to providing tools, space, and skill building workshops, we are also dedicated to helping people develop sustainable business strategies. We are very excited to work with Staten Island Arts and Live With Design to offer these fantastic workshops,” says DB Lampman, Associate Director of Staten Island MakerSpace.