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School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is an organisation dedicated to the imaginative exploration of art, technology, and human connection. We’re passionate about interactivity and storytelling. We enjoy learning and playing with tools that make our brains and our dreams come to life! Wanna join us?

We create new experimental formats for learning. We run several intensive full-time four-week programs in Berlin, Germany, in Spring and Summer with plans to take our programs to various locations including China this Fall.

We invite creative people of all kinds -- artists, teachers, technologists, makers, engineers, designers, the curious, people passionate about learning and creativity, those who secretly desire to create something meaningful -- all are encouraged to join us.

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PS: If you're interested to get in touch, please email me as I rarely look at messages on Meetup! info at schoolofma.org :)

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Professional Development for Artists

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe

Hello World! The School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is an organisation dedicated to the imaginative exploration of art, technology, design, and human connection. We learn and play with tools that make our brains and our dreams come to life! Wanna join us? We're excited to offer this new one-day workshop for artists interested in taking the next step in their careers, from creating art to becoming a professional in the art world. ___________________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION Professional Development for Artists is a one day workshop to teach artists how to excel at all the non-creative tasks vital to every artist's career, allowing them to maximize the time they spend creating and to develop a sustainable and satisfactory living from their art practice. In this intensive one-day workshop you'll gain skills in the areas of administration, strategic planning, project development, and funding. According to the KSK, their visual artist members, across all age groups, earn on average 17,858 euros a year, which is below the national minimum wage in Germany.* Recent studies in the UK report two-thirds of artists there earned less than £5,000 from their art practice. ** As creative humans, the business side of things may not come naturally. Often artists find themselves having to learn as they go but that road can be long and arduous, filled with invitations to exhibit without an artist fee, feeling overwhelmed by too much work, or anxiety from too few opportunities. This course is an investment in yourself and set up to take out the mystery, give you confidence, and provide practical knowledge you'll be able to use throughout your professional artistic career. *Source: https://www.kuenstlersozialkasse.de/service/ksk-in-zahlen.html **Source: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Livelihoods%20of%20Visual%20Artists%202016%20Data%20Report.pdf ___________________________ DATE Sat. Nov. 9, 12pm - 4pm ___________________________ WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? *Negotiation strategies *The basics of bookkeeping, invoicing, master inventory databases, certificates of authenticity and consignment agreements *Methods of project planning, including budgeting and time management *How to develop career goals *Who's your audience and ways to communicate *Funding resources and grant tips ___________________________ WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for artists, creatives, and anyone interested to know more about the ins- and outs of being a professional in the art world. ___________________________ ABOUT PARTICIPATION * Participants should bring their laptops * No prior experience necessary * Small class, up to 12 attendees * Women and persons from LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities in the tech field highly encouraged to attend ___________________________ FEES Artist/Student €95 Freelancer €135 Professional €155 Spaces are limited. Grab your ticket today on Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/professional-development-for-artists-tickets-72359935515 For alternative payment methods, message us at: info[at]schoolofma.org ___________________________ About the Instructor Since 2010, Michele Walther has been an advisor for artists and small businesses in the arts. Trained as a corporate lawyer, she specializes in strategic planning, grant writing, time and project management and negotiating. Venues where her artists have exhibited include the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Venice Biennale and Whitechapel Gallery and grants received include Creative Capital and ArtAngel. Her support for artists and small business owners alike serves to help them develop a sustainable and satisfactory living from their creative practice. A graduate of New York University School of Law, she moved to Berlin in 2018 after living the previous 8 years in Paris. Photo above: Landscape with a Ruin, by Evan Roth (photo by Vinciane Lebrun-Verguethen, courtesy of the Mona Bismarck American Center)

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