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Skillset No. 1 Exploring Web Options with Leah Brunetto

01/26/2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Skillset Series is a series of professional development workshops geared toward artists and independent contractors that aims to sharpen the business side of things. Topics range from web development, legal concerns, money matters, writing, and PR. The web is an excellent medium for showcasing and customizing your visual/performing arts portfolio. This workshop will cover both pre-made (“out-of-the-box”) options for websites and provide participants with the vocabulary and resources to design their own. We will cover design options that relate to visual and performing artists specifically. Tips for finding and collaborating with technology professionals will also be provided. Participants will walk away with an outline for their new or re-designed website, and a digital guide to help move their project forward. Coding skills are not required for attendees, nor will any coding be done in this workshop. Leah Brunetto is an artist and user interface designer based in Cambridge, MA. She is an alumna of the Cambridge Public Schools and MIT and has contributed toward dozens of dance works and visual art exhibitions. She has worked on interactive media at the Museum of Science, Boston for 5 years, first focusing on web design/development and now on exhibit interface design. As…

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Skillset No. 2 Money Mindset for Artists with Sonya Highfield

02/02/2018 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Skillset Series is a series of professional development workshops geared toward artists and independent contractors that aims to sharpen the business side of things. Topics range from web development, legal concerns, money matters, writing, and PR. Money Mindset for Artists will include the following information and be presented in an interactive manner to allow artists to ask questions, get personalized feedback and talk through real life examples for a solid understanding of how money mindset effects their lives and can transform their lives. 1. What is mindset. 2. Common money mindset beliefs and how they're impacting your thoughts, actions and business. 3. Identifying your unique money story to better understand how you've arrived at your current money relationship. 4. 3 steps to go from a negative to positive money mindset. 5. Every day hacks to create a healthier, more loving relationship with money that positively serves your life! 6. "Money Path" visualization.

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Skillset No. 3 PR + Media Kits with Alessandra Pollina

02/09/2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Do It Yourself Public Relations: Learn how to carry out public relations on behalf of yourself, whether you have a standalone business or need to promote a specific project or your personal brand. Promotion through PR allows you to build and grow your brand or business by getting it in front of the right people. You put time and effort into your projects, but if nobody knows then nobody benefits from it, including you-that’s where PR comes in. By the end of the session you will have created a personalized PR plan and all the necessary materials to begin promoting yourself right away. We’ll cover the basics of branding and messaging; what is a media kit and how to make one; building a media list; how to pitch yourself; and crafting a PR plan. Alessandra Pollina founded Pollina PR & Communications, a boutique PR and marketing agency, in 2012. Since then, the company has worked with exciting brands in the restaurant/hospitality, creative, beauty, and non-profit sectors, plus more. With a focus on strong branding that shines through every step of the way, Alessandra tells the story of each client in a way that grabs attention and creates a connection with…

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Skillset No. 4 Accounting for Artists with Anna Koon

02/16/2018 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

Accounting for Artists with Anna Koon This workshop is intended for every artist regardless of whether art is a hobby or a business. All are welcome! Handling the financial aspects of creativity can be overwhelming so it is often overlooked. This workshop will cover topics like: deductions for artists, year-round bookkeeping, creating a budget, taxes and accounting tools and why keeping track of your finances matters in many ways. Participants will walk away with a confident understanding of how to effectively handle their finances no matter how big or small their business aspirations are.

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Skillset No. 5 Writing/Communications for Artists with Kathryn Boland

02/23/2018 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Skillset Series is a series of professional development workshops geared toward artists and independent contractors that aims to sharpen the business side of things. Topics range from web development, legal concerns, money matters, writing, and PR. A talk with Dance Informa Critic and Staff Writer Kathryn Boland - How can journalists and artists work together? Kathryn Boland, Dance Informa Critic and Staff Writer, has had the honor of pleasure of reviewing and interviewing several Boston-based dance artists. This experience has shown her that journalists and writers can actively support each other in the service of raising up innovative, strong dance artists - and the art of dance itself. She looks forward to a frank, open discussion with dance artists in this workshop about the ways in which these goals can be achieved. Bio - Kathryn Boland grew up dancing in a hometown dance studio in Rhode Island. She knew she had to continue dancing and deepening in her art, so she studied Dance at The George Washington University (BA Dance 2011). She became increasingly interested in the healing and empowering aspects of dance during that time. She subsequently became a yoga instructor (E-RYT 500) and Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT, MA…

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Skillset No. 6 Law for Artists with Eve Brown

03/02/2018 12:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Skillset Series is a series of professional development workshops geared toward artists and independent contractors that aims to sharpen the business side of things. Topics range from web development, legal concerns, money matters, writing, and PR. Details coming soon...

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2017 Fundraising Appeal

Starting with August 17th Summer Fiesta, 550 launches it’s 2nd annual fundraising campaign to support all that is (and will) going on at the Studio.

Support getting a donated piano up our steps, or a scholarship for the new youth dance program, even something as simple as keeping our rates affordable for artists.
During the past year and a half, we’ve seen so many wonderful things walk through our door: From the Artist Lab series we had in November 2016 to our Open Floor in February. Many artists have created work in the studio and we are grateful to be able to provide an affordable, convenient space for them to do that. We want to continue to make all of this (and more) possible in the future. But we really can’t without your contribution. Studio at 550 is a non-profit organization who has chosen to support artists with affordable artist rates. These rates need to be subsidized in order to meet expenses (such as rent). This is where you come in: Your donation will go directly towards keeping the artist rates affordable. Thank you for your continued support!
Creatively,
Callie Chapman
Director
Studio at 550
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