You may participate at whatever level you would like!
October 4, 5 & 6
St. Cloud’s Great River Regional Library
Visual Art Minnesota is proud to announce the second year of FYi Professional Development Weekend for Visual Artists! The nice thing about this year is that we will be bringing the community together, integrating art into the everyday life of our community!
October 4: Community and Cultural Engagement
We will be bringing together artists, community leaders and citizens together to discuss art as part of the identity of a community. Using methods of idea sharing and connecting, this day is a wonderful way to get the relevance of the artist into the grain of the community issues and solutions!
9am: Welcome with Heidi Steadman, Executive Director of Visual Arts Minnesota
10am: Introduction of artists in a fun and creative way!
11am: What is Public Art? with Forecast Public Art’s Melinda Hobbs & Kirstin Wiegmann.
12pm: Lunch: Box Lunch offered with members of the community: Artists, Administrators, Community Members, etc. (PREREGISTER) Community and Cultural Engagement: The Value of Art and Artists in a Community
2pm: Discussing public art without that “love/hate relationship”! (Descriptive Review with Kirstin Wiegmann, Barbara Cox, Jane Oxton and Heidi Steadman)
3:30 (OPTIONAL) The dedication of the Mahowald Mosaic Sculpture will be within walking distance of the Library on the Corner of 10th and St. Germaine.
5pm: Join us for a HARVEST FEAST at JD Jorgensens!
JD and his wife Sara will be firing up the pizza oven, giving tours of the wood fired kiln and studio, and serving up some goodness! BYOB, and caravans/carpools will be encouraged. If you have harvest foods to share let us know!
October 5: Tool Box Day
Fill that tool box with relevant information for your art career! Learn about artist residencies, communities and cooperatives; fund raising methods; unique marketing plans, and more!
9am: Good Morning!
9:15am: Live + Work + Space = Alliance of Artist Communities’ Alix Refshauge, Research + Special Projects Associate
11am: The Meyer Farm Project: Anne Meyer and Dom Venzant speak about the process of starting something… with what they had!
12pm: Dine Around with the Experts: Visit local diners, within a short walk or drive of the Library, to eat and talk with experts. Sign up October 4 and 5!
Session 1: Alternative Money: Crowd Source Funding
Session 2: Artist in Residence in the Schools
3pm: Marketing outside of the Box: Community Supported Art and Art-O-Mat (due to scheduling issues, Clark Wittington is unable to attend, but Jennifer Penzkover will provide info on the new Art-O-Mat in St. Cloud with supplies and “how to’s”)
7:30-11:30: Speakeasy Underground: Auction and Music, DB Searles, 2nd Floor
October 6: Connections and Inspirations Day
“How do I push myself as an artist?” is the question of the day! Panel discussions will revolve around the world of crafty craft vs. artsy craft; gallery owners and how to approach them; social media, etc! This is a day that will help you see the practices of other artists at all levels of their career. The goal here is to leave with inspiration to get your work out there and see all the opportunities out there!
We provide Early Riser Options for those from out of town:
Sketchbook at Seven Elephants, 8am
9:45 (be back to library)
10am: How Do I push myself as an Artist?
Thanks to the Bush Foundation & Incommons, we are going to have a fun and dynamic open space conversation about what artists are facing in their lives. With 2 days behind us, we will be ready to speak out and say “I wanna talk about…” and the rest will join us…
12pm: Lunch: Bag Lunch, or preorders will be taken in the morning.
Speaker: (12:15) Empowering Artists in Community Engagement, Jennifer Penzkover, St. Cloud Arts Commission
1pm: Panel Discussion: The Capital C in Craft: Kathleen Richert and David Glenn will discuss the challenges of being in an art form that can teeter between crafty and fine art. What are the challenges in the studio, in front of the client, and over time that a fine crafts person would experience?
2pm: Social Media: Katrina Pierson (HBH Consulting), Heidi Steadman (Visual Arts Minnesota), and more will discuss the use of social media as a marketing tool, as well as what to do and not do when using Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
3pm: Plains Art Museum: Meghan Johnston, Curatorial Director
This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, through appropriations from the MN State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its arts & cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
The World Cafe and Open Space Discussion is made possible with funding from the Bush Foundation and InCommons!
Special Thanks to some of our Partners: