C4 Atlanta announces next graduating class of artist-entrepreneurs

Participants in business seminar, called Ignite, will deliver presentations to practitioners in the field

ATLANTA, GA — C4 Atlanta, a non-profit arts service organization, will graduate 13 artists from its flagship professional development seminar, Ignite, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.Image of a small note that reads: To do: buy milk, pay rent, earn a living as an artist...

As part of the graduation, Ignite participants will deliver presentations of their business plans to experienced practitioners in the arts industry, for evaluation and feedback.

The six-week seminar was created in response to a growing demand from artists and other creative professionals to learn the tools necessary to develop critical skills in entrepreneurship and small business management.

“The class has enabled me to feel more confident about ideas that I’ve had that I put on the back burner and bring them to the surface,” said Corrina Sephora Mensoff, a sculpture artist. “I feel like I have a whole new edge and angle to who I am as an artist and what I contribute to my community.”

Participants in Ignite will leave the course with five tools to help their careers: Mission and Vision Clarity, Framework for a Business Plan, Resources for Creating a Budget, Financial Planning Resources, and an Action Plan.

“All this information, especially applied to an individual artist is really something new to me,” said Jane Garver, a visual artist. “It will be really useful.”

The class participants come from a variety of backgrounds, including the visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts. “Our goal is to support Atlanta’s creative economy by teaching artists of all disciplines the skills to create sustainable businesses that support their work and creativity,” said Jessyca Holland, Executive Director of C4 Atlanta.

The next class will be offered Wednesdays, March 7 – April 11. There is a $200 tuition fee for the seminar. Artists may register for the class through the C4 Atlanta website, at http://c4atlanta.org.

The Ignite seminar is made possible, in part, with funding from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and from the generous support of more than 70 donors. Scholarships were made available through a grant from the Possible Futures Foundation.

The content for Ignite, formerly called “Entrepreneurship in the Arts: The Art of Self Promotion,” was created by Kamal Sinclair, principal consultant with Strategic Arts, a consulting firm for artists and arts organizations.

A list of graduating seminar participants follows:
Teresa Bramlette Reeves
Claire Christie
Danae Cowart
Jane Garver
Erica Hensley
Rebecca Holohan
Ememofon “Emy” Imoh
Chelsea Raflo
Chantelle Rytter
Lorenzo Sanford
Corrina Sephora Mensoff
Gregor Turk
Lisa Tuttle

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