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My Artrepreneur™ Program

Artists are, by nature, inventors, engineers, explorers, and discoverers. Artists see possibility everywhere. Monetizing curiosity, however, can be a daunting task. Creating a sustainable life in the arts is complicated. There is no singular approach to building a creative enterprise, it doesn’t happen quickly, and success has its roots in relationship-building. To help artists build a sustainable life in the arts, the Idaho Commission on the Arts is adopting My Artrepreneur Program, an art-centered business development program taught by working artists. Our first course will be held in Coeur d’Alene in partnership with the Art Spirit Education Collaboratory and the Innovation Den, consisting of four workshops over a period of 7 months.

Workshop 1 – March 24 & 25, 2018
Workshop 2 – May 26 & 27, 2018
Workshop 3 – September 15 & 16, 2018
Workshop 4 – October 13 & 14, 2018

Registration for the Coeur d’Alene workshops has closed. 2019 workshops are tentatively scheduled for Idaho Falls. If you have questions about future opportunities, contact john.mcmahon@arts.idaho.gov.

A sustainable career in the arts is attainable by developing one’s skill and expertise in a chosen medium, understanding and engaging in the arts community, articulating one’s story and purpose as an artist and strategically seeking patrons for one’s work. MAP provides practical coursework to develop your tools of art and business. Read the complete program information here.

  • Over 40 hours of college-level instruction
  • 35 practical business tools
  • Demystify the world of business
  • Affirm the title of “Artist” as a credible profession

The Cost

The Idaho Commission on the arts is matching student dollars one-to-one, reducing tuition from $1,000 to only $500 per student. Students will be responsible for their own lodging and transportation.

The Results

MAP was developed in Montana as the Montana Artrepreneur Program, where it has earned national acclaim. The Montana Arts Council surveyed participants from 2009 through April 2014 and respondents reported being:

  • More confident in their business management skills (79%)
  • More specific and clear on their art business financial goals (78%)
  • Actively making art and pursuing their art businesses (75%)
  • In progress toward their art business financial goals (71%)
  • More satisfied with their art business (65%)