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This Business Called Art Workshops

Orana Arts has teamed up with Mudgee dynamo Portia Lindsay to present This Business Called Art workshops in Mudgee, Coonabarabran and Dubbo later this month.

This Business Called Art is an ongoing project for Orana Arts offering professional development opportunities for the creative communities of the Orana Region. This round of workshops will cover two topics: Digital Engagement for Creative Communities and Getting Organised in the Arts.

Portia Lindsay has extensive arts management and communications experience, having spent years working in Sydney-based arts organisations. She is now the general manager for the online journal, Seizure; vice-chair and marketing coordinator for Mudgee Readers’ Festival, and a freelance writer and editor.

‘Traditional marketing is still massively important to get your message across, but this should be complemented with effective social media engagement.

‘Whether you’re an individual creative or a small arts organisation, online communications are really valuable to showcase your work or events,’ Portia said.

During the Digital Engagement for Creative Communities, Portia will cover Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogging – participants will learn the basics of these platforms, discover which one works best for them and how to get the most out of their online community.

‘It would be nice if we could all just enjoy our creative endeavours without worrying about the boring business stuff, but unfortunately if you’re running a small arts organisation or conducting your arts enterprise as a sole trader you need organisational and management skills,’ she said.

Getting Organised in the Arts will give you the tips you need to have your team or volunteers running that project or organisation at peak efficiency.

Topics covered include: online filing systems; freelance administration; project plans; apply for grants and approach sponsors/partners or festivals/reviewers, and make the most of your resources.

The workshops are open to anyone but geared towards creative communities and would be of particular benefit to organisers of community arts events and festivals, art makers, representatives from local arts groups and cultural staff in local councils.

 Workshop dates

Coonabarabran: Tuesday 24 November, 10am to 4pm, Coonabarabran LIbrary

Dubbo: Thursday 26 November, 10am to 4pm Fire Station Arts Centre

Mudgee: Friday 27 November, 10am to 4pm  Venue TBC

Cost – $30 to attend both

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