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Professional Development for Artists

In order to support Florida artists by giving them the skills to build successful careers, the Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts have partnered with the Creative Capital Foundation to offer professional development workshops on an annual or semi-annual basis since 2007. There have been more Creative Capital workshops presented in Florida than in any other state, and more than 300 Florida artists have participated in the program. Internationally known arts professionals lead workshops that include strategic planning, business fundamentals, fundraising, verbal communication, and marketing.

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24 Florida artists learning about strategic planning from Creative Capital workshop leaders Colleen Keegan and Beverly McIver at the Straz Center in Tampa on June 7, 2014.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital's pioneering approach to support combines funding, counseling and career development services to enable a project's success and foster a sustainable practice for the artists. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed more than $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and has reached an additional 15,000 artists around the country through its Professional Development Program. Creative Capital created the Professional Development Program to share with the broader arts community the tools and methods developed to help its grantees manage the business side of their art with greater efficiency and results. Learn more about the Professional Development Program at


Curtis Young

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