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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Intensive Seminar for Artists & Craftspeople

PRESS RELEASE
FROM:
St. Lawrence County Arts Council
51 Market Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 265-6860
arts@slcartscouncil.org

Contact: Hilary Oak – Executive Director
Date: December 31st, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE through January 14th, 2011

Intensive Seminar for Artists & Craftspeople

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council will host a very special development opportunity for artists this spring. Artists and craftspeople can apply to participate in the 2011 MARK Program in Potsdam – which is part of a statewide professional training series developed by NYFA - The New York Foundation for the Arts.  The 2011 MARK Program in Potsdam will select up to twenty-five participants from across the North Country region.

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 14, 2011. All application materials must be received at the NYFA office in New York City by 5:00pm on January 14th.
Application guidelines and forms, and information about the seminar schedule, is available online at the NYFA website  www.nyfa.org  and clicking on: For Artists > NYFA Learning > NYFA MARK. You can also find direct links to the NYFA site on the homepage of the SLC Arts Council website  www.slcartscouncil.org .  Questions about the application process should be addressed to Felicity Hogan, Program Officer, NYFA Learning/NYFA Consults, (212) 366 6900 x 242. For additional questions about the 2011 MARK Program in Potsdam please call the SLC Arts Council at (315) 265-6860.

MARK is designed for artists who want to focus on developing the professional and business aspects of their art careers. Artists who are selected for the program will participate in two weekend-long intensive seminars (one in March and one in April) and a follow-up day of training in June. Participants will receive hands-on training on relevant topics, including: career planning, financial issues and budgeting, copyright and intellectual property law, and developing a strategy for marketing their artwork. MARK accomplishes this training through a rigorous blend of formal classes, individualized training, networking, and group interaction. Applicants must be visual artists or crafts people who reside in New York State, have a reliable internet connection, and who will not be enrolled as students in other institutions while participating in the MARK Program.

Artists from Northern New York who are selected to participate in the MARK program will attend workshops at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council – Crafts Studio. The SLC Arts Council is one of four statewide partners with NYFA. The other sites for the MARK Program are located in Woodstock, Ithaca, and Buffalo. Funding for NYFA MARK is made possible with generous support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Golden Artist Colors.

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