I had the great honor to be one of two faculty members at Crealdé School of Art (alongside Patricia Byron, an amazing abstract painter and teacher) selected to receive a scholarship to last weekends Creative Capital Advanced Core Weekend. I had known about Creative Capital since 2008 when my mentor, Rick Lang, was going to his second Creative Capital program in Jacksonville. He spoke so well of his own development during the immersive program that I felt out of my depth within a room of artist I knew by name (but none that knew me).
From Friday to Sunday, approximately thirty artists (actors, painters, photographers, poets, printmakers, and writers) throughout Florida gathered to learn how to sustain and grow a career in the arts. The talented group of facilitators led us in group discussions, presentations, workshops, and role playing issues ranging from pricing, to gallery representation, fundraising, and how to stand out as art has become more competitive. The end of the workshop culminated with each artist having an one-on-one session with one of the facilitators.