BIPOC Artist Professional Development Series: a two-part virtual career workshop for North Carolina artists

Saturday, July 10 and Saturday, July 17
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Registration deadline Thursday, July 8

North Carolina BIPOC artists may register now for a two-part series of free virtual professional development workshops led by Strategic Planning Partners and hosted by McColl Center for Art + Innovation on Saturday, July 10, and Saturday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.) ­­­­

The series will provide artists an opportunity to assess their current career and gain tools to maximize their potential to reach short and long-term goals. Topics covered will include strategic planning, financial literacy and systems, fundraising, communication, and business development.

Participants will work with Dread Scott, Beverly McIver, and Colleen Keegan, nationally-recognized artists and arts consultants who are a part of Strategic Planning Partners, a pioneering consulting firm that provides professional development, art business management services, counsel, and programming to artists and arts organizations.

BIPOC Artists from all disciplines are invited to register for this series, which was developed by the North Carolina Arts Council, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission to advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts.

Registration is required.

For questions about this program and accessibility accommodation requests, please contact Jonell Logan, McColl Center’s Creative Director, at 704-944-8241.

About McColl Center for Art + Innovation

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Located in the former Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uptown Charlotte, McColl Center houses nine individual artist studios, more than 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, and multiple common-use spaces, including a studio for large-scale sculpture fabrication. We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome the visiting public to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.

About the North Carolina Arts Council

Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of “arts for all citizens,” the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities. The Arts Council strives to deliver resources for arts development to all 100 counties of the state through programs that are fair, transparent and accountable. Through its programs and initiatives, the Arts Council fuels a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct activity, sustains diverse arts expressions and traditions, and invests in innovative approaches to art making and arts education. The Arts Council is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

The North Carolina General Assembly created the African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) in 2008 to “assist the Secretary of Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American history, arts, and culture.” With this legislation the AAHC has identified African American heritage practitioners, such as curators, docents, and museum directors, as priority service populations. The AAHC was recognized as a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in 2017, after being housed in the Office of Archives and History and the North Carolina Arts Council. The commission works across the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina’s African American history, art, and culture, for all people.