What is the Artist Accelerator Program?

The Artist Accelerator Program is a foundations business program for fine artists, artisans, musicians, and writers. Established and emerging artists from around the region work together in a supportive and collaborative environment, gaining career-building skills that boost confidence, skills, and economic proficiency. 

The Art Center’s mission is to foster creativity and engagement with the arts to inspire personal growth and community well-being. The Artist Accelerator Program (AAP) is advancing this mission through support of regional artists with career-building programming, artist residencies, and increased opportunities for artists to be visible in the community. To accomplish this, we aim for in-depth understanding of the diverse needs of local artists, building a cadre of high-quality instructors, and the formation of venues for increased community building among artists and the communities in which they work.

The Artist Accelerator Program offers

Community: Support and collaboration, special events, and Artist Meetups. Meetups have moved online:

Curriculum: Artist Residencies, lecture series (see below), and workshops

Opportunity & Visibility: Arts Alive, First Thursday Artist Meetups and more!

For more information: Claire Elam | Artist Accelerator Program Director, Ext. 661 (M&W)
Email: Claire@theartscenter.net 

This program receives support from the Literary Arts Fund of The Arts Center’s Endowment FundJames F and Marion L Miller Foundation, and The Oregon Cultural Trust, supporting 1,563 non-profit arts organizations throughout the state.

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Artist Workshops

Artist Meetup

Monthly First Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Come share a work in progress
Free and open to the public!

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Marketing Meetup

Monthly 4th Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm
FREE, Supportive Group
Facilitated by Tara Kate

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Professional Development Lecture Series

Going into Business for Working Artists

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Money Matters for Working Artists

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Teaching as an Artist

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Selling Art Online

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Professional Practices

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Marketing & Branding for Working Artists

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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Galleries & Exhibitions for Working Artists: Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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2019/2020 Professional Development Lecture Series

Archived Professional Development Series

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2018/2019 Professional Development Lecture Series

Archived Professional Development Series

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