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Dane County business of arts conference set for March 7-9

The first Dane Arts Buy Local Business of Arts Conference was held in September 2022. Photo by Wendy Schneider, courtesy Dane Arts.

Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs (Dane Arts) will host the third annual Dane Arts Buy Local Business of Art Conference March 7 – 9 at the Arts + Literature Lab, 111 S Livingston Street, and Starting Block Madison, 821 East Washington Avenue, in Madison.

“We are excited to have the Dane Arts Buy Local Business of Art Conference enter its third year of connecting local artists with advocates and resources that can help hone their business skills,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. “We encourage our local artists to make the most of this opportunity.”

Thursday, March 7 will be an interactive grant-writing workshop with Madison Community Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact Tom Linfield, 9a-12p (limited seating). On March 8, County Executive Joe Parisi will offer a welcome, followed by a keynote presentation from hip-hop artist and educator Dr. Roberto Rivera. The lunchtime keynote will be from American chef and Wisconsin State Representative Francesca Hong.

According to a press release from Dane Arts, the schedule includes 28 workshops on topics like accounting/QuickBooks training, sessions on intellectual property/copyright and developing legal contracts, use of digital/social media, telling your story, wellness/health, video gaming industry, public speaking, use of artificial intelligence, grant writing, and four separate panel discussions featuring visual artists, local media, arts in education, and with curators/gallery owners.

Saturday, March 9 will include a keynote from Minneapolis author, artist, and community organizer Kalakaru-Mava. During the afternoon lunch time, Dane Arts Director Mark Fraire will interview Madison-based New York Times bestselling author Chloe Benjamin.

Other partners in the conference include The Madison Arts Commission, Events by Mayberry and Workflow Creative Studio. Additional support comes from the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capital Times.

Early Adapter Special cost for the full conference is $100 until February 26, after which the price increases to $150.  Registration is limited. 

“We want every artist who hopes to attend to be able to do so regardless of costs,” Fraire said in a statement. Ten scholarships and volunteer-work opportunities are available.