About ArtsRevolution April 1, 2017

The goal of ArtsRevolution is to educate and celebrate the Triad’s multi-faceted art community. Developed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center in conjunction with Revolution Mill, other supporting partners in the planning committee include representatives from CityArts, UNCG School of Music, GTCC’s Business, Creative & Performing Arts, Arts Greensboro, Create Your City and other art community organizations and individuals.

ArtsRevolution is a day-long, two-part event.  The morning is an variety of Artrepreneur Workshops focused on helping artists develop or increase their business acumen, learn to manage their art as a profession, and create a strategy to utilize their artistic talents to develop a profitable business. The evening is an open Art’s Festival, free for the public, showcasing a wide-array of performances and products from local artisans. The festival will provide opportunities for the community to experience and create art throughout the evening. It will also provide a venue for our early stage artists to show and sell their creations.

Revolution Mill provides an inspirational and exciting venue for the artist’s educational model we have mastered in previous events. We realize that most artists understand their craft, need help improving their knowledge on developing a business model and strategy for their passion. The Artrepreneur Workshop will focus on teaching innovative business practices related to artist’s needs. Based on conversations with art organizations, successful artists and other field experts, we plan to target tracks on marketing, business nuts & bolts, creative engagement and a miscellaneous track, all from an artist’s perspective. An example of a confirmed session is “Using Google to grow your Art Business”, where a local expert will share strategies on using Google to market yourself as an artist. We’ll also have volunteers there during the day helping attendees use Google to create an online listing as well as a website. Another session called “Intellectual Property for Artists” will cover copyright and trademark issues that artists face, while another session titled “Perfecting your Sales Pitch” will help artists to develop an elevator and sales pitch catered to art-related businesses.

The Art’s Festival portion of the event will bring all ages of the Greensboro community a chance to experience art unlike any they have had before. The expansive architectural design and creative environment of Revolution Mill will be filled with live performances from musicians to comedians to chefs in unique locations throughout the venue. Select local artisans will have the chance to sell their wares and promote their talents in a “street festival” atmosphere, giving them access to a previously untapped market. People will be able to interact with these artists on a personal level to understand their passion, inspiration and dedication to their work. Attendees will also have the opportunity experience and create art for themselves. Through activities like murals, painting and more, they will hopefully be inspired to continue creating their own artwork.

With free entry to the performance segment of ArtsRevolution, we expect to bring in people who may not have experienced art in its many diverse forms. There has not been an event that has combined such a unique mix of art forms and experiences in one location – a place to watch a ballet, touch pottery, taste a gourmet confection, listen to a string quartet, and a comedian then come across numerous other objects or sites, all with the intent to bring knowledge and understanding of the value the arts play in each of our lives.

The conference could not happen without the  support of our many SPONSORS. Please return the favor and help us by supporting them.