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Workshop Opportunity for Artists of all Disciplines


one-day intensive workshop to define and achieve your goals

Join Fairbanks Arts Association and Creative Capital for this professional development opportunity led by Colleen Keegan and Ela Troyano. Participants learn key business and management skills and hear first-hand from artists how these tools can be used to break the crisis management cycle and achieve success—as they define it.


Key Skills Participants Learn:

  • A personalized system for using strategic planning to increase your satisfaction in your life and career
  • Strategies for balancing time and money
  • How to create and use a business plan and why it is crucial to both personal and professional development
  • Financial planning basics, including choosing financial partners, best practices for saving and retirement planning, options for reducing debt and acquiring property
  • Improved communication techniques to discuss yourself and your work and to negotiate with clarity and confidence, in writing and in person
From a past participant:
“I was given the tools to create a plan to put my energy and efforts to use. I can now spend my time crafting the life I want instead of surviving in a world of uncertainty… I feel as if this was the most relevant class I’ve ever taken.” –Workshop Participant, New York City

Saturday, May 12, 2018

9 am-5 pm

Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Rd.)

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About Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Made possible through public and private philanthropy, Creative Capital has committed $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached more than 15,000 artists in 700 communities through workshops and webinars. Creative Capital’s core program receives major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Theo Westenberger Estate, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Catharine & Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, Cordish Family Foundation, Sylvia Golden, Rappaport Family Foundation, Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham, and John L. Thomson, in addition to support from more than 150 other institutional and individual donors.


About PDP

Creative Capital created the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with the broader arts community the tools and methods developed to help its grantees manage the business side of their art with greater efficiency and results. Through workshops led by Creative Capital grantees and other arts professionals, PDP teaches artists about self-management, strategic planning, fundraising, verbal communication, promotion and maximizing online capabilities to help them expand their skills and build more sustainable practices. The Professional Development Program is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


About the Workshop Leaders

Ela Troyano

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Ela Troyano is an interdisciplinary artist born in Cuba and based in New York City. Her projects bring together different aesthetic histories and genres: downtown New York avant-garde film and performance, queer cinema, Cuban cinema-in-exile, and Latina film and video. Throughout her 35-year career, her films and performances have straddled the worlds of documentary and fiction, installation and live action—ranging from The Silence of Marcel Duchamp, an expanded cinema performance presented at the Drawing Center Museum (2016) to Schwanze-Beast, a futuristic performance with surveillance video presented at the Vermont Performance Lab for the Progressive Performance Festival (2015) to the Alma Award nominated PBS documentary La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul (2007). Commercially, Troyano has worked as a television director, directing episodic action television for Telemundo/Sony and arts programming for Canal Plus. A selection of her early films will be presented at MoMA this August (2017). The Arsenal in Berlin presented a career survey of her works in 2012 and more recent festival screenings include the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (2011) and the Berlin International Film Festival (2010). Select awards include the coveted Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Screenwriting Lab at Sundance with Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Playwrights Lab at INTAR with Maria Irene Fornes as well as funding from Creative Capital, the Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), Independent Television Service (ITVS), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Rockefeller Media, Theo Westenberger and United States Artists (USA) Fellowships.

Colleen Keegan


Strategic Planning Team Leader

Colleen Keegan is a corporate Strategic Planner and Arts Activist. She is a partner in Keegan Fowler Companies, an equity investment and consulting firm specialized in providing strategic planning and business affairs services to companies in the communications and entertainment industries. Previously, Keegan served as the president of Pacific Arts Video Production and Washington Video Services, she also worked as a producer for MTV Networks, WETA and Showtime. Keegan is the co-chair of the endowment committee for The Creative Capital Foundation and the Creator of the Creative Capital Strategic Planning Program for Artists and the Executor of the Theo Westenberger Estate and the administer of the Westenberger grants and fellowships for art and conservation. Keegan is the art business adviser for the TED Fellows program and the Co-Chair of the TED Fellows Arts Committee.

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This workshop is made possible with support from the Rasmuson Foundation.