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Boston's Artist Professional Toolkit Comes to Montserrat; Provides Practicing Visual Artists Skills to Master the Marketplace


July 24, 2012 - Beverly, MA

A new, two-semester professional certificate program, which teaches artists the business skills for work in the creative economy, is being launched this fall in collaboration with Montserrat College of Art -- www.montserrat.edu -- and Boston's Arts and Business Council http://www.artsandbusinesscouncil.org/.

The Artist Professional Toolkit Program (APT), now in its eighth year, teaches practicing visual artists the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist. In addition, artists will be involved in critiques and artist-mentoring through this unique partnership with the college.

APT is a nine-month intensive course for artists to learn and practice marketing, networking, and business skills with the additional benefits of peer group interaction, mentorship, and feedback.

"Bringing the program to an art college is an exciting next step in the program's development," says D'lynne Plummer, Director of Professional Development at Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. "We look forward to adding a new component that of the studio critique to the already robust curriculum."

APT students will receive constructive feedback on their artwork and be taught the skills to critique their own and others' work. The ability to judge and edit one's own work is critical to the success of any artist's portfolio. Discourse will go beyond formally deconstructing the work and offer practical solutions to encourage creative productivity.

The program is now taking applications for a September 1, 2012 launch. For more information, visit http://www.montserrat.edu/artists-toolbox/index.php.

About Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
The mission of the Arts & Business Council is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts.

About Montserrat College of Art
Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes for youth, teen and adults, and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

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