Iowa artists can learn about business and marketing at the Business of Art Conference

1 Mar 2022

Entrepreneurship, Arts, rural

The Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames is hosting a two-day event on March 4 and 5 called the Business of Art Conference. The conference is designed to help artists in all media market their work.

In an interview with Radio Iowa, Rhonda Scott, the center’s Outreach and Promotions Director, explained the purpose of the conference.

“We really felt that artists needed a place to come together and learn more entrepreneurial skills and have a way to network better and connect with each other,” Scott says. “We just wanted to provide a place for creative folks to strengthen their skills and make sure they can succeed and grow.”

One of the panels at the event is designed especially for rural artists who live outside of Iowa’s metro areas.

“There are a lot of artists who feel really isolated in their rural spaces,” Scott says. “This panel is about bringing together some of those people who have made a big impact in their community with the arts and helping other rural folks figure out how to do that in their spaces.”

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Octagon’s website.

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