Aspirations for Artists is a program of the Greater Augusta Arts Council that offers professional development for artists in the Augusta Area. It was created after survey results from local artists showed that artists were interested in three areas – personal and professional development, business skills such as marketing, and community gallery opportunities. Aspirations began as a workshop series hosted by Dr. Anthony Robinson, a business consultant specializing in entrepreneurship. At the conclusion of the 6 month business-focused curriculum, Aspirations refocused into a series of artist meetups and networking opportunities. In Winter of 2017, the Arts Council partnered with the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art to offer a type of advanced workshop series called “The Business of Being an Artist.” It formed a cohort of artists who learned how to produce and promote a gallery show, which hung in the Jessye Norman Gallery in March 2017. Aspirations for Artists also makes two gallery opportunities available to local artists as well, the Municipal Building Gallery and the Chamber of Commerce Gallery.
In 2014, the Greater Augusta Arts Council embarked on a project that would serve the local artists in this community. We pulled together a diverse community task force and partnered with Dr. Anthony (Tony) Robinson, who teaches and conducts research in the areas of Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship at the Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University, to survey local artists to discern what types of educational experiences and other opportunities would be the most relevant and beneficial to them.
The results of the survey showed that artists are interested in three areas:
• personal and professional development
• soft business skills
• technical skills
• community gallery
ASPIRATIONS events currently reach out to two different audiences – Artists AND the General Public.
August Artist’s Roundtable
Wednesday, August 10
hosted by the Frame Shoppe
Join us for an educational evening for artists! At this ARTIST ROUNDTABLE, artists are invited to bring a piece of art recently completed that they would like to share with the group. A professional guest artist will be present to lead a critique for artists who are interested. Light refreshments will be provided.