Aspirations for Artists is a program of the Greater Augusta Arts Council that offers professional development workshop series 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 – History

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.

Upcoming Workshops

Coming up, we’ll have a three-part workshop series for artists to learn the basics of setting up a business, with sessions dedicated to taxes, insurance, and other legal matters. Check out the Calendar below for more details


May 24 – Taxes for Artists

5:30-7pm, 600 Broad St.
Guest Speaker: Summer Bell, CPA

Learn about filing your taxes as an independent artist, self-employed, or otherwise “freelance” worker. Guest Speaker Summer Bell, a CPA with Rhoden CPA Firm, has over fourteen years of experience in taxes and tax accounting and can answer any questions you might have on the subject.

June 28 – Insurance and the Arts

5:30-7pm, 600 Broad St.
Guest Speakers: Preston Moss & Larry Millard

Learn the process, and the importance of insuring yourself and your art as an independent artist from guest speaker Preston Moss, an agent with Blanchard and Calhoun Insurance. Larry Millard, a nationally recognized sculptor, will give an artist’s perspective of the process.

July 26th – Setting up your LLC

5:30-7pm, 600 Broad St.
Guest Speaker: Lee Hamil Little

In the upcoming workshop of the Aspirations Summer Series, Lee Hamil Little, General Counsel for Augusta University’s AU Health System, a business lawyer, will cover the basics of incorporating your arts business. Setting up your LLC (Limited Liability Company) is a simple but important step in growing your professional career as an artist, as it can help protect your individual earnings and property from potential business and financial risks. Lee Little will discuss how to obtain a business license and organize as an LLC , and she will answer any questions you may have.

Aspirations Workshop Series is sponsored by