Torpedo Factory Art Center, part of the Office of the Arts for the City of Alexandria, offers Professional Development opportunities for artists and arts organizations.

Partners include:


Virtual Professional Development Workshops for the Arts. Free.

More information, including registration or presentation link, coming soon.

November 9, 12 – 1 PM: NYFA RESOURCES & SERVICES TALK
An hour-long presentation to kick off the professional development series. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) staff will present on grants, services, and resources the organization has to offer, as well as some best practices in applying for them. An opportunity for Q&A will be provided. Limited to 50 people.

November 15, 12 – 1 PM: FINDING THE RIGHT  OPEN CALLS, RESIDENCIES, & GALLERIES FOR YOU
An Instagram/Facebook Live presentation covering when it is appropriate to seek gallery representation, best practices for applying to open calls, residencies, and more.

November 29, 12 – 1 PM: CULTIVATING ART SALES AND PATRONS
An Instagram/Facebook Live presentation on strategies for cultivating and maintaining buyers and patrons; building sales and a following.

December 13, 12 – 1 PM: BEHIND THE SCENESE OF A GRANT PANEL
An Instagram/Facebook Live discussion with a grant manager about best practices, tips, as well as things to avoid when applying for funding opportunities.

These opportunities are presented in partnership between Torpedo Factory Art Center and New York Foundation for the Arts.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a 501(c)(3) service organization that provides artists, emerging arts organizations, arts administrators, and students with critical support, professional development tools, and resources for defining and achieving career success. NYFA was established in 1971 to serve individual artists throughout New York State. Since then, they have extended their programs and services throughout the United States and internationally and expanded our scope to serve additional members of the arts community.

 


Virtual Professional Development Workshops for the Arts

Workshop Registration

All workshops are available for free and require advance registration. To register for a NVLAA workshop, visit NVLAAfall2022.eventbrite.com.

September 14, 12 – 1:30 PM : DATA + STORYTELLING = IMPACT (PART 1)
Facilitated by Brighter Strategies
Nonprofits have countless stories to tell, and stories are better with data! This workshop teaches attendees how to begin to collect data to tell their story in a unique and compelling way every time.

September 28, 12 – 1:30 PM: DATA + STORYTELLING = IMPACT (PART 2)
Facilitated by Brighter Strategies
This is a follow-up workshop for a deeper dive into data collection and analysis, including personalized Q&A around techniques and methods for data collection, analysis, and use.

November 9, 11:30 AM – 1 PM: E-COMMERCE PRINCIPLES FOR ARTISTS, MAKERS, AND PERFORMING ARTISTS
Facilitated by Latela Curatorial
For artists looking to update their website or expand into ecommerce, this workshop will review the basic checklist of what’s needed for an artist website, what collectors and art experts look for as well as how to use metadata appropriately to work for you.

November 17, 11 AM – 12:30 PM: BUSINESS PLAN ESSENTIALS
Facilitated by Springboard for the Arts
Participants will learn how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts-friendly language, to organize all the various aspects of their artistic practice and make informed business decisions.

Learn more about the Northern Virginia Local Arts Agencies here