Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

Business of Art Presenters

Fall 2021


ALLISON WYPER (Facilitator) is CCI's Artists Knowledge Manager. Since 2017, she has produced and facilitated 12 Business of Art workshops, and she managed the publication of the 3rd Edition of the Business of Art workbook in 2020. Allison is an interdisciplinary performance artist and founder of Rhizomatic Arts, which provides professional services, training, and community support to independent artists and creatives. Her performance works produce charged, often participatory encounters between performer and viewer that encourage intimate exchange and critical solidarity. She has taught, produced, and facilitated workshops on experimental performance, professional/creative practice, and collaborative processes at 18th Street Arts Center, Pieter Performance Space, Silverlake Independent JCC, Women's Center for Creative Work, UCLA, USC, CalArts, ArtCenter College of Design, CSUN, UCR, Space 4 Art San Diego, Emerson College, the Zero1 Biennial, the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Montreal, Contemporary Calgary, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios in Perth, Australia. 

JEREMIAH OLAYINKA OJO (Identifying Your Values & Setting Goals) is the Founder and Managing Director of Ilèkùn Wa, an art business advisory firm facilitating & cultivating opportunities for visual artists of African descent to create, sustain and thrive. Over the last decade, Jeremiah has become a sought after arts and culture management consultant, working internationally in artist development, gallery management, and art fair operations. His collaborative work with minority emerging contemporary artists, art institutions, corporations, and collectors has carved a pathway of connectivity for creative professionals throughout Africa & its Diaspora. Jeremiah is also the Founder of Creative Milieu, LLC, a creative professional development enterprise that sources, trains and connects creatives through an integrated online-learning and staffing agency for the Creative Economy. 

AMY KWESKIN (Designing Your Business Model & Building a Business Plan; Moving Forward with Strategic Planning) is principal of Artsightful through which she provides consulting and coaching to share insights into the business of art. She specializes in developing inspiring and accomplishable strategic plans for arts organizations by working collaboratively with her clients. Amy uses arts management methodologies she developed through her work as a professor at Golden Gate University, St. Mary’s College, and previously as a full-time faculty member at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. Her strategic tools are captured in CCI's Business of Art, 3rd Edition publication. Additionally, Amy is the Director of Professional Development at Intersection for the Arts where she designs professional development training programs for artists and arts managers. Amy is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at Golden Gate University. She earned her Master's in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and Bachelors’ degrees in Cinema/Photography and English from Ithaca College. To bring balance into her lifework Amy is also a certified yoga instructor.

SUE BELL YANK (Promoting Yourself & Your Work) is Deputy Director at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. She has worked in arts, entertainment, and public schools for 15 years, including as Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum, where she formed city-wide partnerships triangulating communities, the arts, and schools. Her expertise lies in communications strategies, community outreach and partnerships, program development, arts pedagogy, and audience development. She teaches arts education at UCLA, frequently writes about socially engaged art practice and pedagogy, and has been a Field Researcher for A Blade of Grass and Asian Arts Initiative. Sue is a Business of Art, 3rd Edition, contributing author.

CASEY SUMMAR (Legal Issues for Artists) is an attorney with the Law Firm for Non-Profits and a national arts consultant on organizational strategy, planning and board development. Prior to relocating to Southern California, Casey founded the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 2005 which grew to become the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, for which she served as Executive Director for over a decade. Casey was recognized for this work as the 2016 Nonprofit CEO of the Year for Middle Tennessee. Casey is a Business of Art, 3rd Edition, contributing author.

AMY SMITH (Managing Your Money) is a dance and theater artist, educator, and facilitator. She works to dismantle oppressive structures in non-profit organizations and other groups so that artists and low income folks can achieve collective liberation. She does this through financial well-being workshops, one-on-one work with clients giving financial advice and doing tax preparation, consulting with arts organizations, co-facilitating anti-racism sessions with co-facilitators of color, and as a dance and theater educator. Amy co-founded, co-directed, and performed with Headlong, a dance theater non-profit that transformed into a community arts organization over 25 years. She left Headlong in 2019 to pursue her freelance work. She leads financial well-being workshops through Creative Capital, Assets for Artists, and in many other settings. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and has been greatly affected by her learning as part of artEquity’s National Facilitator Training and other anti-oppression trainings. Amy is a Business of Art, 3rd Edition, contributing author.

ELAINE GROGAN-LUTTRULL, CPA-PFS, AFC® (Funding Your Art Project or Business) is the founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy and empowerment in creative individuals and organizations. Her workshops and presentations have been featured nationwide. Elaine teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship from 2014-2018. Previously, Elaine served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School and in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young in New York.Elaine is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013) and the forthcoming Five Questions (Agate, B2). She is based in Columbus, Ohio where she serves on the boards of the Short North Alliance, Social Ventures, and the Financial Therapy Association. Elaine is a Business of Art, 3rd Edition, contributing author.