Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Community Funding & Ongoing Income - LA

October 7, 2019, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Topic: Fundraising

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Los Angeles Area


Community Funding & Ongoing Income for Artists

with Karina Vahitova of The Void Academy

Presented by Center for Cultural Innovation in partnership with 11:11 A Creative Collective at Embed Gallery.

Build your community in a way that creates a reciprocal relationship with the folks who like your work. This workshop addresses both financial and non-financial engagement building and the various online tools available for maintaining a community and receiving financial support for one’s work. We will cover:

  1. What is community funding?
  2. What is ongoing income?
  3. Patreon, online storefronts, and one-time crowdfunding campaigns: how and why they work
  4. The Community Building Cycle: how and why an artist community grows
  5. How to set prices for your art 
  6. Artist mailing lists: the key to community building and funding success
  7. What is sustainability?

The Void Academy teaches artists how to build community and make a living. We believe that artists and arts participation benefit from an ecosystem in which there is a direct exchange between artist and socioeconomically diverse audiences. Over the last four years, we have helped artists raise a total of 1.6 million dollars (and counting) towards their crowdfunding projects. 

Karina Vahitova

Karina Vahitova is a post-Soviet queer poet and movement artist from Kiev, Ukraine. She has previously worked with Opportunity Project (helping to develop healing art therapy programs for individuals with brain damage), Studio Formichetti, and Bullett Magazine. Before founding The Void Academy, she led and managed the global community building effort and performance art archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute. Additionally, she has been a writer-in-residence at a psychophysiology lab and worked as a rape crisis and domestic violence counselor. In 2017, she was a Lambda Literary fellow in poetry. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles. Pronouns: she/her.
Date & Time:
Monday, October 7, 2019 
Embed Gallery @ Toolbox LA*
9410 Owensmouth Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311 (map)
$25 early bird registration
$35 after September 23, 2019
*This venue is wheelchair accessible. If you require additional accommodations for disabilities, please contact allison@cciarts.org before September 23.

This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. 

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It is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.

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