Join us for a series of Artist Meet Up events! Spokane Arts presents a new networking and professional development series taking place in galleries and venues throughout Spokane. These free events will be an opportunity for artists to learn about individual galleries and venues particular booking processes, as well as meet and discuss themes relevant to our arts community.
Every Artist Meet Up is open to artists at every point in their career and across disciplines. Bring a friend, come and make a friend, and join in the conversations!
Email Mika at email@example.com with questions.
Find re-caps with great info from the Artist Meet Ups below!
First Artist Meet Up Re-cap!
We had a fantastic first Artist Meet Up at the on June 11. Terrain Director and co-founder, Ginger Ewing, snuck away from the busy last minute work of getting Terrain’s new retail store From Here ready for the Grand Opening to share details on how artists and performers can book shows or events in their space. (Watch for their open call for gallery show proposal submissions in the summer as they book for the following year to 18 months! Contact the the Terrain team directly about booking collaborative projects or short-term events in either the gallery or larger events space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spokane Arts Program Manager Mika Maloney shared conversation starting Question Cards with everyone as they entered the gallery. Each card featured one of a dozen questions around the topic Pricing & Valuing Your Work. Mika shared thoughts that she’d gathered from several of Spokane’s many working artists in response to those same questions, and then we all spent the rest of the evening in conversation, sharing questions, experiences, and ideas!
DO YOU ADJUST YOUR PRICES FOR THE VENUE YOU’LL BE PERFORMING IN OR SHOWING YOUR WORK AT?
HOW MUCH DO YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE MARKET? DO YOU SELL WORK/PERFORM IN MARKETS OUTSIDE OF SPOKANE?
HOW MUCH OF A ROLE DOES YOUR EMOTIONAL CONNECTION TO A PIECE OR PERFORMANCE INFLUENCE YOUR PRICING?
ARE YOU WILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH A BUYER? HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE THAT?
DO YOU INVOICE UP FRONT? DO YOU CREATE CONTRACTS?
ANY TIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL ARTISTS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN TRYING TO PRICE WORK?
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN WHEN YOU WERE FIRST STARTING OUT AS A WORKING ARTIST ABOUT PRICING YOUR WORK?
WHAT IS THE QUESTION YOU WISH YOU COULD ASK OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR FIELD ABOUT MONEY THAT YOU HAVEN’T ASKED?
Pricing and Valuing Your Work
At the Terrain Gallery, 304 W Pacific Ave, Tuesday, June 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
How Place Influences Art
At The Bartlett, 228 W Sprague Ave, Tuesday, July 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Social Media for Artists & Performers
at the Jundt Art Museum, 200 E Desmet, Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
at the Downtown Spokane Public Library, Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Education, Residencies & Work Approaches
at Saranac Art Projects, Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Answers from some local artists on questions about pricing & valuing your work:
DO YOU HAVE A SET FORMULA FOR PRICING YOUR WORK OR DOES IT CHANGE EACH TIME?
DO YOU DO COMMISSIONED WORK? HOW DO YOU PRICE THAT COMPARED TO YOUR OTHER WORK?
ONCE YOU SET A PRICE, DO YOU ADJUST IT AFTER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME IF SOMETHING ISN’T SELLING OR YOU AREN’T GETTING BOOKED?
WHAT IS YOUR ONE BEST PRACTICE FOR PRICING YOUR WORK?
WHAT’S THE BEST/WORST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED ABOUT PRICING OR VALUING YOUR WORK?
HAVE YOU CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE VALUE OF YOUR WORK SINCE YOU STARTED WORKING AS AN ARTIST?
What do you need in your environment to do your best work?
Do you have any tips for creating a productive studio or workspace?
How does where you are when you are creating influence what you are making?
How does the history or past of the place you are working in influence what you create?
How do you know when your art/music is a good fit for a venue?
How and should you shift your creative process for trying to get your work showcased in different spaces?
Do you live in Spokane? Do you work in Spokane? Why do you think Spokane is a good/bad/easy/hard place to be an artist?
Do you think being in Spokane influences your creative work, or would you be creating the same work even if you lived somewhere else?
Does your work reflect something of the place you create it? Could your audience (and would you want them to) recognize a sense of place in your work?
Second Artist Meet Up Re-cap!
Our second Artist Meet Up of the year took place at the end of July in the Bartlett! Owner Karli Ingersoll shared information on what she likes to see when she gets emails about booking shows at the Bartlett.
Our questions and conversations were focused on How Place Influences Art and we talked about how the places we create, the places we live, and the places we show and share our work all influence the work that is created.
Do you work/create where you live? Do you attempt to keep work/studio/creative space separate from living space? If so, what are the things you try to control in your physical environment to separate those spaces?
When does the environment most influence your art?
Do you think about where you will show/share your work before, during, or after you are making your work?
How and should you shift your approach to pitching yourself for different spaces?
Does the place your work is shown/shared affect your own view of that work?
How has your creative work changed as you’ve lived, worked, or performed in other places?
Do you think Spokane has a local style/sound/aesthetic? In music? In visual art? In writing? Do you attempt to connect with that or resist it?
Do you feel a sense of connection or disconnection to Spokane? To the arts communities in the area? Do you want people who interact with your art/work to know that you are creating in Spokane? In your discipline, are there any benefits or negatives with your work being associated with this place?