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2021 Business of Art Conference Seeking Presenters

The Ames Community Arts Council and the Octagon Center for the Arts are seeking presenters — art professionals, teachers, coaches, and entrepreneurs for the 3nd annual Business of Art Conference, to be held Friday, March 5  – Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The ideal session will be practical, informative, and interactive. The conference will seek to include topics that appeal to artists/creatives at all levels. Interested individuals should complete the online application, found here: Applications are due by Friday, August 21, 2020.

With regard to COVID-19, we will be making a decision regarding how we will be holding the conference (live, virtual, or a hybrid) by Saturday, October 31, 2020. Presenters will be given the opportunity to indicate their willingness to participate in the various formats when completing their application.

The 2020 conference drew about 75 professional creatives and students from around region for a day and a half of information and networking. A variety of artist media/career paths were represented. And attendees were at all stages of their careers. Many participants were retirees pursing a second career and/or individuals making art on a part-time basis. Speakers and attendees expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the conference overall and attendees rated informative sessions (such as demonstrations or specific practical information) most highly. To view the 2020 schedule, visit the website: . The intention of the 2020 conference is to both build upon past successful content and to introduce new topics.

Individuals with questions or wishing to suggest presenters are encouraged to contact either the Ames Community Arts Council [] or The Octagon Center for the Arts [].

This program is made possible, in part, with the support of the City of Ames Commission on the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council’s Art Project Grant.

Ames Community Arts Council
Contact: Jennifer Brockpahler

Octagon Center for the Arts
Contact: Rhonda Scott

Submitted by Ames Community Arts Council

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