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Professional Development Series

In 2012, Creative Portland received a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to launch a professional development series, in partnership with Maine College of Art and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, designed specifically for professional artists. 

The series consists of 12 workshops held in the Maine College of Art’s Osher Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 6 – 9 p.m. Selected from a survey of artists last summer, topics will range from grant-writing and social media to contract law and business start-up basics.

Use the nagivation on the LEFT to view past sessions. 

Presenters, panelist and contributors for this series have included:

Spencer Albee, Promoter, musician and leader of Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia

Mark Bessire, Director of Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine

Emily Brackett of Visible Logic in Portland, Maine

Kyle Bryant, Maine based artist printmaker

Darrell Bulmer, Communication Associate from the Maine Arts Commission in Augusta, Maine

Chelsea Callanan from Opticliff ESQ

Ezekiel Callanan from Opticliff ESQ/ Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Edwige Charlot, Program Associate at Creative Portland in Portland, Maine

Justin Coffin, MacPage in Augusta, ME

Amy Stacey Curtis, Maine based artist

Nancy Davidson, curator of Maine Jewish Museum in Portland, Maine

Robert Diamante, Maine based international photographer

Annette Elowitch from Baridoff Galleries in South Portland, Maine

Emily Friedman from the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine

Tom Gangewer of Local Economy  in Portland, Maine

Ariel Hagan from the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine

Connie Hayes, Maine based artist

Tanja Hollander, Maine based photographer and creator of Are You Really My Friend

Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine

JACK TAR team of Maine style blog JackTar207

Stacy Kim, founder of PERCH in Portland, Maine

Mark Marchesi, Maine based photographer and Instragam sensation.

Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate from the Maine Arts Commission

Patrick May, President of the Portland Music Foundation

Donna McNeil, former director Maine Arts Commission

Caren-Marie Michel, Maine based pastel artist and Treasurer of the Union of Visual Artists

Allie Munier of broke207 Blog

Shannon Rankin, Maine based artist

Virginia Rose, Rose Contemporary in Portland, Maine

Greta Rybus, Maine based photo journalist and founder of

Sally Struever, Manager of PMA Store and Brand Administration at the Portland Museum of Art Store

Corey Templeton of

Diane Toepfer of Ferdinand

Andres Versoza from Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine

Sarah Yakawonis, Maine based artist from Yakawonis Quilling and Yakadoodle-a-day blog

Arielle Walrath of Might & Main and Co-President Maine AIGA


'Marketing Basics for Artists' : January - April 2013

During the Winter of 2013, the Professional Development series began a four- part mini series focused on marketing. Each session will focus on one aspect of marketing and highlight different strategies. From promotional materials such as business cards and postcards, web presence, email marketing to professional documentation, we hope to empower attendees to use effective marketing strategies and methods to heighten their professional creative practice.


Beyond the Business Card - January 9, 2013

Professional Documentation - February 13, 2013

Websites & Blogging - March 13, 2013

Social Media & Email Marketing - April 10, 2013


'Business Basics for Artists' : September - October 2012

In September of 2012, the Professional Development intiative launched with the top two topics selected from a survey of artists in the Summer of 2012, "Grantwriting" and "Pricing Your Artwork". In December 2012, we held "Tax Essentials" just in time for tax season.

Tax Essentials - December 2012

Pricing & Valuing Artwork - November 2012

Grantwriting - October 2012



Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to grow and support the city’s creative economy. In July 2012, Creative Portland merged with the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance to become the city’s official arts agency.

The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.

Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and reduced fee services to professional artists in Maine.

For more information, please contact