Melinda Childs

Working on the Business of Art

August 23-27, 2020 (Three Teaching Days)

“Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists” is a workshop series developed by Twin Cities based artist services non-profit Springboard for the Arts. This workshop is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines. From marketing and recordkeeping to business planning this is a primer for all artists at any stage of their career, from new artists to seasoned professionals. We all know it’s more fun to be in the studio creating our artwork but getting a handle on the foundation of our artist run businesses is important too. This course will be interactive and will provide templates and tools to help you get your business in order.

Melinda Childs

As ArtStart's Community and Cultural Development Director, Melinda Childs' calling is to build individual, community and financial relationships that promote the arts as vital to our area's creative and economic wellbeing. Childs has more than a decade's hands-on experience working in the arts-based community development field. She has organized neighborhood art festivals and guided artists and communities though the "how to" of creating public art projects. While serving as Program Director and consultant for Forecast Public Art in Minneapolis, Childs designed professional and economic development training programs for artists and communities seeking to use art to activate their environments and economies. She participated in numerous grant committees, as well as the planning committee for the Great Places Initiative. Childs also worked on planning artist specific content for the Public Art Network's annual conference. Childs Recently completed the Work of Art Training program offered by Springboard for the Arts and is creating an artist entrepreneurial network and programs in partnership with Nicolet College. Childs lives in Rhinelander with her artist husband-Jaron, two young children-Roan and Singer and dogs Kasper and Wendell where they lead an art- and nature-filled life.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $250
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $275
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $315
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $337
(There are 4 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, August 23
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - August 24-26
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

This workshop does not include a Farewell Toast

Thursday, August 27
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.