About the Toolbox

Get the Tools You Need to Build Your Career!

“I am grateful for the experience and wish that every artist could have the same sort of access to small business information that was made available through APT. I tell my friends that APT was like business school for artists." - Testimonial from a Toolbox Participant

Based on survey results from over 800 visual artists, the Artist’s Professional Toolbox (APT) is an exciting, one-year  career development certificate program that empowers practicing visual artists with the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist. APT includes over 14 workshops, held primarily on Saturdays throughout the academic year, for a select group of artists to learn and practice marketing, networking, and business skills with the additional benefits of peer group interaction, critiques with prominent art world experts, and mentorship.

This program is currently full and in session. Stayed tuned to learn more about next year's program.

The program includes instruction on:

  • Clarifying career goals with a professional career coach
  • Marketing strategies, including positioning, branding, and marketing plan development
  • Writing artist statements, bios, press releases and media pitches
  • Effective networking and "verbal branding"
  • Effective negotiation
  • Copyright infringement, contracts, and real estate issues
  • Financial planning, and tax and estate planning
  • Time management

The program concludes with a portfolio review, giving participants the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and present their work to leading gallery owners, museum directors, grant makers, journalists, and residency program directors.

The Toolbox is open to practicing visual artists and is limited to 25 participants. Applicants must commit to completing the entire program. 

Tuition and Fees
Tuition for artists is $1400 for the year (payable in 3-4 installments if preferred). 

Workshop Dates
November 2, 11, 23
December 7
January 11, 25
February 8, 22
March 8, 13, 29
April 5, 10, 26 

Interested? Email dlynne@artsandbusinesscouncil.org



In the top banner, APT fellow Christine Destrempes with her installation "13,699", joined by environmental vendors at the Down:2:Earth Festival at the Hynes Convention Center in April, 2010. Top Right: APT fellow Terry Wise at work. Bottom Right: Artists Siri Smedvig at the 2011 Portfolio Reviews.