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5 Tips for Recharging your Art

image_20976The Summer is a great time to relax and spend time with friends and family, but it can also be a great time to recharge and plan for the year to come.  Chances are you've already planned next season's events, productions, or workshops, so consider making any free time productive to improve your business skills. Obviously, art does not stop during the Summer, so if your free time  does not happen in the warmer months, the information below can be applied to any time of the year.  Here are some tips and tools for making the most of your free time.

  • Plan ahead. Research your grants now and make a calendar of grant deadlines for the upcoming year.  Make sure to gather as much information about the funder's grant making history, guidelines, and posted due dates.  This will allow you to plan ahead and hopefully eliminate rushed applications, thereby improving the quality of your proposal.

  • Learn more. Attend classes and workshops so that you can improve your business skills in accounting, fundraising, grant writing, etc. There's not enough time in the day to do this during your usual creative time or programming, so why not take a little bit of time to do this when there's nothing else going on?  Hopefully you'll find yourself becoming more business savvy and efficient so you can focus more on your art during the busier times.

  • Hone your art-making skills. Consider researching or attending residencies, or just taking some time to devote solely to becoming a better artist. As a community of artists, we are always trying to become better at our art, but it's not going to happen if we don't take the time to practice or seek assistance and advice from colleagues and other professionals.

  • Go see art. Whether you're going to exhibitions, performances, or other events, you should make the time to see other art.  You might find inspiration for your own art or you can just turn it into a  networking opportunity.   Plus, you're sure to have some fun!

  • Shamelessly Self-Promote. Make sure you're keeping up with your social media and marketing during your time off so your donors and audience members are kept up to date and excited about your upcoming activities.  This will also help you to continue expanding your social networking with other artists.

Above all, make sure you have time to relax so that you are energized and ready to go for the year to come.  Running your own business is rewarding but can also be exhausting, so it's important to take the time to recharge to prevent burning out.

Happy Summer!