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Maryland Mountain Arts Network Schedules Forum Series
04/15/2005

The Maryland Mountain Arts Network has put together a forum series of business workshops for artists, art organizations and the business community in our area. All forum workshops are free and open to the public.

A workshop entitled “Fund-raising for Your Non-Profit Arts Organization” will be held on May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland and will focus on building an effective fund-raising program for short-term stability and long-term growth. Participants will discuss the various elements of fundraising, solicitation approaches and effective management of fund-raising activities. Source and legal requirements information will also be provided. This workshop is being provided in cooperation with the Maryland State Arts Council.

Additional workshops entitled “Entrepreneurship Training for Artists and Craftspeople” and “The Arts Mean Business!” will also be presented as a part of the forum series.

“Entrepreneurship Training for Artists and Craftspeople” is scheduled for May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spruce Forest Village Church in Grantsville and aims to help art entrepreneurs with a broad range of business basics, many of which are the same types of help that fledgling small and micro businesses need. The forum will tackle subjects such as the two myths that hold back many artists, characteristics that work for artists and entrepreneurs, the 49 percent rule and how to find resources to help. The workshop will provide many handouts, links to resources, as well as interactive exercises to help build skills.

The forum series will close on June 9 with a session called “The Arts Mean Business!” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Frostburg State University Performing Arts Center. Featuring guest speakers Aris Melissaratos, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and Theresa M. Colvin, executive director Maryland State Arts Council, this forum will focus on how arts and business work together and will illustrate to local elected officials, community and business leaders and area arts providers that the Arts in Western Maryland have a powerful economic impact beyond their social and aesthetic value. Live performances and a networking reception will cap off the event, as well as a follow-up discussion opportunity focusing on the continuation of fostering a cohesive network within the arts community of Allegany and Garrett Counties. Artistic entrepreneurship and organizational and business information will be on display during the event.

The forum series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission as administered by the Maryland Department of Planning, MicroEnterprise Council of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Allegany Arts Council, Garrett County Arts Council and M&T Bank.

Register online at www.mdmountainarts.com. For more information, contact Mary Jane Plummer at 301-687-7495.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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