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Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurial (A.C.E.) Workshops
for BIPOC Artists and the Community 


Understanding the Business of Being an Artist

Project Dates; November 10, 2022 – June 2023 

The Ellington-White CDC presents a 10-month intensive program consisting of interactive monthly meetings for selected Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC) artists and public workshops that will be open to all visual artists.  

The core group will be comprised of twenty (20) selected emerging visual artists who will participate in a nationally recognized program of mentorship, business skill development in the arts designed by SPRINGBOARD for the Arts a national arts advocacy organization. 

Monthly meetings for the core group will provide tools for building your career in the arts. Topics to be covered include:  

      • Building creative relationships 

      • Selling yourself 

      •  Selling your art       

      •  Portfolio presentation 

      •  Professionalism 

      •  Your digital presence 

      •  Artist statements 

      •  Resumes and bios 

      •  Goal setting 

      •  Documentation and copyrights 

      •  Sponsorship  

      •  How to write Grants 

      •  Public art, and more. 

Workshop events will provide valuable knowledge to assist in the advancement of artists’ careers and provide a venue for networking with other artists. Workshop events will be free but will require registration at the workshop. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 75 person cap. 

All A.C.E. Core participants will be required to maintain a 90% attendance for both the monthly core meetings and the public workshops. Interested click here and download the application.


The program will culminate in an exhibition curated by participants at The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery with an exhibition catalog featuring work selected by the A.C.E. program participants. 

Project will begin with the first public workshop on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6 - 8 pm at the Arts Council Fayetteville Cumberland County located at 301 Hay Street in Fayetteville, NC.


This program is funded in part by the agencies listed below: 

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