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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 presented 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 was 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 provided 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 provided valuable knowledge to assist in the advancement of artists’ careers and provide a venue for networking with other artists. Workshop events were free but required registration at each of the workshops. Admission was on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 75 person cap. 

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


The program did 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. 

This project began 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 was funded in part by the Cumberland Community Foundation and agencies listed below: 

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