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Intro to Craft Careers

Intro to Craft Careers

Intro to Craft Careers

Intro to Craft Careers is a pilot program launching in Spring 2023 in the Department of Art + Design at Tennessee State University in Nashville. Professional artists will introduce craft careers and explore business skills for artistic career success with students. We will also share real-world experiences for students to further engage these speakers (coop, maker spaces, craft fairs, gallery shows, etc.)

Each session is scheduled from 12:30-2:00pm in Space for New Media at Elliott Hall.
February 8: Marketing & Pricing with Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun and Renee Ford
March 1: Sales Opportunities with Wilson Lee, Jr. and Evan Brown
April 5: Shared Creative Spaces with Danielle McDaniel and Jackie Schlicher

 

Additional Online Resources


Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun

IG: @draftsbyolasubomi
Web: draftsbyola.com

Drafts by Olasubomi Gallery
106 N 2nd St, Clarksville, TN 37040

Murals:
Frankie Pierce Park, 130 Lifeway Plaza, Nashville
Delgado Guitars, 919 Gallatin Ave #10, Nashville
Kobe & Gianna Bryant mural, Red Bicycle Coffee, 712 51st Ave N, Nashville
Tornado/Nashville Strong, Edley’s BBQ East, 908 Main St, Nashville
Indoor metal landscape, E3 Chophouse, 1628 21st Ave S, Nashville

52nd Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair
May 5, 6 & 7, 2023, Fri/Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5
Centennial Park, Nashville

 


Evan Brown

IG: @the_nka_gallery
Web: nkagallery.com

The Nka Gallery
915 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208

 

 


Renee Ford

IG: @reneefordmetals
Web: reneefordmetals.com

52nd Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair
May 5, 6 & 7, 2023, Fri/Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5
Centennial Park, Nashville

 


Wilson Lee, Jr.

Web: leearts.com

52nd Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair
May 5, 6 & 7, 2023, Fri/Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5
Centennial Park, Nashville

 


Danielle McDaniel

IG: @danielle.theclaylady
Web: theclaylady.com

The Clay Lady’s Campus
1416 Lebanon Pike # C, Nashville, TN 37210

52nd Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair
May 5, 6 & 7, 2023, Fri/Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5
Centennial Park, Nashville

Danielle says, “The Clay Lady’s Campus is committed to growing artists! We have many opportunities for you to enter our programs “where you are” and help you level-up your skill and opportunities. From education to community to employment opportunities, we want you to join us and see what happens when artists create together!”

 


Jackie Schlicher

IG: @wildhairpottery
Web: wildhairpottery.com

The Clay Lady’s Campus
1416 Lebanon Pike # C, Nashville, TN 37210

 

 


More Resources

African American Craft Initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage – Monthly email features stories of Black craft artists and nationwide opportunities for visual artists

The Center for Craft – Grants and fellowships; exhibitions and think tanks (Asheville, NC)

Nashville Arts & Business Council – Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Periscope Entrepreneur training, professional development

Springboard for the ArtsWork of Art: Business Skills for Artists professional development program (free download)


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