The Business of Art is a professional development program created by the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board. The program focuses on the professional development of art educators and secondary school students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts program. The program will be divided into two full day events spanning two semesters.
The first day, titled Guelph’s Creative Economy, will take place in the fall semester. It will showcase a variety of art businesses in downtown Guelph during an “art crawl” hosted by the Art Gallery of Guelph. Students and arts educators will be led by an AGG staff member on visits to 3-5 arts organizations and/or businesses in the local community. Throughout the art crawl, students and educators will be introduced to professional creative practices and to Guelph’s creative economy (career opportunities will also be a focus of the program).
The second day, titled So you want to be an artist?, will take place in the winter semester. It will centre around professional workshops conducted at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Students and educators will be welcomed by a keynote speaker, who will address student questions about the professional art industry. Workshops will be directed by the specific interests of the students enrolled in the IB Visual Arts program. Workshops will be conducted by gallery members and by visiting art professionals.
The Business of Art program will be piloted in fall 2016.
For more information, please contact Alexandra Hartstone 519–837–0010 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.