Business Skills for Artists: Free Workshop Series
This 5-part series is presented by arts marketing specialist Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing and Karen Christians of Cleverwerx. The lecture series will feature experts on a variety of business concerns of particular interest to artists and makers alike.
All talks are free, created especially for Artisan’s Asylum community members, but applicable to all makers and creators that want to sell their work.
Is it Yours or Isn't It, and Who Says So: Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital Age
The internet has turned the rules of intellectual property into a Wild West Show. If you’re looking to retain rights to your intellectual output, there are numerous issues you’ll have to concern yourself with in order to protect your investment. Learn what you should and shouldn't do with your intellectual property online--art, music, software, literature--and judge whether the risks of "sharing" will be worth the rewards.
This lecture will provide a broad overview of IP rights as they affect creatives, and is cognizant of recent court cases. The lecture will be presented by Don Schaefer, internationally known advocate and lobbyist for ethical copyright standards for creatives. He will share how to best use resources to make your own judgments on how and whether to share your content; the minimal steps to take to protect your property; how to find infringers; and some steps one can take to deal with infringements.
Donald Schaefer is the Campaign Director for the Artists' Bill of Rights, a group of professionals and organizations world-wide who are providing their expertise towards protecting the creative community. http://artists-bill-of-rights.org
Jesa Damora is an artist and an arts marketer who helps artists and other creative types focus and realize their goals, get out there, and get known. She runs FunnelCake Marketing out of Artisan’s Asylum, the vibrant community makerspace in Somerville, MA and makes art in her carriage house studio nearby. She is former Marketing Coordinator for Somerville Open Studios, for which she developed a popular lecture series on marketing she’ll reprise this year. She also does presentations for Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn, where she is resident marketing guru, and in both towns speaks on panels on issues related to art and the creative economy.
Karen Christians is an educator and maker in the metal arts. She developed the metals program at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, founded Metalwerx in Waltham, a non-profit school for jewelry and the metal arts, and the new jewelry section of the Hot Craft Studio at Artisans Asylum in Somerville. She teaches nationally, lectures around the country, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of the book, "Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft." Karen holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently writing a second book, "The Jewelry of Burning Man."
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.