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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Durham Provides Free Business Skills Course for Emerging Local Artists

Public Art Making Your Own Career; image of artist David Wilson

Emerging local artists hoping to take their work from personal to public should apply now for Momentum 360: Making Your Own Career in Public Art.

This latest iteration of the Momentum 360 program is a collaboration between the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Triangle Artworks, and is designed to provide artists with the business and planning skills they need to compete in the world of public art.

Momentum 360 is now accepting applications for its Public Art cohort. During the free six-week program, participants will learn to develop professional support materials such as CVs and letters of interest; financial skills including budgeting and cost evaluations; best practices and common mistakes; and even more behind-the-scenes insights from public art professionals.

Momentum 360: Making Your Own Career in Public Art will be held from January 12 – February 16 via six virtual classes, each lasting two hours. The course will be held in a hybrid style with optional in-person field experiences also available.

Durham-based artist David Wilson will be the instructor for the program. Wilson has worked successfully with public-sector and private-sector clients, and brings decades of experience and his love of mentorship to this program. He will be assisted in this course by Triangle ArtWorks ArtSwell Education Director and Arts Entrepreneurship Educator Cynthia Deis.

For more information and to access the application, visit the Momentum 360: Making Your Own Career in Public Art webpage. Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2021. Interested artists may also contact Deis by email for more information.

About the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by helping to increase the commercial tax base, preparing the workforce to meet the demands of current and emerging industries, promoting long-term economic growth through the revitalization of downtown, urban and targeted suburban areas, and providing technical and targeted financial assistance for businesses.

About Triangle ArtWorks

Triangle ArtWorks is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) working to provide a platform that amplifies the voice of the arts community in Triangle region of North Carolina. Since 2010, Triangle ArtWorks has been providing services, support, and professional development for the arts sector across all artistic disciplines in all five counties of the Triangle.

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