This will be my year to look up to the sky and shout it out…I am going to soar. I am going to push myself beyond what I’ve thought would ever be possible. I am going to ask for support. I am going to have tears, laughter and emotional ups and downs. So many ideas to put down on paper, so many visions to paint on canvas, so much to explore. It’s going to be a time to be good to myself and share myself with others. It will be a time to override fear, push it so far back that maybe it might disappear!
Loads of words tossed about in that first paragraph, makes me smile. I am beginning the Montana Artrepreneur Program for 2016. I can certify in May of 2017, if I’m ready. The blessing with this program is that it is self-paced. Removing the pressure to finish as we artists have an impossible life sometimes trying to keep on track. We get distracted with creating, which is our passion. This course will be teaching me the business aspect of the art world. Sounds boring but gosh, I need this so much! It is an opportunity to take a course that is equal to two years of college in a time frame of ten months. Taught within a small cohort of other artists (our cohort has 10 artist participating). A coach (who is also an artist). And past MAP artists as mentors. All to provide that needed, valuable, individual attention. The time frame is ten months to complete the course but that is flexible, no pressure. Being the crazed goal oriented personality that I am I’ve set the bar high and told myself I will finish in May 2017. It doesn’t feel impossible to me at this point. I may have to retract that comment come May of 2017!
We had our first 10 hour workshop in February. Oh, so much to learn, so much to absorb and that handbook. I was told not to be fearful of this 3 inch book but at first sight it was something to behold. Still, it gave me goose bumps, so thrilling. The workshop opened up my mind. The opportunity is just laying out there waiting for all artists if we are willing to put the work into our passion. There is a way to make sense of it all, I really like that possibility.
Looking forward to 2016 and the knowledge I’m about to receive. Keeping my mind open and my heart ready to embrace this life of art. I am grateful.