Join us for a daylong professional development workshop with content crafted to serveĀ Native American artists led by Linda Essig, Jake Meders, and First Peoples Fund. You will learn how to develop your entrepreneurial thinking skills, marketing basics, budgeting, and receive a free copy of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit.


Workshop:Ā April 22, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heard Museum
Encanto Room
2301 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004


You have the talent for art, now make the possibilities of that gift grow with essential business and marketing skills! Join us to strengthen the business side of your creative practice. This will be a daylong professional development workshop led by Linda Essig, Jake Meders, and First Peoples Fund. You will learn how to develop your entrepreneurial thinking skills, marketing basics, budgeting, and receive a free copy of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit. The toolkit has step-by-step instructions and templates in one place to help artists support the business side of their creative practice.Ā  The arts landscape is constantly changing and as artists and entrepreneurs it is just as vital to stay current in your business.

This workshop is now at capacity.




Linda Essig launched the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University in 2006 to empower artists to harness the power of entrepreneurship in support of their creative practice. Now part of the Herberger Institute Office of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs, Pave has helped over 36 arts-based ventures launch; some of the 2006 cohort are still going concerns. She has led artist entrepreneur workshops for Mesa NEDCO, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Self-Employment in the Arts and elsewhere. She began her career as a theatre artist, designing lighting for scores of productions at theatres across the country. For more information see herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/entrepreneur.




Jacob Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California. He graduated in 2007 with his BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and in 2011 received his MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. Jacobā€™s work focuses on altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of indigenous peoples. Using bookforms and prints as a symbol of western knowledge and the linear mind, Jacob deploys them as a vehicle to challenge new perceptions of Native Americans. For more information on Jacobā€™s work visit https://jacobmeders.com/



First Peoples Fund is an organization based in Rapid City, South Dakota committed to providing support and voice to creative Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities. They spearhead multiple grantmaking initiatives including the annual Jennifer Easton Spirit Awards, Artists in Business Leadership, Cultural Captial Fellowship, Our Nationā€™s Spaces, and Native Artist Economic Building Grants. Each year, hundreds of Native artists and culture bearers gain business and leadership skills, significantly increase their personal and family incomes, and are inspired to meaningfully sustain their culture and communities through our programs. For more information visit http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/