Hello LAA Members,
As you know, Anne is stepping down as the President of LAA and I have been asked to be your new President.
Now we are in transition...Our lives are full of transitions, those times between one state of existence and the next. We transition from school to summer vacation. We transition from home to college, from college to work, from work to retirement…and on and on. Our transitions can be viewed as voids we impatiently rush through or we can see them as quiet, in between spaces. These spaces are times for reflection, for sorting and considering what has passed. But they are also times for planning and anticipation…for wondering and dreaming.
We look forward in anticipation…this new world hasn’t been built…it doesn’t exist yet. As we move through our transition time here at the LAA, I would like to encourage you to share your dreams, your wondering, what you are planning and anticipating, with me and with each other.
My job as President is to serve you, our members. I want to hear from you. What are your dreams? What projects would you love to see us tackle?
Think too, about how you can serve each other. Paradoxically, we gain more when we give more, particularly of our time and regard. When we reach out to fellow members, having lunch, discussing our work, getting out of a creative block, we strengthen and grow our community. By volunteering, formally or informally, we charge our personal batteries and charge up our organization in the process.
I look forward to hearing from you in the comments on our website or on FaceBook.
Yours in Creativity,
Helen H. Harrison, President, LAA
Cindy Sewell Hohman is offering a new online art marketing class. She is working in partnership with the LAA, so if you sign up for her class, the LAA gets a commission. This is a win/win: you receive valuable training in marketing your art and the LAA receives a commission. Check it out! Click HERE to view the course. You can sign up for the waitlist and be first in line when the class opens.
More about the course, Create a Marketing Plan for Your Thriving Art Business:
If you are overwhelmed by all of the marketing options for artists and feel like you are spending lots of time on marketing, but just spinning your wheels, then what you need is a marketing plan. After completing Cindy's 6-week course, you will know the steps to take daily, weekly, and monthly to sell more art. You will feel good about marketing your art because you will be creating a plan based on authenticity, rather than doing what everyone else is doing. You will have clarity and confidence about marketing your work. Marketing will go from being something to avoid to being easy to manage. You will sell more work.
This course is developed specifically for the artist who is ready to:
Here’s What You Told Us in the Member Survey…
In April the LAA Board distributed a member survey to solicit feedback on our Association’s benefits & programs. We were thrilled to receive responses from 78 members (of 183 contacted), who provided the following feedback from our respondents.
The most important benefits the LAA membership provides are the camaraderie of our artist community and opportunities to show art. In fact, a vast majority say that Member Shows, the National Fine Art & Photography Show, and other opportunities to show art are Important or Very Important for LAA members.
We asked for feedback on Dabblers and Workshops, significant opportunities for learning/expanding/exploring art. More than half of our respondents are likely or highly likely to register for a workshop or Dabbler in the next year. We learned that most members would prefer an Intermediate level program, with one- or half-day programs highly preferred. This feedback is especially important as we begin planning programs for 2019, with over a dozen opportunities expected.
We also received a variety of ideas about our monthly member meetings. Thanks once again to everyone who participated. Stay tuned as we work to address your suggestions, and strive to make our organization to be the best it can be! If you have any additional feedback or ideas, or you’d like to get more involved in the LAA, or perhaps to join the Board, please reach out to any Board Member.
We are offering art grants to members. The intent of the art grant program is to subsidize projects that support members in advancing their careers by teaching and providing art events and experiences for members and/or the local community. Mini-grants are intended to increase art opportunities that further LAA mission.
Applications that provide classes and programs, art experiences, and support for the creation of public art are given preference. Collaborations with other organizations such as the Louisville Public Library, DAM and many others are welcomed. Click HERE to download the grant application
The Louisville Art Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in our community and state wide.