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Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) is an art-centered business development program taught by working artists and open to all visual artists:


Providing over 40 hours of college-level instruction

Reviewing 35 practical business tools

Demystifying the world of business

Affirming the title of “Artist” as a credible profession
 

 

At the program’s heart is the philosophy that a sustainable career in the arts is attainable by:

 

Advancing one’s proficiency in a chosen medium,

Understanding and proactively engaging in the arts community,

Confidently articulating one’s story and purpose as an artist and

Strategically seeking patrons for one’s work.

 


 

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Artists in the program (2009-2014) report increased net sales of 397% with a 44% increase in out-of-state sales on average since participating in the program, proving that the program works. The Montana Artrepreneur Program has earned national acclaim and has impacted nearly 400 artists across Montana.
 

 

 

More info/A call for possibility

More Information
A Call for Possibility

Application

Application

Certification Information

Certification Information

Meet the Coaches

Meet the Coaches

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Joan Contraman artwork

Joan Contraman | Corvallis | Hellage 2015
Darla Myers artwork detail

Darla Myers | Bozeman | Three Forks 2015
Nerissa Eckerson artwork

Nerissa Eckerson | Butte | Pintler 2014

 

 

 

The eight-to-ten month course is comprised of:
 

Four 10-hour workshops and up to six two-hour interim sessions

Field trips to wholesale/retail markets and galleries

Annual Celebrate Montana Art indoor booth show / Montana Artists’ Gathering professional development workshops

Annual Art Across Montana juried museum show
 

Participating in MAP requires a commitment to attend monthly workshops and to financially invest in one’s business of art. There is a moderate fee of $350 and an easy application process. The course is offered throughout the state in eight locations each year and begins around February, depending on location. MAP cohorts consist of six to ten artists each and applications are accepted until each group is full for the course year.
 

The Montana Artrepreneur Program is presented in partnership with Made in Montana, a program of the Montana Department of Commerce. Past programs have been funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the LINC Foundation. 

 

Made in Montana   United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development  Tremaine Foundation

 

Interested artists should contact Sheri Jarvis, Montana Artrepreneur Program director, at (406) 865-0884 or sherijarvis@mt.gov.




Meet the Coaches

 

MAP Coaches

MAP Coaches


Annie Allen, Deb Essen, Jennette Rasch, Jan Shanahan, Linda Short, Meagan Thompson, Rickie van Berkum, Liz Chappie Zoller



 

2016 MAP Artists' Gathering



 


 

Important Research Available on Economic Impacts of Artists

 

Researcher and evaluator Surale Phillips completed an in-depth study on economic impacts of artists participating in MAC’s Montana Artrepreneur Program during the years 2009-2014. Executive Summary | Detailed Report

 

 

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