Artists in the program (2009-2016) report increased net sales of 654% with a 60% 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.
Between July 2018 and June 2019 the Montana Arts Council will host two cohorts, one in Bozeman and one in Helena. Applications for participation are accepted year-round.
Applications for the next cohort, launching in the fall of 2019, are closed.
The eight-to-ten month course is comprised of:
- Four 10-hour workshops
- Up to six two-hour interim sessions
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.
2017 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 2009-2016. Executive Summary | Detailed Report | Artists Stories | Previous Versions: Executive Summary (2009-2014) | Detailed Report (2009-2014)