175 delegates attend ARTpreneur Ottawa at Shenkman

Catherine Kitts
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It may have only been a one-day conference, but the knowledge gained by delegates and vendors alike at ARTpreneur Ottawa, over the weekend, was invaluable.

Suki Lee, keynote speaker, addressed delegates at the 2013 ARTpreneur Ottawa. (Photo: Courtesy of Jackpine Photography by Cole Burston)

"Lots of tremendously useful and positive feedback is coming in," said AOE Arts Council director of communications, Cristiane Doherty.  "We are already excited about next year with all vendors wanting to come back, made new contacts for new speakers and have some really good ideas from this years experience to improve and add for the next conference."

Keynote speaker Suki Lee set the tone for the day imparting her expert advice on art community individuals who had gathered to learn how to transform their passions into professions.

Sessions were held throughout the day at the Shenkman Arts Centre, in Orléans, on a variety of topics dedicated to helping artists succeed in business.

This year's theme was REbranding the Artist as well as their art. Highlights of the day included talks on self-promotion and social media use, applying for public art calls and how to network.

To wrap it all up, all speakers met back on stage in the Harold Shenkman Hall for a panel discussion about "What's an Artist Gotta Do?" taking questions from the audience, which gave attendees a chance to voice other topics of concern like copyright, frequency of marketing outreach.

"The conference was just fantastic on Saturday," said Doherty. "All sessions were well attended." 

Organizations: Shenkman Arts Centre, AOE Arts Council

Geographic location: Ottawa, Orléans

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