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Learn. Grow. Thrive.

The ArtsThrive Program is a series of professional and business development workshops tailored to the creative individual and business needs of Tuscarawas County artists. The goal of the program is to provide resources and tools for the artist’s tool belt to help their art career or business advance further in Tuscarawas County and beyond.

Below is all the information about the workshops and their course descriptions, and information about the guest speaker. Please sign up for one or more of the courses in order for us to best accommodate your needs the day of each workshop. The location of the workshops will be held at My Museum Tattoo Studio in New Philadelphia, OH - 935 Tuscarawas Ave NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

Workshop 1

Saturday, September 7, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Budgeting: Five Steps to Building an Exceptional Budget

Picture this: You never have to say yes to a project you’d rather refuse, just for the money. Understanding the costs to run a creative business is one of the first steps to reaching that level of empowerment. Plus, it helps you set appropriate prices and earn enough to sustain your business. In this hands-on workshop, participants will build a sustainable budget to support their creative businesses and their personal lives.

As part of this workshop, participants will:

o   List the five-step budgeting process and tailor the process for business or personal needs.

o   Apply the budgeting process to build personal and business budgets.

o   Connect the budgets to personal, creative, and professional goals.

o   Identify various sources of income to support a creative career.

o   Explore systems to support healthy financial habits.


Workshop 2

Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Protecting Yourself: Contracts, Entity Types, Insurance and More

This workshop explores the less exciting—but still crucial—part of running a creative business: Protecting yourself. We’ll review pros and cons of setting up a separate entity for the business (like an LLC), identify the primary components of any good contract, and investigate insurance options based on each individual’s risk profile. We’ll also review the basics of intellectual property rights for creative individuals (like copyright) and share resources for artists to use to learn more.

As part of this workshop, participants will:

o   Identify common entity types to house a creative business in Ohio and the pros and cons of each.

o   Build a contract template for use in creative work.

o   Review insurance basics, with an emphasis on the needs of artists.

o   Navigate resources to support legal, financial, and intellectual property needs of artists.


Workshop 3

Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Taxes 101: The Basics of Income and Sales Tax for Creative Individuals

If it is true that the only certain things in life are death and taxes, this workshop will make navigating one of those things considerably easier. We’ll review federal and state income tax basics for creative individuals (including how the tax landscape changes based on the artist’s entity type choice), and discuss common deductions claimed by creative entrepreneurs. We’ll also review the sales tax requirements for the state of Ohio, plus the obligation to investigate the laws in other states where artists have sales, show work, or visit.

As part of this workshop, participants will:

o   Identify ordinary and necessary deductions common to creative businesses.

o   Review the overall income tax landscape for federal and state filings.

o   Review the sales tax obligations for vendors in Ohio.

o   Identify records to retain for tax purposes and effective systems for tracking expenses and income.

Workshops 4, 5 & 6

Saturday, March 7, 2020; Saturday, APril 4, 2020; & SAturday, May 2, 2020

For the second set of the ArtsThrive workshop series, we want to hear from you. As a creative individual or business, what topic do you want to cover to help your professional and business development? Tell us more in the link below, and we will do our best to create the next series based on your topic. (Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019)

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THANK YOU! Tuscarawas Arts Partnership’s ArtsThrive Program was made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the  Ohio Arts Council  (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.  In addition, we would like to thank our pARTners and supporters for their contributions to make this program happen!

THANK YOU! Tuscarawas Arts Partnership’s ArtsThrive Program was made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

In addition, we would like to thank our pARTners and supporters for their contributions to make this program happen!

To make all creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC® is the founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy and empowerment in creative individuals and organizations. Her workshops and presentations have been featured nationally by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Americans for the Arts, the Arts & Business Council of New York, the College Art Association, Playwrights of New York, the Lark Play Development Center, Theatre Communications Group, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Rhode Island School of Design, the Ohio Art League, the Ohio Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Bloomington, the Broward County Cultural Division, and the Foundation Center.

Elaine teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship from 2014-2018. Previously, Elaine served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School and in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young in New York.

Elaine is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013), and she contributed regularly to Professional Artist magazine. She is based in Columbus, Ohio where she serves on the boards of the Short North Alliance, Social Ventures, and the Financial Therapy Association and on the advisory board of Besa.