Kickstart your creative business with the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute; register for July course

Ready to Make Your Art Your Business?   

Want to build a strong brand as a creative business in the areas of fine and performing arts, writing, media and design or another art-based venture? The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute offers an annual intensive course at Summit Artspace to help your passion thrive.

“This is an awesome program, rich with information for the emerging and established artist.” – AEI Graduate

This year, we will offer two institutes: one full course for new participants and one A Closer Look for alumni of the course or artist-entrepreneurs who have comparable experience.

The course has been very popular with local artists who want to build their brands in smart, efficient ways. Akron metal sculptor Michael Marras, an AEI alumnus and Akron Art Prize finalist, said “For several reasons, it is really hard to balance the artist with the business person. There are a lot of things in the program that are helpful to artists starting off and people in the middle of their careers.” Artists join the class because they are searching for this type of how-to information from accounting to writing a business plan to marketing. It has proved to be a career turning point for some artists.

“I feel motivated and have been pointed in the right direction and ready to take the next step forward.” – AEI Graduate

Click here for more information on the AEI Full Course

Click here for more information on A Closer Look, a practical intensive for alumni and artist-entrepreneurs on their journeys

Please email with any questions.

Watch the AEI promotional video from 2015 and hear from some local artists:


Thank you to the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for underwriting AEI.





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