Here is some info for your journey along the Trail...

As individual artists & artisans, galleries & shops, arts organizations we all need some basic tools to set up business. Here is an assembly of lists, templates and other resources for setting up and growing your business or organization. As the page grows we will be adding more links and appreciate any input on what you may need.

2-sales-floor-signThe Basics, for Individual Artisans:

  1. First Things First: For Starters, this is a basic checklist for your new artisan business
  2. Artist Portfolio 101: What do you include? How do you organize it?
  3. Bookkeeping for Artists 001: A very basic listing of what you need to know
  4. Pricing Policy for Artists 101: Keep it simple, be consistent
  5. Artist Statement: Have you written your Statement? Need to refresh your old one?  Here are some suggestions
  6. Photographing Your Work: Taking the best photos to present your best wor


For Shops and Galleries: (in addition to the above)

  1. Basic Gallery Checklist: Are you planning a Gallery Show?  This is your To-Do checklist
  2. Hospitality Matters!  How does your space say "Welcome!"


Grow Your Business:

  1. Next Things Now:  After you've gone through the First Things First checklist--here's your next steps
  2. Media Kit Checklist:  Have it handy, keep it fresh
  3. Media Release:  While you are tweaking your basic Media Kit, check out this  guide
  4. Website Checklist:  Take a look at your site.  Does it need a refresher?
  5. Being the Best on 6!  Some insights from a seasoned Artisan Trail tripper.


Resource Links:

There are so many great websites with helps for artists, arts organizations, shops and galleries.  A great place to start is the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

 

Across PA Route 6 there are 4 different PA Partners for the Arts, each serving their region with grant opportunities and other helps.  Find yours (by county, west to east):

 

ERIE ARTS & CULTURE
Counties Served: Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and  Warren
Website: www.erieartsandculture.org
Phone: (814) 452-3427

 

ELK COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
Counties Served: Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter
Website:  www.eccota.com
Phone: (814) 772-7051

 

BRADFORD COUNTY REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Counties Served: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming,Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming
Website:  www.bcrac.org
Phone: (570) 268-2787

 

POCONO ARTS COUNCIL
Counties Served: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne
Website: www.poconoarts.org
Phone: (570) 476-4460