|OVAC Intern Laura Reese paints a map of visual artists in Oklahoma |
for OK Arts Day (held the same day at Small Business Day
Neither of these observations surprise me, yet the straightforwardness of the meeting made me pine to simplify artists’ lives. Why can’t artists take advantage of the many ready structures for profitability?
Yes, I know, we want artists to speak another language. Similar to inventors or scientists, artists must risk much with each step forward. Yet capital and profit consistently define boundaries on artists’ practices. So, in the words of a helpful contact at the Department of Commerce’s table, “a business has to run in the black.”
Many artists want to view themselves as separate from the world of commerce and certainly as unique. However, if you want to increase the amount of capital, space, and time available for your artistic practice, you need to follow some standard business strategy.
Also, by learning the language of business, artists can grow their network and markets.
So, in the next few posts I will outline some of the most helpful resources for small businesses in Oklahoma in hopes that you will learn from the language and wisdom of others’ acumen.