Business Incubator to host workshop for creative entrepreneurs

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the School of Business at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host an Arts Factory project for aspiring artists and creative services providers Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. The free, public workshop will take place at the Business Support Incubator located at 615 South Main Street in Pine Bluff.

Artistic can be understood as many things. Painters, musicians, clothing designers, chefs, and photographers are all examples of being artistic How can one make a living using their artistic talents? Businesswise, artists are all entrepreneurs in their own right. An artist that has something they are good at that a consumer will need or desire at one point. Artists possess talents and gifts that the majority of the world can’t just wake up and mimic, therefore this makes artists marketable and possibly entrepreneurs.The issue is when these artists have issues marketing their talent(s), that’s where the Arts Factory Project comes in. Our focus is to give the artist and their art an opportunity to turn their talent into a profit. Though some may use their art as a hobby or something to do, some use art as a means to put food on their table.

Hosted by ERDC intern LeManuel Williams, Jr., the workshop will have spoken word by Malcolm Miller, live music by New Era Jazz, paintings by Markeith Woods, and rap by JordanL. Each artist is currently a student at UAPB.

For more information, contact Henry Golatt, ERDC director at 870‐575‐7120 or golatth@uapb.edu or LeManuel Williams,  Jr., intern lwilliams1919@gmail.com.

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