JUly 2020

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CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business is a free online workshop that is broken up into 2 hour sessions for three consecutive Wednesdays. It is geared towards artists, creatives, and cultural workers who are thinking about starting a creative business during or post the COVID-19 pandemic.

These online workshops are designed to help emerging entrepreneurs and or freelancers plan for success - by understanding the strengths of their business, defining their target market and begin building a brand so that they can start or grow their business.

Experienced creative entrepreneurs will be invited as panelists on Saturday, July 25 to answer any questions and share their personal stories on business planning, managing challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, and tips to prepare a business for the future.

It is recommended that you attend each day of the program in order to get the full benefit. Please be considerate and register if you are fully committed.

These online workshops involve interactive, reflective, and writing activities that correlate with a workbook, participants get to step into the business mind frame and leave with the key components of their business more clearly defined. So please be ready to participate and meet like-minded creatives!

WorkInCulture CreativeBoost Certificates will be awarded to those who complete all seven hours.

REGISTER HERE FOR WORKSHOPS - Capacity is limited to the first 15 registrants.
Wed, July 15 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT
Wed, July 22 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT
Wed, July 29 | 4 PM - 6 PM EDT

Saturday, July 25 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Presenter: Snjezana Pruginic

Snjezana Pruginic is a multidisciplinary creative professional working within the intersections of art, wellness, community, social justice and entrepreneurship over 20 years. Her work in the arts has ranged from dancer, to producer, community art facilitator, art manager and writer. She is committed to supporting artists succeed financially from their art, through delivering and developing trainings and workshops on creative entrepreneurship and creative business mindset and working with organizations such as WorkInCulture and Artscape. She is the creator and facilitator of WorkInCulture's CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business workshop which was successfully delivered to over 25 communities across Ontario in 2018 and 2019.


Danijela Gorley
, Photographer

Danijela Gorley is a professional photographer working and living in Toronto.  She has actively been working as a photographer for 20 years in the commercial, art, and for the past 13 years, weddings sector.  Her work has been published locally and internationally, with a most recent feature in Vogue.  She is currently working on an art show that has been postponed to next year due to covid.

Gordon Shadrach, Visual Artist 

Artist Gordon Shadrach was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario in 1966 and has lived in Toronto for over 25 years. Gordon started painting in 2013 and paints in oil and acrylic on wood. He has exhibited in solo and group art shows in Canada and the United States. He works from photographs at his in-home studio in Toronto’s East end. He received his B. Des. (MAAD) from OCAD University and has a Master of Education degree from Niagara University. In the Spring of 2018, Gordon’s painting, “In Conversation”, was included in an exhibit developed by the Royal Ontario Museum titled, “Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art”. In the Summer of 2018 the exhibit went on tour and was presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and opened at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in June of 2019. Aside from his portraits, Gordon is known for his insightful artist’s talks and has appeared as a panelist on TVO’s the Agenda (Reinventing the Museum) and CBC Radio’s Metro Morning (Group of Seven Out, Under-represented Artists In at the AGO). Gordon’s most recent solo exhibit at United Contemporary Gallery included textile installations along with his painted portraits.

More to come.


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