By Dagney Ernest / Village Soup
The fourth annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.
Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help arts businesses grow. It is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.
This year’s conference will offer three themed tracks highlighting information for those just starting a business; those looking to take their business to the next level; and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion and inspiration in their business.
New features include three tracks throughout the day (Foundational, Transformational and Inspirational); opportunities to meet with and have products reviewed by retail experts; opportunities to meet with and have fine art portfolios reviewed by gallery experts; a PechaKucha-style event to inspire creativity; a DIY tabletop photography workshop; and more networking opportunities.