The official site for the Detroit Art & Business Institute and Andrea Rosenfeld, professional artist and business consultant to the creative community in Detroit and Michigan.

Finding True Abundance as an Artist

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Finding True Abundance as an Artist

Most artists have a hard time with the concept of money.  We can be unsure how to attach financial value to our work because it may feel like it cheapens the emotional value (which isn’t true, btw) and sometimes we don’t FEEL worthy of the financial value we’d LIKE to place on our art.  Also, society doesn’t value what we do so we’re often told our art isn’t “good enough” or “not worth the price”.  Artists have internal AND external strife attached to money which all helps to contribute to the “starving artist” tag we’ve been labeled with.

I meet many, may artists who REALLY want to hire me but “just can’t afford it”.  They also desire to work with a social media expert or someone to build their website but “they just can’t right now”.  It’s more than not having the money, though. What we have here is an “abundance issue” or on the other side of the coin, a “scarcity complex”. They are opposing ideals of the same challenge: more and more people have a difficult time;

  • * with the concept of money,
  • * investing in their business, and
  • * balancing their finances.

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Easy Preparation For a Better Creative Business in 2018

art_business_success_preparationEasy Preparation For a Better Creative Business in 2018

It’s that time of year again. The overwhelmingly busy sales season, personal shopping for our own holiday gifts, decorating our home and/or office and maybe a bit of traveling, all while rounding out 4th quarter sales for our creative business. When your “quiet time” finally gets here, and you have time to breathe, set aside a bit of time to prepare for an even better 2018.

What does the preparation entail? Is there a checklist? What’s the right path for you THIS year? How will you set reachable goals and attain them?  Read More »

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Interview with Olga Stella of Detroit Creative Corridor Center on the Role Artists Play in UNESCO Detroit’s City of Design Designation

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Interview with Olga Stella on Art and Design’s Role in UNESCO Detroit City of Design Designation

Detroit recently received the prestigious Design Designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the city is celebrating and planning! Designated as the first and only city in the United States to be a UNESCO City of Design, Detroit is part of a worldwide network of 116 cities from 54 countries committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

Based on this exciting UNESCO designation, Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is launching its visioning process and they asked me to interview their Executive Director, Olga Stella.  Of course, my first thought was, “I need to ask her how will this initiative affect my DABI creative members? How will individual artists and designers benefit?” Below, find the Q & A. Read More »

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