​Here you will find information on Professional Development workshops and opportunities for artists and arts administrators. Check back here often for updates and future workshop opportunities!​​

 Current Opportunities


Join the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's latest online learning series. Considering the impact of our changing and unpredictable world, this series of free workshops can help artists organize and adapt their practice in times of change, challenge, and beyond. Join us to learn how to redefine the value of your art practice!

Presented by arts attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk, this series of four professional development workshops are applicable to all artists in all disciplines. All workshops are at 10:00 a.m. (Arizona Time).

November 5 - Basic Business Practices for Artists
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of treating your artistic practice as a business, this is the session for you!  Join us for a conversation about easy-to-implement business practices that you can adopt to make life easier . . . and hopefully more productive and lucrative!  This workshop will address best business practices for artists in this one-hour session.  Plenty of time for questions and answers at the end. 

November 12 - Dealing with Conflict
One of the most stressful aspects of running your own art business can be facing conflict.  But it is important to develop the subtle art of addressing conflict with grace and ease.  Join us for the second in our series of practical skills for artists.  This session will spend the hour sharing some tips and tricks for resolving conflicts before they get too heated!  Bring your questions and concerns about navigating challenges and how to keep your cool.

November 19 - Online Business
One silver lining of the last year’s challenges is that artists are feeling empowered to start up their own online galleries and shops.  This informative session will explore some of the advantages and pitfalls of online businesses.  Join us while we look at the options available to artists who want to strike out on their own using a variety of online platforms.  This week, we will introduce options and considerations for online businesses during this session.  This one-hour session will give you all the tools you need to get started and leave ample time for questions.

December 3 - Intellectual Property
Understanding the boundaries of protecting one’s artistic expression can be tricky.  This session will explore copyright law—and a little trademark too.  We will cover everything from the registration process, to what the “fair” in “fair use” actually means!  Don’t miss this invaluable adventure into the intricacies of intellectual property rights for artists.  This final workshop will spend the hour demystifying the complexities of copyright and answering your questions.

About the Presen​ter: Sarah Conley Odenkirk is the founder of ArtConverge and has practiced law in the area of fine art for more than 25 years.  She advises clients in transactional and policy matters related to all aspects of art business in the private and public realms, and provides cultural strategy guidance through a legal lens.  Sarah is the author of A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts for Artists and Other Creatives; and publisher of an online database and the comprehensive Resource Guide for Public Art in Private Development.  She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences in both the legal and art fields. 

Note: These workshop do not offer legal advice and are for informational purposes only. All Sessions will touch on the subject on contracts and the different levels of establishing relationships for your professional art practice.

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The current Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's Public Art Behind the Curtain Series continues in October with online workshops that feature artists and curators taking you behind the scenes of public art projects, studio practices, and opportunities. Register and join us on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for these live online workshops that include presentations by the artists and ample time for your questions!

  • October 29 – Joe Willie Smith – Practice and Performance: A Virtual Studio Visit
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 Past Workshops

​Did you miss any past workshops or couldn't attend the live presentation? You may view all past workshops on the Office of Arts and Culture's YouTube Page

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