Tuesday, April 2, 2013

RiverLink offers volunteer opportunities and community seminar for artists

RiverLink's Expanded Volunteer Orientation Sessions Continue 

Everyone interested in the French Broad River or associated with RiverLink needs to know about Wilma Dykeman - the person for whom the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay is named. On Wednesday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m., Jim Stokely, one of Wilma Dykeman's two sons, will give a presentation on "Who Is Wilma Dykeman?" as part of RiverLink's volunteer orientation sessions. RiverLink will also host a volunteer information only session at 5:00 p.m.

Join them at the RiverLink offices at 170 Lyman Street to learn about volunteering at RiverLink and Wilma Dykeman, a pathfinding advocate for the environment, race relations, the use or misuse of pesticides in food production, Appalachia, birth control and more.

The April 10 information sessions will detail RiverLink's volunteer positions in a Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and Volunteer Coordinator Dave Russell will be available to answer questions and help everyone find their best fit at RiverLink.

Please RSVP to Dave by calling (828) 252-8474, ext. 11 or via e-mail at volunteer@riverlink.org

Community Seminar Sheds Light on The Business of Art The Art of Business or the Business of Art

Join them on April 11 to hear all the regional business providers  describe the services and funding sources available for artists.
Phil Mechanic Studios and Flood Gallery & Fine Arts Center,  in association with RiverLink, Self-Help Credit Union (SHCU) and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), are pleased to present:
"Shedding Light on the Business of Art:  An Intensive One-Day Workshop on Business Basics for the Artists of the Watershed."

On Thursday April 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Phil Mechanic Studios will open their doors for this one-day-only, free seminar (with lunch included) that will engage you in topics such as:
  • Improving Your Credit Score
  • Licensing, Registration with the State, and Legal Considerations
  • Obtaining Funding
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Growth Strategies
  • Marketing, Pricing, Preparing a Professional Portfolio, and the Appropriate Use of Social Media
Each topic will be discussed by a group of experts in the field and then opened up for questions from the audience.  In addition to members of the four sponsor organizations, panelists will include, among others, representatives from AB Tech's Small Business Center, Asheville Grown, the City of Asheville, Eagle Market Street Development, Handmade in America, Mountain BizWorks, the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling, SCORE, the Small Business Administration (SBA),  The Support Center, Venture Asheville and from the consulting firm, Who Knows Art.

Two special sessions will round out the day:  one that will present two artists in front of a select group of experts and give them the opportunity to present issues/problems/needs facing their business and receive feedback and a second that will wrap up the day with "success stories" that will inspire and empower you.

Participating artists will include Sean "Jinx" Pace, Melissa Terrezza, Jeremy Russell, and others.

This one-day event is FREE and open to all artists in the Watershed, but registration is required in order to assure seating and lunch.  Register today by calling 828.252.8474 ext. 10.   

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