'Make Riverhead,' a mural of flying fish near Grangebel Park, was created by Laurel graphic designer Anthony Catania. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Calling all artists! If you need to boost your artistic career, East End Arts JumpstART program may be just the spark plug you need.

Now in its fourth year, JumpstART is an innovative program that offers visual and performing artists opportunities to learn about the business side of art. Participants learn everything from how to fundraise, write proposals, budget and market their projects to legal issues and more during its intensive six-month curriculum.

East End Arts Education Director Diane Giardi comments: “It is inspiring to see the amount of growth each year that the JumpstART artists go through, with the development of their own art, the business skills in relation to promoting and representing their art [and] their overall level of confidence and initiative.”

An informational meeting about this program and the application process will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at the East End Arts Carriage House, located behind the East End Arts Gallery at 133 E. Main Street in Riverhead. This meeting is open to artists of all disciplines who are interested in applying for this program. There is no fee to attend and advance registration is not required, although it is appreciated.

To register in advance, please contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171 or click here to email for more information.

East End Arts is now accepting applications for artists interested in participating in this program. To apply, artists must complete an online application. The deadline for application submission is Friday, January 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Artists who apply to participate will be notified of their acceptance into the program by February 6, 2017. The program will begin with an orientation and its first workshop on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 and will continue with a series of intensive workshops in March, April, May, and June. The program will culminate with the presentation of the artists’ public arts projects in Downtown Riverhead, which will be unveiled the evening of Friday, August 4, 2017. Click here to apply.

A limited number of artists will be accepted into JumpstART. This program is open to all visual and performing artists, of any discipline. Click here for information about the success of 2014, 2015 and 2016 JumpstART programs and artist projects.

Artists accepted into the program will hear from artists who have succeeded in making a living with their art. In addition to a variety of workshops, this program offers an opportunity for artists’ work to get high visibility through public presentation, with the unprecedented opportunity to design and implement a public arts project in downtown Riverhead during the summer of 2017.

Caitlyn Shea, a prior participant in JumpstART, has her Hummingbird Mural on display downtown. She says, “being part of JumpstART was a great rollercoaster of tons of opportunities.”

Mandatory workshop sessions on the following subjects will be offered to all participants. All workshops will be held at East End Arts Carriage House, located behind the East End Arts School at 141 E. Main Street in Riverhead:

Session 1 – Orientation / Artist Career Building: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Session 2 – Fundraising: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Session 3 – Budgeting & Proposal Writing: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Session 4 – Marketing & Social Networking: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Session 5 – Legal Matters for Artists: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Session 6 – Public Speaking & Wrap-up Session: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Public JumpstART Event in Riverhead: Friday, August 4, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m.

Accepted artists must commit to (1) attending all workshop sessions; (2) designing and implementing a public art project in downtown Riverhead during the Summer of 2017 (a plan is not required at the time of application); as well as a (3) participation fee of $100 from selected artists, which is due prior to the first session.

East End Arts JumpstART Program is made possible with funds from Suffolk County Economic Development, National Endowment for the Arts and Workforce Development Institute.

Source: Press release issued by East End Arts dated December 1, 2016.

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