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Making Art Work:
Professional Development Series

10 January, 5 March and 3 May 2024

Workshops co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals and geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators.

Making Art Work is a professional development series co-presented by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery.

Participants gain enhanced experiential learning opportunities, develop a toolkit of skills in preparing for a career in the arts and extend networks with Kingston’s contemporary art galleries.

Artwork Installation

with Morgan Wedderspoon and Abby Nowakowski

In-person at Union Gallery, 101 Union St, Kingston, ON
10 January 2024, 1–3 pm

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In this hands-on workshop, Union Gallery’s core staff cover the basics of artwork preparation and installation. Topics range from hanging hardware, measuring techniques, to steps to make art spaces more accessible.

This workshop is held in-person at Union Gallery. There is a limited capacity for in-person registration.

Artist Finances and Taxes

with Shantae Cunningham

Via Zoom
5 March 2024, 6–7:30 pm (ET)

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Tax season can bring thoughts of confusion and stress for artists, but only if you’re not prepared for it. Join us in a virtual workshop to get you prepared.

Have your questions about tax preparation, HST, tax deadlines, how to report for grants and all things taxes. Shantae Cunningham, Founder & Senior Associate of Cobella Financial Inc. discusses some important tax topics for artists. The session is suitable for artists who are new to filing their self-employment taxes, new to entrepreneurship or those who are looking for a refresher. This presentation shows real-world life examples of artists and have a Q&A to follow. In this workshop, you get tips and tricks that help you in the future and ensure tax season is less stressful for you year over year. Participants are encouraged to send along their questions in advance for review but rest assured that you can ask any questions that you have during the workshop.

This workshop includes closed captioning and will not be recorded. Slides will be shared with all registered attendees.

Shantae Cunningham is an Accounting, Bookkeeping, Consultant and Tax expert with 9 years in the industry. She has worked with many industries to help them scale and grow their company from Marketing and PR to E-Commerce and service-based industries. She works with individuals and companies from freelancers to small and medium-sized businesses. With uncompromising attention to detail, Shantae uses her passion for both personal and professional finance has led her into the financial wellness space to also support these businesses. Since 2018, Shantae has worked as an Independent Bookkeeper at her own boutique firm, Cobella Financial Inc. where she provides her clients with a bookkeeping support lifeline and business coaching. Shantae has also provided Business Coaching and Training for SME’s and individuals for 5 years in partnership with Enterprise Toronto, City of Toronto, OCAD University, and more.

She is analytical, experienced, and known as a savvy Accountant. Her personality and business acumen sets her apart. She has volunteered with organizations such as Woodgreen Community Centre to provide tax prep services helping those in all tax situations.

Making Art Work: Pathways into the Arts

with The Juvenis Festival

In-Person, at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
3 May 2024, 6–7:30 pm

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Interested in working in the arts? Curious how to get there? We invite youth ages 13–30 to join us for this special edition of Making Art Work, hosted by Agnes and supported by the Juvenis Festival.

Our lineup of speakers will share first-hand accounts of their avenues into the arts, shedding light on the skills and knowledge they’ve gained. Whether you’re interested in academic routes (college and university) or forging a different path, this workshop will help you make informed decisions as you navigate your artistic journey.

Light refreshments are provided.

The Juvenis Festival is a youth arts festival, running 2–12 May 2024. It gives young people ages 30 and under an opportunity to act, sing, dance, perform and showcase their artistic talents, as well as take free workshops and masterclasses to build on their interests and skills in the arts.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education and is a partnership with The Juvenis Festival.

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