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Call For Artists – Build a Profitable Art Business in 6 months. Orientation Starts on July 2nd

Build a Profitable Art Business

Get ongoing business development on Zoom (and eventually in-person) with this 6-month business development program.

Goals

Help 300 artists actualize a profitable business system that complements their creative cycle through design thinking approaches, workshops, and ongoing exhibits.

Creating an incubator

After years of researching how artworks, I have come to realize that we are all different, we live differently, we have different business development needs, different advertising needs and different ways of doing things. 

I used the feedback from my research to design the ABLO and SMARTERai operational philosophies that borrow from proven project management principles. This incubation program is designed to accommodate artists and cater to their different business needs.  

 

However, the Hiscox report notes that online art sales may be benefitting from growth in other e-commerce sectors, as 73% of art buyers said they had bought other products in a similar price range online before buying art online. In 2017, that figure was just 68%. --- Source

 

Sessions are once per week

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

Click the link below to register

form.jotform.com/93126494193260

 

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ABLO + SMARTER

All projects at CreativeUTO go through 4 phases of development. These phases are alpha, beta, launch, operate. ABLO is part of the SMARTER system; both ABLO and SMARTER are based on project management principles and that will help manage the community and the projects involved.  Projects can cycle back to any of the 4 phases in ABLO. One such project is an online collaborative incubator for artists. We’re in the BETA phase of setting up the online incubator. 

 

BETA phase

We are in the alpha phase of the incubator, looking to gather a community of artists who will get to develop their business side through our workshops; where they will  get proper guidance to prepare a pitch deck for their organization detailing out  their value proposition, target market, sales funnel, and marketing plans.

 

While online art market growth may be plodding, one key trend has emerged: Big spenders—defined by Hiscox as collectors who spend more than $100,000 per year on art—are increasingly comfortable browsing and buying art online. The report notes that these big spenders are the most frequent visitors to online sales platforms, with 50% of them visiting multiple times per week—a big jump from the previous year, when just 38% of big spenders made multiple virtual trips per week to online art vendors. And those increasingly frequent visits are translating to more transactions—47% of big spenders said they bought art online in the last 12 months, up from 30% in the 2018 report. - Source

In house currency

Community members who earn MANA (our in house currency, built into your account on our website) can use it to trade for resources, cash out, or trade-in for a license to host workshops or their own projects.  

 

In house workshops include:

  •       SMARTER Collaboration
  •       The Art of the Sale
  •       Know Thyself
  •       Business Model Canvas 2020
  •       WordPress Website Workshop
  •       Get up to $7,000 in funding through Access

 

You walk away with knowledge on how to operate a profitable business system that fits your day to-day creative process

This includes: 

  • The freedom to fail and succeed
     
  • Free-flowing design thinking classes
  • Showcase your art at our upcoming exhibits
  • How to set up and operate your WordPress Website
  • Keyword research 
  • Get your pages on Google
  • Social media strategy
     
  • A Business Model Canvass to create a Pitch Deck
  • Sales funnel content & marketing strategy
  • A fully functional  website
     
  • Work on projects, or workshops in the community
  • Create a tribe and collaborate on projects together

 

  • Access to a community of artists
  • Access to events, programs, and workshops

Long term goals

  • Helps us create resources to help with homelessness, isolation and mental illness in our community
  • Build an ecosystem of 300 artists
  • Help us build the Artists and Social Innovation Expo. A 7 day 300 annual artist art installation.

Registration process 

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • Incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

 

Click the link below to register

form.jotform.com/93126494193260

Sessions are weekdays between

Design thinking classes targets everyone on the bell curve

  • 1 till 3 pm
  • 5 till 8 pm
  • 8 till 11 open house 

 

 

 

The Unicorn Exploratory Workshop Hosted by Vince Schutt MBA

Exploratory Workshop Hosted by Vince Schutt MBA

About the workshop

As an artist, my art is facilitation.  I will facilitate an exploratory workshop on the use of art as a communication medium for empowering community's own motivations and will to move forward on environmental solution-making.

About Vince Schutt

Vince is the founder of Enviromentum.  He facilitates learning opportunities for people from all walks to empower their communications in ways they never really knew were possible.

Vince is not fond of walks on the beach, and if he has to walk on the beach he'd prefer it to be short over long.

 

Visit Vince's website

enviromentum.org

 

Registration

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register

Personal Branding Unicorn Workshops Facilitated by 5 X Tedx Speaker Bobby Umar

Personal Branding Workshop Facilitated by 5 X Tedx Speaker Bobby Umar

Overview

There are followers, there are leaders, and then there are thought leaders. Thought leadership is a key differentiator between those brands who are driving the conversation forward versus simply engaging in it.
 
It is a type of content marketing where you invest in the experience, talent and passion within you, your business, from your community, to drive the conversation and answer the biggest questions of your target audience on a particular topic.
Your personal brand is your promise to deliver to every person you come in contact with. It is your reputation, integrity and what your audience expects of you, whether they are your team, your tribe or your customers. Building a strong thought leadership personal brand will set you apart, create more opportunities, and help you stay on top of the innovative trends in your industry. Bobby Umar will share the 3 key aspects of a Thought Leadership
Personal Brand and drill deeper into the what and how on one of the key aspects: content creation and generating new ideas.
 
This will be a key aspect to building your business. There will also be a Q & A session where you can ask any question around your business and current state.
 

AGENDA:

  • Why invest in your leadership and personal development
  • What is personal branding and why it is important
  • Why thought leadership
  • How to determine your personal brand
  • How to build thought leadership
  • Deeper dive into content creation, idea generation and leveraging LinkedIn

Bobby Umar, CEO of DYPB

Bobby Umar is an inspirational speaker, coach, and one of the most prolific advocates of heart-based leadership in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brené Brown and John Maxwell. Bobby is a 5x TEDx speaker, and one of the top social media influencers in the world, with over half a million followers. 

He has been named the "2nd Best Business Coach to Follow" on Twitter and the "4th Best Leadership Influencer" according to Kred. Bobby is an author of three international books, including a #1 Best Seller. He is also a Huffington Post contributor and hosted a weekly tweetchat called “The Power of Connection” that reached over 65 million impressions weekly. To date, his social media influence has garnered over 1 billion impressions. Bobby was also named a "2015 Speaker to Watch” and most recently, he was named a "Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow".

A social media advocate, who champions authentic connection and leadership, Bobby has appeared on hundreds of podcasts, TV and radio shows. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft and Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan (www.raeallan.com) for over a decade and is now a recognized thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand movement (www.dypb.ca), which for five years hosted the largest event

in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 250,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops.

 

Follow DYPB on IG

https://www.instagram.com/dypbto/

 

Follow DYPB on Linked in

https://www.linkedin.com/company/dypb/

 

Registration

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register

Creative Unicorns Strategy Workshop Facilitated By Salomeh Ahmadi

The Unicorn Strategy Workshop May 2020

Course Description

Develop your ability to innovate, think strategically, and gain a competitive advantage for your organization through strategy – placing the right resources in the right direction at the right time.

This course is designed to provide learners how to incorporate better business strategy and strategic thinking and apply essential business management principles to your idea or company. You'll see how planning and taking action over the long term can help realize business goals and objectives given the complex and dynamic context that might be unique to you. You'll examine case studies that cover a wide range of business situations and issues. You'll gain practical and focused strategic-planning thinking, and then explore and integrate functional business activities into the business plan.

You will develop your ability to think strategically, analyze the competitive environment, and recommend positioning and value creation. We will look at the fundamental tools you need to understand strategy: effective internal and stakeholder analysis; environmental analysis, value chain, core competencies, McKinsey's 7S Framework, SWOT-analysis, Porter’s 5 Forces, visioning, to name a few

Assess: where are you today?

Alternatives: what might you do / provide?

Choice: what should you do?

Objectives

  • Design the foundations of a strategic roadmap
  • Identify opportunities to improve your top and bottom line
  • Evaluate how internal and external forces might affect your strategic moves
  • Learn how to better thinking strategically
  • Touch on business growth strategy

About Salomeh Ahmadi

  • With an MBA and a background in the social sector, Salomeh focuses on connecting the parts to the whole in new and empowering ways. She brings experiences working in small and fast-paced organizations, with SMEs, and social entrepreneurs, providing research, strategic and critical thinking to resolve complex issues. A strong facilitator and creative problem solver - she hones in on the gaps while connecting it to the bigger picture.

Visit her website

https://www.navastrategy.com/

 

Registration

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register

300 Unicorns – Weekly Potluck Meetups

300 Unicorns

A two-hour event where we share our food and culture, what it means to be creative entrepreneurs, and collaborate on each other's project outlines through a design and thinking process.
 

Weekly Potluck Meetup

Last year's potluck meetups were intimate, dynamic and informative. The potluck established the groundwork for a creative community; an incubator where artists can collaborate and build their project. We used design thinking to create and develop the concept behind Business Model Canvas (BMC) 2.0
 

Business Model Canvass 2.0

The BMC 2.0 allowed artists to share their ideas, discuss how to better articulate and grow their idea to share information based on real-life experiences. As a group, we have discussed the new Instagram algorithm, sales strategies, and best practices for creating a following of individuals who would potentially buy their art. who’ll buy your art.
 

Mentorship

In 2020 we want to expand on this by bringing in mentors who can capitalize on the idea of workshops in real-time and share their expertise. We use the potluck meetups to expand on this idea by focusing some weeks on specific needs based on the community.
 

RSVP for the event

 

For content about our meetups follow this thread

 

Fundraiser

The purpose of this podcast is to help Unicorns develop their projects and raise funding for CUTO Marketplace: a five-day expo that brings together investors, industry professionals, influencers, vendors, artists, coders, and performers to purchase art, workshops, services, and exchange skills and information.

4 Critical Points to Help You be Successful in the Art Business

4 Critical Points to Help You be Successful in the Art Business

Art is Everywhere

Art has taken over the world. Look around and there isn’t a single industry that does not require the visual music of an artist. Luxury brands appropriate street art. There are dozens of online sites to sell your art - you just need a modest marketing budget. Simply put, a lot of art today takes place outside the art world entirely and no longer take place only in galleries.

Artists can be laser-like in their work that they forget the larger world they can mold and shape. You are not an amateur, you the artist can shape the present and the future. Artists shape how people think, what people buy and how people consume. Don't underestimate the ways art speaks to the masses.

Don't Just Play it Safe

If you’re not playing it smart, you’re playing it safe - and safe artists seldom make history. Remember the art world is like any other in the game of life. Move the chess pieces in your favour regardless of what your objectives are. Many artists want the respect and esteem of their peers. Artists hope people will appreciate the ethos behind their work in some shape or form. However, artists must answer: what do you do well and why do you do what you do? (aka your value proposition).

Ultimately, you must notice when you assert yourself confidently and when you retreat. Are you playing a game you enjoy or a game that's set up to make you fail? Return back to why you’re making art. Don’t ignore how the world thrives on changing the rules for womxn and for people of colour, and so it’s more important than ever to invest in your game.

 

Game Recognize Game

Whether you’re pursuing creativity for yourself or a higher purpose, recognizing game gives you the advantage of changing the game. You can make new rules, and put up goalposts for others to also take their shot. More importantly, be sure to invest in your art mentally and spiritually so that others will do the same.

  1. Learn to play chess: think ahead, plan and learn the difference between making decisions and making the right decisions.
  2. Rules: make a list of rules you see others following and break some of them to stand out.
  3. Be a radical: rebel against ‘that's the way things are,’ be inventive and different, share that passionately with someone in the industry.
  4. Seek sage advice: identify a mentor who’s successful at the game.
  5. Find a community: if you don’t belong to a group (online or in-person) join one and exchange ideas (or create one and enhance your own credibility).
  6. Points: scoring doesn’t make them win, training and playing so you can’t lose does - so balance competition with others in favour of competition with yourself.
  7. Getting called out: in an era of PC language, of being misunderstood and of cancel culture (which can really destroy your reputation), if you’re unsure of an idea wait a few days. If you’re still really unsure, ask someone about the ethics before moving forward.

Ultimately, base business decisions on your present and future needs, and not on the needs at a point in time where you felt small and unsure. Artists don't want to drown in labels. Artists avoid societal cages that diminish the creative process. Similarly, and do not overlook the counterpoint, you get to define what playground you want to play in, and what labels you want to wear. If you don’t, someone else will do so for you.

 

Move with the Seasons

Above all, while the art industry is subjective and what’s considered ‘great’ art likewise, you can still create ways in which great can shift with the seasons. (We don't all want to see comic strip art forever.) Similarly, that’s not to say that the few people with decision-making power will always be the ones moving the dial in the art world. After all, you’re an artist and you know exactly how to create something from nothing.

Podcast – Let’s Make Another Potluck/Meetup Happen on Saturday, May 26th at 720 Bathurst

Podcast - Let's Make Another Potluck/Meetup Happen.

 

Saturday, May 26th

Hello Unicorns Karen Swyszcz here, part of Research and Development with Creative Unicorns of Toronto. I'm excited to be part of CUTO podcast and our monthly Meetups. I can't wait to cover more topics that can benefit you and your business at our next Potluck Meetup

 

These topics include:

  • How To Analyze A Business Opportunity
  • Networking Effectively/Strategically
  • Saving Money While Running A Business
  • Things Learned in the First Couple of Years of Business
  • How To Stay Motivated In Your Business

What are you working on?

  • Do you have any topics you'd like to discuss? Sell your art, workshops, services, exchange skills & information 

We record the conversation for our podcast

Potluck

  • What food are you bringing?
  • Let's connect, let's eat

Join CreativeUTO Marketplace on Meetup 
https://www.creativeuto.ca/creative-unicorns-of-toronto-who-we-are/

Meetup on last Sunday at 6:00 pm

  • Bring your own food/drinks
  • Free to RSVP

(RSVP through link below)
The next Meetup in on Sunday May 26th at 720 Bathurst St.

https://www.meetup.com/CodingUTO/events/259948869/

For more info about CreativeUTO
https://www.creativeuto.ca/community

Service – Do You Know The 80/20 Rule of Job Searching?

Job hunting is grueling and draining and it's easy to fall into the trap of simply submitting applications on Indeed or similar platforms. But when the results are not there, what other options are available? 
 
Would you believe considerably more?
 
What if I told you that 80 per cent of jobs are not advertised and that I tell my clients not to spend more than 20% of their time applying for advertised jobs. The rest of your time needs to spent finding the backdoor. 
 
My latest service package covers exactly HOW to do that.  
 
Ideal for someone thinking of quitting but staying put due to lack of perceived options.

Job Search 80/20 package you will learn the research, reconnaissance necessary to build and leverage your network and uncover opportunities hidden from traditional search means. 

What to expect

  • You will learn the research, reconnaissance necessary to build and leverage your network and uncover opportunities hidden from traditional search means. 
  • In the first of 3 strategy sessions (of 45 minutes each) we will review and evaluate your current job search tactics, networking efforts and results. 
  • We will then discuss the starting points for lines of inquiry and best ways to reach out and expand.
  • At the end of each session, you will be issued a list of action items and asked to complete it before our next meeting. This may include but will not be limited to, journalling themes, research of industries, businesses, strategic contacts, networking groups etc.
     
  • Second and Third sessions will consist of reviewing your progress and results of your previous action list modifying as needed.  

Pricing information is included in the attached service description. The package may be expanded to include Linkedin profile as well.
CSI members and CreativeUTO Members receive a 10% discount on the one-time payment.
Visit her on Facebook or on Linked In

Inspirations Studio – Join us for Spring Pottery Classes

Join us for Spring Pottery Classes!

Tues 6-9, April 9- May 14. (no class May 7)
Wed 6-9, April 10-May 15. Beginners only (no class May 8)
Sun 12-3, April 7-May 5

  • Five week sessions (3 hour classes). Small classes with lots of time on the wheel.
  • The cost is $260.00 including materials.
  • Sorry no makeup classes.
  • All proceeds go toward running our core program for marginalised women.

Thank you!!!

Please call us to sign up at 416 367 2728 or come by our studio and store at 2480 Dundas St west (just north of Bloor). 

www.inspirationsstudio.org

Online Co-working Space for Artists, Coders, Creators & Developers

CodingUTO - Online Co-working Space for Artists, Coders, Creators & Developers

Coding Unicorns of Toronto is an extension of CreativeUTO an online collaborative space for coders, artists, creators and developers focussed on developing in house, client projects or their own projects.

For more info about CreativeUTO
https://www.creativeuto.ca/creative-unicorns-of-toronto-who-we-are/

Weekly meetup 

The next meetup in on Sunday April 28th at 3:30 PM

  • Every week members of the community can log in to Zoom and use the time to collaborate on projects based on the SMARTER system. Simplified Methods Achieving Results Through Exact Rhythm.

Agenda for the meetup:

  • What is SMARTER? Simplified Methods Achieving Results through Exact Rhythm
  • Creative Unicorns of Toronto memberships
  • looking for WP Coders - Free Minds in Motion - FMiMBranding
  • What are you working on? (do you want to monetize it?)

AGENDA - If you have anything you'd like to present, your idea, project, workshops, service please contact me.

Join our meetup group (free to join) 

 

 

Memberships Start at $30 per month,

that gives you access to:

  • Coding Unicorns,
  • Branding Workshops,
  • sell your services,
  • be vendor/presenter at The Annex Art Party, 
  • and profit share on projects you participate on.

For membership options at CUTO Incubator

https://creativeuto.ca/#participate

Moving Forward

  • Ideally we'd like to be open and have events, workshops, projects going at different times
  • To launch we meet weekly Sunday evenings
  • 1nce per month in person time and dates for all meetings set with initial meet groups

Next Steps

Creative Community + Positive Vibes