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ARTISTS: Get a jumpstART on your artistic career. Learn about the fundamentals involved to best grow your business – your art! Listen to other artists who have succeeded in making a living with their art. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity for your artwork to get high visibility through public presentation. Let the entire East End be your audience!

East End Arts has developed an intensive curriculum dedicated to the business side of the arts. With the necessary tools, an artist is better able to take advantage of creative opportunities that arise and be aware of opportunities that exist. A limited number of artists of any discipline will be accepted into JumpstART.

In addition to a number of workshops, all accepted participating artists will have the unprecedented opportunity to design and implement a public art project in downtown Riverhead.

Participate in JumpstART!

  • Build your confidence
  • Create relationships
  • Challenge yourself
  • Advance your skills
  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Participate in Creative Placemaking


Why does Riverhead need JumpstART?

It's All About Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking…

  • Places artists and the arts at the center of planning, execution and activity
  • Leverages the creative potential already present in a place
  • Expands opportunities for people of all income levels and backgrounds to thrive in place
  • Supports economic diversity in the community, provides multiple points of entry and interaction for people of all incomes
  • Creates interesting places that capitalize on distinctiveness
  • Is a creative approach for improving the aesthetics of a place
  • Creates a place where people want to go and linger

The interaction between diverse groups of people can create open relationships that expand opportunities and fosters a sense of welcoming. A place where interest is created gives a presence to the area that promotes pedestrian activity and a feeling of liveliness and engagement. More pedestrians equals an increase in prospective customers to support small businesses.


Resources for Creative Placemaking

Click the links below for more information.

Americans for the Arts: The pARTnership Movement

ArtPlace America: Principles of Creative Placemaking

National Endowment for The Arts: Defining Creative Placemaking

Forbes.com: Advice From Inventor Josh McManus: Do What You Are

JumpstART 2016 is made possible with funds from:

2016 JumpstART Program Information for Artists

JumpstART Application Timeline:
This program is open to all visual and performing artists, of any discipline.
Application available online: Starting February 10, 2016
Info session at East End Arts Carriage House (located behind the EEA Gallery, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY): Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM (no fee)
Extended Application Deadline: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Notification of acceptance by: March 9, 2016
Program Orientation: April 17, 2016


JumpstART 2016 Workshop Schedule:
All sessions will be held at East End Arts, 133 East Main St. Riverhead, NY.

Session 1 – Orientation / Artist Career Building: Sunday, April 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session 2 – Fundraising: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session 3 – Budgeting & Proposal Writing: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session 4 – Marketing & Social Networking: Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session 5 – Legal Matters for Artists: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Session 6 – Wrap-up Session: Sunday, July 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Public JumpstART Event in Riverhead: Friday, August 5, 2016, evening

For more information about these workshops, scroll down. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance.

Commitment to JumpstART includes:
Accepted artists must make a commitment to the program as described below.

JumpstART is an intensive program that will likely challenge participants beyond their comfort zone. Accepted artists must make a significant commitment to the program as described below.

1. Attendance is mandatory at all workshop sessions. All assignments must be completed in a timely manner and will be required for ongoing participation in the program.

2. JumpstART artists will culminate their participation in the program with the design and implementation of a public art project in downtown Riverhead during the Summer of 2016. The fully developed plan for your public art project is not required at the time of application.

3. A participation fee of $100 from selected artists is due prior to the first session.


2016 JumpstART Workshop Info


Orientation / Artist Career Building: Sunday, April 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
What does your transition to a “career” as an artist look like? In this workshop you will learn skills to make a successful living in the arts and develop your professional artist career. Topics including goal-setting, presentation, organization tips, working with galleries, and developing a supportive network. This workshop will help you integrate your creative ideas and business plan and set up a path for a sustainable career in the field that you love.

Fundraising: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Learn some of most effective and innovative ways of arts fundraising. Whether it is for an individual arts project or your business as a whole, this workshop will give you tools for crowd-funding, grant-writing and the development of relationships between artist and donor. Among the flurry of funding platforms and social media sites is a common sense approach to communicate your goals and set-up the backbone for your arts funding needs.

Budgeting & Proposal Writing: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Learn the art of writing a professional proposal that gets the attention needed to pursue your project. Budgeting is of key importance in making your business of art profitable.

Marketing & Social Networking: Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Explore a variety of dynamic ways to expand opportunities for your business to ensure its growth. In this workshop, we will cover methods of making connections, and ways to increase your professional network and widen your visibility. We will also discuss trending marketing techniques to creatively promote yourself, your passion and your art.

Legal Matters for Artists: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Become savvy in legal matters that effect your business in the arts. This workshop will cover topics including the development of contracts, copyright information and arts licensing. Up-to-date information, resources and guidance will give you support in areas you may not be familiar with and help ensure the longevity of your business.