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Jessica Burko is the Director of Marketing at Kingston Gallery and has been working as an Arts Marketer since 1997. Burko's presentations can be presented in lecture format or can be structured as hands-on workshops. Recent host organizations include Mass MoCA's Assets for Artists program, the Danforth Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Arts Marketing 101  at the RISD Art of Business Conference

Arts Marketing 101 at the
RISD Art of Business Conference

Suggested workshop topics:

Arts Marketing 101
What is this marketing thing all about? Arts Marketing 101 covers the basics of what marketing means for artists and presents pain-free ways you can market yourself and your art. This workshop also provides an overview of branding concepts, how to begin a marketing plan, and what marketing materials are most important for you to develop as you create a path to your own success.

Make the Most of Open Studios
Participating in an open studios is not just an opportunity to show and sell, it’s also a way of expanding visibility for your work and making authentic connections with audiences. Make the most of your open studios experience by understanding the power of Arts Marketing and learn best practices for before, during, and after your event. Strengthen your outreach strategy through social media, e-marketing, and print materials. Sharpen your planning process and develop a thoughtful presentation. Discover how to capture the interest of your viewers, make a long-lasting positive impression, and follow-up to encourage repeat sales.

One-on-One consultation with Assets for Artists

One-on-One consultation with Assets for Artists

Arts Marketing Consultations
Successful Arts Marketing takes your art beyond the portfolio to a place where you are achieving your creative professional goals. Through one-on-one mini-consulting sessions or group Q & A roundtables, Jessica Burko will assist in identifying your goals, creating a focused marketing plan, discovering your best audience, and help you initiate a strategy to promote your work more effectively.

Arts Marketing In Action
Today's artists need more than talent to succeed. To achieve creative goals in the 21st century artists need to sharpen their business skills as well their pencils and hone their arts marketing expertise. Best practices in self-promotion will be demonstrated in this workshop as the path of one artist's marketing plan is traced from the early stages to a feature in a major national publication.

Writing for Artists
Tired of insisting the art speaks for itself? Help your art career fall into place by giving your work, and yourself, a voice. Galleries, the press, and anyone with a grant to offer, want to read your words. You need words on your website, blog, and social media. Learn and practice what makes an effective bio, artist statement, CV, and how titles for your works can really take it places.

Developing an Online Persona
In this visually aesthetic and brand-driven culture a small business can't survive without a presence online. An online persona is more than just a website, it’s how all of your online identities relate and intersect. This workshop will cover how to develop and maintain your brand online through the use of social media, your own website, and blogging, why artists need to pay attention to any of this, and how your online persona can expand your offline career.

Presenting Yourself as an Artist
In a world of speed dating, micro blogging, and multi tasking, one must be prepared for opportunities before they quickly pass by. It’s not enough to have your images and written materials ready at the touch of a button, an artist must be prepared to speak about their work with clarity, brevity, and confidence. This workshop focuses on fortifying oneself for the question: “So, what do YOU do?” and harnessing the self-assurance to provide the answer.

Producing Art and Craft Fairs
Ever considered producing your own art event? Going from idea to showtime is easier than you think. This workshop covers navigating the basic steps for developing a show concept, putting together a budget, gathering the exhibitors, and making it happen utilizing current examples of local art and craft fairs. Discover how to design your own event, and take a stroll on the other side of the business.

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Arts Marketing workshops are three hours long and can be held at Burko's SoWa Studio: 59 Wareham Street, Boston, 02118 or at an agreed upon location withing greater Boston.

Creative workshops are four hours long,  divided between two sessions in ordered to allow for independent work and feedback. Workshops are held at Jessica Burko's SoWa Studio: 59 Wareham Street, Boston, 02118

Arts Marketing workshop topics:

Your Online Profile Redefined
Where you go and what you do matters, online and off. Make your online persona work for you and increase the visibility of your work, make valuable connections, and share what you do in it's most flattering light. Focus on Instagram, Twitter, and personal websites.
$75 each participant

The Power of Arts Marketing
Strengthen your marketing efforts with a review of your current marketing materials and web presence and receive feedback and suggestions to take your efforts to the next professional level.
$75 each participant

Writing for Artists
If you’ve been insisting that your art speaks for itself, I’d like to introduce you to the power of a well written artist statement. Help your creative career succeed by giving your work, and yourself, a voice. Galleries, the press, and anyone with a grant to offer, want to read your words and get a deeper insight into your work and your inspirations. You need strong text on your website, blog, and in social media. Learn and practice what makes an effective bio, artist statement, CV, and social media caption in this 3-hour workshop.
$75 each participant

Get the Pic – Prep the Pic
Getting your art in of front viewers, collectors, and curators means you need great photos of your creations and you need to know the right way to share and handle your image files. Through this workshop you will learn tricks and tips for documenting your work, and best practices for naming, organizing and sizing your image files.
$75 each participant

Creative workshops:

Paper Quilts workshop

Paper Quilts workshop

Paper Quilts
Using traditional hand-stitching and machine sewing techniques, students will create small paper quilts from life's ephemera to commemorate, memorialize or visually narrate a moment or memory. Each paper quilt will bind together photos, letters, news clippings and papers of all sorts that share a common thread. Bring your own sewing machine if you have one. Students provide most of their own collage materials.
$90 each participant, some materials included

Image Transfers
Learn a range of transfer techniques and how to use materials such as gel medium, encaustic, adhesive, and natural solvent to transfer images and text to paper, wood, and other substrates.
$100 each participant, most materials included

Creative Critique Session
Are you starting a new series, struggling with a creative block, figuring out how to proceed through a hurdle? Artists will present their work for feedback on strengths and weaknesses in this opportunity to help you further develop your work.
$85 each participant


Click HERE to download a PDF of Arts Marketing resources.