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ART BIZ SUCCESS Alyson Stanfield

Short description of what your business does or what you specialize in: We work with ambitious visual artists who want to grow their businesses. We arm them with strategies and support for building their businesses through private coaching, communities filled with like-minded ambitious artists, and an online learning center.

How did you get into this line of work? I worked as a museum curator and educator for 10 years and moved to Denver in 2001 primarily because I wanted to live in Colorado. So, I started my own art consulting business (which is a whole different story and line of work). The artists that I had known in my museum life heard I was on my own and kept coming to me for help. That’s when Art Biz Coach was birthed, and it took off right away because artists were grateful to have the support. In 2018, we rebranded as Art Biz Success. 

Tell us about this book that you just released! This is the 4th edition of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self Promotion, which was first released in 2008.  It’s the book that won’t die! But this is the first print/paperback edition since 2011. (We experimented with e-book only in 2015. Turns out artists like hard copies.) I wanted to get it back into print because there really is no other book like it. It’s a comprehensive overview of marketing steps and guidelines for visual artists. Many colleges and universities have used it in their curriculum.

Any requests from the Connect’s community?

Yes, I have a request. Because I was an original member, I’ve witnessed the phenomenal growth of Connects. We used to know everyone in the building, which is no longer possible. I hope everyone recognizes the unique nature of Connects and our place in Golden. Please make an effort to reach out meet your neighbors.

Connects Events

This Week: Happy Hour Hosted by Art Biz Success at The Mercantile Thurs. at 4pm Come learn more about Art Biz Success and celebrate the shipment of 500 copies of Alyson Stanfield's book!

Cafe 13 Grand Opening! April 1st Soft Opening Normal hours beginning April 3rd. Check out their new website here!

Happy Hour Hosted by GoFarm at the Armory April 4th at 4pm Come learn about ourGoFarm members and try their yummy produce!

An Easter Egg Happy Hour April 11th at 4pm at the Armory Bring a bag or two of candy and come help us fill easter eggs for the Golden Easter Egg Hunt for the children in Golden! Details of the Easter Egg Hunt HERE.

Host a Happy Hour! Every Thursday • 4pm Let us know if you want to host an upcoming happy hour!  Interested in Teaching a Workshop at Connects? We have availability beginning April 2019.

Member Events

Basecamp Jeffco by Women Who Start-Up Tuesday, April 2nd 6pm-8:30pm Monthly Events Series designed to educate, inspire, and connect women entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome a guest speaker who shares her story and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do different next time. Learn about this April's speaker here and RSVP!

Walk for Freshwater Event April 14th, 9a-12p at CU South Denver Globeology Exhibit Millions of children walk long distances to fetch dirty water. Many get sick and miss school because of water-related diseases. Walk with Freshwater Project International and EXPERIENCE the Global Water Crisis. Lean firsthand about water issues. Help raise funds for a school water project in Africa. Learn more here!

The Wright Event April 30th-May 2nd THE WRIGHT brings 3 days of discussions, workshops, keynotes and events, culminating in the highly anticipated Award Night celebration of the outdoor-inspired entrepreneur. Learn more here!

Want to add your event to our weekly email? Just email us your event information.

Golden Events

Golden Business Panel Discussion for Nonprofits Wed. March 20th 12p-1:30p at The Golden City Hall (911 10th St.) RSVP to Robin Fleischmann by Friday, March 15th. Connecting Golden's local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Golden Gran Fondo June 23rd Based out of beautiful downtown Golden, CO, the Golden Gran Fondo will take racers on a historic circuit through the Rocky Mountains. Beginning in downtown Golden, the start of the event traces the route of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. More information here.

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