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Professional Development Resources

Artist Trust

Artist Trust

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State.


Included in the Programs

Grants for Artist Projects and Fellowships for individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts.

Resources including a searchable database of opportunities including funding, residency programs, employment listings and resources, studio space & housing listings, discipline-specific resources, legal resources, health resources and emergency assistance programs

EDGE Professional Development Program

Professional Development workshops

Newsletters and resource room

Artists' Assets
A professional resource guide for artists


Artist Trust
(206) 467-8734



Shunpike helps all kinds of small and mid-sized arts groups better manage the business aspects of art through three programs:

Accountability and the Arts
A series of free public workshops to help local arts groups become more effective and efficient. 

Partner Artists
Designed for new and emerging arts groups, this program fosters accountability and sustainability by providing fiscal sponsorship, overseeing finances and assisting with strategic planning, fundraising and budgeting.

Sustainable Organizations
Builds capacity for mid-size arts groups that need help with administration, management, board development or fundraising by providing customized training and consulting.


(206) 905-1026

Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington state by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines.


Programs Include

Arts Legal Clinics
Low-cost 30-minute appointments to meet with an attorney who specializes in arts and entertainment law. They may discuss topics such as copyright or trademark and other intellectual property topics, contract review and non-profit issues.

Brown Bag Seminars

Speakers Bureau


(206) 328-7053



Wayfind (formerly called WAACO) promotes the development and organizational capacity-building for non-profit and microenterprises through free legal assistance on business-related matters.


(866) 288-9695

Economic Gardening Program

The City of Tacoma’s Economic Gardening program helps to cultivate our local businesses by providing them with the information and training that they need to be successful in today’s marketplace.

Each year, the City of Tacoma hosts free workshops to assist businesses in sharpening their business skills. The Economic Gardening team works individually with businesses to assess their business needs and provide them the best information to establish or expand their business.



Make It Tacoma
(253) 573-2435

Resource Library

Below you will find handouts on a variety of arts-related topics from past workshops. Documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.   


Creative Community Conversations

January 24, 2018 Creative Community Conversation discussion summary
Tacoma Creates FAQ sheet

Artist Residencies and Internships

List of Residencies and Internships for emerging artists


Non-Traditional Publishing: Experience from Writers Who've Done It (WMA) 


Things You Wished You Learned in Art School: The Art of Marketing
Artists on the Internet 101
Get Your Name in the News 


Getting Art Contracts

         Beyond the Elevator Speech: Writing and Talking About Your Work

         The Creative Maker: Time Management for Artists

         Surviving and Thriving in Turbulent Times 

         Exhibition Resources for Artists

Public Art

Public Art Step-by-Step
Public Art Fabrication Resources
Agreement for Fabrication


Fundraising 101, part A
Fundraising 101, part B


What Artists and Authors Need to Know About Copyright
Copyright & You - Defining Copyright Ownership (YouTube.com video)
Copyright & You - Having vs. Registering  (YouTube.com video)