Networking. For many in the creative industry, it’s a dirty word. Most of us dread the prospect of hovering around a fountain of thawed shrimp cocktail, waiting for the right moment to ambush a key contact. The wine will give you a headache, and the people you need to meet simply aren’t there.
Yet networking is a fairly essential skill for creatives in today’s market, one we think deserves a second look. Since 2019, Crewest Studio’s mission has been to empower the creative community through education, appreciation, and funding. With the help of our readers, we’ve expanded our platform into a supportive network of arts programming, including a robust online publication, an entire network of podcasts, and our annual NOT REAL ART artist grant.
Today we introduce something entirely new to Crewest Studio, marking an evolution in our efforts to support the creative workforce. SmARTalks, an educational event series produced by Crewest Studio, aims to empower and inspire creative professionals in all stages of their careers. Presented in conjunction with Helms Design Center in LA’s historic Helms Bakery District, the in-person events provide a warm environment for artists to practice rubbing elbows after months of lockdown.
“It’s going to be an intimate affair where you’re going to be inspired and learn a lot,” NOT REAL ART founder Scott “Sourdough” Power says on today’s podcast. “You’re going to be able to meet these experts, meet other artists, meet other people. You’re going to learn, share, and grow. This is what [NOT REAL ART is] about!”
The series runs September through December, 2022, with one event occurring each month. Topics center on issues affecting creative professionals working in today’s creative economy, including: the science of creativity; launching a collectible or toy; the rise of Web3, digital art, and NFTs; and art in the age of political unrest. Tune in to today’s podcast for more details on smARTalks, or visit our events page for dates, tickets, guest speakers, and a full list of topics.