Overview

Rethink Your Career Without Rethinking Your Art
As a working artist, every day is a new beginning in your work. It's a chance to reexamine and repurpose the old, and to break ground on the new. But what about your professional life? Does your artwork sustain you financially? Are the finances and logistics of not only surviving, but thriving as a professional artist sapping the time you should spend on creating new work?

The Flight School Fellowship is a program designed for the benefit of you: the professional artist living and working in Pittsburgh. The weekly workload is heavy, and the demands placed on fellows is high. But the results can mean a new course of action - an opportunity to build a career in which financial and strategic goals can be sustained and grown, with your artwork remaining the central feature of your life.

15 selected Flight School fellows will begin by spending two full days immersed in the intensive Creative Capital Professional Development Program. Following the Creative Capital weekend retreat, Flight School fellows will convene once per week for eight weeks at Pittsburgh Filmmakers to workshop with guest artists, mentors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh nonprofit and artist communities. Topics include strategic planning, marketing, budgets, fundraising, networking, taxes, time management, websites, artist statements, project management, and more.

Ultimately, the fellows emerge from the program with a strategic plan, an action plan, a sense of confidence about their role as an artist, a toolbox of resources and a network of meaningful relationships to achieve their goals.