Friday December 16th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM  

Saturday, December 17th from 10AM to 5PM  


Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Fee: $12.00 (advance registration required)

Developed by ArtServe Michigan and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and presented in partnership with the College for Creative Studies and Cranbrook Academy of Art, this 1.5-day summit is designed to empower artists of all disciplines to take the next step in building sustainable professional creative practices.

The Artist Development Summit will be a lively mix of presentations, provocations, discussion and opportunity to connect. It will also be a key opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge and skills with other participants. The Artist Development Summit will conclude with an "unconference" of targeted discussions exploring how to shape the future of Detroit as an Artist-centered City. The multi-phase Artist Development Summit will bring together artists and specialists from across a broad spectrum of disciplines, to share their knowledge and expertise.

The summit will offer the opportunity for serious, working artists to gather information on expanding their professional practice. Topics covered will include writing for artists, independent publishing, funding your work, intellectual property and strategic planning to define and realize a personal vision of success. Featured presentations will include ArtServe Michigan's Cezanne Charles, Stephanie Pereira from Kickstarter, and noted artists Mel Nichols from George Mason University, and Tyrone Williams from Xavier University among others.

This is also your chance to hear about two new exciting initiatives being launched by ArtServe Michigan - Community Supported Art Detroit and Lawyers for the Creative Economy.

The workshop is for artists of all disciplines - including visual, literary, film, theatre, dance, performance, new media and other artists. Space is limited. Coffee & Tea will be provided both days. Artists must register and pay in advance a


About Creative Many Professional Practice Seminars:

Artists and creative practitioners are an invaluable resource to Michigan, contributing value socially, culturally, aesthetically and economically. Creative Many Professional Practice Seminars empower artists to take the next step in building sustainable professional creative practices. Seminars cover communications, resources and strategic planning for creative practitioners, whether emerging or established across Michigan's vibrant creative industries.


Funding for the Creative Many Professional Practice Seminars is provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation through their Marketplace Empowerment for Artists Program.  Their support allows ArtServe Michigan and its partners to offer these informative sessions across the state.  


Can't join us in Detroit? Look for more seminars in Grand Rapids, Lansing/East Lansing, Marquette, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Flint, and Traverse City/Petoskey.  If you are an organization in one of these cities and are interested in hosting a workshop, contact:

Dorrie Milan, Creative Industries Associate at

Email:  or  Phone: 248-912-0760 ext 5#