WREN leaps out of hibernation with reconfigured artist support services


LEAP stands for Launching Emerging Artists Practicum, and is an in-depth 8 month series of workshops, critiques, and networking events designed to give artists and makers the tools they need to tackle common obstacles and achieve success in the marketplace. True to the spirit of how WREN began 25 years ago, with a small group of women determined to support each other, the true power of LEAP stems from its focus on peer-to-peer support. Many of the benefits to be gained from participating in the LEAP Cohort come not only from the accumulation of knowledge gained throughout the year, and from dedicating regular time to one’s studio practice, but from spending time together in a group, witnessing each other’s progress, challenges, strategies and breakthroughs.23116950_1432082420174187_1777307964997642153_o

Monthly workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring and critiques, a regular studio practice and numerous networking events with local and regional industry experts are the backbone of a curriculum rivaling many acclaimed MFA programs. In November, after nearly a year of hard work, the LEAP cohort will share a special show in the Gallery at WREN.  The initial cohort will consist of 6-10 participants, who will commit to the 8 month program and share a show in November at The Gallery at WREN, but limited space in the workshops will also be open to the public, with options to take just one or two of the workshops, or take the whole series. Full Scholarships and sliding scale are available for artists who income qualify.

Workshops are taught by the Artist Technical Assistance Program Manager, and a group of art, business, and marketing experts/professionals from the region. Full descriptions and registration information can be found HERE.
Topics include: 
Time Management for Artists, How to Write an Artist Statement, Social Media Marketing, Framing and Presenting Your Work (For Every Budget), Building an Artist Website, Pricing Your Artwork, Photographing your Artwork, and Building a Strong Community Network.

LEAP is funded in part with support from the State of New Hampshire Microenterprise Development Assistance Program Funds and generous community sponsorships.

2019 LEAP Classes
2019 LEAP Application

Microenterprise scholarships are available to those who income qualify. Click below for application: