UTICA — Emerging artists and creatives interested in establishing an arts-related business are invited to apply for enrollment in a free, innovative refinery program developed by Utica Monday Nite in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College and ThINCubator.

The Artist Refinery Program is an intensive eight-week summer course offering the basics of a business start-up, including an entrepreneurial curriculum, guest speakers,and weekly deliverables from participants, who will exit the program with a robust set of skills and knowledge to develop and monetize their creative business.

Coursework covers building a business model, legal and financial considerations, marketing, logistics, and trending art technologies. Local artists and professionals will provide instruction and one-on-one coaching sessions. 

The eight-week summer session for emerging artists begins May 25. A session for established artists is planned for the fall.

An application and a short video explaining the details of the program are accessible online at www.thincubator.co/artist-refinery

MVCC will provide a portion of the program funding as well as the use of the ThINCubator facility for holding in-person classes. Utica Monday Nite has applied for several grants to fund the balance. 

For more information, visit thicubator.co/artist-refinery/


The Artist Refinery Program is a partnership between UMN For the Arts (Utica Monday Nite) and MVCC, designed specifically for artists and creators who want to learn how to take their art or creative talents and turn them into real businesses. It focuses on setting measurable goals and working with artists to aggressively accelerate their business, and in the company of other creatives. The program is free and open to both students and community members.