The Business of Being an Artist

A former Mills College course in which students created a business plan for their arts venture.
Partnership with Mills College 
Intersection offered the course Business of Being an Artist at Mills College from 2018-2022

​MGMT 186/286: ​Th​e Business of Being an Artist is a course at Mills College​ presented ​in partnership with Intersection for the Arts. ​In this course students developed a business plan to launch a new—or further develop an existing—arts business venture. The instructional team served as facilitators and advisors to guide students in articulating their business vision and crafting a functional plan. Course components were driven by the use of the Business Model Canvas design-thinking tool. Upon completion of the course, students had developed a comprehensive plan that could be used as a model for supporting their individual professional arts practice, opening an arts business, or could be used as a portfolio piece to show prospective employers. Weekly class sessions were led by Instructor Amy Kweskin.

Are your students interested in building a career in the arts? Have an idea for a creative business venture? Need to figure out what it takes to get started and to be sustainable?

Talk to Intersection about arranging a graduate or undergraduate course, program or guest speaker visit to learn directly from professional artists and arts managers working in dance, studio art, theatre, music, writing, and across disciplines​.

Contact: Amy Kweskin, Director of Professional Development AMY [AT] THEINTERSECTION [DOT] ORG

  • Amy Kweskin, Intersection for the Arts, Director of Professional Development
Past Presenters
  • Yesenia Sanchez, Soleil Coaching & Consulting
  • Randy Rollison, Intersection for the Arts
  • Pavan Singh, Marketing & Strategy Expert
  • Anthem Salgado, Art of the Hustle
  • Beatrice L. Thomas, Cultural Strategist
  • Kevin Seaman, Cultural Worker
  • Lina Buffington, INNOVATE Consulting​