Ella Project receives NEA funding for 2019.

The Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts has approved The Ella Project for a grant in the amount of $30,000 in their latest round of ArtWorks funding. Ella Project is proud to be one of 17 arts organizations in Louisiana to receive this funding. We look forward to working with the Arts Endowment to further the reach of our pro bono legal services and workshops for artists to ensure they are maximizing their efforts to get their work protected and out into the public sphere. Thank you to the Arts Endowment and all of the supporters of The Ella Project who ensure that all artists of Louisiana, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to high quality legal and business services to advance and control their artistic content.

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The Ella Project’s Visual Artist Business Boot Camp

This fourteen hour program focuses on business management, grass roots marketing, and developing a plan for visual artists to advance their art careers. Working through small group work and presentation, the Business Boot Camp is designed for up to 20 individual artists. Artists should leave with a greater understanding of how to think of their art as a business, how to confidently promote themselves and their artwork, and how to further develop a strategy for getting their work into the public. Gene Meneray, Co-Founder of The Ella Project, is the lead instructor. Additional instructors include Katie Odell, gallerist and social media manager, and Ashlye Keaton, entertainment attorney and Co-Founder of The Ella Project. This workshop was developed with support from the State of Louisiana’s Office of Cultural Development, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ella West Freeman Foundation.


Saturday The Artist’s Career

  • How is art sold? What determines pricing?
  • Marketing materials for the independent visual artist.
  • Creating an artist brand.
  • Working with galleries, festivals and public art.
  • Designing a career plan.
  • Current trends in grassroots marketing.


The Artist as Business Person

  • Social Media: What’s worked, what hasn’t.
  • Identifying your target market.
  • Legal issues for visual artists.
  • Basic finance for self employed artists.
  • Goal setting for the future.

Quotes from previous attendees:

  • “Super informative for all levels of accomplishment! I didn’t feel left behind or like I was being taught things I already knew.”
  • “When thinking about the next steps to take in my career, this workshop helped me find a direction to focus my attention..”
  • “Y’all left no question unanswered!”
 Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council