Panelist Matthew Shlian is an artist/designer and founder of the Initiative Artist Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

How do art professionals define – and ultimately achieve – success? On Thursday September 25, the public is invited to “Making Meaning in the Marketplace,” a panel discussion featuring four talented and successful makers who will discuss the business models and strategies they used to craft their creative practices into meaningful careers.

The discussion begins at 6pm in North Bennet Street School’s Windgate Gallery, 150 North Street. A networking session with the artists will precede the panel at 5pm. Both events are free and open to the public.  The discussion will be moderated by Perry Price, director of education for the American Craft Council, where he is responsible for cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft.

Thursday’s program will be followed on Friday September 26 with an all-day schedule of workshops at the school for student artists and makers from 9am to 3pm. Led by the four Thursday evening panelists, the focused workshops will explore ways for emerging artists, designers and makers to bridge their creative skills and passions with today’s marketplace opportunities.

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To register for one or both programs, visit http://www.nbss.edu/about/news/SuccessStories/index.aspx or call North Bennet Street School at 617-227-0155.

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