Free and Almost Free Workshops for Artists

In August of 2013, I decided to make a career transition. I have a strong passion for the arts and want to maintain a career in arts administration, non-profit program development or work in a gallery or museum setting. During this time of transition and change, I have been busy reflecting on my past experiences and learning which skills I need to build. September has been filled with many workshops where I am developing skills and learning about new tools and resources. Below are a few places other artists can take free or almost free workshops and classes around the Twin Cities community.

Free Workshops

Below are workshops that are completely free for participants.

MRAC Workshops

Metropolitan Regional Arts Center

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Center (MRAC) is one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota. They are a resource for organizations with training, grants and other informational support. MRAC offers arts management training workshops. All that is required is previous registration. The presenters are highly qualified and informed workshop professionals who provide great resources, advice, tips, resources and information. I love attending these workshops and find it very valuable.

Hclib Workshops

Springboard for the Arts Work of Art Series (Hennepin County Library)

Springboard for the Arts has a 10 part workshop series called Work of Art. Typically these workshops cost $45, however due to a funding opportunity these workshops are available free through the Hennepin County Libraries. Registration must be completed online. Classes fill up quickly but there is a waiting list. Artists who also show up to the workshop are allowed to attend without prior registration if the classroom is not too full. These workshops have a variety of topics including career planning, time management, marketing, promotions, legal considerations, recordkeeping and finances, business planning, pricing your work, funding, and social media.


Positively Minnesota: MN Workforce Center

In seeking a new place of employment, I have been working with the Minnesota Workforce centers and have been taking a wide variety of workshops. In addition to job related workshops, there are classes on managing change, using Linked In, updating Word, Excel and Access skills, starting your own business, identifying skills, networking and more. These classes are free and only require a prior registration online.

Suggested Donation – Couple of Dollars Workshops


Altered Esthetics – Artible

Altered Esthetics Gallery in Northeast, Minneapolis, offers a small workshop series for artists. These small seminars last an hour and teach artist various skills. There is a suggested donation of $3 when attending.

Artist Way Meet Up

Twin Cities Artist Way Meet Up

The Artist Way Meet Up is a great way to get together with other local artists who enjoy reading and working though the Artist Way by Julia Cameron. This Meet Up meets once per month at the Northeast Library. The evening can vary, but usually meets on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Each Meet Up has a different discussion topic. All attendees get a chance to introduce themselves, and participate in the discussion.

Yoga Sol

Yoga Sol 

Yoga Sol is a unique yoga studio that allows its patrons to pay what they can for each class. Although I have not had a chance to attend a class here, I am excited to try it out.

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