(Worcester, MA – March 22, 2023) The Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the 19 artists selected for its second Business of Art Cohort. Funded by GWCF’s Creative Worcester Initiative in partnership with the Barr Foundation, The Business of Art Program is a 6-month financial wellness and sustainability program for Worcester artists & creatives, with an emphasis on artists of color and those who identify as low-to-moderate income.

Delivered in partnership with MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists, this capacity-building program provides free professional development services, one-on-one coaching sessions in the development of the artist’s career plan, and a series of online financial and business resiliency workshops specifically focused on navigating various cultural sectors. It also includes a $2,000 unrestricted grant that serves as working capital to be strategically invested in the artist’s creative practice.

“As the arts and culture sector continues to recover from the last three years, it is important to keep in mind not just the cultural institutions, but the individual artists & creatives who contribute to our community,” said Jonathan Cohen, Vice President of Community Impact. “That is why we are pleased to again be offering this amazing program, and to have made it available to artists from across Worcester County.”

The following artists have been named for the new Business of Art Cohort:

Aico (Shikakibito-Aico) (Berlin)

Angel Geronimo/Dos (Worcester)

Cedric “CED Boogie” Arno (Worcester)

Cesar Rodrigues (Worcester)

Charles Ketter (Worcester)

Christian Bachez (Worcester)

Claude Eshun (Worcester)

Cyrille Vincent (Worcester)

Derek “YDD” Craig (Fitchburg)

Jayme Hibbard (Sutton)

Jim Scott (Worcester)

Kate Egnaczak (Worcester)

Khalil Guzman-Jerry (Worcester)

Ronald Burgess, Jr. (Worcester)

Savonne Pickett (Worcester)

Sharinna Travieso (Worcester)

Sharon Amuguni (Worcester)

Yasmine Ameli (Shrewsbury)

To learn more about each of these artists, visit https://www.assetsforartists.org/blog/2023/2/22/t5kl96f7kcmmj4xu8ysctz02cv5h5z

For more information or questions about The Business of Art, please contact Jonathan Cohen, Vice President of Community Impact, at jcohen@greaterworcester.org.