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Design Yourself: A workshop and forum for arts entrepreneurs

Workshop Description and Details

This hands-on workshop is a collaboration between Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. It highlights Louie's Mockups ( as case study for exploring critical issues in Native arts entrepreneurship. With purposeful attention to identity and culture throughout, we will discuss the process of taking an idea from initial conception through prototyping, manufacturing, and online marketing. Participants will have an opportunity to share their project ideas and receive constructive feedback from the group. Our goal is to encourage Native artists and entrepreneurs to explore innovative, values-based art and business projects.

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Date:                                    March 01, 2014 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location:                              Louie’s studio in historic Chinatown (Seattle)

Cost of Attendance:             Free

Application:                          Space is limited. See How to Apply (below)


    1. You identify as a member of an indigenous tribe, band, or community of the Western Hemisphere
    2. You are a working artist with less than 3 years experience developing or selling product
    3. You are willing to share your experiences and/or support the work of others

      Fees and Supplies

      The workshop and supplies are offered free of charge. Travel, lodging, parking or meals are not covered.

      How to Apply

      Submit a Statement of Interest (500 words or less) via email by February 20, 2014. Please include a description of your work to date and reference to the skills and knowledge areas that you would like to develop in the next year:

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