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Artrepreneurs: Helping artist turn their passion into business success

Innovate Montana Symposium Breakout Session

Artists, the original entrepreneurs, contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of their communities. The handmade movement has allowed artists to sustain viable businesses anywhere in the world. Montana’s artists are taking a cue from their fellow entrepreneurs and starting businesses all across the state. The Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) creates a sense of community for emerging artists and entrepreneurs to help build their business and their crafts.

This breakout session is all about how artists across Montana have banded together to showcase and sell their work. You will hear how the MAP creates a community of artists and provides resources to those just getting started from the artists themselves. Whether you are an appreciator of art or an aspiring artist yourself, this is session you cannot miss!

Tim Carlburg owns Carlburg Pottery in Columbia Falls. MAP helped Tim jumpstart his pottery business, allowing this self-taught potter to turn his vision for simple, functional pottery business into a reality. Our second speaker is Michael Blessing, owner of Blessing Fine Art in Bozeman. Michael runs his business he runs with his wife, Meagan.  Coila Evans will also be telling her story.  She is the owner of Coila Evans Art and Gift Gallery in Roundup, a contemporary gallery with work from local and national artists. And finally, Sheri Jarvis, the director of the Montana Artrepreneur Program will be on hand to talk about MAP and the work they do.

To find out more about the Montana Artrepreneur Program, you can catch them at Growing Montana’s Makers on July 13 and during the Innovate Montana Symposium on July 14.  Registered today at


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