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Smartistry supports the Arts as an essential component to a balanced curriculum. Young and developing artists need focused, realistic launch preparation in addition to skill development. 


Our live workshops and talks, which are tailor-made for junior high, high school, and  university programs, equip students to plan for a successful, sustainable future in the arts.


The Reluctant Entrepreneurs Club is for anyone who never aspired to be their own boss, but found themselves running a small business anyway. In the wake of the global pandemic in 2020 that shut down large sectors of arts employment, many skilled arts professionals found themselves starting small businesses to survive. The only catch was, most of us did it virtually overnight without time to create a long-term business plan or to learn the new skill sets that we were suddenly responsible for. 


Marketing. Finance. Contracts. Branding. The list goes on. 


That’s where REC comes in. Born from a thousand frustrated conversations between actual reluctant entrepreneurs, we aim to bridge the gap between the talent & skills that artists already have and the business acumen needed to successfully build businesses. Creating a community with a foundation of seminars from experts in a variety of fields and access to the tools needed to continue learning & growing as business owners well into the future, REC is helping artists become (slightly) less reluctant entrepreneurs.

The Reluctant Entrepreneurs Club is a collaboration between Artists Resource Mobilization, the Apparel Industry Board, Inc. and Smartistry.

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Next Up: Finance for Creative Professionals

Special Guest: Dina Renee Weiss

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:30- 7:00 PM Central Time

pay what you can (suggested donation $10)


Reflecting our core value of Abundance, Smartistry actively pursues reciprocal partnership opportunities in the arts community.  

Production Team Meeting



Established Smartistry artists pay it forward in our inclusive, hands-on mentoring program for new and emerging practitioners.

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PAAL Podcast
"I Will Hold Your Baby"

Photo credit: Diann Squiers

Smartistry proudly supports PAAL and Parents in Chicago Theater

The 2018 Annual Forums for Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) teamed up with Parents in Chicago Theater. The forum took place in Chicago. The theme was "Initiatives and Solutions" and featured panelists [including Smartistry's Melissa Peck] who shared their personal experiences as well as their active solutions to improve the theatre community for parent artists. 

Meet a Guide

Taking the first steps to manage your financial situation can be scary- but meeting with a financial advisor is as easy as grabbing a cup of coffee. It's collaborative, empowering, and your first consultation is free! You can do this.