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It's Time to Put Some Creative "Spring" in our Step    

In spite of some lingering wintery weather well into what we would traditionally think of as spring, there are signs that the worst is behind us. No more cocooning; it's time to get out there and get things done we've been meaning to do.

A perfect place to start, whether you are an artist or an arts administrator who works with artists, is the Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law conference May 15 - 16.

The conference is designed to give artists entrepreneurial skills needed to advance their careers, while engaging arts administrators, lawyers, and scholars in discussion of current intellectual property issues they may encounter when working with artists.

Artists are often the first to admit their career focus is on creating their work, and all too often the business side of being an artist is overlooked unless the artist can afford to retain a business manager. Very few artists are in such a position, so to maximize potential for career success, the artist needs to develop practical skills in being an entrepreneur.

The conference will be held at the Indiana State Museum with portions at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Herron School of Art and Design. For more information about the conference, conference speakers, and how to register, please visit

The response to early registration has been amazing, and a clear indication that artists and cultural program providers who work with artists, appreciate the need to further their understanding of intellectual property issues. But space is filling up fast, so if this sounds like a perfect way to get the "spring" back in your creative planning for this year, plan to join us and register today.

Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law is produced by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Additional support is provided by Indiana University's New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The IAC will also be planning additional conferences and workshops this summer and fall, so visit the website often for updates. We also post conference information in our e-newsletters ArtsEye and Arts: 92. Subscribe today if you don't already. Go to to sign up. 

All the best,



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