APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2019
APPLICATION FEE: $25
LOCATION: Yahara Bay Distillers located at 6250 Nesbitt Rd., Fitchburg
Dane Arts, the County's Arts and Cultural Affairs Office, invites you to apply to DABL2019!
Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL) is a program within Dane Arts that connects local artists and businesses. By combining unique vending opportunities with professional development workshops, DABL directly supports the work of Dane County artists in recognition of their impact on the local economy.
More than $100,000 in reported sales and commissions has been generated by artists to-date.
Read the full post for details of how to submit and what to expect. Questions and comments welcome!
Firstly, a very special thanks to Great Dane Brewing Company for sponsoring this gathering with food, beverages, and space! It’s remarkable having this kind of support for the arts in Dane County, and we are tremendously grateful for their support! The staff was kind and accommodating, and made sure we had everything we needed to keep the ideas flowing!
DABL will be held at Yahara Bay Distillers this year, October 18 & 19. It is not decided whether or not we will have the same booth setup, or if we will explore a new format. This will be decided by the time the artist application goes live May 1.
The reasons why we decided to move DABL from the US Bank building downtown to Yahara Bay Distillers were to: 1) to fulfill our commitment of reaching new parts of Dane County; 2) to book a venue for two days, as US Bank couldn’t commit as far in advance as we needed; and 3) Yahara Bay Distillers has a good amount of parking.
Weekly professional development workshops will be held at Promega this year, during the month of September.
Brent is working with Daryna to come up with a Pledge to Purchase narrative that interested artists can help share throughout their networks. This will be ready by the week of March 7.
Can DABL become more of a Creative Conference, with an component where artists can sell their work, as well as different workshops and presentations? This would be something to consider going into 2020, as a way of rephrasing what an art fair can do and/or be.
Create a more personalized way for artists to help promote, like a digital flyer design where the main image can be swapped out with the art of participating artists.
The RSVPing page was confusing and a pain point for a lot of people. This will be addressed.
Read the full post for positive points of feedback, as well as what we can improve upon. Please add more ideas, or expand on what’s already listed in the comment section!
In order to better organize updates as they pertain to Dane Arts Buy Local, we’re going to use a blog format to make posts. This will allow artists and the community to contribute ideas and expand on what’s shared. The DABL team will use what’s contributed to shape the overall development of the program.
Here are some important things to keep in mind if you’re going to contribute:
you can comment as a guest, or by creating an account on Squarespace. If you create an account you won’t need to give your name every time you post.
someone from the DABL team will respond to comments directed at the team weekly.
nobody from DABL will respond to comments between November and February because nobody is under contract at this time.
if you have a comment for the DABL team that doesn't get a response, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly
respect everyone sharing, and their ideas.
Read full post for examples of what to expect from this blog.