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Summer Workshop Series: 5 Skills Every Woman in the Arts Should Know

14 JUL

With the art world cooling down for the season, POWarts invites you to attend summer school with the workshop series 5 Things Every Woman in the Arts Should Know. Whether dealing with a crisis, managing a difficult work relationship, braving the 'ask' for money or managing a budget or a large project, this POWarts’ workshop series will offer tools for cultivating essential professional skills.

Workshops take place on Mondays evenings from 6:30-7:30PM at Citizen-M Hotel, followed by a networking happy hour at the rooftop bar. Sign up for individual workshops or for the entire series. Workshops are free for POWarts members, $15 per session for non-members.

Monday, July 21
How to Ask for Money
Explore the ins and outs of fundraising with Lisa Mantone, Vice President of Communications and Development, WNET New York Public Media and formerly Director of Development at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Monday, July 28
How to Have a Difficult Conversation
Learn key skills for productive communication in the workplace with Heidi Olson, a management consultant formerly of the Guggenheim Museum and Cantor Fitzgerald. Heidi brings a very unique perspective across the arts, architecture, and leadership outside the arts to her workshop on how to manage the trickiest of workplace dynamics.
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Monday, August 4
How to Read and Negotiate a Contract
Have you ever been given a contract you didn’t understand? Want to learn more about contract law? Angie Zorotheos, a passionate advocate for women and for education, will walk you through the basics. She is also an in-house counsel for Quidsi (, which was acquired by Amazon. A dynamic presence and gifted negotiator, Angie will impart the fundamentals of how to tackle reading and negotiating a legal contract.
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Monday, August 11
How to Make and Manage a Budget
A member of the POWarts steering committee and of the Sotheby's Institute Art Business faculty, Amy Whitaker will clarify and demystify the basics of making a project budget, connecting it to how your organization thinks about profit and loss, or fundraising goals.
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Monday, August 18
How to Manage a Project
Learn how to manage a large project from conception to completion with Jessica Ludwig who, as Director of ClarkNEXT and Design at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, shepherded the institution’s recent expansion project.
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Leadership and Generosity

22 MAY

Like most artists or writers, organizations often have a few big questions that consume them for their whole lives. POWarts is an organization like this.

In 2008, Sara Kay, now a director at White Cube in London, founded POWarts to help women build careers in the arts. But the remit of POWarts was more specific. You could boil it down to three questions:

How do art and business fit together?
How are individual and collective success related?
And, most importantly, how do leadership and generosity co-exist?

Back in the Duran-Duran era, women wore Working Girl power ties (and Reeboks) and fought their way into a man’s world.

But POWarts comes out of the belief that communities of kind, thoughtful, inventively hard-working people can champion both individual and collective success.

A network of generosity creates a space in which to help others in an open-ended way that can only—untidily and indirectly—come back around and help you too.

But skills and business knowledge are important. Understanding business is a tool that makes space for artists’ lives, for funded exhibitions, for successful sales, for non-profit financial soundness, and, eventually, for whole careers across the arts.

From 2008 to 2012, POWarts began creating programming about all the things in the arts besides art: fund management, career paths, tax advice, managing oneself…. Then the organization spent more than a year on hiatus. Its founder was called to London for work.

So we decided that it was time to create an organization with a whole steering committee. We wanted to design a system that could keep going, beyond its founder and its original relaunchers.

We warmly invite you to celebrate the relaunch. And please reach out and let us know if you would like to get involved!

In honor of our relaunch, POWarts is also offering a special reduced membership—join now through June 10th and annual dues are only $50 instead of the usual $85. Sign up here.

Watch this space for more updates on our programs for this summer and fall!

Ars longa, vita brevis,

Amy Whitaker
President, POWarts

And the POWarts Steering Committee:

Meredith Blechman, Artspace
Sara Bodinson, The Museum of Modern Art
Elisabeth Conroy, Edward W. Hayes P.C.
Emilie Faure, White Cube
Molly Kurzius, The Jewish Museum
Laura McCarthy, Sotheby’s Inc.

Alexandra Schwartz, Montclair Art Museum

Li Jun Xian, Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance - Treasurer

Sara Kay, White Cube - Founder and member ex-officio

POWarts is a volunteer-run, membership-funded organization (and a registered 501(c)3).


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