Public Forum: Financial Literacy for Artists

 Financial Literacy quad

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm
At 516 ARTS, Free

516 ARTS presents the public forum Financial Literacy for Artists in conjunction with the exhibition Currency: What do you value?, which asks questions about the relationship between art, labor and economics. This event creates a space for artists in all fields to learn from financial professionals and get questions answered. Speakers include:

Julianna Silva is Managing Director at WESST, Albuquerque’s best-practice, small business incubator. She works one on one with her clients to develop and implement business plans, accounting systems and marketing strategies. She also provides workshops in topics such as QuickBooks, Web Marketing and Learning the Language of Business Finances. In 2014, she received a recognition award from The New Mexico Technology Council as a “Women in Tech” leader. She was also recognized in 2015 by the Small Business Administration as the New Mexico “Women in Business Champion of the Year.” Silva is a graduate of the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Lauren Olivia Ruffin is Chief External Relations Officer for Fractured Atlas, a national organization that supports artists and arts organizations to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. She is responsible for the organization’s marketing, communications, community engagement and fundraising. She also leads Artist Campaign School, a new educational program that has trained 31 artists to run for political office to date. In her spare time, she serves as co-founder of Crux, a start-up digital media platform focused solely on discovering and promoting virtual and augmented reality stories from Black creators. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Science and obtained a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law.

Claire Stasiewicz is an adjunct professor of International Management at UNM. For the past year, she has worked with artisans at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, developing educational tools, programming, and opportunities for entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Her research focuses on the creative economy, and her goal is to facilitate the growth and development of new artists.

Kathy Garrett, President of Number Crunchers, is federally licensed to represent taxpayers to the IRS. She provides professional bookkeeping and tax services specializing in small businesses and nonprofits, and has been working with New Mexico artists for over 20 years.