It's Your Money

Artists & Performers: Learn More About Making (and Keeping) Money at Wednesday's Artist Panel


IRIS & R-Juna

What's even harder than making money at your creative passion? Keeping it, of course. Artists of various types will be on hand to discuss their money strategies and struggles as part of the Library's You Get Paid to Do That? workshop on Wednesday, October 7 at the Main Library.

The Money on My Mind artist panel discussion is the second part of the workshop that day, and takes place in the Auditorium from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no prior registration is required.

Suzanne Halvorson

Artists confirmed for the event include R-Juna and IRIS (husband-and-wife hip hop duo and music label owners), Brian Oppenlander (video game developer), Suzanne Halvorson (textile artist), Marc Tschida (artisan jigsaw puzzle creator), Patrick Siney (graphic designer), Jesse Lacy (singer-songwriter), and Ane Jenkins (music producer).

Following a panel discussion on financing a career in the arts, there will be time for questions from the audience. Rookies and seasoned working creatives alike will appreciate the honest, practical advice presented here—don't miss out!

Photos courtesy of the artists.

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It's Your Money is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

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