In this episode of the Create Podcast, host Ekaterina Popova welcomes Elli Milan, founder of the Milan Institute, to discuss their shared mission of supporting the art community and elevating careers and skillsets.
Elli shares her journey as a professional artist, starting from her passion for art sparked in high school to attending art school and eventually establishing her own art career. Along the way, she faced challenges in finding mentors and guidance, which fueled her desire to help other artists succeed. In 2010, Elli and her husband opened the Milan Institute, a school focused on helping artists develop their careers and businesses.
Elli emphasizes the importance of self-representation, creative marketing, and entrepreneurship for artists, challenging the notion of the "starving artist" and advocating for artists to embrace the business side of their craft. Currently, Elli is working on Art Social, a social media platform designed for artists and art lovers to connect, buy art, find support, and build a community. The episode concludes with a discussion on the evolving art world and the opportunities available for artists in today's digital age.
To learn more about the Milan Art Institute and their programs, visit their website at https://www.milanartinstitute.com.