Tamarack Foundation U is open to all artists and creatives in West Virginia looking to improve their creative practices and businesses.

Based on needs as reported in our West Virginia Creative Entrepreneur Study and feedback we receive in the course of our work, we select broad topic areas to focus training efforts on annually. The foundation team assembles resources and training on each topic.

Tamarack Foundation U efforts are primarily offered online so the information is available to as many members of West Virginia’s creative community as possible.

We summarize our training and education efforts in the Tamarack Foundation U Dispatch (see “Join” section below for details on receiving the Dispatch).


Sign up for our email list as an “Artist or Arts Organization” to receive the Tamarack Foundation U Dispatch each month. This is the best way to get plugged in to all of the opportunities we are offering through Tamarack Foundation U, as they are all promoted in this email.

You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we post regularly about upcoming opportunities through Tamarack Foundation U.

2019 Workshops

Financially Empowered.  Creatively Free.  –  a three-part webinar series with Elaine Grogan Luttrull

Natural Capital Investment Fund, in collaboration with the Tamarack Foundation, is pleased to present a three-part webinar series on financial empowerment, built specifically for creative entrepreneurs including artisans, those in the tourism/recreation industry, and agribusiness professionals in West Virginia.

Join us for just one or multiple sessions, detailed below.

Business/individuals that participate in all three sessions will be eligible to apply for FREE  1:1 consulting from the trainer.  Minerva Financial Arts founder Elaine Grogan Luttrull is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a passion for the arts and supporting creative individuals with her financial planning skills.  Elaine’s clients include Americans for the Arts, the Juilliard School, Kennedy Center, and now our Creative Network!

Thanks to the generous support of BB&T, we are able to offer this program at $15 per webinar or $40 for all three.

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Part 1:  Financial Wellness   –   August 14,  2019  from  11:30 a.m.  –  12:45 p.m.

Having compete creative freedom means you never have to say yes to something you’d rather refuse, just for the money.  And if you are financially empowered, you can do just that.  In this kick-off webinar, the first of a three-part series, we’ll unpack the definition of financial empowerment, identify the five financial metrics you should pay close attention to, and review actionable steps you can take to boost your own financial wellness.  As part of this webinar, participants will:

  • List the five key financial metrics to monitor.


Part 2:   Budgeting   –   September 4,  2019  from  11:30 a.m.  –  12:45 p.m.

Being informed, intentional, and mindful about your finances is the best route to empowerment.  (And budgeting is the best route to being informed, intentional, and mindful about your money.)  So where to begin?  There are five steps to the budgeting process, and we’ll walk through them all in detail, including a few key points to make the process easier along the way.  You’ll leave with a budget you can make your own, ready to connect it to your goals.  As part of this webinar, participants will:

  • List the five steps to the budgeting process.
  • Apply the steps to a budgeting activity.


Part 3:  Portfolio Careers  –  October 9,  2019  from  11:30 a.m.  –  12:45 p.m.

“I just need more money” isn’t a business plan, even though it can seem like the simplest solution to financial woes.  In this webinar, the third of the three-part series, we’ll review the portfolio career framework to match your own strengths with opportunities to monetize those strengths.  After all, diversifying your income – that is, earning income from a variety of activities – can protect your earning strategy throughout the year.  As part of this webinar, participants will:

  • Define starring role, supporting roles, and production assistance work in the context of a portfolio career.
  • Identify strengths and opportunities to monetize those strengths within a portfolio career.