Resources for Route 6 Artists & Artisans

Resources for PA Artisans, Entrepreneurs, & Small Businesses:

As individual artists and artisans, galleries and shops, arts and cultural organizations, we all need some advice, support, or resources at some point to help us grow and succeed. Below, find helpful information, templates, checklists, and other resources specially tailored for Pennsylvania artists, artisans, creative businesses, and arts organizations.

The Basics—for Individual Artisans & Entrepreneurs:

  1. First Things First – A basic starter checklist for your new artisan business.
  2. Artist Portfolio 101 – What do you include? How do you organize it?
  3. Bookkeeping for Artists – Basic bookkeeping information.
  4. Pricing Policy for Artists – Keep it simple, be consistent.
  5. Writing Your Artist Statement – Have you written your Statement? Need to refresh your old one?  Here are some suggestions!
  6. Photographing Your Work – Present your best work with great photography.

For Shops and Galleries: 

  1. Gallery Show Checklist – Planning a Gallery Show? This is your To-Do checklist.
  2. Hospitality Matters!  – Does your space say “Welcome!”?


Grow Your Business:

  1. Next Things Now – After you’ve gone through the First Things First checklist, here are your next steps!
  2. Media Kit Checklist – Have it handy, keep it fresh.
  3. Media Release – Don’t’ forget to alert the media!
  4. Website Checklist – Take a look at your site. Does it need a refresher?
  5. Being the Best on 6! – Some tips & tricks from a seasoned Artisan Trail Member.


PA Partners for the Arts Along Route 6:

The Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corridor also has four PA Partners for the Arts, each serving their region with grant opportunities and other assistance. Find yours (by county, west to east):


Erie Arts & Culture
Counties Served: Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren
Phone: 814-452-3427


Elk County Council on the Arts
Counties Served: Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter
Phone: 814-772-7051


Bradford County Regional Arts Council
Counties Served: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming
Phone: 570-268-2787


Pocono Arts Council
Counties Served: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne
Phone: 570-476-4460


Organizations for Artists & Arts Businesses:

There are so many great organizations and websites with help for artists, arts organizations, shops, and galleries. Here are our top picks…


Pennsylvania State Arts Organizations:


National Arts Organizations: 

Related Links

Become a Member of the Artisan Trail!

Search for Artisans on Rt. 6

More to Consider

Regions & Counties on Rt. 6

PA Rt. 6 Artisan Trail
Events Along Rt. 6
PA Heritage Communities