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How Coffee Shops Benefit Local Artists

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A quiet din fills the room as some coffee shop guests are enjoying a pastry with a cappuccino. Others drink their coffee black while flipping through the pages of the latest newspaper. In the crowd of people, there is an array of creative talent waiting to be discovered. It is no coincidence and maybe even fate that this little coffee shop can be the very place where local artists are no longer just another face in the crowd. From musical talent to writers, painters and photographers, artists of all kind can find a chance to promote their work and get their names out there at a coffee shop.

A Chance to Perform

Often, a coffee shop will designate a specific day in the month for an open mic night. Attending open mic night to express your own poetry or sing your favorite song will give you a chance put yourself out there and conquer your fears while receiving feedback from other performers that are present. There are also the rare but possible occasion that someone may be present to offer you a record label for your music if you happen to be the diamond in the rough they were searching for.

The Opportunity to Promote Self-Published Books

A good amount of the time, there are individuals with a creative heart and potential using time at the coffee shop to work on their ideas in between conversations with neighbors and sipping a good cup of Joe. With a good friendly conversation, you may discover that someone loves to write stories and that another happens to be a publisher or a friend of someone that publishes. Through simple and friendly connections, you may come to find that you can advance and market your self-published books, or even make a sale on the spot if you happen to have a copy of your book with you at the time.

Paint the Walls Your Way

Aside from music and books, there is also the chance at a coffee shop to get noticed for your paintings or other works of art. Many coffee shops allow local artists to display their works on the walls along with contact information for those interested in buying the pieces. Not only will displaying your art ignite the curiosity of other artists and creative aficionados, but it will also get it out there and hanging on living room walls—not just hidden away in the back of a closet.

A coffee shop can be filled with so many sources of creativity waiting to be discovered, and there are so many ways the coffee shop itself can be an avenue to fuel that discovery of local artists. It never hurts to have a conversation with another individual, to make a friend, and to share your creative interests. You never know when the conversation may open a door to cause your art to flourish and grow, as well as inspire others to keep their creative side alive too.

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