Sometimes it’s hard for an artist to make a living off his or her work.

Artists from around the region, whether aspiring or experienced, can discover new opportunities at the 5th annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference  set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at UNCG.

This weekend’s conference is about turning passion into a profession, Dr. Dianne Welsh , founder and co-director, told the News & Record. It will cover fundamental issues such as time management, business law and project funding. Registration is available at the door in Elliott University Center.

“I think the energy between putting community people together with students is huge,” Welsh told the newspaper. “The students get a lot out of it because they can talk to people that have some experience being out there. Art lots of times is sort of a lonesome profession – you’re doing it by yourself. [Established artists] get a lot out of talking to the kids in energy and enthusiasm. So it’s sort of a win-win.”

The conference was written up in the News & Record on Feb. 16.

Welsh started the conference in Florida, then brought it to Greensboro beginning in 2009. Tracks are available for literary, performing and visual arts, though attendees are free to go to any sessions that interest them.

Other keynote speakers are author and WFMY-TV news anchor Carol Andrews and Kyle T. Webster, a Winston-Salem-based illustrator, graphic designer and app maker whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker, as well as on the labels of Foothills Brewing beers.

“He’s (Webster) really built a thriving business as an artist, and that’s really what we’re trying to communicate in particular to emerging artists: There are a lot of ways you can make a very good living in the arts,” says Bryan Toney, associate vice chancellor for economic development at UNCG and co-chair of the conference.