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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

May 22, 2023

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


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