STORIES

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A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Sol Aramendi

In this A Blade of Grass FIELDWORKS, artist Sol Aramendi collaborates with immigrant day laborers, artists, developers, lawyers, and organizers to create a smartphone app. The objective of the app is to combat wage theft.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Laura Chipley

This A Blade of Grass FIELDWORKS features artist Laura Chipley who, in collaboration with other individuals, has created a multimedia education initative to combat environmental contamination throughout West Virginia.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Suzanne Lacy

In this FIELDWORKS episode, A Blade of Grass features artist Suzanne Lacy. Lacy leads a performance with numerous men in order to take a stand against the violence experienced by women in Quito, Ecuador.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Mary Mattingly

In this FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass features artist Mary Mattingly. Mattingly created a floating food forest which travels through New York City harbors in order to encourage the public to cultivate fresh food as well as to promote conversations about food and public policy among the public.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Nigel Poor

In this episode of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass features artist Nigel Poor. Poor works with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison to create audio works for broadcast on public radio.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Dread Scott

A Blade of Grass features artist Dread Scott in this episode of FIELDWORKS. Scott seeks to engage with the community to create a work of art that will reenact the largest rebellion of enslaved people in American history.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Adaku Utah

In this episode of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass explores the work of artist Adaku Utah. Utah, in conjunction with Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists, and ancestors, leads an intergenerational healing village called Harriet's Apothecary.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Mel Chin

In this episode of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass features the work of artist Mel Chin. Chin galvanizes 400,000 individuals across the country to end childhood lead poisoning.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Pablo Helguera

Artist Pablo Helguera is featured in this episode of A Blade of Grass' FIELDWORKS. Helguera opens a pop-up bookstore in Red Hook, Brooklyn housing twenty thousand used Spanish-language books.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Brett Cook

In this A Blade of Grass FIELDWORKS, artist Brett Cook promotes health and wellness through participatory portraiture at Oakland's "Life is Living" festival.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Fran Ilich

In this episode of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass features artist Fran Ilich. Ilich created a coffee service that connects Zapatista communities to political movements in New York City.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Jan Mun

In this episode of FIELDWORKS by A Blade of Grass, artist Jan Mun combats one of the largest underground oil spills in the world by way of bioremediation in Newtown Creek, Brooklyn.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

A Blade of Grass | FIELDWORKS: Artist Jody Wood

In this episode of FIELDWORKS, A Blade of Grass features artist Jody Wood. Over the course of three months, Wood travels to nine homeless shelters throughout New York City with her mobile beauty salon.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Practice

Finding Balance with a Day Job

 As an actor, I was having trouble finding work, so I took the suggestion of a colleague to apply to be a tour guide, since I’m a huge state history buff. I was hired to became a tour guide on one of the boats and would walk off the boats with wads of cash. Then one day, I got the call for a big acting gig. I went to my employer and said, “I’m going to reject the offer if it will conflict with my day job.” But my employer said, “We love you so much. Go do the gig – your job will be here when you get back.” I felt like this was an example of taking responsibility for this stage of my life and finding balance and steady work that is still supportive of my artistic pursuits. Since then, I’ve continued to do the boats and the tours, and that stable income and flexibility have me time to write, produce, and act in two films. So, I think that’s a success story because it’s about asking not just “How can I look at all aspects of my life and protect the creative person?,” but also, “What are my values? What do I want in my life right now? And how do I adjust so I can set those priorities and be honest to them?”

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Practice

Taking Control of Your Career

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova shares his experience struggling with 'selling' his work and establishing a live/work balance.

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Practice

Waiting for that Lucky Break

What I see as a failure is an artist who hasn’t recognized red flags: you haven’t paid your rent for two or three months and you’re waiting for a lucky break. It’s more like an addiction or gambling, “I’m gonna get that lucky break” but meanwhile the ground is crumbling underneath you and there’s only so much that anyone else can do to offer crisis assistance, but at a certain point if the artist is working in isolation and not open to at least even trying something different, even just to stabilize him or herself, the resources won’t be enough and the artist may ultimately give up.

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I am an Artist Artists Give Up Practice