Our community is wide-spread and ever-evolving. We celebrate news of ongoing engagement, collaboration, and activity in the field.

Posted 5.20.20

Strive to Thrive 1: Inaugural Issue

The inaugural issue of the bi-monthly Artists Thrive Strive to Thrive newsletter! Click here to get the newsletter in your inbox!

Posted 10.1.19

Visit Winston-Salem to Host 2020 Artists Thrive Summit

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Oct. 1, 2019) – Visit Winston-Salem has announced a three-year contract as the host city for the Artists Thrive Summit, an annual four-day gathering of some 200 artists, art leaders, educators and funders from around the country....

Posted 7.25.19

2019 Summit: Know Before You Go Information

THE 2019 SUMMIT IS NEXT WEEK! Tuesday, July 30 - Friday, August 2, 2019 Post Summit: Friday-Saturday, August 2-3 Berea, Kentucky is ready to welcome you -- along with over 100 other passionate artists, advocates, educators, and administrators -- to...

Posted 7.17.19

2019 Summit Highlight: Organizing Our Power Workshop with Lu Aya

This Thursday workshop highlight is about tapping into the power we have to connect people and maximize our impact. We will explore how community organizing tools can serve us in growing the movement for artists and our communities to thrive.  As we...

Posted 7.1.19

Creative Economies in the Coal Fields, by Holly Hayworth, Orion Magazine, Summer 2019

This article is the first in a series examining how artists work and what life is like in communities that include working artists. It is published with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. To promote a holistic dialogue about the value...

Posted 6.19.19

2019 Summit Highlight: Help shape the new "I Teach Artists in Higher Education" Tool

This year’s gathering will build on the "I Am an Artist" and "I Work with Artists" tools by exploring a framework for a new "I Teach Artists in Higher Education” tool. We’ll have multiple interactive sessions, time for peer connections, plus deep...

Posted 5.22.19

2019 Summit Highlight: Learning Journey to Hyden, KY & The Osborne Brother's Hometown Festival

On Thursday we will board buses and journey to Hyden, KY to learn how the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music is training their students to thrive as artists and witness Bobby Osborne teaching a mandolin class.  We'll stay to enjoy...

Posted 3.28.19

Register Now for the 2019 Artists Thrive Summit, Berea, Kentucky, July 30 - August 2, 2019

Join us this summer for the 3rd annual Artists Thrive Summit in Berea, Kentucky (our culminating time in Berea).  We expect more than 150 visual and performing artists, makers, innovators, creatives, educators and leading arts service practitioners...

Posted 9.4.18

Conversations from Artists Thrive Summit 2018: Is Art-Making a Labor? Craft? Practice?

In her most recent blog post, Elaine Grogan Luttrul of Minerva Financial Arts relays an interesting conversation from the Artists Thrive Summit 2018: "I was in Berea, Kentucky last month for the Artists Thrive summit, and I had a fascinating...

Posted 6.26.18

Professional Artist Magazine feature on Using the Artists Thrive Tools to Identify Blind Spots

The June/July issue of Professional Artist Magazine includes a feature by Elaine Grogan Luttrell describing the Artists Thrive tools as “part rubric for self-assessment, part survey and part loose roadmap for entrepreneurial thinking.” The article...

Posted 2.3.18

The Appalachian City That Raised Its Taxes and Grew: To support a homegrown artist community, Berea, Kentucky, asked residents to trust government. It worked.

In this story exploring the community of Berea, Kentucky, Ivy Brashear delves into the arts infrastructure that has fostered economic growth in this arts capital of Kentucky. After the collapse of the coal industry, Berea city officials looked to...

Posted 1.17.18

Reflections from the First Annual Artists Thrive Summit & Looking Forward to 2018

At the inaugural Artists Thrive Summit in September 2017, 150 arts supporters from across the country came together in Berea, KY to celebrate, elevate, and proclaim the necessity of valuing artists. The Summit included three days of conversation,...