Stories

The text used in the assessment tools are great descriptors, but its stories that bring this work to life. 

Below is a growing portfolio of stories from artists and advocates from across the country that can be filtered on the assessment tools, spectrum, and categories.  You can turn on and off these filters by clicking on the buttons. 

Use these examples to help locate yourself on the assessment tool and see how to move up on the spectrum. Read our Guidebook for more suggestions on how you can use Artists Thrive, putting the tools to practice, and sparking conversations with Artists Thrive.

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Advocating for Fair Pay

Artist Dylan Neuwirth describes his experience advocating for artists to charge a living wage, and also offers advice for artists on establishing their rates.

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I am an Artist Artists Thrive Money

Improving Your Relationship with Money through Language

Ewa Szypula describes how changing the way she talks to herself by using the language of a producer and not a procrastinator has improved the way she thinks about choices, money and work.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Budgeting as a Tool for Empowerment

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Department Head of Business & Entrepreneurship at the Columbus College of Art & Design, describes the experience of an artist shifting her perspective to view budgeting as a tool for fulfillment rather than a chore.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Learning Pricing Based on Artist Value

Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Department Head of Business & Entrepreneurship at the Columbus College of Art & Design, shares a story about teaching students to price their work in a real-world setting.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Pricing)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Funding)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

A Game-changing Commission

Artist Princess Simpson Rashid shares how a commission for a business provided a shift in her career by showing her what might be possible when working in a relationship of mutual respect.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Being Comfortable Saying No

Artist Keren Lowell shares a positive experience turning down an opportunity because it didn’t offer fair compensation.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Putting a Price on Experience

Artist Thomas Chung shares how he determines what to charge for his artwork and the importance of charging a price that makes you happy. He also relays his experience being chased by a polar bear, just for good measure.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Finding a Day Job that Is Supportive of Being an Artist

Artist Tamara Wilson describes how her relationship with money has evolved over time and different strategies she has tried for creating sustainability.

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Money

Knowing When to Move On

Artist Amy Meisner relays a story about an experience that taught her when to walk away and cut her losses when a situation isn’t working out.

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Money