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. 

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Creating a System for Time Management that Works for You

Azucena Trejo-Williams describes how she has learned to manage her time by creating a detailed day-to-day schedule including both her "non-negotiables" as well as self-care, studio time, relationship building, and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building a Network of Support

Artist Margie Livingston shares how she has intentionally cultivated a network of artists that she depends on for support.

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Recharging Your Creative Batteries

Artist Linda Enfante-Lyons shares how she maintains balance in her practice by both protecting studio time and also getting out of the studio to generate new inspiration.

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Sharing Knowledge through a Community of Artists

Chris Parmelee relates how producing and sharing knowledge is one of the best things a community of artists can do to expand their experiences in the world and support one another.

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Making Time for All of the Aspects of Life

Debs Webster describes her learning curve to find balance between time for her large family, the business side of art, and her studio practice through scheduling as well as separating her home, work and creative space.

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Valuing Your Personal Energy as a Resource

Tristan Hessing offers his perspective on the importance of considering your personal energy as a valuable, finite resource and carefully considering how much of it you want to give to each endeavor to maintain balance.

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Finding Balance with the Support of Partners

Artist Pat Shelton shares how she finds work life balance by having partners who believe in you and compliment your skills.

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