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.

Have a story of your own to add?   Click here to submit it.

Engaging Artists in All Our Advocacy Efforts

We try to engage artists in all of our advocacy efforts, especially in helping to inform us about how our funding works for them or against them. It’s an open dialogue between the individual artists and arts organizations and us.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Advocacy

Prototyping Community Ideas

Cindy Ornstein, Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Mesa and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, describes a new initiative funding artists to create prototypes in response to community input.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Community Connections

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

Advocating for Particularly Vulnerable Artists

Jenifer Simon, Director of Programs + Outreach for CERF+, describes their efforts to ensure that artists who are dealing with disasters have a voice at the table.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Advocacy

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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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

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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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

The Snowball Effect of Sharing

Ali Groves describes how small acts of generosity can snowball into more significant shifts in the ways artists work together, share opportunities, and enable each other to overcome obstacles.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Time Management)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Career Planning)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Portfolio Kit)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

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

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

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

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Social Media Basics)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

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 (Recordkeeping)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Legal Considerations)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

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

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Grant Writing)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Business Plan Essentials)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Springboard for the Arts' Work of Art Series (Artist Statements)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity