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

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

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

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

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

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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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

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

Practicing Generosity as an Artist

Artist Enzina Marrari describes how she practices generosity as an artist by creating opportunities for underserved artists. She also shares about times when she has benefitted from the generosity of other artists.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Power

Embracing the Act of Finding Balance

Artist Asia Freeman describes how she has learned to embrace the act of juggling all of the different things she needs to thrive.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

Spotting Signs of Imbalance

Artist Amy Johnson describes how she listens to her needs and identifies signs that she’s getting out of balance.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

Creating a Support Group for Artists

Artist Kristine Shomaker describes how she fostered a support group of artists and the benefits she derives from this community.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

Balancing Being a Mom and an Artist

Artist Andrea Chung describes how essential it is to have a strong support system in order to have balance, especially as a mom and an artist.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

Making Studio Time a Habit

Artist Samantha Fields shares how she has developed a routine that protects her studio time.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Practice

Giving Back by Creating Opportunities

Artist Meghan Sinclair describes how she practices generosity by coordinating pop up art shows that provide an outlet for many artists to exhibit.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Power

Knowing When It’s Not Right

Artist Tim Nolan describes trusting your gut and turning down opportunities that aren’t a good fit.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

Doing Everything in My Power to Make Sure Artists Are Paid

Michael Dickins describes how he strives to be an advocate for artists getting paid for what they do for both himself as an artist and also in his position as a curator and gallery director at a university. He also shares how he is working to build a network of other curators in academic settings to dialogue about the wide variance in pay across the nation and how they can advocate for national standards and practices.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Paying Artists

An Annual Tradition of Goal Setting

Artist Andre Lucero describes the power of getting goals down on a piece of paper and revisiting them weekly, monthly, and yearly to see how much has been accomplished.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Sometimes Saying No Is the Right Thing to Do

Artist Robert Yoder describes when and why he’s said no to opportunities and what he’s learned from negative experiences.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

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

Assumptions about Gender Silencing Artist’s Voice

Jandey Shackelford shares a personal experience where she struggled to have her voice heard by her family when they had a challenging response to her work around gender stereotypes.

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Power

Paying a Stipend, Not Living Wage

We used to run a carnival in conjunction with a local music festival in town. We would shut down a street and bring in a moving truck that artists programmed. Even though we didn’t necessarily pay the artist for the days they spent at the truck, we paid them a stipend to produce it.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Paying Artists

Misdiagnosed Barrier to Access

At the insistence of an important funder, we provided translators for our one-on-one consultation time. However, this resource was little used and we struggled to explain to the funder that it was because the vast majority of artists from this particular community were 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants who spoke English and practiced a range of art forms like hip-hop, graffiti art, and spoken word. There were certainly barriers to programming (such as the diversity of our instructors or a nuanced understanding of their cultural experience), but language wasn't one of them.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Power (open, equitable, and culturally relevant)