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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Jessica McCambly shares what generosity means to her as an artist

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Generosity has been indivisible from my experience of being an artist. I cannot personally separate the two. I have found that taking an active role in creating the scene and being a supportive peer has served me well as an artist and as a human. I was fortunate to come out of a grad program where there was a strong spirit of kindness and collaboration among my peers. I was also lucky to be a part of Texas’ oldest, artist-run collective, 500X. At the same time, John and I opened an experimental project space. We named it good good things. This time of sharing and generosity truly formed the core of what I wanted my creative life to be and has been at the center of my life and career ever since.

When we relocated to San Diego for our teaching positions, we altered the idea for good good things, redefining it as a transitory curatorial project. As good good things, John and I have worked collaboratively with an artist run space (Helmuth Projects) in San Diego, to curate two notable exhibitions, both known as Object Object!.  The idea behind the show was that artists would meet, and that an artist-driven network would bloom. And this did happen. And it was beautiful. The secondary piece that we didn’t count on was the line around the block, filled with art lovers,collectors, arts administrators, and curators. In a city where artists struggle for support a nd visibility.. it was amazing. From these two shows, studio visits were scheduled, commissions were requested, curators curated, work was collected, artists felt awesome, friendships were forged, and a community came together.

A valued piece of advice that my mentor, Annette Lawrence, shared with me while in grad school, was to “not get caught up in the art world noise.. just focus on the work and the rest will follow.” She was right, and would like to add that being both a lover and champion of art other than my own has also been so important. I feel that generosity and gratitude go hand in hand. I am so grateful to know other artists. I love their art. I love knowing that they are making art. It makes me want to make my art.  I believe that there really is room for all of us. We make the room. When we, as artists create the scene, we drive the scene for each other, and we own the scene together.

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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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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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Valuing What Matters to You

Artist Matthew Deleget explains how he sets goals that reflect his values as opposed to only looking at the traditional markers for an artist’s success, i.e. money and fame.

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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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