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.

Did You Promote the Show?

A former student left a comment on my blog about an unsuccessful exhibition. Her exhibition had a nice opening, but the work wasn’t selling. I actually emailed her, “Tell me what you did to promote the show,” because I had learned over the years we can’t trust galleries to do that. And she emailed me back “Oh my god, I thought I had done more. I sent out one email and one social media post.”

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Communicating and Connecting

Times of Struggle Lead to New Opportunities

Artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova shares about times in his career when he struggled to balance artistic fulfillment and financial return, and also to balance community and family.

Rubric Spectrum Category
I am an Artist Artists Struggle Communicating and Connecting

Rural Artist Using Social Media to Reach a Broader Community

Tessa Dallarosa from Laramie, Wyoming describes how, as an artist working in a rural setting, social media is one of her biggest resources for connecting with a broader community, and yet, how she struggles with the inherent challenges of social media as well.

Rubric Spectrum Category
I am an Artist Artists Struggle Communicating and Connecting