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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Hiring People with Different Expertise

I think another key is to remember the importance of having a team of people with different expertise. One good example I saw was of two glass artists who have a studio here in town, who applied for and received some funding a couple of years ago. They used the funding to make a long-term investment by hiring a business consultant to work with them on building their studio practice and improving their marketing and sales skills. Since then, they have built their business up to the point where it is profitable. They’re making a number of different objects that they’re able to sell within the studio space, a gallery space right at their production facility. It’s not a very large facility at all, and they’re not doing tons and tons of volume, but they’ve been able to take what they had learned through that experience with the consultant to make their businesses profitable. And I know that they had kind of a rough start because they were not business experienced, so this was a really good way for them to obtain the business skills they needed. They learned how to market to their audiences and really sell their products successfully from identifying areas they needed to grow in and investing some funds in their own development.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

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 (Social Media Plus)

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Communicating and Connecting

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