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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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

Together We Rise: Artist Offered a Seat at the Table

Artist, Mitzi Sinnott, describes her experiences struggling as an artist and the value of talking openly about these struggles and sharing them with other artists, decisionmakers, and more. 

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Power

Making Your Voice Heard

Artist Pat Shelton describes a time when her voice wasn’t being heard and how she overcame this challenge through increased communication and transparency.

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I am an Artist Artists Struggle Power