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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An Artists’ Congress

There’s a group that is interested in organizing something called an artists’ congress. We’re going to be bringing together artists from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts to explore how to respond in a time like this, a time when there are lots of things that seem uncertain politically. We want to understand how the creative sectors come together and how are they responding these times.

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Advocating with Artists

We work wherever we can to serve as arts advocates for the whole creative community, including artists. We’ve had a direct link through our partnership that we have with our local arts, or state arts advocacy organization. So whenever there’s an issue that comes in through the state or the national endowment, we utilize emails and letters, and we have a database of artists and arts patrons here. And whenever there’s a call to action, we directly disseminate that and ask artists to do the same in order to drive that forward. A recent example: the editorial board of our local newspaper produced a fairly uninformed and misguided response or commentary on defunding the National Endowment for the Arts. We wrote an essay in response. Our normal reach on something like that, through social media would be, on a good day for our organization, would be about five hundred. The creative community, artists, and organizations picked up the messaging, and it reached over twelve thousand people. By articulating how artists are benefiting from these types of investments, artists advocate as well.

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Engaging Artists in All Our Advocacy Efforts

We try to engage artists in all of our advocacy efforts, especially in helping to inform us about how our funding works for them or against them. It’s an open dialogue between the individual artists and arts organizations and us.

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Advocating for Particularly Vulnerable Artists

Jenifer Simon, Director of Programs + Outreach for CERF+, describes their efforts to ensure that artists who are dealing with disasters have a voice at the table.

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