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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Good Relationship with Artist Cooperative

There is a good relationship between the foundation and the artists in the cooperative. They’ve managed to create a wonderful and successful governance structure where they have a steering committee with rotating officers and committee chairs. We feel like it is such a win-win. They have gained this community of artists that they are a part of, they get income for their work and the affiliation with us, and they meet new clients with whom they may be able to have an ongoing relationship. And that is separate from the co-op with people who may purchase their work or commission their work. This way, people can see artists working onsite and meet artists whose work is on sale. It lets people know what artists are up to, and it gives artists agency in the community.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Engaging with Artists

Partners Surprised at the Value Artists Bring

Each year we stage a big arts fair in our town. And, I’ve got no less than three artists that sit on our planning and implementation committee. These are artists who are regular participants in this fair, as well as a number of other fairs in the region. So, they welcomed the opportunity to be involved at this level, and they’ve been successful and significant contributors to the process in being able to inform us of the artist perspective. At something like an arts fair, it is highly important for the planners to be able to consider this side. This has been an excellent experience in terms of working with the artists on the committee. They’ve been very helpful. To be honest, though, our partners seemed quite surprised at the value artists are bringing to the table. They’ve asked, “Is this a typical experience in working with artists?” I’m glad to share that it is. And to encourage our partners to appreciate the willingness of these artists to lend their expertise and knowledge to help us make the fair bigger and better.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Engaging with Artists

What It Means to Struggle as an Artist

Artist Andee Rudloff reflects on the many ways that artists thrive and struggle, considering different ways of defining success ranging from monetary to creative fulfillment.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Engaging with Artists