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.

Our Staff Tries to Know What’s Going On

We do talk internally about how we can build better relationships amongst the artist community. We attend as many art exhibitions as we can. We make sure that those in the artist community are aware of the opportunities we have for commissions and the grant funding and any call for artists that we communicate to the public. We have a desire and a goal to leverage our relationships with artists, and, as individuals in an organization, continue in our personal lives to support the work of upcoming and established artists. Whether it is readings, concerts, art exhibitions, participation on panel workshops, we try to engage. And as a staff we try to know what’s going on so that we can, as a group here, be as supportive as we can.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Organizational Capacity

Finding Funding Has Been a Major Challenge

Our program was highly successful and effective for the artists who participated, but we weren’t successful in developing a program that is financially sustainable in the long term. As of right now, we’ve postponed it, and we’re definitely not going to be able to continue the same format. It’s intensive and it’s wonderful and important to those artists, but finding funding for it has been a major challenge. The reworked program probably won’t have the same level of depth as we had in the first three years that we ran the program.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Organizational Capacity

Reorganizing to More Clearly Serve Community Needs

A recent reorganization that we’re going through is to redefine our staff and board goals to make sure that we’re more clearly serving the direct and changing needs of our community. From what we heard through our listening sessions, it was important that we developed an aggregated opportunity and resources center for the local artist community. Now if we know about it, they know about it. We can become that sort of clearing house for anything from an arts fair, to a Midwestern sculpture initiative, to a poetry competition, to other opportunities in the zipcodes where they’re from.

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I work with Artists Artists Struggle Organizational Capacity