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.

Artist Input Leads to Program Innovation

Cindy Ornstein, Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Mesa and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, shares a successful process seeking artist input to design new, innovative programs.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Services and Programs

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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I work with Artists Artists Survive Advocacy

Prototyping Community Ideas

Cindy Ornstein, Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Mesa and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, describes a new initiative funding artists to create prototypes in response to community input.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Community Connections

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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I work with Artists Artists Survive Advocacy

Doing Everything in My Power to Make Sure Artists Are Paid

Michael Dickins describes how he strives to be an advocate for artists getting paid for what they do for both himself as an artist and also in his position as a curator and gallery director at a university. He also shares how he is working to build a network of other curators in academic settings to dialogue about the wide variance in pay across the nation and how they can advocate for national standards and practices.

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I work with Artists Artists Survive Paying Artists