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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Lacking an Authentic Voice

We’ve just had some experiences where we had high hopes that a certain individual, trainer, would be a great resource for our arts community and it just really didn’t work out. They weren’t able to bring the authentic voice that the artist responds to. If the artist starts to find that the person standing in front of the room or across the table from them doesn’t really know what it’s like to walk in the artist’s shoes, then they just become very skeptical of that person’s credibility. We find it’s just not a very productive professional development experience.

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I work with Artists Artists Give Up Services and Programs

Assumptions about Artists

In the partner program – because it is delivered by an artist who is totally sensitive to and supportive of the basic enterprise of just being an artist – when he talks about how he manages his time and learned how to do more of what he wanted to do and charge for it, they totally get it and they totally buy-in because it is all couched in terms of the reality of being an artist. Sometimes a business guy will come in and will talk with a group of artists based on his assumptions of who or what artists are…and sometimes that can be a little off-putting to artists who live that life everyday.

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I work with Artists Artists Give Up Services and Programs

Getting the Right Presenter

One thing we’ve struggled with is finding presenters who will offer information specific to artists. For example, we did a workshop about finances and doing your own taxes. The presenter was knowledgeable about the topics generally, but when the individual artists in the audience spoke up and asked questions about their artwork, the response was, “Well, I don’t specialize in artist taxes, so I can’t really speak to that.” The feedback was “Well, then you’re not the person that we need in front of us.” The artists left frustrated with the lack of specific information and felt it wasn’t worth their time. This was a great lesson for us to invest time in getting to know our presenters in advance and also a reminder that sometimes we should pass on a very well-credentialed presenter if they don’t have deep arts experience.

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I work with Artists Artists Give Up Services and Programs