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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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

An Annual Tradition of Goal Setting

Artist Andre Lucero describes the power of getting goals down on a piece of paper and revisiting them weekly, monthly, and yearly to see how much has been accomplished.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Sometimes Saying No Is the Right Thing to Do

Artist Robert Yoder describes when and why he’s said no to opportunities and what he’s learned from negative experiences.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Planning and Capacity

Putting a Price on Experience

Artist Thomas Chung shares how he determines what to charge for his artwork and the importance of charging a price that makes you happy. He also relays his experience being chased by a polar bear, just for good measure.

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I am an Artist Artists Survive Money