Back to School

Back to School

Many thanks to guest blogger and artist Annie LeFevre for this post and accompanying comic strip.  Right on Annie! This September, “back to school” holds new meaning to me as I will be commencing my fourth and final year of college at NYU, thus culminating the formal education that has governed the majority of my years on the planet. I have been an artist since even before I was a student, and I’ve had the great privilege to attend schools my whole life that have supported my creativity. Ultimately focusing on creative production in college with courses in art history,

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Big Changes In Today’s Art World:  Crisis or Opportunity?

Big Changes In Today’s Art World: Crisis or Opportunity?

“How the Widening Income Gap Is Affecting the Art World” is a recent Nonprofit Quarterly article describing how small and mid-sized galleries are closing in New York (as reported in the New York Times).  Both articles focus on how “mega-galleries” and art fairs or biennials like Art Basel and Art Miami are shutting out smaller dealers and, of course, squeezing artists’ sales as well.  ART at the top of the food chain is increasingly viewed and treated as an equity investment that’s held by collectors who then flip the art (like real estate) to the highest bidder for a big

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ARTISTS FIRST!

ARTISTS FIRST!

Across the breakfast table at an Oakland cafe, my friend and colleague’s eyes fill with tears.  “I’ve been so worried about my films.  I haven’t been able to finish the last one… I miss it so much.” My own eyes blur with tears. You see, we are both founders of start-ups in the arts (no, this is not an oxymoron), and we are continually up to our eyeballs with what it takes to build profitable businesses with scalable futures while staying true to vibrant social missions. I’m the CEO and founder of ArtSpark, and Holly Million is the founder and

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Life in the Day of an Artist, OR when do I have time to make ART?

Life in the Day of an Artist, OR when do I have time to make ART?

This post is inspired by James Judd, writer/comedian/NPR storyteller, who wrote an article for Pyragraph in early spring entitled “My Day as a Working Artist.”  It’s a funny piece, but also poignant because at the end of a very long day, Judd writes:  “Was it artistically fulfilling? No. It didn’t include any work on my script or, heaven forbid, rehearsal.  Nothing in it made me feel like I’m becoming a better artist.” For many artists, days like this are typical:  massive numbers of hours working on the business of getting their creative work out there (Judd’s day began at 8:30am

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Resource ThuRsday ArtSpark/Aspiration Workshop @Working Classroom

Here are the proceedings/materials from the ArtSpark/Aspiration workshop for artists, artisans and arts organizations hosted by Working Classroom in ABQ on July 27th, 2013. All sorts of goodies organized on storify.com including Jessica’s presentation, tips and infographics on crowdfunding for the arts, twitter feed and other Resource ThuRsday content. Enjoy!!

Resource ThuRsday: Promoting your art as a business

Happy Thursday! Today we are going to discuss how to create an attractive LinkedIn profile. Providing a link on your Google+ page to your LinkedIn profile is essential since LinkedIn will describe in detail who you are and what you do to those already following you on Google+. LinkedIn is a great platform to promote your art business – whether it is books, photography, paintings, acting, etc… Essentially, besides being an online resume, LinkedIn is an ideal way to socialize with other professionals in your field as well. Featured to the left is a fun infographic from Enfuzed. The following

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