Last summer, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Santa Fe Institute convened a 15-member working group to: "a) evaluate the legacy of creativity research, and b) explore new knowledge at the intersections of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, learning, complex systems, and the arts." The NEA recently published "How Creativity Works in the Brain," which shares the working group's insights.
Support for Individual Artists
Grantmakers in the Arts believes that artists are the keystone to a thriving creative community. Since GIA’s incorporation, members of Grantmakers in the Arts have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists, producing preconferences, conference sessions, articles, and toolkits for colleagues in the field. Noting a lack of sector-wide data on artist support, GIA began development on a taxonomy that could serve as a national standard for collecting, comparing, and analyzing data on support programs for individual artists. GIA released A Proposed National Standard Taxonomy for Reporting Data on Support for Individual Artists in 2014.
In a speech delivered at a symposium held by UK-based Circus Futures, Owen Calvert-Lyons, artistic director of The Point, Eastleigh, and The Berry Theatre, implores the arts eco-system to make emotional in additional to financial investments in its artists. He asks:
Artists are constantly being asked to be financially resilient. But what about emotional resilience? When artists face rejection from a funder or a programmer, who is there to provide that sense of community and solidarity and empathy? So often the work that artists subsidise with time, money, love and belief is treated as a commodity, or just a product by venues. In an era in which our sector is constantly being asked to commercialise, this will only increase.
In an article entited "The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur", published in the current issue of The Atlantic, William Deresiewicz argues that the traditional notion of the professional artist as solitary genius is hopelessly outdated. He writes:
On January 29 you are invited to join representatives from a state arts agency, a foundation and an artist service organization for the first web seminar in 2015 from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Individual Artist Support: Trends in Funding and Services. Learn about current trends, challenges and strategies from three experts in the field: