Artist Service Organizations

From Technical Assistance to Tactical Advancement

Moderator: Carlo Cuesta, The Playwrights' Center
Panelists: Tomas Benitez, Self Help Graphics; Linda Myers, the Loft; and Eric Ziegenhagen, Chicago theatre artist

From humble origins as peer groups or lending libraries, service organizations have grown to offer a huge range of support for individual artists, from career development grants and exhibition opportunities to tax advice and industry connections. Now some are going beyond direct service to artists by making efforts to advance their fields – developing new audiences, presenting a collective voice to policy-makers, and trying to define or redefine an art form's place in the world.


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