Other than Money: Other Ways
to Support Artists

Monday, October 19, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Space is limited for these Monday off-site sessions, so tickets are required and we recommend that you sign up in advance at the conference online registration application. Remaining tickets will be available at the registration desk on Monday morning. When the tickets for a session are all gone, you will know that session is full, and can make another choice.

Participants will travel to offsite sessions by subway guided by local hosts. Your ticket will indicate when and where to meet your session group.

Supporting Artists: Noodling About
New Approaches

Organized by Diane B. Frankel, executive director, Artists’ Legacy Foundation.

Presented by Diane Frankel; Ruby Lerner, executive director, Creative Capital; Ann Brady, executive director, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Jennifer Dowley, executive director, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Judith Shea, artist.

Artistic creativity is supported by funders when they provide grants to individual artists for fellowships, residencies, commissions and presenting and exhibiting their work. This financial support is critical but many artists need additional support that is not financial but focuses on professional development.

Artists, who juggle multiple grants, rarely discuss their varied experiences with funders and funders often do not talk with one another about their projects and whether they offer professional development. In other words, grants can be isolated experiences that do not build on each other or provide for a continuity of experiences for an artist. In this panel discussion between artists and funders, some examples of a holistic approach to working with artists will be provided. Funders and artists will talk about their ideas of professional development, barriers to continuity and coordination and noodle about ways to overcome these barriers.

(The following two sessions occur simultaneously and following the above session.)

Arts Places and Spaces: How the Arts and Artists Are Transforming Communities

Organized by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director, Alliance of Artists Communities; and Rose Ann Cleveland, executive director, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Presented by Anne L. Corbett, executive director, Cultural Development Corporation; Umberto Crenca, artistic director, AS220; Julia Mandle, performance artist, Julia Mandle Performance; Chris Velasco, president, PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment).

This conversation on places and spaces will examine the role of the arts in connecting communities and revitalizing neighborhoods. We’ll hear how cultural redevelopment helped transform several District of Columbia neighborhoods that were destroyed in the 1968 riots and learn about the country’s first LEED-certified affordable housing arts project in Ventura, California. We’ll talk about alternative community arts spaces in Providence and hear how performance-based public art can transform the public’s relationship to their surroundings. We’ll explore how the arts intersects with issues related to the environment, health, and affordable housing—and also talk about some creative partnerships with private funders, government, universities, and others.

Related Links:

Julia Mandle Performance
Alliance of Artists Communities
Cultural Development Corporation
PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment)

Hey, You Can Do This—Yes, You!!: Technology Tools for Funders and Artists

Organized by Ted Berger, Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Moderated by Ted Berger. Presented by Jim Brown, The Actors Fund; David Dombrosky, executive director, Center for Arts Management and Technology; Paul Sepuya, Joan Mitchell Foundation; Sara Schnadt, webmaster, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; Amber Hawk Swanson, New York Foundation for the Arts.

Whether you’re a Geek or a technophobe, this session will provide useful information to understand how technology increases management efficiencies and strengthens support systems for artists.

The focus of this session is on planning and implementing affordable, practical applications of technology as a strategy and investment to support artists, particularly in times of economic constraints.

We will look at websites—such as NYFA Source, the Actors Fund’s Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center, and Chicago Artists Resource (CAR)—that provide artists with access to resources that broaden their information and inform professional practice.

We will learn about on-line artists’ applications programs from the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT), including submission of digital work samples.

We will preview new software for visual artists to document work that is intended for free distribution to a wider audience of artists within a year.

This session complements other sessions on social networking (see here and here), but it concentrates on technology as administrative and informational tools.

Related Links:

NYFA Source
Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR)
Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT)