Surviving the Arts


Monday, October 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Organized by Esther Grimm, executive director, 3Arts.

Presented by Courtney Fink, director, Southern Exposure; Tony Grant, director, Sustainable Arts Foundation; Carolyn Somers, executive director, Joan Mitchell Foundation. Performance by C.C. Carter, Sage Xaxua Morgan-Hubbard, Keli Stewart.

This session begins with a performance piece by three spoken word artists from Chicago whose work dynamically presents the complex issues and impediments associated with working as an artist. Following the performance, three leaders in the field will talk about the innovative programs they are implementing (in tandem with, or in place of, cash grants) that successfully address artists' particular needs. The presenters will then engage the audience in an open dialogue to explore what can and should be done to strengthen both the ability of artists to survive in the arts and the advocacy efforts of the funders who support them.