Tip for artists: Bigger picture

Are you interested in understanding a bigger picture of arts in our country? Knowing what research is being done in the arts? Understanding how art affects education and economic development? If you want to know more about the big picture, the Americans for the Arts is your source.

A huge membership of arts organizations, community leaders, artists and researchers are working to give arts proper recognition and funding.


Tip for artists: Speak Up!

Artists and art fans must speak up for themselves! The Arts Action Fund helps our voice be heard on issues that are important to artists and arts organizations. For instance, the organization sends out alerts when bills related to artists’ fair tax deduction for donations of art come on the legislative agenda. It is super easy to get information, email your legislators and stay informed. Look at their site to sign up: http://www.artsactionfund.org/

We too can have a voice in Washington DC!

Momentum Tulsa: Reports from the Field

It’s hard work driving a sixteen-foot truck over 70 mph in a howling cross wind. Good thing I’m not driving. We, meaning Trent (driving the truck), and I (driving the directions into his ears), are on the way to Tulsa to deliver everything necessary for Momentum Tulsa, which means the unpacked contents of the clown car miracles of OVAC’s closets. Walls, drinks, plastic cups exceeding the 4,00 mark, table cloths, banners, tool buckets, tool belts, tool chests, sculpture stands, extension cords, utility lights, all payload in concentrated widths of the truck, an art show in cargo barelling down the turn pike hills (the engine of the truck was far less brazen going up them).

At this moment frozen in time, the reality of a mobile, flexible, gallery-free, Oklahoma-or-bust art organization comes to bear. OVAC may be based in one basement, but we carry art shows on our back like a circus without tigers.

Reading: Artist Trust Website

The Artist Trust is the big sister to OVAC– similar services for artists in Washington state, but much larger fellowships and such. Their website has an impressive array of professional development tips. It is so exhaustive and helpful, we haven’t wanted to recreate any of the topics they cover. The topics alone will help you consider important aspects of your art career.

Tips for Artists: Files

Keeping organized is an under appreciated aspect of success. As an artist, you must have the ability to find what you need, respond to opportunities and follow up on leads on time. Shan Goshorn’s files are pictures above. Shan keeps busy with commissions and exhibitions. Her organizational system shows how she keeps track of it all. It is your responsibility. Find a system that works for you, be it file folders, boxes, digitized lists, etc.