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Courtney Harge

Courtney Harge is a producer, director, and professional arts administrator originally from Saginaw, MI. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, a theater company based out of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has worked for the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, Theater for the New City, The Public Theater, Gibney Dance, and, most recently, the New York Foundation for the Arts with a focus on institutional fundraising, crowdfunding, and fiscal sponsorship. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors from the University of Michigan in Theater Performance. Her credo (#HustlingKeepsYouSexy) is not merely a hashtag; it’s a way of life.

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Arts | Icons | Toni Morrison | Writing | Artists and Members

By: Courtney Harge
August 8th, 2019

Toni Morrison speaking at “A Tribute to Chinua Achebe — 50 Years Anniversary of ‘Things Fall Apart’”. The Town Hall, New York City, February 26th, 2008 It is almost impossible to explain the impact of a phenomenon like Toni Morrison. It is infinitely more impossible for me to explain, as a Black woman and artist, what it means to lose her less than a year after losing Ntozake Shange. I have more feelings than language and have asked my colleagues at Fractured Atlas to help me honor a great by sharing their reflections of her persona, words, and work.

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Tips and Tools | Money | Nonprofit | Fundraising | Artists and Members

By: Courtney Harge
August 6th, 2019

Everyone should plan for making money with their art. A plan allows you to know which opportunities are worth your effort. Photo credit: The Gender Spectrum Collection https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/guidelines One of the most frustrating things about making art is figuring out how to finance making said art. What does it even mean to “make money as an artist”? What is fundraising? How do I get paid? This guide will walk you through what it means to make money as an artist and give you some tips on how to get started. We’re going to go step-by-step so you can develop a money-making plan.

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Fiscal Sponsorship | Tips and Tools | Arts | Fundraising | Artists and Members

By: Courtney Harge
June 19th, 2019

Are you an artist or creative looking to execute a project? Has someone told you that you or your arts organization should be fiscally-sponsored? Are you curious about “physical sponsorship”? Does fiscal sponsorship make you a nonprofit? What even is fiscal sponsorship and why is it relevant for artists?

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Updates and Announcements | Grants | Tips and Tools | Arts | Fundraising

By: Courtney Harge
November 4th, 2018

  Fractured Atlas member Renegade Performance Group at Brooklyn Bridge Park Attention all presenting artists and arts organizations: If you’re fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and interested in applying for the MAP Fund, keep reading to find out important grant review deadlines, and how to apply.

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Advocacy | Big Idea | Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression | People Operations

By: Courtney Harge
May 30th, 2018

“By your powers combined…” we can make work not suck. Because it shouldn’t. In October 2016, Fractured Atlas presented its commitment to anti-racism/anti-oppression. Specifically,

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Tips and Tools | Arts | Fundraising

By: Courtney Harge
January 30th, 2018

When preparing a grant application, it can seem counterintuitive to think of the funder you’re applying to as a resource. However, no one can answer questions about an application better than the institution that made it! Calling the funder is one of the most effective tools in your grant-writing toolbox.

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Advocacy | Big Idea | Caucus | Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression

By: Courtney Harge
October 27th, 2017

  As part of our commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression, Fractured Atlas has been hosting race-based caucuses since late 2016. Each space serves a unique role in our work. We’re sharing our experiences in the hopes that more organizations will implement the practice.

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Tips and Tools | Nonprofit | Fundraising

By: Courtney Harge
May 4th, 2017

  Party On, Artists! Warmer weather brings many social events: why not use some of those events to support your fundraising! Before you do, however, Fractured Atlas would like to remind you of some of the best practices for planning your fundraising events. We’ve talked about planning, marketing, and running a fundraising event before, so now felt like a great time to revisit some of the best tips and tools for your reference.

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Tips and Tools | Arts

By: Courtney Harge
March 24th, 2017

Facebook has become one of the most dominant marketing tools of our time. It’s impossible to interact with the platform without encountering creative projects promoting themselves. While using Facebook socially is fairly simple, using it to market your project — particularly for fundraising — is much harder. One of the consistent questions we receive from our fiscally-sponsored projects is “how can I solicit donations via Facebook?” Luckily, Facebook’s “call-to-action” feature has made it much easier. Here’s how it could work for you.

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Tips and Tools | Arts | Burning Man

By: Courtney Harge
July 6th, 2016

Each month we feature one of our fiscally sponsored projects who have been successful at using our program to advance their art/cause/career. This month’s featured project is Catacomb of Veils.