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Vicky Blume

Vicky Blume is an arts worker based in New Haven, CT. She currently serves as the 2022 Creative-in-Residence at the New Haven Free Public Library, after moving to the city to study psychology and art at Yale. Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, Blume lit up community engagement for Artspace New Haven and Creative Arts Workshop. She is a fan of open source education and people who use nature-inspired metaphors in professional settings. In her artistic practice, Blume builds interactive websites, animations, and installations that offer calming and consensual alternatives to the Attention Economy. At home, she is passionate about her houseplants but struggles to care for more sensitive plants. She aspires to create a home environment where every houseplant can thrive.

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Tips and Tools | Marketing | Art And Technology | Artist Wellness

By Vicky Blume
January 25th, 2023

When it comes to repetitive tasks, no one does it better than Wall-E. Besides being undeniably cute, the dude really knows how to roll up his…sleeves? and get to work. When I’m knees deep in emails, laundry, accounting or [insert your least favorite, most mind numbing task] I try to channel Wall-E. But his space odyssey is more than an allegory for the power of perseverance. It also foreshadows a world in which humans are increasingly detached from their planet—and themselves. A world not unlike our own.

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Tips and Tools | Arts | Writing

By Vicky Blume
January 13th, 2023

In our newest series, “Gentle Reminders,” we provide working artists with essential and convenient reminders for the care and maintenance of a nimble and flourishing creative practice. If your art is a garden, this series is about the continual weeding, watering, and miscellaneous upkeep it requires. To kick it off, we’re digging into the importance of regularly rewriting your artist statement.

Theory of Change Workbook

Theory of Change Workbook

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Tips and Tools | Fundraising | Gratitude | Writing

By Vicky Blume
December 22nd, 2022

The best thank you note I got this year was a 16-word email. But before we unpack what made it special, we need to talk…

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Big Ideas | Tips and Tools | Arts | Creativity

By Vicky Blume
December 19th, 2022

Fellow perfectionists, I invite you to imagine the following scenario: you just printed a huge, adhesive sticker. It’s the height of a fully grown hobbit, and feels like a perfect, two-dimensional newborn (“they have your eyes!”). Now, imagine slowly unpeeling it, heart pounding, painfully aware that you have one chance to get it right. To your horror, the sticker begins clinging desperately to every surface it can find, including your skin, your clothes, and itself. 

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Big Ideas | Tips and Tools | Learning | Purpose | Arts | Creativity | Resilience | Resistance

By Vicky Blume
December 5th, 2022

I’ll never forget the first time I took myself on an artist date. Okay, to be honest, I forget most of the details. But I’ll never forget how it felt. The clarity! The creative freedom! The subversive undertones. It was my first taste of anti-productivity.

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Tips and Tools | Scarcity | Personal Finances | Economic Justice

By Vicky Blume
October 27th, 2022

A high stakes barter exchange takes place in my apartment every morning. My cat, Zart, has determined that the fair market value of one (1) hour of additional sleep in the morning is equivalent to ¼ cup of dry food. Most recently, he has stipulated that ½ can of wet food can be exchanged for two (2) hours of additional sleep. If neither of these goods appear in his bowl at 6AM, I will not receive any additional sleep.

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Tips and Tools | Resistance | Scarcity | Self Care | Personal Finances | Economic Justice

By Vicky Blume
October 6th, 2022

My measuring stick for rising inflation is the cost of an iced oat milk vanilla matcha latte. It used to be $5, then $6, now a harrowing $7. Every time I reach the checkout screen, a familiar, condescending voice comes blaring through my head:

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Big Ideas | Tips and Tools | Social Media | Workplace

By Vicky Blume
September 26th, 2022

Being transparent with your followers, friends, and family is scary. I’ll go first: