For new artists, renting a studio often seems out of reach, but there comes a point when you simply can no longer work or practice out of your home. For some artists this may be about annoying the neighbors, whilst for others it might be about showing your art in a space that your customers can easily access.
Caitlin Strokosch serves as president and CEO of the National Performance Network (NPN), a national peer organization-based arts service organization. She has been working professionally as an arts administrator for about 20 years but is a classically-trained cellist who has also sang and played guitar in a punk band. We sat down with Caitlin in New Orleans to talk about what’s happening in the creative communities of New Orleans and how NPN has worked with artists across the country to help advance their careers.
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Teach someone to fish… This platitude has been variously ascribed to ancient philosopher Laozi or medieval philosopher Maimonides. Either way, it’s been with us a long time, you’ve all heard it, and I don’t need to expand upon it here. However banal it may be, the sentiment is a major part of our guiding philosophy here at Fractured Atlas.
When you’re raising money as an artist, it’s easy to spend all our energy on soliciting new donations. Whether you’re busy leveraging connections, creating crowdfunding campaigns, writing solicitation letters, crafting elegant social media communications, or all of the above, it can feel like a full-time job. But when all that energy is spent just to get the donation in the first place, it’s easy to forget about what to do when money actually arrives.
Laurel True is a mosaic artist specializing in public and community-based artwork. She facilitates trainings and teaches people how to make large-scale mosaic murals and architectural mosaics. Laurel’s work can be found in streets all over the world but has also been commissioned for commercial and residential installations. She has been a member of Fractured Atlas since 2011 and recently sat down with us to talk about her work, life as an artist in New Orleans, and how being a member of Fractured Atlas has helped to improve the business side of her arts projects.
When you set out as an artist to answer the question, "How do I make art?" there is a whole host of funding and labor considerations you may not initially consider. Supplies funding, as well as management of the business aspects of an artist's work, can prove cumbersome and overwhelming. They can also seem far removed from your true mission of creating your actual art. But there are many options out there to provide artist help and support you on your path.
Dread Scott is a community-engaged artist and his fiscally-sponsored project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, was a winner of the 2016 MAP Fund Award. Taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 8-9, 2019, the Slave Rebellion Reenactment is a community-engaged artistic performance and film production.
Kelly Ashton Todd is a director, choreographer, and environmental activist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a member of Fractured Atlas for almost two years and her fiscally-sponsored project, Under Review, is an environmental dance film series that has been shot at various American National Parks and Monuments. By drawing attention to public lands that are threatened to be opened for industrial development, the series aims to promote the protection of America’s disappearing wilderness.
Rha Goddess is an entrepreneurial coach and serves as founder of Move the Crowd, a company committed to the professional development of artists and the transformation of “the culture of capitalism.” She has been a member of Fractured Atlas since 2011 and is based between New Jersey and Los Angeles.
Julia Barry with co-organizers Rev. Adriene Thorne, Dusty Francis, and Dionne McClain-Freeney Julia Barry, along with co-organizers Rev. Adriene Thorne, Dusty Francis, and Dionne McClain-Freeney, is the creator of “Habitat: Home,” a nationwide community-building project powered by art. Through collaborative making and multidisciplinary performances about ‘home,’ artists and residents across America work toward a more peaceful, healthy country. Julia is based in Brooklyn, New York and has been a Fractured Atlas member for almost a year.