Artists Need More than Creativity to Survive

June 12, 2012

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Photo by Andrew Federman

For the past 10 years, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) has been working to improve conditions for working artists in America by increasing access to valuable resources in the form of space, health care and professional development. Unlike many advocacy organizations, LINC was founded in 2003 with the unusual feature that it’s mission would be limited to a deacade-long drive towards their goals. LINC came about as a result of the Urban Institute‘s Investing in Creativity Study which concluded that “Making a real difference in the creative life of artists will entail developing a new understanding and appreciation for who artists are and what they do, as well as financial resources from a variety of stakeholders.” Instead of simply restoring arts funding to government budgets, more attention needed to be paid to working conditions and basic living standards.

What’s next for working artists in America?

Last week was the final Creative Communities Convening, the theme of which was “looking back and moving forward” to examine what has worked and why, and the new issues and opportunities of the future. Over the next 12 months, as LINC wraps up it’s research into how to support working artists in this country, they will begin to compile their findings as well as re-launch Arts in a Changing America, an arts journalism blog and archive. Nora and Andrew Federman had the chance to scribe at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to capture the discussion, which raised pressing questions that are facing this nation’s 2 million working artists.

What’s next in healthcare for artists?

What’s next in professional development for artists?

As artists ourselves, we appreciate LINC’s dedication to providing material support for artists and helping increase respect for the contribution of artists to our society.