I had a lot of fun presenting Assets for Artists at New England Foundation for the Arts‘ Creative Communities Exchange a few weeks ago. The conference took place just steps away from my office here at MASS MoCA (which fit my conference travel budget perfectly).
I was joined by Esther Robinson, Founder of ArtHome, based in New York City. Esther has been a key partner with Assets for Artists since the planning phase and is a national leader in developing new, sustainable approaches to helping artists access resources and strengthen their practice. Esther shared the bigger picture of why asset-building tools should be made available to artists, and I talked about the nuts and bolts of how we’ve been doing that here in Massachusetts.
The conference was well attended by creative economy leaders from across all of the New England states, and the format was perfect for encouraging discussions about bringing good ideas from one state to another. We’re now in the midst of some exciting conversations about how to expand Assets for Artists to other parts of New England and perhaps even New York and beyond. We’ve certainly learned from our expansion across Massachusetts that there’s no logistical reason we couldn’t offer the same opportunity to communities in other states, as long as sufficient resources were available.
We have lots of details to work out, and new slots would likely not be available before spring or summer 2012, but the momentum is exciting. Thanks to NEFA for organizing such a great conference and giving us the chance to find potential new partners for this program.