Assets for Artists is thrilled to introduce our 22 new MA grantees. Thanks to continued support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the collaboration of numerous partners throughout the state, this is our sixth year of serving artists in Massachusetts — bringing our Bay State roster to 111!
Our new artists make video, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, opera, big knits, letterpress, sculpture, fashion objects, socially conscious performances, and more. Meet them here, and keep an eye on the blog for daily Spotlights about each artist and their work.
As their induction into the program, the new MA artists attended our all-day financial “bootcamp” led by Esther Robinson of Arthome. Over the span of 8 hours (and many cups of coffee), the workshop covered a staggering range of topics — attitudes toward money; strategies for saving, budgeting, and growing income; credit; work-life balance — and left artists, in the words of one participant, “reeling with big thoughts.”
This month, our new artists begin making deposits into their matched savings accounts. Every dollar they deposit is matched by grant funds (provided by the Mass Cultural Council, the federal Assets for Independence Program, Citizens Bank Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts) to double their savings. In early spring, our artists will participate in a series of free business workshops to help them plan for the future of their creative micro-enterprises, and how best to utilize their A4A funds toward the growth of their businesses.