Hello all… Wow, it’s a new year woo-hoo! 2010!!! I…. still see no flying cars.
But, either way there has been oodles of artsy culturati news happening of yet and I’m compelled to write one of those “Lists” to help all you busy artists* but putting all the important stuff out there on one easy to understand forum
*by all I mean the one or two people who used to read this on occasion and another the more than likely millions of invisible people who will silently thank me for the witty repartee and for making their day a little easier
so here goes.
5 ARTSY INTERWEB THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT!
1. The National Arts Index: probably the most comprehensive and important set of data in the past 10 years… because it took that long to get all the data! From now on, Americans for the Arts will be putting out a YEARLY report, so keep an eye out later this year for the 2009 edition.
You should also check out all the commentary and such on ArtsBlog and the other art experts on the themes that the index showed including that the attendance at the major, mainstream organizations (museums, orchestras, etc.) and is down, but personal creation is up. So, more people busy DOING art, but not going out and OBSERVING it.
2. The Cultural Data Project: powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. The CDP was started in Pennsylvania in 2004 and has since been expanded to Maryland, California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Ohio. By filling out the profile, organizations can then compare themselves in similar organizations in their own county, state and between states on several indicators; attendance, philanthropy, space specifics and so on. You can also use this data to find funding options from hundreds of donor organizations that also take a part in the project. What is super about this part, is that the online form will actually fill out grant applications for you, using the data that you have entered.
There is, as always, another side of greatness with the Cultural Data project. Because of the amount of data collected in Pennsylvania since it’s beginning, it proved a powerful advocacy tool during the 2010-11 fiscal year budget crisis here. Funding for the sector is once again on the block for “mid-year” budget talks with cuts to the administrative support for the Penn Council on the Arts by 24% and ZEROING out the $3.1 Cultural Preservation Assistance (funding the Heinz History Museum and 9 other Museums) that was just created.
3. YOUR CITY/STATE’S ARTS COALITION WEBSITE: I’m not going to link it, just find it and read it. If you are an artist looking to expand your work (by getting into a gallery, buying one your own, starting a theatre or dance space, etc.), you should know the environment you want to work in.
4. NEED A WEBSITE? Sure! Everyone needs a website these days. Remember to look at what you are doing, maybe you don’t NEED your own website to sell yourself! Start small… do you make beautiful crafty things? Join Etsy, or Art-Fire! Build up your Facebook/Myspace/Linked in presence! These are all FREE ways to market yourself and make sure people know where to find you! Need a good art-based website that won’t blow your wallet? Check out Heavy Bubble, these are fantastic chicks who know exactly what an artist needs
and finally 5. INSPIRATION! oh sure I could give you a bunch of links that are inspirations with OMGPWNIES and what not, but I’m going to refrain. And just point you to some of my favorite sites that I like to look at:
The Big Picture… consistently awe-inspiring photography
SmittenKitchen… artists gotta eat, and she has some amazing ideas, most are simply to do and are oh-so delicious!
Dr. Sketchy… odds are, there’s one in your city and if you are any kind of visual artist, you should go. How can you pass up the opportunity to draw burlesque stars, domanatrixes, sideshow people and other ne’er-do-well, fringes of society all with the background of amazing music and usually a little imbibing on the side?