May 8, 2024 | Issue 96

Your Path to Thriving


self-care offerings


opportunities that bring people together


tips from experts


Thriving Story: Creating a Platform for Artist Activism

Max Slavkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Creative Action Network, tells the story of the organization’s founding inspired by the impact of the Shephard Fairy HOPE poster on President Barack Obama’s political campaign.

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Mindfulness Activities

Daily Meditation & Contemplative Practice Offerings: Breathing breaks, reflection journaling, monthly morning practice, midweek mantras, mindful drawing, and meditation. This is a virtual offering from Pratt Institute and is free & open to all.

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Podcast: Art Restart - Ka'ila Farrell-Smith

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist, writer and activist based in Modoc Point, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her studio practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness. Now, in 2024, represented by the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland, OR, she’s had her work exhibited in museums all over the country, including at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. One of her pieces is also in the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection. In this interview with Art Restart, Ka’ila explains why she left the artistic hub of Portland to live in rural southern Oregon and describes how her activism and artistry have evolved hand-in-hand.

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Join Our Community Forum

Artists Thrive now has it's own community forum! Join conversations with other artists, arts educators, arts administrators, etc.

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Call to Action: FEMA Updates the Individual Assistance Program

FEMA has introduced new rules effective since March 22, 2024, aimed at enhancing assistance to artists, self-employed individuals, and gig workers following a disaster. Your input is crucial to ensure these rules meet your needs. FEMA is currently seeking feedback, and it's vital to hear from those directly impacted by these changes. You have until July 22, 2024, to share your comments. There are resources for you to review changes and ways to submit your comments to FEMA on this change. Your engagement is essential in shaping these regulations to better support artists, self-employed individuals, and gig workers during times of crisis. Don't delay in sharing your feedback!

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The annual Artists Thrive Summit is a perfect place to get an artistic breakthrough this summer.

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Art Presentation Events: Pratt Shows 2024

Explore innovative projects and daring creative concepts from the graduating students of Pratt Institute—immersing yourself in events and exhibitions spanning over 30 diverse disciplines, ongoing through May. All events are free and open to the public.

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A small action that you can do to help you prepare and survive an emergency!

What can you least afford to lose?

Make a list of things related to your studio and career that you can least afford to lose. This might include your purchased or handed-down tools ceramic glaze recipes, mailing list, computer passwords or documentation.

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Call for Applications: The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

The 2024 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Application is open! Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or O-1 visa holders, aged 25 or older, and must submit as an individual. The Arts Writers Grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art (art made since World War II). Work in adjacent fields—architecture, dance, film, media, music, performance, sound, etc.—will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024 at 11:59PM ET

Honorarium: $15,000 - $50,000

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Call for Applications: Music for Life - MCA Academy

Music to Life, invites musicians to apply to its online incubator program - the Musician Changemaker Accelerator (MCA) Academy. The MCA is a fully underwritten 6.5-month social change business accelerator for 10 competitively selected socially conscious musicians from around the country. Taught and facilitated by experts, musician participants come away with a concrete plan for their community change idea, local partner connections, program development skills, and funding to execute their projects.

Application Deadline: May 24, 2024 at 11:59PM ET

Grant: $7,500 worth of stipend and services

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Join the next Artists Thrive Meetup

Our next meet-up is May 30, 2024 at 3:00PM EST. Join online and connect with fellow artists.

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Call for Applications: Women's Studio Workshop - Parent Residency Grant

The Parent Grant is a four-week residency for an artist with at least one dependent child under the age of 18. Artists may choose to work in intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics. Stipend can be used towards childcare and parents are able to request to bring their children with them during the residency. 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

Grant Amount: $1,450 stipend, free housing, free studio access, travel stipend

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Call for Applications: Sawtooth 2024-2025 Residencies in Ceramics and Woodworking

The Artist in Residence Program at Sawtooth School for Visual Art (“Sawtooth”) is designed to encourage and enhance the creative, intellectual, professional, and personal growth of emerging studio artists. It is a period for artists to focus intensely on their work, explore new ideas and techniques, and push their work to new levels. Community involvement, professional development, and self-exploration are at the core of Sawtooth’s goals for residents. The Ceramics Residency program is a one-year commitment. Three residents, two in wood firing and one in electric/gas firing, are chosen by the Director of Ceramics along with a rotating jury. Sawtooth’s Wood Fire Residency program provides a year-long concentration dedicated to expanding one's portfolio of wood fired works. Wood fire residents should have a strong and developed body of wood fired work, have previous experience firing wood kilns, feel comfortable directing firings, possess a strong work ethic, and have a desire to work within a community setting.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

Award: Up to $3,000 stipend

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