10 Reasons to Burn Your Art Group Membership Card

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After years of encouraging artists to join artist organizations, I’m going to commit blasphemy with this post, which is somewhat of a follow-up to my post on poisonous relationships. I love groups that function smoothly, but many people start an artist organization without much of a vision. They want to have control without thinking about what is best for members and without first trying to improve existing organizations.

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Do This At Your Next Artist Meeting

Facilitated group sessions at my workshop in Nashville. March 2013. Photo by Mary Claire Crow.

Do you go to artist meetings and stick with your usual crowd? Do you attend meetings to hear the speaker and leave without connecting with other members? Two weeks ago my team received an urgent email from Ramon Magee from the Summit Art organization in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He said his speaker for the evening had cancelled and they needed a program.

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How Will you Celebrate International Artist Day?

International Artist Day

A grassroots movement has proclaimed October 25 (Picasso’s birthday) to be International Artist Day. Why should this day be reserved for artists? Or should it? Is it important? Why or why not? What does it mean to have an International Artist Day? What should it mean?

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5 Reasons to Join and Be Active in an Artist Organization

Except for the few artists who have reached the level of success that enables requires help from assistants to keep up with the demand for their work, we artists are a lonely bunch. Solitude is good for creativity, but only up to a point. Community, education, critique, support, and inspiration are good for our work and our psyches.

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Artist Salons: 6 elements for a thriving group, part 2

The final three elements you need for a thriving artist salon are Location, Regularity, and Conversation. Check out this post for details and guidelines for all three (and a link to the first three).

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The first 4 steps toward selling your art: Step #3

John McCaskill, . 26 x 38 inches. ©The Artist

Being around other artists builds your confidence and sustains you emotionally. In addition, you will hear about opportunities you never knew existed if you hadn’t been part of a group. You’ll hear about them before they are ever published! Read more about why you should connect with other artist–especially at the beginning of your career–and how to do it.

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