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Charitable Contributions

By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

Since artists are always being asked to donate something, here is a brief list of things you need to know about donations.


By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

One of the best ways of making connections is networking.  This means being visible, going to events and openings, participating on panels, going to lectures and accepting visiting artist lecture gigs.  If you stay home in your studio, you are not going to meet the person who will open doors for your next show, or give you a good idea, or tell you about a public art project  opportunity.

Community Service

By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

Participating as a volunteer at a nonprofit organization, teaching classes in the field, and generally giving back to the community is a good way to keep in touch with what is going on in the art world, your neighborhood, or your region.

Taxes and Record Keeping

By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

Keeping records is vital to a successful business.  I have included a list of items that you should keep track of in the taxes section.

Things to consider regarding keeping records:

  • Get and keep a ledger, either on your computer or by hand, of all your income and expenses.
  • Keep track of your billing and collection of those payments

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

What is a teaching portfolio?  A portfolio or dossier is a collection of material that depicts the nature and quality of an individual's teaching and students' learning. Portfolios are structured deliberately to reflect particular aspects of teaching and learning – they are not trunks full of teaching artifacts and memorabilia. At its best, a portfolio documents an instructor's approach to teaching, combining specific evidence of instructional strategies, and effectiveness in a way that captures teaching's intellectual substance and complexity. (William Cerbin, 1993)


By Karen Atkinson, courtesy of Side Street Projects

There are basically six types of businesses, 'the self-employed', 'the builder of businesses', 'the inventor', 'the franchise owner', 'the marketer', and 'the speculator'. Most artists fit into the self-employment category which we will address here. It is known legally as the sole proprietorship. You and you alone own all the assets and assume all the liabilities.

Things to Consider:

New York Foundation for the Arts

The Benefits of Belonging

Making the most of art organizations like the College Art Association

The College Art Association (CAA) came into existence in 1911 as a professional organization for both art historians and artists, in particular those who teach at the college level. What are the benefits to artists of belonging to an organization like CAA?

Dr. Art on Buying a Home

by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

Part 1: How Much Can You Afford?

How many artists reading this article own their own home? Personally, I don’t know very many. I can probably count them on one hand.

Venture Philanthropy and Funding Credits

Ask Artemisia, Melissa Potter, New York Foundation for the Arts

What is venture philanthropy? Do any of these funders make grants in the arts?

Venture philanthropy shares many characteristics with the “venture capital” model of the for-profit sector. With a final goal of sustainability and organizational capacity building, venture philanthropy combines active relationships between funders and grantees with carefully considered investments in initiatives that have measurable potential.

The Artist's Guide to Career Self-Assessment and Setting Goals

By Susan Koblin Schear, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

You are not alone! No matter which discipline you work in, you will find comfort in knowing that many artists face the same challenges. These include being able to define their vision, evaluate their career, and set and achieve goals.

The Etiquette of Getting Grants

Shakurra Amatulla (The Grant Lady), courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

A little grant writing advice can go a long way. In the following article, Shakurra Amatulla outlines some of the basic information necessary for researching and writing grants.

So you want a grant—that chunk of money that’s "out there" just waiting for your request? But you’re impatient, sometimes believing that the road to success must open before you faster than Moses parted the Red Sea. In your search for grants, you buy and read everything about this free cash, continually look for people to guide you to said loot, and still you haven’t gotten any closer to it.

New York Foundation for the Arts

Money Basics - What is a Budget?

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

A budget is simply a plan for how you earn, spend, save and invest your money. Creating your budget is one of the first things you should do as you begin to organize your personal finances.

Why? Because having a budget is the key to making your money work for you. Until you actually calculate how much money you earn after taxes - and until you figure out how much money you spend every month - it's impossible to establish a savings or investment plan that will work.

Proposal Writing for Funding Projects

By Yedda Morrison, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Securing a grant requires organization, research, and follow-through. Below you will find the key components for a successful search and a brief description of the different types of granting organizations.

Portfolio Development for Artists Working in All Disciplines

By Susan Myers, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Your portfolio is a valuable tool in your arsenal as an artist, and it is often the first opportunity you have to impress and influence those in charge of making the decisions and choices that affect you and your work. By developing and preparing a professional portfolio, every artist is taking a step towards ensuring her or his own success.

Gallo Spending Values

Spending Basics

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

In Money Basics, we asked you to figure out a very basic math question. Namely, how much do you spend?

Now, in Spending Basics, you'll get to analyze some of your spending routines. Specifically, you'll be looking at the basics of buying a home, purchasing a car, and the way you use a piece of plastic called a credit card to buy nearly everything else.


by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

From filmmakers to choreographers to graphic designers, the issue of incorporation appears daunting at first, but can be more straightforward than most artists think.

Marketing Your Work

(courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts)

The arts stimulate the senses, and the opportunity to create a marketing tactic for your work can be as challenging and fun as creating the work itself.

Fundraising Advice for Individuals

Artist interview with Creative Capital Assistant Director Alyson Pou, courtesy of Creative Capital Foundation

Grants are only one piece of pie for artists. They are one part of a whole strategy that you come up with for yourself.

Dr. Art on Emergency Support Organizations

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

in 2002, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) co-hosted a roundtable in New York City of emergency funding and service organizations from across the United States.  Following is a discussion of the issue, as well as a list of organizations that offer emergency assistance for artists.