February 14, 2024 | Issue 90

Your Path to Thriving


self-care offerings


opportunities that bring people together


tips from experts

Join the next Artists Thrive Meetup

Our next meet-up is on leap day!

February 29, 2024 at 3:00PM EST.

To celebrate leap day, let's chat about how you leap into new adventures - what tools can you share?

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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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Video: Saying yes to ourselves

Artist Samantha Fields shares how she has developed a routine that protects her studio time.

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Article: The Met Celebrates Women Designers But Without Enough Reflection

This article from Hyperallergic's Alice Procter shares a take on Women Dressing Women, an exhibit that is trying to be a celebration of neglected designers and sewists, but does not offer a critical reflection on how they have been excluded.

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Special Report: SNAAP - Reflections: Alumni Perspectives on Their Postsecondary Experiences in Arts and Design

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey collects data on the perspectives and experiences of alumni from arts, design, and adjacent fields. You may have attended the SNAAP presentation at the Artists Thrive Summit last year, but now you can read the first report from the 2022 research - focused on alumni reflections on the quality of their postsecondary arts or design experience and satisfaction with it, connection to their alma mater, and the likelihood of alumni to recommend their alma mater.

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Call for Applications: Mural Training Program Community Mural Institute - in Morganton, NC

The Community Mural Institute is offering a combination of online and classroom instruction, experiential learning, and professional mentorship for 12 artists, creating and installing 3 large outdoor murals in Morganton, NC. These murals will be designed and painted in collaboration with Morganton communities using the GoodSpace Method and the indirect polytab mural technique. Applicants do not need to be professional muralists. There are opportunities for mural leads and mural assistants. Applicants must be able to attend all sessions

Deadline(s): Application - March 4, 2024; Info Session - February 15, 2024 at 6PM EST

Grant Amount: $3,000 for lead; $1,900 for assistant

Program Dates: March 15 - October 12, 2024

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Call for Applications: South Arts - Presentation Grants

Presentation Grants are an opportunity for organizations in South Arts' nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers from inside or outside of the presenter's state. Artist fee support is awarded for film (documentary, fiction, experimental, and animation),performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater, and dance), literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry), traditional arts, and visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media). Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading, or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement component. These grants are limited and very competitive. Projects must take place between July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Grant: $9,500

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

Prepare your pet

Pets are important members of our families. If you have a plan and emergency supplies in place for both you and your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. Available in multiple languages.

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Call for Applications: The Jim Henson Foundation

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation of innovative new works of contemporary puppet theater. Their definition of a puppet is an object that is given the appearance of life through direct or indirect manipulation by the human hand. The Foundation’s Board of Directors judges applications based on the excellence of the puppetry including puppet design, manipulation and theatrical execution. 

There are three Artist Grants available: Workshop Grants, Production Grants, and Family Grants.

LOI Deadline: March 4, 2024

Grant Amount: $3,000, $4,000 or $7,000

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SCALE Conference

Join Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Millikin University for the inaugural SCALE conference, designed to help student creatives and artists learn entrepreneurship. SCALE will feature speakers and panelists who are experts in their fields, as well as networking opportunities for students and faculty to connect with each other and the arts entrepreneurship community. Topics will include legal considerations, financial planning, branding and marking, pricing and more!

Conference Dates: February 23-24, 2024

Conference Cost: $150.00; Early bird $100 until February 16, 2024

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Call for Applications: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Residency

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios for two days per week during HCCC public hours, as well as during exhibition openings and specific educational programs on the evenings and weekends. Residencies are available for 3, 6, 9, and 12 month duration.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Residency Stipend: $1,0oo/month

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