Get In Touch with Your Local Arts Agency

Many state and local arts agencies will provide grants to artists directly or to organizations to connect with local artists and help fund their projects. Check out our grantmaking page for local arts agencies to get an idea of what types of grants are typically offered, and get in touch with YOUR local arts agency using our Art Services Directory.

Looking for Housing? Health Insurance? Funding for Community Projects?

Insurance can be difficult to find and afford as an independent artist, and living in a creative community is something that benefits an artist, their work, and their neighbors. These organizations, listed on our Animating Democracy website, help support an artist’s lifestyle, work, and greater community in a variety of ways.

While Americans for the Arts does not publish a database of live/work spaces for artists, we offer a few examples of local arts agencies involved in the development of a local artists live-work space.

Join Americans for the Arts Network of Artists and Art Professionals

If you are an independent artist, arts consultant, student, or arts professionals not affiliated with an organization, you can join Americans for the arts as a professional member and gain access to resources designed to increase professional opportunities in the arts. Join our listserv, receive our Monthly Wire e-newsletter, and get discounted rates at our trainings, workshops, and national conferences—including our Annual Convention and National Arts Marketing Conference, where you can learn about the latest trends in the arts industry and valuable tips and tools for self-branding.

Stay Informed on Advocacy Issues Affecting Artists

Did you know you’re legally allowed to take a musical instrument as a carry-on in an airplane? Thanks to legislation like this, artists have many rights. Make sure you’re up to date on copyright and trademark laws, cultural exchanges, tax laws, and the visa process for artists visiting the United States. We are working to ensure artists are protected and the ties between artists across the world are strengthened.

Follow ARTSblog for Artists

Our widely read ARTSBlog is valuable resource for artists, with more than 700 expert contributors from the arts field writing about everything from cultural districts to arts education to tips for funding projects. Read, share, and contribute yourself—we’re always looking for artists willing to share their challenges, successes, and experiences with our readers. Contact artsblog@artsusa.org for more information.

Other Resources

Americans for the Arts partners with organizations specifically working for and with artists to ensure artists have access to the tools they need to succeed.

Fractured Atlas has a national network of artists they help support through everything from insurance issues to fundraising to advocacy on the issues that impact your life as an artist.

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counseling, and career development services. They help all artists—from all creative disciplines—realize their visions and build sustainable practices.

WomenArts Foundation List Index - Looking for funding for an individual artist? WomenArts has compiled a list of foundations and other sources who provide funding support for artists.
 

Topic Page News Tabs

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Nov 08, 2018

From December 2 to 8, 2018, the initiative encourages the creative field to join together in communities across the country to promote the sales of the work of local artists, and to promote to all consumers that art—including tickets to events and organization memberships—makes great holiday gifts.

Oct 16, 2018

You asked, and we listened: Our online Arts Services Directory has expanded to include searchable, topic-driven sub-directories. The new and improved directories will allow you to quickly find all types of arts organizations throughout the United States, as well as narrow your search to specific interest areas.

Dec 20, 2017

Join us on Facebook the last Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) for one of our theme-based Public Art Showcase events. These are your opportunity to share the public artworks in your neighborhoods, towns, cities, or wherever!

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Dec 28, 2015

Americans for the Arts mourns the passing of visual arts pioneer Ellsworth Kelly at age 92. Mr. Kelly was a groundbreaking artist whose work defied categorization. Mr.

Nov 11, 2015

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the city’s new Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program, facilitated by Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The program will place artists to work within city departments to incorporate creative thinking in Los Angeles's approach to civic issues. 

Oct 28, 2015

Earlier this year, Reddit announced that its famous Ask Me Anything (AMA) question and answer with the Reddit community and a famous celebrity would be videotaped for Youtube. In their first video, AMA stars Astrophysicists and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is interviewed on his love of the arts. 

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