Open Studios, February 28th

meet our new artists and
explore evolving works in progress!

Date: Thursday, February 28th
When: 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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residents perusing new drawings by Matthew Constant

February has been an active month at the Studios with a continuous flow of new artists and creative energy. Join us in celebration of their progress on Thursday, February 28th from 4:30-6:30pm. We have artists working across disciplines such as painting, installation, performance and sound. Collaborations have already started to take shape. Come on by and you’ll be sure to experience both visual and aural splendor!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Matthew Alan Constant
Rachel Devorah Rome
Anna Gustafson
Andrew Hladky
Michael Menchaca
Katya Popova
Tricia Townes
Derrick Velasquez

Directions to the Studios: When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

TRACES OF DREAMT CHILDREN

Are You Pregnant?

Artist Giuseppina Giordano would love to speak with you!

Giuseppina Giordano is an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA thru February 19, 2019. She believes in the creative and transformative potential of pregnant women and invites you to participate in an art project.

If you are pregnant, or if you know anyone who is pregnant and who might like to spend 15 minutes being interviewed at MASS MoCA, please reach out to Giuseppina at giuseppinagiordano.info@gmail.com.

TRACES OF DREAMT CHILDREN is a prejudices-free research project for a book and work of public art that collects the personal experiences of pregnant women with particular emphasis on the dreams and the infinite possibilities that unfold during pregnancy.

This is a life-long project for Giuseppina. Her goal is to create the conditions to trace the psychological transformations that a pregnant woman experiences. Ultimately, her dream is to develop a network of women who together build a place, in the public space of each participating community, that becomes the opposite of a cemetery: a place focused on the living -- on transformations, uncertainties, and the future -- in which each pregnant woman is an agent of change for a new reading of pregnancy.

Giuseppina has been working on this project in several countries, and is excited to make connections with pregnant women in different settings, and help build a shared artistic and social practice that can be sustained over time.

At this stage of the project, she is looking for pregnant women who live within a short drive of MASS MoCA, or are visiting the museum, and want to share experiences of their pregnancy with her by answering questions concerning: the first moments of pregnancy, body sensitivity, fears, dreams and the special self-awareness that comes with pregnancy.


To participate reach out to Giuseppina at giuseppinagiordano.info@gmail.com.
Visting MASS MoCA for the day? Stop by Giuseppina’s studio at MASS MoCA, Building 13 on the second floor.

For more about Giuseppina’s work visit her website here.

This project is supported by The Secular Society, Virginia, USA





Open Studios, January 26th

Our next Open Studios
is on FREE DAY
at MASS MoCA!  

Date: Saturday, January 26th
When: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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Xiao Wang at work in his studio

On Free Day MASS MoCA will throw open the doors to the museum for free and fill the galleries with art-making activities, lively discussion, and pop-up performance. The Studios at MASS MoCA is joining in the fun with an extended Open Studios starting at 3pm! Swing by the Studios after a free visit to the museum to catch work in progress by our newest artists in residence. This month, our artists have joined us from across the globe, traveling from Italy, Portugal, South Korea, China and all corners of the U.S. Come see what they have been up to in North Adams!


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Giuseppina Giordano
Erin Gleason
Barbara Ishikura
Christopher Jagmin
June Lee
Marisa Pilo
Autumn Wallace
Xiao Wang

Directions to the Studios: When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Hear From Our 2016 CT Artists

Back in 2016, Assets for Artists enrolled 10 Connecticut creatives in our Matched Savings Program. It was our first time working in CT. Three years later, we’ve asked them to share updates on their practice and thoughts on how the A4A program has impacted them.

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Judith Kruger, Litchfield, CT (judithkruger.com)

Judith is a visual artist whose paintings, prints, and mixed media works utilize natural materials and address the human-earth connection. Judith had a full practice coming into A4A, but the program helped her make important changes to her business strategy that are paying off with more efficiency and higher profits. 

After writing her business plan with A4A, Judith increased her workshop teaching and mentoring to have a stronger financial base for her studio practice. She also deployed new strategies for building her “brand,” hired out some of her administrative responsibilities, and paid off much of her credit card debt. A4A grant funding allowed Judith to buy a new computer, which helped to streamline virtually everything she does.

In Judith’s words: “In a nutshell, viewing my work more as a business since A4A has proven to be very beneficial. I am working with a new gallery and my work production is increasing when I am in the studio. I will have 4 new mentoring clients for 2019. One of my galleries has asked that I start curating for them. I've committed to 2 shows for 2019 and am really clear about and happy with my work direction. It's busier, yet much more focused and easier. That says it all.”

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A4A's support came at a crucial time for me and its emphasis on art as a business helped me take the long view of my career and set achievable and appropriate goals.

- Will Holub, Old Lyme, CT (willholub.com)

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I am being collected by major institutions, and being exhibited.

My record keeping is better as are my business goals.

- Marion Belanger, Guilford, CT (marionbelanger.com)

Joseph Brien, Falls Village, CT (lostartworkshops.com)

Joe Brien is a fine furniture maker and the proprietor of Lost Art Workshops, offering hands-on classes in traditional craft and wilderness survival. Joe had been practicing woodworking for over 25 years before joining A4A, and he found that the program helped to clarify his business and financial goals, guide his time management, and improve his marketing strategy. With input from an A4A workshop on branding and marketing, Joe redesigned his website, and has received positive feedback from clients on the new look. 

Joe says: “I recently presented a promotional package to a new client. They are very impressed with my knowledge and are thrilled with my ideas.”

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Ready to apply? Return to our announcement page, or go directly to the application for our CT 2019 Matching Savings Program!

Apply Now, Connecticut Artists!

Connecticut, we’ve missed you!

A4A is now accepting applications from Connecticut artists for our 2019 Matched Savings Grant Program.

Read on for details on the program & eligibility, and APPLY by January 25!

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What's This Matched Savings Program About?

It's about strengthening your career as an artist by growing your business know-how and financial capacity. Artists selected for our 2019 matched savings grant program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital to help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their Connecticut-based creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial and business planning. These classes will be offered in various Connecticut locations in spring/summer 2019.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

Who Can Apply?

This application is for artists in ALL creative disciplines, and ALL financial circumstances, based ANYWHERE in Connecticut. 

Because a large proportion of our funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Program, artists in rural communities will be given preference, but grants will also be awarded to non-rural artists.

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

This is our first grant program in CT since 2016! Here are some of the terrific artists we worked with back then:

What could A4A do for you?

CLICK HERE to read testimonials from, and in-depth profiles of, some of the artists who completed the Matched Savings Program in 2016.

2016 CT A4A alum Judith Kruger

2016 CT A4A alum Judith Kruger

Not located in Connecticut? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Connecticut is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, including MASS MoCA, ArtBuilt, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, Windham Arts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Development Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assets for Independence Program (in partnership with the Midas Collaborative), and the State of CT’s Office of the Arts.

Open Studios, November 30th

We Welcome you to
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA


Date: Friday, November 30th
When: 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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Danielle Klebes at work

There may be snow on the ground but our new crew of Massachusetts-based artists is heating things up in the Studios this month. Come catch a glimpse of a whole range of creative work at Open Studios Friday, November 30th. There will be painting, drawing, hip-hop, documentary film and so many crystals!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo
Caleb Cole
Jessica Hankey
Danielle Klebes
Isabella Mellado
Azita Moradkhani
Cliff Notez
Chen Peng

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.


After Open Studios

Open Studios is starting early this month so that we can move from North Adams to Williamstown to catch “When the Sidewalk Ends?”, a hip hop performance featuring our very own artist resident, Cliff Notez.

November 30th at 7:00 pm
Memorial Theater, ’62 Center

Apply Now, Rhode Island Artists!

We're back, Rhode Island!

A4A is now accepting applications from Rhode Island artists for our 2019 Matched Savings Program.

Read on for details on the program & eligibility, and APPLY by November 30!

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What's This Matched Savings Program About?

It's about strengthening your career as an artist by growing your business know-how and financial capacity. Artists selected for our 2019 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital to help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their Rhode Island-based creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning. These classes will be offered in various Rhode Island locations in spring/summer 2019.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

Who Can Apply?

This application is for artists in ALL creative disciplines, and ALL financial circumstances, based ANYWHERE in Rhode Island. 

Because a large proportion of our funding comes from the USDA, artists in rural communities will be given preference, but grants will also be awarded to non-rural artists.

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Check out the gallery below to see the Rhode Island artists we worked with in 2018:

Not located in Rhode Island? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Rhode Island is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners.

Open Studios, October 27th

COME JOIN THE FUN!
THE STUDIOS AT MASS MOCA


Date: Saturday, October 27th
When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Building 13, 2nd Floor on MASS MoCA’s Campus

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work by Jonathan Herrera

There's a fantastic new group of artists at the Studios this month and they're excited to meet our community and share what they've been working on! Join our next Open Studios on Saturday, Oct 27 to show them a warm welcome and see what they've been up to.

Bring your friends or connect with some new ones! Our Open Studio events are always free, and the beer, wine and snacks are on the house.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Carrie Crane
Jonathan Herrera
Elizabeth Lide
Chen Wang
Andre Szabo
Wen Liu
Ann Haeyoung
Jennifer McCandless

Directions to the Studios:
When you park in the main visitor lot at MASS MoCA, Building 13 is right in front of you. You’ll see Ferrin Contemporary and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries on the first floor. Enter through the side door (on the end of the building farthest from Rt. 2) and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Apply Now, Massachusetts Artists!

We're back at it, Massachusetts!  

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is now accepting applications for our 2018 matched savings grant program and fall workshops.

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One application, all of MA.

This year, artists based ANYWHERE in Massachusetts are eligible to apply with one application.

Interested artists are welcome to apply for either or both of our programming tracks. Apply by October 22!

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Matched Savings Grant Program:

Massachusetts-based artists selected for our 2018 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business/career planning.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

ARTISTS in ALL disciplines and financial circumstances are encouraged to apply! 

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Professional Development Workshops:

Our free workshops are geared to help artists strengthen their professional practices. This fall/winter, we’re offering six expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines. You may apply to participate in as many workshops as you think would be a good fit for you!

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Find Your Message: Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists

November 13, 1-6pm | Easthampton, MA

Jessica Burko is a Boston-based exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional. In this workshop, Jessica will help visual artists and craftspeople gain a better understanding of how to present their work, how to identify their target audience, and how to create a detailed marketing plan while building the confidence to implement it.

On the day following the group workshop, selected artists will be invited to meet individually (for 30 minutes) with Jessica for an in-depth discussion of specific marketing questions and concerns, and to review their arts marketing strategies.

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Business Thinking for Performing Artists

November 19, 10am - 5pm | North Adams, MA

Amy Smith, Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater and Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, has worked internationally as a choreographer, director and performer. In this interactive workshop, performing artists in all fields — music, dance, theater, comedy, and more — will set goals and learn skills they can implement right away. Topics include valuing your time and other issues related to self-employment, long term financial thinking, “real cost” budgeting for projects and for your life, fundraising and other revenue streams, and goal setting for the business of your artistic practice.

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Taxes for Artists

November 20, 10am - 12pm | North Adams, MA

Amy Smith is a licensed tax preparer working exclusively with artists, and also an acclaimed choreographer, director, and performer. In this workshop, Amy will give an overview of tax preparation for artists, including how not to pay too much in taxes by deducting all business expenses. There will also be information about the effects of the new tax law.

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Understanding Your Visual Art Practice as a Business

Choice of dates:
November 26, 1-6pm | North Adams
December 1, 1-6pm | Waltham

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this workshop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine / non-commercial visual artists.

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Fundraising for Individual Artists

November 28, 6-9pm | Boston, MA

Candelaria Silva knows the funding world deeply, both from the applicant and grantor perspectives. This workshop is designed to help artists create a funding base by addressing how to cultivate foundation, business, and individual support; successful grant-writing tips; how networking helps with fundraising; and when/how to use fiscal agents.


What are you waiting for?

Not located in Massachusetts? Please check back again soon or join our email list for updates and future programming opportunities for which you may be eligible, including the Studios at MASS MoCA residency program.

Our work in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationNational Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Growth Capital CorporationSurdna Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assets for Independence (AFI) program.