Our Mission

Assets for Artists was founded on the belief that artists are key contributors to vibrant communities and thriving economies. We support artists in achieving financial security and business growth, so they can sustain their best creative work for a lifetime. 

Our programming empowers artists with "matched savings" grants and professional development workshops in partnering states and communities (currently Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). We also support professional and creative development for artists who come from all over the world to our residency program in North Adams, The Studios at MASS MoCA.

Our Impact 

Since 2008, we’ve served over 1,000 artists with professional development workshops and enrolled more than 400 artists in five northeastern states in our matched savings grant program. Together, our participating artists are creating $1,000,000+ in seed capital to invest in their creative futures. That’s a lot of love flowing back into the creative economy!

We’ve compiled detailed quantitative results on how we’re helping to improve the financial status of participating artists. If you’re a tables and numbers type, check out our 2015 Massachusetts Evaluation Report on our Massachusetts programming. (We’re currently working on an updated report on our programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.) More fun to read is the great feedback straight from some of our artists; click here to read their testimonials. 


Get the Facts

The quick numbers
on our artists served in all program locations:

Number of Artists Served Since 2008: 1,000+
Number of Artists Enrolled in Matched Savings Program: 422
Total Hours of Workshops Provided to Artists: 700+
Total Working Capital Committed via Assets for Artists Program: $1,339,000+

Total Savings Made by Our Artists


Total Matching Funds Earned by our Artists


Total Funds Invested by Our Artists


Number of A4A Grantees Since 2008, by Location

All Locations: 422