Our Mission

As a program of MASS MoCA, Assets for Artists was founded on the belief that artists are key contributors to vibrant communities and thriving economies. Through our residency program, The Studios at MASS MoCA, we give visiting artists from around the world the time and space for their own creative development, be it in project execution, reflection, or to simply try something new. Through our workshops and capacity-building grants, we support artists in advancing the business and financial goals of their practice to help them sustain their best creative work for a lifetime. We’re especially committed to artists who live in or move to our hometown by providing individual grants and community-building initiatives through The North Adams Project.


Our Impact 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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 Capacity-Building (formerly 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!

ARTIST RESIDENCY SUPPORT

When the Studios at MASS MoCA began in 2015, we had 8 studios and a great lunch menu. Now we’ve grown to 12 studios in two buildings on the MASS MoCA campus and have provided housing and studio space to 700 artists from 22 countries, including our special fellowships for artists living in Puerto Rico.

 

Get the Facts

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

Total Studio Days Provided to Artists in Residence

10,614

Total Hours of Workshops Provided to Artists

731

Total North Adams Artists Served

76

Total Grant Funds Earned by our Artists:

$1,279,764

 

Number of Artists Served by Program

Data last updated: Sept 30, 2019

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Assets for Artists did exactly what I was hoping it would do: It gave me skills and knowledge in areas I was lacking, incentive to create a habit of putting money aside and guidelines for thinking about my business in clear and efficient ways.

- Matt Lorenz, The Suitcase Junket
Music (Amherst, MA)
CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTEE

 
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MASS MoCA was a safe space for me especially since I was recently homeless at the time. It allowed me the time, space and resources to build myself back up, in an artistic world I had already been striving for...I’m at this museum finally being respected by institutionalized art as an artist.

-Cliff Notez
Music/Visual Arts (Boston)
STUDIOS AT MASS MoCA RESIDENT &
CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTEE

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I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this program. It has been enlightening, inspiring, challenging, and rewarding as an artist and business person. A4A guided us through each step with the perfect balance of professionalism, encouragement and personal attention.

- Sophie Wood
Theater (Montague, MA)
CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTEE

 
A warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who works on making this program rigorous, unique and most of all, helpful in allowing artists to build sustainable businesses, and allow them to pursue their art as their livelihood.

- Martita Abril
Dance (New York City)
CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTEE

 
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