2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas

Artists and the New Economy

Tuesday, October 18, 10:00am – 11:30am

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Organized and moderated by Angie Kim, President and CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation; and Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs, Visual Arts Division Team Leader, National Endowment for the Arts.

Presented by Alexis Frasz, Researcher, Helicon Collaborative; and Holly Sidford, President, Helicon Collaborative.

A new study on major trends affecting artists has been completed by the Center for Cultural Innovation and National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Surdna Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The number of artists has increased, definitions of who is an artist have shifted, practices have hybridized, increasing numbers of artists are self-employed, and technology has disrupted the creation, production, distribution, and consumption of artists’ work as well as the role of intermediaries. The study argues for new approaches addressing unstable income, crippling student debt, and training systems. This session will present findings from the research. Participants will engage with several scenarios for potential action, playing out the implications suggested by each.