Life work

A conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers.

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Online platforms are not enough. Artists need affordable space.

By Caroline Woolard

How does crowdfunding change the picture for artists?

By Douglas Noonan

Do artists have a competitive edge in the gig economy?

By Joanna Woronkowicz

Can photographers restore their devastated business?

By Danielle Jackson

Who sets the agenda in America’s new urban core?

By Umberto Crenca

Artists, the original gig economy workers, have more rights than they think

By Sarah A. Howes

Why we can’t achieve cultural equity by copying those in power

By Carlton Turner

The art school of the future

By Ruby Lerner

What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy?

By Steven J. Tepper

For profit or not, artists need tech designed for artists

By Adam Huttler

Generosity as a guiding principle of life as an artist

By Yaw Agyeman

Health insurance is still a work-in-progress for artists and performers

By Renata Marinaro

Want to be an artist? Be passionate and realistic about your career

By Tanya Selvaratnam

Technology isn’t magic. Let’s make it work better for artists and musicians.

By Kevin Erickson and Jean Cook

How artists and environmental activists both do better together

By Jenny Kendler and Elizabeth Corr

Introduction: What do artists need to thrive?

By Angie Kim

What artists actually need is an economy that works for everyone

By Laura Zabel

Why arts funders and indie video game makers don’t click, and how to fix it

By Asi Burak

Tell us about your creative life and how you make it work. Use your favorite social app to add your voice.

What is this?

CREATIVZ is a conversation about how artists in the United States live and work and what they need to sustain and strengthen their careers. It's part of a research project from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Overall research and online strategy by Helicon. Online strategy and production by We Media.

Read more about the project.

Cover photo by Bill Dickinson via Flickr / Creative Commons