Artists U logoWe need a new conversation.

Too many brilliant, mission-driven artists are exhausted, broke and overwhelmed. A constant sense of scarcity pits us against one another. And even those who find “success” struggle to build sustainable lives. How can we build balanced, productive, sustainable lives?

In Artists U,we will share tools and principles artists have used to thrive. We will build a conversation, a realistic, un-complainy conversation that sees the challenges but also acknowledges that our skills are more than up to the task. We will do some specific, practical work (planning, finances) and some big picture thinking. And we will look at the specific challenges facing artists: the demands of creating and producing the work, funding cycles, and a supposedly embodied life that too often ends up in front of a laptop for eight hours.

Artists will also meet monthly for five months to do the core practices of sustainability: planning, financial clarity, time management, and writing about our work. We’ll do this together, sharing tools and experiences in a community of inquiry, not competition.

community + clarity = power

How to Apply

Who should apply to be part of a future Artists U Intensive? 

This workshop is designed for artists of all disciplines in and around York County, emerging through mid-career.  We are looking for artists with a range of artistic backgrounds and experiences, all of whom share a devotion to practice and a seriousness about making a life in their art.

Selected artists must be available and attend the Intensive 2-day Workshop April 13-14 2018 and willing to attend Working Group Meetings to follow.

Intensive Workshop at the Appell Performing Arts Center Studio at 12 West Philadelphia Street in Downtown York:
Friday, April 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Drinks/coffee provided)
Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Breakfast/lunch/snacks provided)

Artists will be assigned work and preparation for each Working Group meeting (approximately two hours per month for five months). Artists will participate fully and generously as respectful members of this community of inquiry.

Apply Now-Space Limited to 30 Participants.


Andrew Simonet founded Artists U in Philadelphia in 2006. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist and works wth artists nationally to build sustainable lives. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Headlong created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Andrew’s projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. Headlong’s work was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work was produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Andrew currently writes fiction and is the writer and producer for Barbacoa, a documentary film about undocumented chef and activist Cristina Martinez. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.