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.

Upcoming AU event:

Join us To Shape Artist Resources in York!
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10am-3pm
Where: Marketview Arts Gallery Hall, 37 W. Philadelphia Street, York PA 17401
What: Artists U gathering to shape artist resources in York, and “Get out of Town” Workshop with Andrew Simonet
10am-Continental Breakfast
10:30am-12pm: Ideation Session with Design Quake
12pm-3pm: Lunch & “Get Out of Town” Workshop

As you may know, the Cultural Alliance of York County is going through comprehensive restructuring from 2019 on. We have been working from an outdated model, and as we look to the future to better serve our community, it is imperative that we have input from those we aim to serve, you!

Our discussion during the Ideation session of our Artists U gathering on February 10th will shape what resources will be available to York artists in the future from the Cultural Alliance. Based on patterns that emerge through this discussion, we will create new resources for artists with the goal of making a significant shift in the York art community. Consider what would make the biggest impact on your work as an artist in the long term in terms of financial support? And what would the structure look like to create equal and more inclusive opportunities across the board? Your feedback will generate potential ideas of what the artist tier of support at the Cultural Alliance will look like.

We will host this ideation session with Design Quake, design thinking consultancy. Don’t miss this chance to help shape future resources for artists in York!

After our ideation session, join us for lunch and our workshop: Get Out of Town: Presenting Your Art Beyond York

free discussion + workshop from Artists U and Andrew Simonet

How can we share our work beyond our local community?
How have York artists found opportunities nationally and internationally?
What simple practices can help you find touring, exhibitions, teaching, and residencies that fit your work?

In this workshop, local artists will share their experiences bringing their work to other communities. And we will offer Artists U’s doable tools for generating opportunities.

Event is free thanks to grant funding from the York County Community Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation, but RSVP required. Email kelley@culturalyork.org to reserve your space today.

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.