Conversation Tour Info
The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Edited by Sharon Louden

Published by Intellect Books
Distributed by University of Chicago Press
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An extensive schedule of programming is planned to support the book’s publication in early 2017. Building upon the success of the previous 62-stop book tour that supported Sharon’s first publication, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, we will invite an expansive conversation from important stakeholders in each community.

Through panel discussions, symposia, casual conversations and town-hall forums, we will connect book contributors, local artists, critics, non-profit participants, thought leaders, and other members of the general public to learn about, lend their voices to, and be inspired by the vast range of influence that visual artists exert on society. We plan on including as many contributors as possible from the book, helping to further our efforts to cross-pollinate artists among regions. Our goal is to demythologize the tired cliche' of the Artist Hero by dispensing with the notion that contemporary artists should be treated differently from other members of our communities.

Common topics to be discussed on the book tour include:

  • how artists extend their practices outside of their studios.
  • the roles artists play as change agents in society.
  • models of sustaining creative lives in the public realm.
  • redefining who a contemporary artist is today.
  • exploring what success means to different artists.
  • how artists contribute to the well-being of others.

The following documents outline in greater depth our objectives:

In an attempt to better understand, measure, and value the efforts of artists as culture producers, we plan on recording as many book events as possible using video and/or audio. Our experience documenting the first book tour this way has been an important component of disseminating the valuable information we gathered from it.

Finally, because the book tour is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, all donations are tax-deductible.
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Note:  Compensation to every participant of every event on the book tour will meet or exceed the guidelines set forth by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). W.A.G.E. is a "New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them." 

Thank you!


Special thanks to the Ford Foundation for their endorsement and sponsorship:

We are also extremely grateful for the in-kind support
from the following organizations: