Thursday, October 31, 2013

Do you know an incredible artist who are doing community-based art and healing work?

The Arts & Healing Network ( anually awards artists for doing healing work that truly helps make a difference in the world. The 2014 AHN Awards will go towards artists that does community based art and healing work. Do you know an artist who does inspiring and incredible work like this? If you would like to nominate someone, go to and fill in the form. Nominations close April 15, 2014.

The Arts & Healing Network also has a great directory of related blogs, which you can find here: And last, but not least, they have given me a list of resources for artists like you and me, who need to source funding for your arts projects while our government fails to support art and culture projects in our country:

List compiled by the Arts & Healing Network

  1. The Arts & Healing Network has an extensive list of art grants at (Use the drop-down menus at the top of the page to find the kinds of grants you are looking for.)
  2. List of Art Marketing and Funding Books at
  3. The Arts & Healing Network has published a couple of e-newsletters on the topic of Fundraising.
    - "An Introduction to Funding Healing Arts Projects"
    - "Cultivating Prosperity"
    - "Creative Entrepreneurship"
  4. supports community funding. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
  5. IndieGoGo at, does something similar to Kickstarter.
  6. Blue Earth Alliance's free PDF booklet "Shooting from the Heart" offers very thorough and pragmatic advice about seeking funding for projects. Find it at You need not be a photographer to benefit from this booklet's insights. It details information about budgeting, grant forms, book publishing and more. And it clearly outlines the four main sources of funding (individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies) and emphasizes that no matter the source "people give to their friends." So their very prescient advice is to build human connections with potential funders by writing thank you notes, inviting funders to events, etc.
  7. The New York Foundation for the Arts' "Finding Funds & Resources for Your Art" - and "Essential Tools for Grant-writing" - Both are geared towards "immigrant artists" but are applicable to all artists seeking funding for their work.
  8. Creative Capital is sharing pages from their 200+ page "Professional Development Program’s Artist’s Tools Handbook," which is full of excellent support and advice in running your art career as a thriving business: