Working artists must self-organize in order to self-direct their collaborative goals, but this is only practical if it’s consistent.
The Artist Federation consists of local and regional chapters of working artists who meet regularly to shape the market for their careers collectively.
You do. It's not a top-down organization. It is steered by self-directed local and regional groups of working artists.
The organization that founded TAF, in order to provide consulting and structural support is a non-profit, The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists.
The fastest way to a stable network is national support by a partially disinterested group (non-members) in the form of best practices. That's the role CHF plays.
They're coming. TAF is in the earliest stages, which is why forming a local chapter can contribute greatly to shaping its direction.
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Tentatively and initially:
The purpose of a Federation is to facilitate self-empowered collaboration between working artists, so that they can collectively shape the forces that determine their futures.
The Clark Hulings Fund has already gotten artists from multiple regions to collaborate in a virtual context with a shared goal/purpose, and in smaller groups (‘teams/chapters’) mostly along regional lines (e.g. time zone).
The feedback has been astounding, with most participants saying the collaboration is pivotal to planning and executing upon growth stages in their career.
That's up to you. We are planting seeds at in-person events around the country to encourage the emergence of face-to-face gatherings that result in local and regional chapters.
However, if you want to organize virtually, we will help.
Materials will be added over time. This includes videos, documents, event announcements, and information about newly forming chapters. Most of it will only be available to registered users.
You'll want to register to maintain an active login and be on the e-mail list. We are also adding community features to the site, so chapters/members can collaborate through online communication (not to replace face-to-face meetings).
Once you log in, you'll be able to access content that is restricted from non-registered users.
Not right now. It is likely that, if you are forming a local community/collective, you'll want to collect at least nominal dues from each other, to cover light costs for collaborative activities.
Chapters that affiliate with TAF for consulting, support, and to use its platform to collaborate across other chapters, may, at some point, be asked to share dues with TAF to cover the basic costs. Our goal is to keep those low.