Your Art Will Save Your Life (Paperback)

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In a time when it's all too easy to get overwhelmed with everything that's going on in the world, and when despair hangs like a dark cloud over us all, remembering Why and For What we make art is a constant struggle. Beth is a shining beacon and has so much wisdom -- applicable to all, not just "artists" -- to impart in this book that I couldn't help but buy several copies to share with my [artist] friends.

— From Avery


A candid guidebook about art-making in the midst of oppression--a slim, necessary revelation (Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts).

Visiting the Andy Warhol Museum as a teenager, Beth Pickens realized that art was imperative for reflecting--and thus remaking--the world. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to arts nonprofits and consulting, helping marginalized artists traverse the world of MFAs, residences, and institutional funding.

Writing in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Pickens reminds emerging artists that their art is more important than ever. She gives advice on fostering creativity and sustaining an innovative practice as conversations about grants, public programming, and arts funding in schools grow ever-more heated. Part political manifesto, part practical manual, this resource reminds us that art has always been a tool of resistance.

About the Author

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She provides career consultation, grant writing, fundraising, and financial, project, and strategic planning services for clients across the US. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Pickens was based in San Francisco and served as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Managing Director of both RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781936932290
ISBN-10: 1936932296
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 136
Language: English