Posts tagged Art Community
Community Over Competition: Jamie Smith, founder of THRIVE
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On this episode, Kat talks with Jamie Smith about her journey, starting THRIVE and the importance of community and accountability for artists. 

ABOUT THRIVE

Being artists is very important and often lonely work and it’s our belief that to be thriving artists we must make art, meet our people and do the work. THRIVE is a membership community of worldwide visual artists! Our Mastermind program welcomes trans and cis women, as well as those who are genderqueer, femme-identifying and non-binary.  

MASTERMIND BY BRITNEY BERRNER CREATIVE

MASTERMIND BY BRITNEY BERRNER CREATIVE

DETAILS

  • THRIVE Mastermind starts in June. The deadline to apply is May 15th!

  • Meet for a year once a month online with other working artists all over the world. 

  • You can be based anywhere in the world and they have different meeting times for all the time zones. 

  • Visit www.thriveartstudio.com to learn more, watch their info video and apply. 


Jamie’s recent work and process

Why I Started Create! Magazine
Photo by Emily Grace Photography

Photo by Emily Grace Photography

I started my first magazine from a tiny studio apartment six years ago out of a desperate need for a creative community. I had no idea what I was doing at the time, and since I didn’t have the funding to start a physical gallery space, this was the next best thing I could come up with, and I am so thankful that I did. This desire to connect with other artists and empower them on their journey has been a constant over the years, and continues to inspire me to grow Create! as well as venture into exciting new projects that will support the growth of the emerging artist community. While I was developing my painting practice, there was a missing component of human connection and support on this unpredictable journey.

Back then, I had no money, no design experience, and all I had was a random idea that I decided to execute after working numerous minimum wage jobs. It took lots of Google searches, studying every publication I could get my hands on in Barnes and Noble on my lunch break, and teaching myself how to build websites, design magazines, and do basic business. I was discovering how to find artists and took lots of trips to galleries and museums to promote my humble publication. There was a period of time where I even walked into galleries in person to introduce myself and handed out free copies of the magazine. As you can imagine, some were super supportive and kind, while some were suspicious or disinterested.

It took many years to build a strong community. Over time I became more and more brave and started partnering with galleries and organizations that were so out of my league, it wasn’t even funny. This forced me to level up, increase the quality of the publication and stick to my commitments. Years and years later, the magazine became my actual job. I am now proud to work with a small team of four incredible women. We work together virtually, so we don’t get to see each other very often in person, but I know each one of us is driven by the love of art and the desire to support fellow creatives, especially those new on their journey.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from starting a creative business so far is that we are so much more powerful than we think. Taking responsibility for our own luck will speed up our success rate faster than waiting on some “expert” to come validate us. From my experiences, being bold and starting something will bring support faster than by wishing for it. We are definitely not meant to do this alone and there will be people on this journey that will help push your career forward, but remember that they also human and had to start somewhere just like you at one point in their life.

I used to approach influential figures in the arts with the notion that they surely must have something I don’t. I used to give myself excuses such as “I don't have rich parents, “I didn’t go to a fancy private art school,” “I don’t know how to do business” or even “I am not attractive or cool enough.” But when I took a chance on myself and got started, things began to shift, and the right people showed up with support.

The entrepreneurial path is not easy, but at the same time it’s open to anyone willing to find missing information, to fail over and over again, to have days where they have no idea what theу are doing and to try again and again until something sticks.

Building a business may not be for everyone, but I encourage you to contribute to a cause that you often think about. Maybe you found a way to do things better in the art world and want to make improvements by launching a better version of what already exists. There is more than enough room for new contributions, and I am excited to see what you create.

More than anything I want you to know that this magazine is for you. I may not get to work directly with each artist, but please know that you are always at the forefront of my mind with every new launch, article, or podcast episode.

Thank you for being a vital part of our community.

Cheers,

Kat

P.S. If you enjoy this content check out my podcast Art & Cocktails or subscribe to our glossy, colorful publication.

If you are an artist looking to get your work published, we always welcome submissions to our free blog and open calls.

Celebrating YOU! Info about our October event at PAFA and podcast interview with Kate Young

On this episode of Art and Cocktails, Kat does a brief introduction to the Create! Magazine two-year anniversary launch party at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on October 4, 2018, from 6:30-9:30 pm generously sponsored by PAFA and Bluecoat Gin. This event is a celebration of our magazine and the art community that makes it possible.

Kate also interviews, Kate Young, Venue Sales Manager at PAFA about the beautiful space. 

RSVP

Dear Artist,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Create! Magazine two-year anniversary launch party at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Hamilton Building) on October 4, 2018, from 6:30-9:30 pm. This event is a celebration of our magazine and the Philadelphia art community that makes it possible. I am honored to have PAFA sponsor the venue and give us the opportunity to meet important members of the art community. 

The launch will include complimentary light refreshments and beverages for our guests. 

You will get an opportunity to meet various organizations in our community, including Conrad Benner from Streets Dept., Center for Emerging Visual Art, Artist and Craftsman Store, Central Tattoo Studio, Paradigm Gallery and more. I am inviting an exclusive group of artists and art organizations that make our publication possible by submitting work, subscribing and supporting the magazine in a multitude of other ways. 

I hope to meet many of you in person, introduce you to other like-minded creatives in our community, and celebrate in the beautiful venue generously sponsored by PAFA. 

Please confirm your attendance. Because this event is free, we welcome any donations to help us cover the food and drinks for those attending. A percentage of the donations will be donated to local art organizations. . 

Looking forward to meeting you at the event and celebrating our thriving Philadelphia arts community in October!

If you are not able to make a donation, please send an e-mail to info@createmagazine.com with (PAFA event in the subject) and confirm your attendance. 

Warm Regards, 

Ekaterina

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