Art is a tough business. We know it.

Hulings painting of donkeys working in the snow Chimayo, New Mexico
Woodbearers of Chimayo, by Clark Hulings. Featured in the Haub Family Collection, Tacoma Art Museum.

Art is a tough business. We know it. Here is some help you might have missed. We hope that it guides you in finding inspiration and motivation, and gives you the tools to make your dreams a reality.


Elizabeth Hulings provides in-depth looks into her father’s experience as an artist and an entrepreneur in her “Director’s View” column. Today, we revive Elizabeth’s article “Work like a Donkey” to inspire artists around by learning from Hulings’ work ethic.

Elizabeth writes: “My father’s advice to people who were considering a fine-art career was, ‘If you can imagine yourself being happy doing something else, then just do that now, and make art on the weekends. If not, then you are truly lucky because you have no acceptable alternative, and therefore, will succeed in the end. It might take a long time, but you’ll feed yourself if you keep at it.’”


“The arts are not just an amenity, they’re a critical function of society and a part of the fabric of social, cultural, and also economic life and livelihood for our country.”

Cyndi Conn explores how the arts serve society in The Thriving ArtistTM podcast “Artists are Solving Atomic Level Problems”. She discusses artists’ ability to influence outcomes by re-embedding art into everyday life and how this, in turn, provides an economic and societal change. She is able to exemplify how each artist is an entrepreneur and an advocate.

A Game Plan.

Break Down Your Business Goals into Actionable Steps: From dreams to milestones, in this four-minute video, CHF Education Director Daniel DiGriz helps you work backwards from your big dreams to the specific objectives, milestones, and tasks that will help you achieve them.

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Ana-Maria Touza Medina
Ana-Maria is an outreach professional with a work history in the e-learning industry. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston, a Masters from St. Louis University, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin. She has consulted with small to medium-sized companies in educational technology, student development, social media marketing, SEO, content creation, and company culture. She is a mom, a yogi, a runner, an avid reader and lover of nature, art, travel, and creating moments while exploring the world with her son.

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