One of the most geographically and ethnically diverse workforces in North America, with more education than the total work population, has lower overall earnings and struggles to sustain enough annual business. Why?
What do other professionals have that artists don't?
CHF Equips Working Artists & Creative Professionals With These Resources:
The Challenge Facing Today's Visual Artists
We're in This Together
Professional visual artists are the ultimate entrepreneurs. They aren’t looking for a handout---they just want to create great work that earns them a living. If you aspire to live in a world of great art, you want the same thing.
A Thriving World
Is a World of Thriving Artists
We Turn Working Artists into Thriving Artists
Thriving Takes . . .
A Career Blueprint
As with any professional endeavor, we want to engineer lives of contribution and joy. Artists and creative professionals are often left out of any concentrated effort to achieve that clarity, on the assumption that creativity succeeds on its own. CHF works with creators on "blueprinting a vibrant career".
Most career artists and a good percentage of creative professionals are self-employed entrepreneurs operating a business startup. The opportunities within other industries for training, tools, and support are nothing short of abundant but, once again, artists only get leftovers. CHF remedies that with robust training.
We are one organization, albeit representing a significant chunk of the creative ecosystem, but creative entrepreneurs cannot operate disconnected from their overlapping communities or in a vacuum of contacts, advocacy, and support. Therefore, CHF encourages activism and involvement at every level of the culture, including other orgs, business and industries, government and municipalities, and individuals.
A Peer Community
Something so essential as connecting and collaborating with colleagues in a chosen field of endeavor seems obvious until we realize the creative process is often portrayed as a loner's sport, solitary and even lonely. A groundswell of creative energy occurs only when supported peer networks of creators are equipped to thrive.
The Clark Hulings Foundation is a nonprofit organization, but what we do is NOT CHARITY. Your tax-deductible donation propels working artists like Clark Hulings, fosters self-reliance, fortifies self-sustaining businesses, and builds a thriving artistic community for the benefit of all.