Who We Help

CHF bolsters the creative economy by focusing on working artists and creative professionals, equipping them with the business training, supported peer networks, and other tools they need to thrive.

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:

Solid business knowledge and management tools. Most art schools provide very little in the way of entrepreneurial education. MBA programs don't cater to artists.

Direct and timely access to capital. The pressure of being self-employed leaves artists with little time for additional business development and few resources to pursue it.

The right connections—and fewer of the ineffective ones. Visual art is often solitary. Artists learn from each other but, to do that, they need an entrepreneurial community.

Confidence and the faith of others on their self-reliance and business acumen

The Challenge Facing Today's Visual Artists


Twice as likely to have graduated from college


Earn less than workers with similar education


More than 1/3 self employed vs 10% of general workforce


Less than 1/3 fully support themselves with their art
Thriving 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".

Business Training

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.

Local Resources

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.

We Get Continual Feedback

These artists and creative professionals make the point for us.

Tax Deductible Avenues of Giving

That Produce Economic Change and Social Return

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.

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