This just in from the ArtistsAlliance.us – a new national organization for artists of all disciplines, artist-run organizations, and artist-run businesses.
In 2009, a small core group of artists leaders and artists supporters grew very concerned with the closing of the National Association of Artists Run Organizations (NAAO). This core group decided there was needed to create a new national organization to carry on with needed public policy work and to give a voice and support to artists of all disciplines, artists run organizations, and artists run businesses. Other artists leaders and artists supporters decided to help in this effort and the result is ArtistsAlliance.us
ArtistsAlliance.us is using Massachusetts artists recent success in organizing and their public policy achievements as one of the key models to build on, learn from, and share.
The first stage of the launch of this new organization is to collect email addresses of those artists of all disciplines, artist run organizations, and artists run businesses who want to be involved. And sign up for the ArtistsAlliance.us free listserv!
the Co-Founders of the ArtistsAlliance.us
In alphabetical order:
Kathleen Bitetti- visual artist; and Co-Founder of: the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition, Artistsunderthedome.org, HealthcareforArtists.org, the Massachusetts Artists Healthcare Working Group, and the Massachusetts State House Artists Working Group.
Gail A. Burton- Poet; Dramatist; and Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) Collective Member.
Elaine Vanasse DeLuca-Artist Supporter and C.P.A.
Ja-Na Duane- Opera Singer; Actor; Author of “How to Start Your Business with $100”, Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition; and CEO of Wild Women Entrepreneurs and Ja-Na Duane Ventures.
Bill Fields- Artist Supporter; Small Business Employee Benefits Specialist; Member of the Massachusetts Artists Healthcare Working Group; and President of Health Plan Solutions.
David Galiel-New Media Consultant and Musician.
Kathy Ann Hart- Photographer; Writer; and Lawyer.
Mary Bucci McCoy- Visual Artist; Arts Writer; Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition; and Principal, Big Picture Communications.
John Weinfurter- Artist Supporter; President of KSCW Inc.; Former President & CEO of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute; and Former Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Congressman John Joseph Moakley.