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Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Is Starry Night a non-profit?  Is it a for profit?  What is it and why?  In the video below you’ll see how Starry Night’s founder, Monika Proffitt, created an innovative hybrid of business and not-for-profit models by taking what she had, reconfiguring what she had seen done before, and then adding her own twist. And in the age of “angel […]

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Interview with Cinnamon Stephens

Here we interview Cinnamon Stephens, an attorney and arts advocate, whose 20-year career in working with artists legal issues provides us with a bounty of advice and resources. She imparts some tips on the mysterious, and sometimes daunting world of Art Law, including, the importance of contracts, copyrights, having or starting a relationship with a lawyer, as well as low […]

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Plan Out Your Best Year

I usually have two speeds of operation.  One is sit on my hands and design the thing, think about every angel, every aspect of what I want to make.  The other one is run like hell at it and make the plan a reality.  So when I’m really quiet, or seemingly inactive, it’s just that I’m in the design phase. […]

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5 Ways to Build Your Resume

In my studio, I have a sign that reads, “Failure is not the enemy. Boredom is.” It helps me to remember to keep applying for new opportunities and to keep putting myself and my work out there. Even when it means I get told no. Because I have an end goal in mind, and that is to: 1.) Have as […]

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My First Scholarship

The following post was written by our director, Monika Proffitt. When I was first starting out as an artist, I’d see postings for opportunities like grants and scholarships and think that I would ever get them. I had no idea what was supposed to be included in a good application, so I just didn’t apply. I realize that sounds really […]

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Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the ART School Scholarship. To apply for a full Scholarship to Artist Resources & Tools, please review the guidelines and information below. Apply at the bottom of this page. Applications are open until Friday, August 21st, 2015, midnight PST. Scholarship recipients will be announced on September 5th, 2015, […]

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Interview with Robb Nanus

In this interview, we talk with Robb Nanus, an accomplished producer and grant writer. Robb gives light to his background and career in producing. We also touch upon topics ranging from success, grant writing, what he looks for in grant applications, and the process of creating work that is impactful – and how he defines that for his own work […]

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The Art of Demystifying Success (episode 4)

This is part four in a series about how I went went from emerging artist and residency director, to bringing countless of artists to Art Basel Miami and other big art fairs around the world, while giving them the best professional practices to show up confident. It may sound like a quick success story, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. […]

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Overcoming Barriers in a Messed Up System (episode 3)

This is part three in a series about how I went went from emerging artist and residency director, to bringing countless of artists to Art Basel Miami and other big art fairs around the world, while giving them the best professional practices to show up confident. It may sound like a quick success story, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. […]

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Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg? (episode 2)

This is part two in a series about how I went went from emerging artist and residency director, to bringing countless of artists to Art Basel Miami and other big art fairs around the world, while giving them the best professional practices to show up confident. It may sound like a quick success story, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. […]