How to survive as an artist?

Firestorm Cafe and Rosetta’s Kitchen host the next two community conversations in a series organized by and Jenny Bowen.

Come listen, learn and share about how to survive as an artist, the future of the River Arts district and creating an artist resource center. The conversation will be at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce Street, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The gist, per its organizers: “You’ve come to Asheville because you’ve heard it’s the happening place for the arts scene — but how do you connect with other artists and learn about festivals, events, and venues to sell your art? What are the organizations and grants available to help artists make their means and connect with other creative thinkers? And looking deeper — how does the philosophy of art as a major artery in the life-blood of Asheville allow us to utilize the potential of creative design and innovation in coming era? Learn about the discussions concerning the future development of the Riverside Arts District and where there are affordable creative spaces and studios in Asheville. Discuss the creative opportunities involved with developing an Artist Resource Center in Asheville (as called for in the Downtown Master Plan) and how to get involved with its effort.”

On Sunday, Rosetta’s Kitchen at 11 Broadway hosts a conversation on “Public Arts Space, Graffiti, & Murals” from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Where can buskers, jugglers, hula-hoopers, actors, break-dancers, and spray paint artists go in Asheville to act out their creative tasks? Learn about the different free expression spaces and the rules of public use. Discuss the current policies and issues concerning graffiti, and the opportunities that can be found with public free-space walls and community mural projects.”

For more information please contact Jen G. Bowen at admin (at) or visit


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4 thoughts on “How to survive as an artist?

  1. lynn

    There should be a public place for artists to display art in the warmer months. You pay a small fee for the entire year and you can sell your art outdoors anytime. This would attract more people to the downtown area and the walking distance of downtown businesses. Galleries charge too much for the average artists and studio spaces are to expensive. An example of this? Jackson Square park in New Orleans.

  2. Gordon Smith

    The Artists’ Resource Center is an important economic development tool that the City needs to get behind.

  3. Gordon –

    I can’t let you get by with that pithy of a remark, not that you’re now running to run the city. ;-)

    What are some of the visions of this Artist Resource Center & how will the city back it?

    Who defines the ‘art’ – and who does the marketing?

    What are some ways to keep our artists living here & how can we utilize creative thinking in other fields?

    And what would you suggest be the city “philosophy” of art & its role in public life?

    I’m so glad you had someone from your campaign attend at the last session, I hope it will be most beneficial to those who are involved in this process.


  4. Folks –

    We’re covering all the issues, not just art.

    The last two sessions were on different aspects of independent media and information,
    the next two sessions are on art,
    We’ll hop into public access to education & then swing into spirituality.

    We’ll keep going until November, so there is a topic that nearly everyone cares something about.

    Feel free to join the conversations & share insights & ideas: has the calendar, notes, & soon video and digital forums to continue the conversations.

    Plus Rosetta makes an donate-what-u-can bowl of soup with cornbread on Sundays! Each soup has been truly incredible in flavor & texture; and I dare say that anyone would be able to find a more nourishing & delicious Sunday evening meal.

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