Artist Trust has already jumped head first into what’s bound to be an incredible 2018 supporting artists in Washington State. Our Fellowship and Twining Humber Award application periods will open in the coming weeks, and the recipients of our 2018 Arts Innovator Award, presented with the support of the Chihuly Foundation, will be announced later this month. Tickets are selling quickly for our 2018 Benefit Art Auction taking place on February 24th, and we have a whole slew of artist support workshops and programs already underway.
But before we get too far into 2018, Artist Trust would like to stop, reflect, and thank each of you for making last year a success. At the end of this letter you’ll find a link to our 2017 Annual Report full of the stories, facts, and figures that defined our year.
It’s no secret that 2017 was a difficult year, with a divisive political climate and ever-looming threats to arts funding, but the Artist Trust community was even more galvanized in its support of artists. While faced with many challenges, we were able to do incredible work together.
Last year, more than 100 artists of all disciplines across Washington State received cash awards through Artist Trust grant programs, and over 2,000 artists participated in our statewide artist support programs. Furthermore, we worked hard to advance our racial equity framework, applying a lens of equity to all Artist Trust programs and operations. We accomplished all of this and more while keeping a keen eye to careful financial stewardship and business management.
These successes are because of you: the artists, donors, board members, workshop instructors, grantmaking funders, partners, interns, staff, corporate supporters, volunteers, and all the stakeholders who have worked hard in 2017 to set Artist Trust in a great position to move into the future together. We can’t thank you enough.
In Artists We Trust,
Shannon Roach Halberstadt
Artist Trust CEO