“This past year has taught me a lot about emotional vulnerability and the importance of seeing that type of openness as a strength in myself and others.”
Lydia Boss, visual artist and Program Manager at Artist Trust, shared her thoughts with us on what she’s learned this year, and what her vision is for a better, stronger Artist Trust. Read more below! Support our work at artisttrust.org/donate.
What is your role at Artist Trust and what do you enjoy about it?
I’m a Program Manager at Artist Trust and the best part of my job is that I get to connect with artists across the state and work to support them in their careers.
How are you involved in the arts?
I’m a visual artist and have a background working in glass. My work has evolved a lot over time and I’m still invested in using glass in my work, but I also work a lot with photography and digital imagery/new media. I’ve worked as a teaching artist since 2012 and feel extremely connected to the idea of developing equitable access to the arts for youth in communities across the state. The arts gave me a place to belong from an early age and I’m interested in working to create that type of space for artists of all ages and backgrounds regardless of discipline, experience, or ability.
What has 2020 taught you both personally and professionally?
On a personal level, this past year has taught me a lot about emotional vulnerability and the importance of seeing that type of openness as a strength in myself and others. Professionally, I’ve realized that being able to trust your team is pretty much everything.
How will you carry those lessons into 2021?
What excites you about what you’ve learned/the changes Artist Trust has made or will make?
I’m excited to be part of a team that is dedicated to pursuing change for others through our work. The idea of the collective power of the arts really moves me and I think Artist Trust has a renewed responsibility and understanding of what that means in relation to what we do.
What is your vision for a stronger Artist Trust?
Living our values, trust in ourselves and in our community’s collective voice, and putting artists first, always.