From murals to museums and pop-ups to stage performances, the Kansas City art scene has grown like a weightlifter on steroids these recent years. There’s more to see and more to do in more places.
But for many artists and arts organizations one thing has not pumped up and that is finances, whether through grants or ticket sales. In some cases, funding has shriveled a bit.
There is helpful information out there if you know where to look. One such place is GUILDit, a Kansas City organization partnering with Fractured Atlas, a New York City nonprofit that empowers artists and art organizations.
Founded in 2015, GUILDit was patterned after 1 Million Cups, an entrepreneurial education and networking program founded by the Kauffman Foundation. Artists and representatives or art organizations tell their stories and seek advice, and hopefully, a bit of encouragement.
“It’s a way for artists, many of whom are sole entrepreneurs and isolated in their business practices, to come before a group of people that want to help them,” said Susana Bruhn, GUILDit founder and executive director. “We help them in idea generation, in obtaining more revenue, running their business more efficiently, different markets they haven’t thought of reaching before.” read pdf for more — KC_Studio_GUILDit_Article_2017