Public art application deadlines are fast approaching. Will you need insurance? Let’s take a moment to go beyond whether insurance is a requirement for applying (Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t a requirement). It’s simply a good idea to make sure you are protected.
A couple of days ago Courtney Hammond, Public Art Project Supervisor from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, held a workshop with Jean Ann Douglass, Program Director for Insurance at Fractured Atlas. The workshop covered what artists need to know about public art insurance and how to obtain it.
We recorded the workshop (See the audio player, below), but I thought I’d highlight a few key points.
There are four types of insurance you may need if you are planning to apply for a grant. General liability insurance can protect you all the way up to the exhibition of your work. If you need to employ others in the process of building the work, then you will need workers compensation to protect you in case someone is injured when they’re working with you. But if you have volunteers, volunteer accident insurance will cover you if one of your volunteers is hurt on the job. Finally property or equipment insurance will cover any equipment you use.
The insurance program at Fractured Atlas is geared toward helping artists better understand insurance, and for insurance companies to better understand artists. The program also helps artists gain access to affordable insurance.
If you are a member of C4 Atlanta, you can become an associate member of Fractured Atlas at no additional charge and gain access to this invaluable resource.
Many thanks to Fractured Atlas and the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs for this workshop!
July’s featured member is none other than the fabulous Lisa Tuttle. Lisa is a wonderful person and I am honored to call her a colleague. Lisa participated in C4 Atlanta’s Ignite class several months ago. She brought so much to the seminar in terms of experience, insight and encouragement. During the day, Lisa works for the Fulton County Arts Council’s Public Art Program. All day long, Lisa is an artist.
prestigious nod from Americans for the Arts for their project, Harriet Rising. AFA named Harriet Rising as one of the nation’s top 50 public art projects.Harriet Rising is public art installation located above ground at Underground Atlanta. The project launched during Elevate /Art Above Underground presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program and Underground Atlanta. The Tuttle/Lovelace collaboration celebrates women who embody the spirit of Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian.
In the United States, there are many women who embody the spirit of Harriet Tubman, working everyday to make life better for women (and therefore entire families) and working for a better world. The lives of these women are not as transparent as Tubman’s. They should be.
I am not the first to feature the work of Lisa and Alice. Google (used here as a verb) Harriet Rising and you will find a wealth of information about these two artists. However, I am personally very proud of their work. I am very proud of Lisa.
Here is a little more about Lisa Tuttle in her own words...
JH: Type of art – description AND what are you currently working on?
LT: Interdisciplinary projects and mixed media works. I’m in a three person show at Kibbee Gallery August and September, where I’m showing some mixed media pieces. Also I am continuing to work on the artist book for Harriet Rising which I hope to have complete by October. Alice Lovelace is also applying for some Elevate support for poetry readings at Harriet Rising during this fall’s presentation of Elevate: Art Above Underground.
JH: Are you originally from the Atlanta area?
LT: No, a child of a journalist, so born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. My dad was born and raised in Atlanta, though, so although that’s not why I’m here, there have always been some interesting discoveries of how our lives have crossed. I moved to Atlanta in the late 70’s and found it to be a good fit for me at the time – It was Southern and familiar, but more metropolitan, progressive and sophisticated than anywhere else in the South…NYC seemed unmanageable to me at the time. When I moved here, I thought I was just going to try it out for a while…but it has continued to be a really good fit for me…
JH: How long have you been practicing your art?
LT: As a child, I wanted to be a writer. But in college, a professor was really impressed by my painting, and when I committed to that, I went full force.
JH: Who inspired you to create?
LT: Teachers, friends, my creative, brilliant and irreverent father
JH: Who or what inspires you today?
LT: Reading, films, and my fellow artists here in this creative Atlanta community.
JH: What is the greatest challenge facing Atlanta artists today?
LT: Courage. Also, not enough affordable studio spaces. Or opportunities for international travel/collaborations.
JH: What does Atlanta have to offer artists like you?
LT: The possibility to live affordably, but create and collaborate in the most surprising ways. I particularly like working at a place like the Arts Exchange where it is multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and inter-generational.
JH: Do you have a local favorite (artist)?
LT: Too many to count. I would like to give a shout-out to MOCA GA…!!!
JH: What advice do you have for a young person thinking about being an artist?
LT: Go for it. Be resourceful. Get to know some working artists. Do some internships and apprenticeships, so you don’t get all of your ideas about artmaking from books and the internet.
JH: Do you have a favorite quote? What is it?
LT: Lots of them but off the top of my head: “Every person is a different kind of artist; an artist is not a different kind of person.” – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your thoughts with us! Get to know more about this Atlanta treasure.