Living and Working
Issue

10.1 / Living and Working

September 19 2018

Introduction

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? The art world is inundated with stories from the community and media about artists being displaced in the face of great wealth disparity, a crushing housing crisis, the lack of sustainable employment in the arts, and a threatening decrease in exhibition and funding sources. Living and Working consists of a multi-author column, a video series, and live events with audio recordings where artists and cultural workers answer the question “How do you live and work in the Bay Area?”

This series will not only put forward the faces, stories, and voices of artists but will offer sites in the Bay Area as cross-sectors that offer the opportunity to relearn the region from the perspectives of artists.

Living & Working is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Columns

Support Structures

Support Structures

By Jackie Im

What does the migration of people in creative fields away from the Bay Area mean for those who stay? What is needed to survive here?

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Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

By Glen Helfand

The Bay Area may be losing some of its soul, but there’s a tenacious spirit here that cannot be eradicated. Ultimately, things boil down to our sense of truth and empathy.

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