By Terri Lloyd
If you are an artist or director of an arts organization, when you read these words proclaimed by Fractured Atlas you will think you have found nirvana: “We created Fractured Atlas to give artists the tools and help they need. Now you can shift your focus back to the important things — like making art!”
Benefits for Artists and Organizations of All Art Disciplines
It’s true. This extraordinary national organization, based in New York, NY, supports individual artists — performing, visual, literary, design, media, and everything in between — and arts organizations of every size. It helps artists and arts organizations gain access to funding, health insurance, and education, and provides many more resources and tools to help them grow and prosper.
Fractured Atlas supports people “at every level of the cultural ecosystem.” This includes individual artists, one person outfits to the biggest of the big. A non-curatorial organization that does not discriminate or judge art, Fractured Atlas provides the “unsexy” stuff that makes art happen.
Founded by Adam Huttler, Executive Director
Fractured Atlas is the brainchild of Adam Huttler, who is also its Executive Director. The self-taught software developer formed Fractured Atlas in 1998. Since then, he has grown the organization from “a one-man-band” housed in an East Harlem studio apartment to a broad-based, multi-dimensional national organization with an annual budget of $25 million. It currently supports approximately 250,000 members.
Fiscal Sponsorship and Insurance
Many independent artists and small organizations lack the 501(c)3 tax status that makes them eligible to apply for grants and incentivize individual gifts. However, with fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas they can solicit tax deductible donations and apply for grants without going through the rigorous process of launching a 501(c)3. The fiscal sponsorship program is open and accessible to artists and arts organizations nationwide and in every discipline.
Members of the organization have access to high-quality coverage for much lower rates than would otherwise be possible. Fractured Atlas works with some of the world’s leading insurance companies to design a number of proprietary insurance programs that are specially tailored to meet the specific needs of artists and arts organizations.
Advocacy, Cultural Policy & Education
Fractured Atlas’s approach is holistic and focused on infrastructure. It educates policymakers about the importance of infrastructure on local, state, and federal levels. From health insurance reform to tax policy, Fractured Atlas works to ensure that the voice of the arts is heard in Washington.
Fractured Atlas also works to organize the arts community on a grassroots level by educating artists and arts organizations about the public policy issues that affect them; coordinating political communication strategies; building strategic cross-sector alliances; and by providing information and other resources that empower artists and arts groups to advocate on their own behalf.
Simple Management Systems and Outreach
Through artful.ly Fractured Atlas provides a simple yet elegant way for organizations to manage ticket sales, donations and contacts. Fractured Atlas’s artful.ly allows members to track events, people and everyday work.
The Fractured Atlas Open Arts Network gives arts organizations the ability to provide their own members with access to many of the valuable benefits and services that Fractured Atlas provides. For an arts organization based in the United States with 50 or more members, or if it has a defined constituency of 50+ artists that it supports, the organization may be eligible to participate.
Through the Spacefinder program, Fractured Atlas brings together artists and venues with minimal frustration. The Spacefinder program increases visibility of rental options, helps artists find the space they need, and helps venues promote and rent their spaces.
The services Fractured Atlas provides are invaluable. As a result of its existence artists and organizations nationwide enjoy the freedom to operate their businesses more efficiently. With critical tools and resources at their disposal individuals and organizations can focus more time on their creative work. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
To learn more about Fractured Atlas and its programs visit www.fracturedatlas.org
About Terri Lloyd
Terri Lloyd http://terrilloyd.net/, is an artist, writer and curator living in Los Angeles, CA. She works to engage organizations, groups and projects that focus upon women’s issues, aging, and art as part of a transformative process.