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The Artist as Culture Producer Conversation Book Tour

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The Artist as Culture Producer Conversation Book Tour
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"The Artist as Culture Producer Conversation Book Tour" is a series of book events and panel discussions led by artist and editor, Sharon Louden, revolving around her second book of 40 artist essays, published in March 2017 by Intellect Books (UK) and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Book contributors are paired with local artists in communities across the country and abroad in order to discuss the many roles visual artists play in creative economies.


An extensive schedule of programming was launched to coincide with the book’s publication, beginning on March 2nd at The Strand Book Store in New York City. Building upon the success of the previous 62-stop book tour that supported Sharon’s first publication, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, we are inviting an expansive conversation from important stakeholders in each community at over 100 stops across the country and abroad.

Through panel discussions, symposia, casual conversations and town-hall forums, we are connecting book contributors, local artists, critics, non-profit participants, thought leaders, and other members of the general public to learn about, lend their voices to, and be inspired by the vast range of influence that visual artists exert on society. We are including as many contributors as possible from the book, helping to further our efforts to cross-pollinate artists among regions. Our goal is to demythologize the tired cliche' of the Artist Hero by dispensing with the notion that contemporary artists should be treated differently from other members of our communities.

Common topics discussed on the book tour include:

  • how artists extend their practices outside of their studios.
  • the roles artists play as change agents in the creative economy.
  • models of sustaining creative lives in the public realm.
  • redefining who a contemporary artist is today.
  • exploring what success means to different artists.
  • how artists contribute to the well-being of others.

The following documents outline in greater depth our objectives:

In an attempt to better understand, measure, and value the efforts of artists as culture producers, we are recording nearly all the book events using video and/or audio. Our experience documenting the first book tour in this manner has been an important component of disseminating the valuable information we gathered from it.
Note:  Compensation to every participant of every event on the book tour meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). W.A.G.E. is a "New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them." 

For further information on the tour, including a fantastic collection of photos from each event, please visit:

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