Social | #ArtistHotline is Back on Twitter on April 18

Social | #ArtistHotline is Back on Twitter on April 18

The monthly Artist Professional Development Day returns with a “Community Building” Guest Chat and a “Publishing Poetry” Q&A. Tweet this Wednesday to participate!

Looking for answers about the business side of your art? #ArtistHotline is a professional development Twitter chat, where, on the third Wednesday of each month, artists and arts professionals break down the ABC’s of building a sustainable arts career. The goal of #ArtistHotline is to help empower artists by connecting them with needed resources and with each other. The schedule for each #ArtistHotline is designed to cover a range of topics through a generalized Open Chat, while also examining select key themes in-depth through a Guest Chat segment and an Arts Administrator Q&A. Read on to learn what we have planned for this month’s #ArtistHotline.

April 18 #ArtistHotline Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST: #ArtistHotline starts off with an Open Chat. During this portion of the day, you can ask questions and receive advice from NYFA staff and partnering organizations on a broad range of arts career topics, like fundraising, networking online and in-person, and finding artist opportunities.
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST: During the “Community Building” Guest Chat, we’ll host a virtual panel featuring Events Coordinator of Arts in Bushwick Aniela Coveleski, teaching artist and Moms-in-Film founder Mathilde Dratwa, and poet and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Executive Board member Amy King. Coveleski, Dratwa, and King will provide advice on how a socially-engaged artist or arts professional can work within a community to mobilize change. 
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST: April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’ve invited poet and Apogee Journal editor Zef Lisowski on board for a “Publishing Poetry” Arts Administrator Q&A. Lisowski will share tips on submitting and publishing poems, online and in-print.

Join the #ArtistHotline Conversation

Here’s how you can participate in #ArtistHotline throughout the day:

Want to join in but not sure how to get started? Try reading our Tips to Take Best Advantage of the Day. Then, chime in on Twitter this Wednesday, April 18!

“Community Building” Guest Chat Participants:


Aniela Coveleski is primarily a painter, but has worked in many other mediums including photography, film, sculpture, and installation art and holds a BFA degree in Cinematography from the School of Visual Arts. Her painting is mostly object-focused, blending realism with graphic shapes, and utilizing acrylics and water-based inks on primed upholstery fabrics and paper. Coveleski is the Events Coordinator of Arts in Bushwick, which is most known for the Bushwick Open Studios festival. She works with the Arts in Bushwick team to organize year-round events, working to create a bridge between the “educated art bubble” and native artists of Bushwick through workshops, group exhibitions, and involvement of long-time local businesses. Visit the Arts in Bushwick website to learn more.

Find Coveleski tweeting @artsinbushwick.


Mathilde Dratwa is a member of Dorset Theater Festival’s Women Artists Write initiative, a former co-leader of the FilmShop collective, and a two-time Pulitzer Center Grant recipient. She wrote and directed the narrative shorts Peta Pan and Escape from Garden Grove, as well as the web series “Almost Anonymous.” Her theater credits include Milk and Gall and Escape from Garden Grove. A seasoned educator, Dratwa is a Master Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company, New Victory Theater, the Shakespeare Society, and The School of The New York Times. She is the co-founder of Moms-in-Film, an organization that energizes the careers of parents in the entertainment industry with community, funding, and advocacy, and a participant in NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Social Practice. Visit Dratwa’s website to learn more.

Find Dratwa tweeting @MathildeDratwa.


Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, was a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She, as a founding member, serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change (BlazeVOX 2017). King was honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. Visit King’s website to learn more.

Find King tweeting @amyhappens.

“Publishing Poetry” Arts Administrator Q&A 


Zef Lisowski is an editor for Apogee Journal, a trans femme, and a candidate in the Hunter College MFA Program in Poetry. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in MUZZLE Magazine, Entropy, The VIDA Review, and Dreginald, among other places. They’re a triple Pisces. Visit Apogee Journal’s website to learn more.

Find Lisowski tweeting @ApogeeJournal.

Inspired by the NYFA Source Hotline, #ArtistHotline is an initiative dedicated to creating an ongoing online conversation around the professional side of artistic practice. #ArtistHotline occurs on the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter. Our goal is to help artists discover the resources needed, online and off, to develop sustainable careers.

This initiative is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Images: Reggie Gray (Fellow in Choreography ‘16); social media images: Oleg Shpyrko and Andrew Hart

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