Social | #ArtistHotline Returns to Twitter on October 17

Social | #ArtistHotline Returns to Twitter on October 17

Use the hashtag to join this monthly conversation on Twitter, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST. 

Artists become stronger when they build communities. #ArtistHotline, a professional development Twitter chat that takes place on the third Wednesday of each month, is one great way to connect with artists of all disciplines and arts professionals. The next #ArtistHotline will be live on October 17.

Each #ArtistHotline tackles a variety of subjects through a generalized Open Chat, while also covering select key themes in-depth through a subsequent Guest Chat segment and an Artist/Arts Administrator Q&A. We’ve arranged a great lineup of practitioners for this month’s #ArtistHotline; learn more below and find pointers on how to follow the chat, ask questions, and share your own best practices.

#ArtistHotline Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST: #ArtistHotline begins with an Open Chat. Ask questions and receive advice on any arts career topic throughout this segment. The only guideline? Use the hashtag in each tweet, as well as during the Guest Chat and Q&A.
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST: During the “Making a Statement with Your Application” Guest Chat, we’ll tackle how to create compelling artist’s statements and other commonly required written materials. A trio of experts will share advice: writer Jennifer Baker (Fellow in Nonfiction Literature ‘17); art consultant and author Alan Bamberger; and playwright, novelist, and grantwriter Claire Willett. We’ll also share tips on applying for the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship for artists based in New York State.
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST: During the “Arts Career Focus: Academia” Arts Administrator Q&A, Dr. Karen Kelsky of The Professor Is In will provide advice on entering and navigating the academic field.

Join the #ArtistHotline Conversation

Here’s how you can participate in #ArtistHotline throughout the day on Wednesday, October 17.

  • If you don’t already have one, create a free Twitter account now.
  • Follow the conversation live on Twitter by following the “Latest Tweets,” rather than the “Top Tweets,” for the hashtag #ArtistHotline.
  • Tweet your questions and include the hashtag #ArtistHotline in each tweet.
  • Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself, retweet and respond to other tweeters, and share what’s on your mind!

“Making a Statement with Your Application” Guest Chat Participants


Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant (as well as the QCA Jr. Board Award for Artistic Excellence) for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay “What We Aren’t (or the Ongoing Divide)” in Kweli Journal was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. Baker is editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Baker’s writing has appeared in Forbes, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and Bustle among other print and online publications. You can learn more on her website,

Find Baker tweeting @jbakernyc.


Alan Bamberger is the Site principal for Bamberger is an art consultant, advisor, author, and independent appraiser specializing in research, appraisal, and all business and market aspects of original works of art.

Find Bamberger tweeting @AlanBamberger.


Claire Willett is an award-winning playwright and novelist from Portland, Oregon. She has raised millions of dollars in grants for clients across the region since 2004, including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, and dozens more. Her first novel, The Rewind Files, was released in 2015 by Axiomatic Publishing. She has a B.A. in Theatre from Whitman College.

Find Willett tweeting @clairewillett.

“Arts Career Focus: Academia” Q&A


Karen Kelsky is the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consulting services on the academic job search and all elements of the academic and post-academic career. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to Ph.D. professionalization, and is a weekly columnist at Chronicle Vitae. As the creator of the “Sexual Harassment in the Academy” Survey and the #MeTooPhD hashtag, Dr. Kelsky speaks nationally on issues of sexual assault in the academy, with a focus on empowering victims and training people in leadership. She is a former tenured professor and department head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Oregon. Her latest book is The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (Random House, 2015).

Find Kelsky tweeting @ProfessorIsIn.

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, from top: Lydia Xynogala (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design ‘16); images courtesy Jennifer Baker, Alan Bamberger, Claire Willett, and Dr. Karen Kelsky

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