ACT provides business insurance for artists and crafters who sell their wares at fairs, shows, and other events. In the past years, as we have worked with professional artists and crafters, we have learned that there are many things that artists and crafters know about the art world that most people aren’t aware of.
For one thing, many people are surprised when they hear the term “artist insurance” because they do not know how the art world works for independent artists. They don’t realize that artists, like any other small business owners, need to insure their business.
So, to celebrate artists and crafters and help everyone become more aware of the art world, we’ve put together this list of nine things artists and crafters know that other people should know too.
1. Most artists are not reclusive. They can be found meeting and greeting the public and other artists at fairs and shows across the country. Many people don’t realize that they don’t have to go to New York or Chicago to see impressive, creative work. There might be an art event just down their street.
2. Artists don’t have to be famous to have successful careers and businesses. The internet has made it more possible than ever for artists to sell their wares, and art events across the country are thriving as well.
3. Artists and crafters can stimulate local economies. By purchasing goods from local, independent artists, consumers keep money in their own community.
4. Artists are not snobs. At least, they are not all snobs. Most artists fit right in with everyone else. In fact, you are probably surrounded by more artists and crafters than you think you are.
5. Art fairs and craft shows, are brimming with creative work that you don’t have to be a wealthy collector to purchase.
6. Art does not have to be obscure or inaccessible. Many artists would be happy to talk to you about their work, what it means to them, and what they hope it means to you. You don’t have to have a PhD to be lifted and inspired by their work.
7. Artists know how to produce wares with their hands, something that most people would not have the patience and care to learn.
8. There are a few things you should not say to artists and crafters at fairs. Don’t comment on their prices being too high or try to haggle away their profits. Don’t ask them how much revenue they bring in from their business. Don’t joke about their work. Be respectful, and show appreciation for their efforts.
9. There are a few things you should say to artists and crafters. For example, if you see something you admire, compliment them or ask them about their process. Ask them why they enjoy their work.
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