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"The Independent Artist"
Issue V, April 2009

Page 9

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What is the NAIA about?

The mission of the NAIA is to strengthen, improve and promote the artistic, professional and economic success of artists who exhibit in art shows. We are committed to integrity, creativity, and the pursuit of excellence as we advocate for the highest ideals and practices within all aspects of the art show environment.

Who is the NAIA?

The NAIA is YOU! The NAIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization of artists just like yourself. The board, along with the Executive Director, directs the efforts through input from the membership while many other volunteers assist in providing the manpower to accomplish those goals.

What does the NAIA Do?

The NAIA provides a forum for artists to communicate with one another and with other people in the arts community. We support existing community-based shows to make/keep them a viable market for selling art and crafts. In addition, we work with select communities to establish high quality new shows. We work toward developig educational programs for artists as well as alternative markets for members, providing support for artists in whatever stage of their career.

What are benefits of membership in the NAIA?

The NAIA communicates with the membership via periodic electronic ecommunications and a member newsletter. This newspaper that you are reading, The Independent Artist, is also an NAIA publication and is mailed to all members.

The NAIA Web site contains a wealth of information for members. Important information on issues such as health insurance is posted on the web site. It includes a random gallery of members images, a Member Roster with links to members own web sites, and an optional personal web page (nominal fee).

Most valued by our members is the password-protected Member Forum where artists hold a dialog about their concerns, ideas, inspiration, and the nitty-gritty of doing shows.

An adjunct to the Member Forum is the password-protected Show Information Forum where members share information about specific shows.

The NAIA Advocacy Action Line is a newly developed service available to NAIA Artist Members. Through the Advocacy Action Line the NAIA assists artists in resolving specific issues or problems related to the NAIA's official list of advocacy positions that the artist member may be experiencing with an art show.

Does the NAIA offer discounts on business services?

Yes! Over 15 arts-related businesses offer NAIA members at least a 10% discountand we are working to provide our members with even more. Some of the businesses currently offering discounts include credit card processing companies, photographic services, web design services, hotels and motels, car rental, and canopy companies. Using these benefits will more than offset the cost of your membership.

Why should I become a member of the NAIA?

We have listed many benefits and discounts above, but the most important reason to become a member of the NAIA is to add your personal voice to the collective efforts of the NAIA. Your voice will assist in effecting positive change and improvements within our art show industry. Your financial support is integral to the success of these efforts.

How do I become a member of the NAIA?

Its easy! Simply log onto the NAIA web site at https://naia-artists.org/join/index.htm. You can join online or print out a membership form to mail in. The NAIA Membership Committee looks forward to welcoming you as a member!

Greetings accepted artists to the 2009 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival!

1-30-2009 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

In this unprecedented time of hardship for professional artists, Jay Downie of the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival lowered the booth fee for the 2009 event (his year in a row for doing so). Jay truly understands how difficult it has been recently for artists to make a living. After reeiving more applications to the show than projected in the shows budget, Jay decided to use the extra income as discounts on space fees. Exhibitors in the 2009 show will benefit immediately with a $20 discount.

From Jays announcement: Weve covered our coststhe additional revenue is being returned to our artists in the form of a discount on the booth fee.

NAIA proclaims With a full understanding of the real situation artists are struggling against to make a living in these extremely difficult times and by helping artists to face this time of rising costs and plummeting sales by lowering booth space fees for the 2008 and 2009 shows, NAIA honors Jay Downie and the Main Street Ft. Worth Arts Festival as the newest member to our Hall of Fame. NAIA hopes that many show directors will follow Jays lead by lowering artists costs to participate in their shows, and several have already done so.

Where outstanding actions and compassionate behavior are recognized.


8-6-2008 The 2008 Omaha Summer Arts Festival

The Omaha festival was hit hard by a severe storm Friday afternoon of the 3 day show. Wind speed was over 70 mph. Many booths toppled or flew through the air, thousands of dollars of art was destroyed, but no one was hurt. Several years ago the Omaha show staff created a well thought-out and detailed Emergency Plan. Having a plan in place and following it before, during and after the disaster no doubt saved lives and limited damage.

During set-up, palettes of free sand bags were available for every artist to help secure their booth. Artists, patrons and vendors were warned of the oncoming storm about 25 minutes before it hit. Immediately after that warning they all were informed of mandatory evacuation. After the storm, the show held a meeting with all the artists and vendors to discuss recovery plans. Clean up had already begun in earnest. Giant lights, like those used at night for freeway construction, were brought to every intersection in the show. Artists were able to work late into the night to prepare for the remaining two days of the show while the main stage was completely rebuilt and debris was cleared.

Award judging had not been completed before the storm so at artists suggestions, the show donated the award money to the nearby Boy Scout camp recently demolished by a tornado which also killed four Boy Scouts at the camp.

All exhibitors from the 2008 show were invited jury-free to the 2009 show.

In recognizing the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, the Association announced For being fully prepared with an excellent emergency plan, for following through with the plan to protect lives and property and for making compassionate decisions regarding award money and next years show jury NAIA is honoring the 2008 Omaha Summer Arts Festival staff as our first entry into the newly created NAIA Hall of Fame.

1-30-2009 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

In this unprecedented time of hardship for professional artists, Jay Downie of the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival lowered the booth fee for the 2009 event (his year in a row for doing so). Jay truly understands how difficult it has been recently for artists to make a living. After receiving more applications to the show than projected in the shows budget, Jay decided to use the extra income as discounts on space fees. Exhibitors in the 2009 show will benefit immediately with a $20 discount.

From Jays announcement: Wve covered our coststhe additional revenue is being returned to our artists in the form of a discount on the booth fee.

NAIA proclaims With a full understanding of the real situation artists are struggling against to make a living in these extremely difficult times and by helping artists to face this time of rising costs and plummeting sales by lowering booth space fees for the 2008 and 2009 shows, NAIA honors Jay Downie and the Main Street Ft. Worth Arts Festival as the newest member to our Hall of Fame. NAIA hopes that many show directors will follow Jays lead by lowering artists costs to participate in their shows, and several have already done so

Show discounts 2009:

Main Street Ft. Worth, booth $20

Paragon, booths $100 (shows outside NYC only)

Carrillion, booths ($ unavailable)

Longs Park, booth $25, jury $5

Hinsdale, booth $50

Thank You and Congratulations!


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