If you are like me and did not go to school for a field in art, it might be difficult to meet other artists. I live in Chicago, and while the city is drowning in artists, it might be an overwhelming process to connect with others in the industry. Whether it is to make friends or form creative partnerships, having the ability to mingle with artists can only help you in your work. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the best ways to connect network with artists and found some ways that work for me.
Art festivals & Events
If you live in a big city, there should be plenty of opportunities to attend art festivals and events. It’s not only a great way to immerse yourself in different mediums, but you could potentially meet fellow artists and make future connections. I like to take business cards with my website and portfolio link on them so that I can share it with other artists. You never know the opportunities that can arise from these events.
The Americans for The Arts website has a long list of festivals and events going on nationwide. Check your local city for some festivals and exhibits you can attend.
Art classes & Workshops
Art classes and local workshops can offer a smaller, more relaxed setting to meet others in the industry. Because art classes can be expensive, it’s a good idea to look into your local workshops that offer lower costs and sometimes are free. Meetup.com offers opportunities to connect with local artists to have workshops, craft days, and other types of events for artists. It is a great resource to collaborate and learn with other artists, and many of the meet-ups are free or at a low charge.
Another great way to chat, find events, and join workshops with other artists is through social media. Facebook’s ‘Events’ sections lines users up with events based on their likes and interests. I have attended many events through social media notifications. You can also find groups and pages of like-minded people and chat with them on anything art related. Sites such as Tumblr also offer meetups for artists. Groups are formed based on similar interests and people either meet up at coffee shops or local conventions. It’s a good start to makes these connections.
Volunteering is an opportunity to not only help your community, but meet people with similar interests. It’s also a good way to consistently interact with artists if the volunteering is a long-term project. The Huffpost created a list of the best places to find volunteering opportunities in your area. These sites offer opportunities based on interests and experience.
Friends of Friends
An easier and organic way of meeting artists in your area is to meet friends of friends. While your friends might not have the same love for art as you, they might know people that do. Ask your friends if they would no of anyone that would like to collaborate on a project or meet up to go to local events. It’s less intimidating if you are more introverted and can result in a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the art world.
I hope these tips help you in finding your crowd. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below and I will answer as soon as possible. Thanks for reading!