Thank You, Creative Community!

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us about the creative community – from independent artists to nonprofit art organizations – it’s that we’re resilient.

Although the full impact of this pandemic on the arts and culture sector is still unknown, we know it will be substantial. As of today, Americans for the Arts estimates that the total economic impact – based on the 120,000+ nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the United States – is $3.6 billion.

But as an art consulting and curating firm that bridges the gap between arts and business, we’re in a unique position to not only provide forward-thinking perspective, but bring a bit of calm to an otherwise uneasy period in our collective history.

Last week, we were fortunate to be joined by Gary Steuer, president and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, for our first ever online forum hosted via Facebook Live called Ideas For Artists.

In addition to addressing timely and relevant questions from our creative community, we discussed topics like sustainability of arts and culture centers around the country, how art organizations can turn this moment into an opportunity, and tips to keep artists, creators and makers active and involved during this era of social distancing.

If you were unable to join, you can access the full Facebook Live recording here.

We also realize it’s important to show our community the love and support they need during this trying time. To foster a creative, inspiring and connected community throughout Denver during this time, The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation recently announced emergency funding to assist Denver cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Please click here to learn about their emergency funding to assist arts and culture grantees and to check out resources not just in Colorado, but around the country. Here are a few we recommend:

This is a challenging time for everyone, but by staying strong – and sticking together – we can weather this storm and come out stronger on the other side.

Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder

When you’re born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, genteel grace and charm are just a natural byproduct of your upbringing. But Martha’s deep understanding of the art business and tenacious drive for business success are something all her own. As our CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and is basically our head cheerleader and evangelist to the world. Martha left Alabama at 18 to expand her horizons and graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha loves the business of art and finds tremendous satisfaction in helping new and emerging artists discover that you can actually get paid for your talent. She also loves using both sides of her brain on a daily basis, which can mean touring an amazing new NINE dot ARTS art experience in the morning and reviewing equally inspiring spreadsheets in the afternoon. When she’s not bouncing from meeting to meeting around our office, talking to movers and shakers in the art world, or giving high fives (with a handmade artistic hand, naturally) to team members, you might find her shopping at estate sales, urban hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or making cool stuff with her three art loving children.

Martha supports the art community by: currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and serving as Executive Director for Union Hall. Past experiences include lecturer for the Americans for the Arts conference in San Francisco on Art & Placemaking, serving on the Planning Committee for Stuart Semple’s Happy City, speaking on the CBCA Arts and Real Estate Panel, lecturer for the artist education series, Moxie U, and lecturer on Artist professional development for the Pueblo Economic Development Council.

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