November 1, 2018 | Alyson Stanfield

How to Choose the Right Artist Group for You

I’m sure you’ve been to group meetings where you thought to yourself, What in the world am I doing here? Those are groups you want to exit quickly. No sense hanging around.

©Terri Lindbloom, 2.0. Plexi, concrete blocks, found imagery, and clamp, installation. Used with permission.
©Terri Lindbloom, 2.0. Installation. Plexi, concrete blocks, found imagery, and clamp. Used with permission.

Maybe it’s just not the right group for you. Or maybe it’s because it’s not well organized. I used this special podcast to talk— just me—about artist groups.

Being an artist is lonely and most artists need to spend time around others to thrive. There are 4 primary reasons to be part of an organized and well-run group.

  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Opportunities and Connections
  • Support
  • Accountability

And there are 4 attributes to pay attention to in an artist group that should match your goals and ambition.

  • Vision
  • Members
  • Structure
  • Leadership

I also give you a few red flags to look out for.

Do listen to the full podcast (it’s shorter than most) and take notes. After nearly three decades witnessing hundreds of artist groups thrive and fail, I have a few thoughts that could save you time and frustration when you’re looking for your tribe.

Music: Keep It Simple by Wildermiss. Used with permission.
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7 comments add a comment
  • Thank you for this. Great information, I listened to it twice just to make sure it sunk in.

  • Margit

    Thanks for this interesting podcast. I have been in a ‘wrong group’ myself. I guess you can only find out its deficiencies when you are inside and become acquainted with the members.

  • Hiya;
    This is sinking in more and more as I work on my goals from Golden Mastermind, and confirming how true and appropriate it will be for me! Can’t we make holograms of everybody to beam up when we meet?

  • Great Podcast Alyson! So much useful info!

    But what about those organizations that seem to have a great vision, space, community etc. and also that one person. You know, the one who sucks all the oxygen out of the room? Always wants things done their way and ram it through come heck or high water?

    I have sadly watched one great organization implode from this-seems to be the ones with all volunteers. How would you recommending handling that? Either the organization or the power play…


  • Great podcast! Listened to it on the way home from Asheville Mastermind. It gave me some things to think about given my frustrations with one of the groups I belong to. Thanks :-)

  • Sally-Ann Davies

    This is just what I needed to hear. I started an Art Group a few years ago, now it has turned really nasty. Listening to this podcast has lifted my spirits and I am now ready to move on in the direction I want to go. We all need support from other artists. Finding the best group of artists for you is so important. Thank you for sharing.

    • Alyson Stanfield

      Oh no! That doesn’t sound productive or fun. Glad you’re moving on, Sally-Ann.

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