In 2013 The Field conducted a study featuring profiles of artists Okwui Okpokwalisi, David Herskovits, Young Jean Lee, Miguel Gutierrez, and Somi. Our goal was to discern the conditions that create success, so that we can replicate these conditions for more artists. In doing so, we can help more artists thrive. We published these artists' responses, plus recommendations on how to support risk-taking and disrupt privilege in the sector, in our groundbreaking study, to fail and fail big: A Study of Mid-Career Artists, Success and Failure.
Five years later, we at The Field were curious, where are these artists now? What has changed? What has remained the same? We caught up with all five of them in 2018, and will roll out their updates - along with new content, sourced by individuals who currently identify as early-career artists - in a 6-part series celebrating the five-year anniversary of to fail and fail big.
The original to fail and fail big study was funded by The New York Community Trust and the Booth Ferris Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This project is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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