You may be a creative genius.

Maybe you’re a ground-breaking sculptor, maybe you’re composing ethereal sonatas for the ukulele, maybe you’re forging new pathways between drama and slam poetry. Or writing a book. Everyone’s writing a book, right?

But maybe you’re… well, kind of lousy when it comes to bookkeeping, fundraising and insuring your family.

That’s where Fractured Atlas comes in.

Representatives from Fractured Atlas are touring “seven major art hubs in the South.” And we’re one of them.

They’ll be dropping by the Bard’s Town in the Highlands for a meet-and-greet in the lounge this Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

From the website:

As the nation’s largest arts service organization, we empower a network of more than 250,000 artists nationwide to work more effectively. Fractured Atlas does this through programs that help artists raise money; insure themselves (more than half a million full-time artists lack health insurance), their family members and their work; grow their audience; and find space to make and share their art.

Fractured Atlas already has more than 100 members in Louisville, including the Bard’s Town’s owner Doug Schutte. Community membership is free and allows artists access to a majority of the Fractured Atlas programs. Paid memberships for people looking for fiscal sponsorship or insurance starts at $95 a year for individuals and $195 a year for organizations.

In addition to opening the door to artists for insurance and providing online resources and group discounts, Fractured Atlas helps artists raise money through their fiscal sponsorship program. Many artists don’t have the wherewithal or the resources to create their own 501(c)(3)  tax status that makes them eligible to apply for grants, as well as incentivizes individual gifts. Fractured Atlas provides that service to artists (at a small fee, of course).

It’s probably worth checking into if you’re a starving artist who’s a little sick of starving.

Kudos to Fractured Atlas for scheduling their event with deference to the 7:30 p.m. Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble show, “No Punchbacks” and giving the performance a shout out every time they promoted the event.

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