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Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC)

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237 West 35th Street, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10001, USA
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E-mail: info@lincnet.net
URL: http://www.lincnet.net/
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Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC)  
Founded in July of 2003, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) is an organization working on a ten-year plan to improve the support environment for artists by optimizing the effectiveness of funding for the arts. It is financed with funds from such prominent foundations as the Ford Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MetLife Foundation and the US’s National Endowment for the Arts.
 The organization’s founder and president until 2009, Samuel A. Miller, has long been a leader in efforts to renovate support for artists working in career positions that have included Executive Director and President of Jacob’s Pillow and Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Based on an appreciation of artists “as a vital and immeasurable component of our cultural and collective identity, artists help us interpret our past, define our present and imagine our future” and recognizing the fact that “the diverse talents artist possess are often under-valued, and their contributions are considered to be inessential or unnecessary by most sectors of our society,” (LINC) engages in the following types of programs informed by research involving some 5,000 artist support programs and services by the Urban Institute, a Washington-based bipartisan policy research institution.

- Creative Communities program: This nationwide network of partner organizations in 15 communities across the US works with LINC to identify and address issues that affect artists and make improvements in the local and regional environment for artists. These partner organizations receive planning and implementation grants and information resources from LINC, as well as regular opportunities to meet and share lessons from their work.
- Artist Space Development (ASD): This program helps artists secure affordable space necessary for making and presenting work, conducting business storing work and living space. In addition to providing direct support to the artists’ activities, the program also seeks to promote positive understanding of the economic and social benefits of having artist spaces in a community.
- Health Insurance for Artists: LINC supports and disseminates research and other useful information on the conditions facing artists within the U.S. health care and health insurance systems. It also provides direct support for arts organizations in the LINC network engaged in programming to meet artist needs in the areas of health care and health insurance. LINC supports the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (http://www.ahirc.org) launched by the Actors Fund, a nationwide organization of performing arts professionals, while also providing funding for the guide to affordable health care and insurance provided by the AHIRC website, along with workshops and seminars on this vital subject.

In July 2007, LINC began a survey of the conditions artists face in the current economic downturn, titled “Artists and the Economic Recession Survey,” and selected findings are now posted on the lincnet website. Following the conclusion of the survey in November 2009, a full report is being prepared and will soon be available for download from:
http://www.lincnet.net/artists-and-recession-survey
 
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