Health Hazards in Your Workspace

 
 
 

PUBLICATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Title: Artist Beware: The Hazards in Working with All Art and Craft Materials & the Precautions Every Artist and Craftsperson Should Take
Author/Editor: Michael McCann
Description: Revised edition. A comprehensive overview on preventing and correcting health hazards of art and craft materials. Analyzes materials and the harm they can create.
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Publication Date: 2005
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Title: The Artists Complete Health & Safety Guide 
Author/Editor: Monona Rossol
Description: Revised edition. A guide to using potentially toxic materials safely and ethically.
Publisher: Allworth Press
Publication Date: 2001
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Title: CARFAC Advisory Notes
Description: Includes Warehouse Studio Health and Safety and Health Hazards and Safety Tips for Artists. Available for purchase on a CD-ROM in PDF format. Free to members.   
Publisher: CARFAC Ontario
URL: www.carfacontario.ca/CARFAC-Ontarios-Advisory-Notes 
Title: Health Hazards for Photographers
Author/Editor: Siegfried and Wolfgang Rempel
Description: The safe use of chemicals used in photography.
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Publication Date: 1992
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Title: The Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas, & Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist
Author: Karen Michel  
Description: Inspires artists to make better eco-conscious choices within their work and their studios and shows them how. Includes recipes for DIY art supplies such as ones for mixing your own non-toxic paints and adhesives and making your own papers from recycled paper; safe and green practices for the workspace; a fresh look at using recycled materials; and a resource guide for eco-friendly materials and supplies, including websites and forum links.
Publishere:  Quarry Books
Publication date:  2009
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Title: Health Hazards Manual for Artists
Author/Editor: Michael McCann
Description: Revised edition. Details harmful effects caused by art materials, and procedures that can make working with these materials safer.
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Publication Date: 2008
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Title: The Healthy Artist 
Description: Information on the dangerous materials in an artists’ studio and how to minimize the dangers. There is also a FAQ listing at the back on safety in the studio.
Publisher: CARFAC Ontario
Publication Date: 2007
URL: www.carfacontario.ca/page-18205 
Title: Making Art Safely. Alternative Methods and Materials in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Photography
Author/Editor: Merle Spandorfer, Deborah Curtiss, and Jack Snyder
Description: Identifies hazardous materials and techniques that are commonly used in art. Demonstrates safe alternatives through text and step-by-step illustrations.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 1995
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Title: Overexposure: Health Hazards in Photography
Author/Editor: Susan D. Shaw and Monona Rossol
Description: Revised edition. Covers all facets of the risks faced by photographers, lab personnel, and others involved with photographic chemicals. Includes pointers for setting up a safe workplace.
Publisher: Allworth Press
Publication Date: 1991
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Title: Printmaking Revolution: New Advancements in Technology, Safety, and Sustainability
Author: Dwight Pogue
Description: A tome of the newest advances in printmaking for today’s environmentally conscious artists and   master printers.  Provides recommendations for safer environmentally friendly and non-carcinogenic methods for creating  prints. Includes groundbreaking information on embracing green, petroleum-free, nontoxic materials that comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Publication Date: 2012
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Title: Ventilation: A Practical Guide for Artists, Craftspeople, and Others in the Arts
Authors: Nancy Clark, Thomas Cutter, and Jean-Ann McGrane .  
Desription: Discusses art materials that contain toxic or harmful chemicals, and the precautions artists should take pertaining to ventilation.
Pulisher: Lyons Press
Publication Date: 1987

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PERIODICALS

Title: ACTS FACTS
Description: Discusses topics related to health hazards and the arts.
Frequency: Monthly
Publisher: Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety (ACTS)
URL: www.artscraftstheatersafety.org/newsletter.html

 


WEBSITES

Title: Health Hazards for the Artist
Description: A bibliography of resources. Sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art.
URL: www.cia.edu/files/assets/healthhazardsfortheartist.pdf

 

Pension Plans, Savings & Loan Programs

ORGANIZATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Artist Micro Credit Program, Broward Cultural Division, 100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301,
URL: www.broward.org/Arts/Funding/MicroCredit/Pages/Default.aspx
Description: A revolving loan program designed to assist Broward-based artists to advance their work and careers. Provides loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual artists and arts-related businesses, who cannot obtain funding from conventional sources.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund, P.O. Box 838, Montpelier, VT 05601-0838,
URL: www.craftemergency.org
Description: Provides craft artists with interest-free loans and a flexible pay back schedule.
Noteworthy Credit Union, 1900 Superior Ave, Suite 126, Cleveland, OH  44114.
URL: http://noteworthyfcu.com 

Description: An arts community credit union that offers services designed to meet the professional and personal needs of artists. Offers members competitive checking and savings accounts, low-interest credit cards, and Creative Arts Project (CAP) loans.

 


Web Sites are listed in alphabetical order by title.

Title: Retirement Plans for Self-Employed People   
Description: Describes various types of retirement plans.
URL: www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Retirement-Plans-for-Self-Employed-People
Title: Retirement Plans for Small Business
Description: Describes retirement plans for small businesses. Internal Revenue Service, Publication 560
URL: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p560.pdf
Title: Roth IRAs
Description: Explains the rules and eligibility requirements for establishing a Roth IRA.
URL: http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Roth-IRAs 

 

Health Insurance & Medical Plans


WEBSITES 

Title: Studio Protector™: The Artist Guide to Emergencies
Description: A website guide sponsored by the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). Provides links to resources to help you connect to state health insurance exchanges for policy options and the cost before and after subsidies, how to apply and enroll for health insurance, and a calculator to help you determine whether you qualify for a subsidy and an estimate of how much.
https://cerfplus.org/health-insurance

Title: Funding + Training + Resources for Artists
Description: Sponsored by the Artist Trust.See Health Options.Links to various healthcare programs throughout the United States and in the Pacific Northwest.
http://artisttrust.org/index.php/for-artists/resources#cat3
 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

The Artist Access Program, Woodhull Medical Center
Description: Located in Brooklyn, New York. Offers artists the option of exchanging creative services for medical care.
 www.intlculturelab.org/inc/artist_access_faq.pdf 

Artist Health Insurance Resource Center, The Actor’s Fund
Description: Identifies coverage options and helps members of the visual and performing arts community enroll in them.
www.actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/artists-health-insurance-resource-center 

Artists Health Alliance 
Description: A Canadian nonprofit organization that promote the health and well being of all professional and emerging performing and creative artists. Sponsors the Al and Malka Green Artist Health Centre. An inter-professional team offers both medical and complementary care to professional creative and performing artists, and to students and staff at post-secondary arts institutions. The Centre’s mandate includes research, education, and outreach to the arts community.
http://artistshealth.com

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Description: Offers group health insurance to artist-members who reside in the New York counties of Monroe, Livingston, Yates, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne.
http://artsrochester.org/artscouncil/health.htm

Craft Ontario
Description: Members are eligible for health and dental insurance.
www.craftontario.com 

Freelancers Union
Description: A national not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the interests of America’s independent workforce, including freelancers and the self-employed. Eligible members have access to health insurance products.
www.freelancersunion.org 

National Association for the Self-Employed
Description: Offers health insurance to members. Membership is open to all self-employed persons.
www.nase.org 

Studio Insurance

ORGANIZATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

ACT Insurance Program 
URL: www.actinsurance.com  
Description: Offers a variety of insurance programs for artists, including short-term and long term policies at reasonable rates.

American Craft Council
URL: http://craftcouncil.org/membership/association-insurance-programs
Description: Offers Professional Members business contents coverage, on and off premises.
A-N.  The Artists Information Company  
www.a-n.co.uk
Description:  Offers members various types of studio insurance in the United Kingdom.
CARFAC Ontario 
URL: http://assurart.scassurance.com/
Description: Offers studio, artwork, and transit insurance through ASSURART. Available to CARFAC and  Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) members.
Craft Ontario 
URL: https://craftontario.com/membership-programs/member-services/insurance.html 
Description: Members are eligible for business insurance.
Fractured Atlas
URL: www.fracturedatlas.org/site/liability
Description: A nonprofit organization that offers many support services to artist-members throughout the United States, including liability insurance, artwork insurance, and equipment insurance.
Huntington T. Block. 
URL: https://www.huntingtontblock.com/Pages/Artists.aspx
Description: Offers individual artists various forms of insurance, including artwork in domestic or international transit, studio, equipment, materials and furnishings, and business operations. www.huntingtonblock.com
Johnsonese Brokerage 
URL: http://www.johnsonese.com/fine_decorative_arts
Description: An independent agent who obtains quotes from multiple companies. Provides artist insurance services, including studio insurance. 

K&K Insurance Group, Inc.
URL: www.kandkinsurance.com/ConcessionairesExhibitorsVendors/Pages/Concessionaires-Exhibitors-Vendors.aspx 
Description: Provides liability insurance for artists.

ZNCreative
URL: https://zncreative.com
Description: Offers coverage to individual artists. The policy extends liability insurance at your home or studio premises and at exhibition sites. Also provides full product liability coverage for items you have sold. The business property portion of the policy offers coverage usually excluded by your homeowner policy. It protects your own equipment, supplies and finished work on an "all risk" basis.

 


PUBLICATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Title: CARFAC Advisory Notes, CARFACc Ontario
Description: Includes "Insuring Your Work." Can be ordered on a CD-ROM in PDF format.Free to members.
URL: www.carfacontario.ca/page/carfac-ontarios-advisory-notes-cd-rom_77 

Title: Caring for Your Art. A Guide for Artists, Collectors, and Art Institutions
Author/Editor: Jill Snyder and Joseph Montague
Description: Revised edition. Provides information on insuring art in the studio, home, or gallery; while in transit; and when on display.
Publisher: Allworth Press
Publication Date: 2001
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WEBSITES

Title: Studio Protector™: The Artist Guide to Emergencies
Description: Provides information regarding business insurance topics for artists, including business insurance plans, steps in getting coverage, the cost of insurance, the types of business insurance available, and more.
https://cerfplus.org/business-insurance 

Housing & Studio Space

Housing & Studio Space

PUBLICATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER 

Title: The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Where to Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Housing
Author: John Villani
Description: An annotated list of communities that are particularly artist-friendly.
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: Revised 2005 
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Title: The Art Studio-Loft Manual. For Ambitious Artists and Creators
Author: Eric Rudd
Description: Provides practical solutions to help creative people find, secure, renovate and finance studio space.
Publisher: CIRE Corporation
Pubication Date: 2001
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Title: Guide to Leasing Studio Space 
Author: Sue Greenberg and updated by Céline Bondard
Description: Available online.
Publisher: St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Publication Date: Revised 2015
URL:http://vlaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Guide-to-Leasing-Studio-Space.pdf

Title: Homebuyer Handbook: For Artists and Independent Workers in Minnesota
Publisher: ArtHome and Springboard for the Arts.
Description: Published online.
URL:http://springboardforthearts.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Homebuyer-Handbook-2.pdf 

Title: The Social Life of Artistic Property
Editors: Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, Amy Whitaker, and Caroline Woolard
Description: A probe into the relationship between artists and property with
examples and cautionary tales of opportunities taken and opportunities missed,
and an exploration of the relationships (real and imagined) amongst real estate markets,
art markets, and the artists who work within and against them. Available free as pdf and html online. Also available in print.
URL: http://thesociallifeofartisticproperty.com

Title: Square Feet Chicago: An Artist’s Guide to Buying and Renting Space
Description: An online manual covering 27 pertinent topics.
Publisher: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Publication Date: Revised 2011
URL: www.artscapediy.org/Creative-Placemaking/Square-Feet.aspx 

WEBSITES

Title: SpaceFinder 
Description: Sponsored by Fractured Atlas. A program that helps artists find the rental studio space in cities and states throughout the United States and in Canada, including Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah, Washington, DC; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; the Bay Area of California; Birmingham, AL; Chicago; and Los Angeles. Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Toronto, Waterloo Region York Region, and Hamilton. 
URL: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/spacefinder

Title: Studio Protector: The Artists Guide to Emergencies
Description: Sponsored by Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). An abundance of information about disaster planning, relief, clean-up, salvage an rebounding, along with safeguarding tips to help artists navigate emergencies and become better prepared to deal with or avoid them altogether. 
URL: www.studioprotector.org 

Title: TEDx. “When Artists Get Together They Talk about Real Estate.”
Description: A lecture by artist Jane Richslovky about how her studio eviction by Seattle’s Department of Transportation inspired her artwork and transforming the stereotypical image of the “starving artist in the garret “ into the artist as business person who shares in the wealth they create. www.youtube.com
URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=81xF4ouHkRk

ORGANIZATIONS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

ArtCondo
URL: http://artcondo.com
Description: A real estate initiative in New York City. Run by and for artists that helps creative individuals purchase raw commercial workspace and live/work space by gathering people together to form buying groups to leverage their collective buying power and cultural capital to purchase space collectively. Each building becomes a haven protecting artists and producers from future displacement. Nominated for Fracture Atlas’ 2017 Arts Entrepreneurship Award.

ArtHome 
URL: www.arthome.org 
Description: Sponsors the Low Income Artist Homeownership Program that helps artists build assets and equity through financial literacy and home-ownership.

Artist Relocation Program
URL: www.paducahmainstreet.org 
Description: Provides economic and business incentives to artists who want to relocate to Paducah, Kentucky.

Artist Space Resources, Massachusetts Cultural Council 
URL: www.massculturalcouncil.org 
Description: Provides information on various programs relating to studio space and housing.

Artscape
www.torontoartscape.on.ca 
Description: Clusters creative people together in real estate projects in Toronto that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighborhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

Artspace
URL: www.artspace.org     
Description: A non-profit organization that uses the tools of real estate development to create affordable, appropriate places where artists can live and work in 25 states. Headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C.

Artspace
URL: www.artspaceutah.org  
Description: A nonprofit arts organization that creates affordable housing and workspace for artists in Salt Lake City.

Artspace 
URL: www.artspaceusa.org 
Description: Assists artists in finding or developing affordable studio and performance space in vacant and underutilized buildings.

Chashama Workspace Program
URL: www.chashama.org 
Description: Provides subsidized studio space to artists in New York City. Studios range in size from 200 square feet to over 400 square feet and are rented to artists at up to 90% below market rates.

EFA Studio Program, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
URL: www.studios-efanyc.org 
Description: Provides affordable studio space to artists in New York City.

Fort Point Arts Community, Inc.
URL: www.fortpointarts.org 
Description: An advocacy organization that develops artist live/work space in Boston.

Green Rooms
URL: www.greenrooms.london/#/home 
Description: A new housing/studio space project for artists visiting and/or working in London.

Root Division
URL: http://rootdivision.org
Description: A nonprofit arts and arts education organization that provides subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for creating shared learning opportunities for the community.

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program
URL: http://thestudioprogram.com
Description: Provides free studio space in Brooklyn, New York to visual artists. Artists living throughout the United States are eligible to apply.

SmART Space Studios
URL: www.smartspacestudios.com 
Description: Offers inexpensive studio space and storage space available to artists in New York City on a short-term basis with 24-hour access seven days a week. Artists can reserve space online.

 
 

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