Artists at Work,
Artful Life and the City of Albuquerque
feature visual artist
Billy Joe Miller
Since it began with a pilot program in 2020, AAW has raised over $4 million dollars and added 62 artists to our payroll across 10 states with over 80+ cultural and community partners joining the effort.
Artists At Work (AAW) leverages the power and creativity of artists to respond to local community needs across a range of issues including mental health, antiracism, environmental justice and climate resiliency, substance abuse recovery, and youth welfare. Each AAW Artist is paired with a participating cultural organization and paid a living wage salary to do two things: 1) continue to make art, and 2) be embedded in a local social impact initiative that will benefit from their skills and creative thinking.
The idea is to give stable employment to artists -- so they can keep being artists -- and simultaneously integrate their creative problem solving into the local ecosystem so that communities can move together towards a more sustainable and just future.