Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists

Recorded On: 08/19/2019


About this Conversation

Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat

Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists

Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for August 2019 will be about creating retreat-style experiences for individual artists.

What do you need to know to create a retreat-style experience for artists?

Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts, discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more. 

This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Lindsay Ketterer Gates

Executive Director, Touchstone Center for Crafts

Lindsay has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts (1996), a graduate certificate in Non Profit Management/Arts Administration (2002) and a Masters of Business Administration (2018). She was employed as the Director of Development at Peters Valley School of Craft for many years before taking on the role of Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts in May of 2018. Lindsay is the Vice President of the board of directors of the National Basketry Organization and helps to lead their development efforts. For over 20 years she has been a studio artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections. She has work on tour in the exhibition ‘Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in the 21st Century’ and recently had work on loan in the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and ‘Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fibers”. She is sought to teach and lecture nationally and has spoken and taught at the Smithsonian's American Craft Museum – Renwick Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Textile Study Group of NY, Haystack Mt. School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, SOFA Chicago, and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book VII, 500 Baskets, Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to being an Artist/Craftsmen, to name a few. In 2005 she was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. 


Twitter: @touchstonecraft

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Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists