Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Finding Artists

Recorded On: 07/23/2020

imageAbout this Coffee Chat

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 July 2020 will be about finding artists.

How can administrators find artists to participate in their projects and programs?

Join Sandy Bellamy from the Washington DC Percent for Art program as she discusses methods to broaden inclusivity in the field of public art, including the RFP, application, voting, fabrication and installation processes.  A particular focus will be on how to manage the commissioning process with a small staff and limited resources.

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


Sandy Bellamy

Manager, Washington DC Department of General Services Percent for Art Program

Sandy Bellamy is an experienced arts curator and administrator who currently manages DC Department of General Services Percent for Art Program and teaches art history at Howard University.  At the DGS Percent for Art Program she works with thousands of artists and stakeholders to commission permanent works of art for the District of Columbia’s new construction, commissioning more than 50 permanent works of art a year from large scale exterior sculptures to murals.  Prior to serving DGS, Ms. Bellamy was executive director of the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Reginald F Lewis Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor where she raised funding, built and opened museums, developed public programs and permanent and temporary exhibitions, achieved Smithsonian Affiliation status for its collections and managed administration.  Prior to serving in executive director capacity, Ms. Bellamy was responsible for and successfully surpassed the Lewis’ museums fundraising goals for capital, operating and endowment and brought in millions of earned revenue as a contract attorney for the Smithsonian.  Ms. Bellamy also served at the Walters Art Museum legislative liaison, the Guggenheim in NY, U.S. District Court – 4th Circuit and the White House.   Throughout her career, Ms. Bellamy has curated, organized, accessioned and produced hundreds of exhibitions, works of art, artifacts and programs. 

Ms. Bellamy holds a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University.  A native Washingtonian, Ms. Bellamy has one child, Lauren Bellamy, the third generation to attend Howard University. 


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Finding Artists
Live event: 07/23/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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