We define the word "need" broadly in this case. It's not just the down-and-out who can use our care, but friends and neighbors who are feeling the effects of the recession. Worry over job loss or less money can be alleviated when people connect. One artist looking for community posted this text and a photo of his painting to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators.
Billy Fleurima: What I'm about to say is very difficult, but promotion is the key for success. I'm an artist and I'm looking to expose my work. I have a small place in Brooklyn. I would like to change to a gallery, but i need help, money,...I need to know if there is help for artists.
Well, Brian asked all of his listeners if, in fact, they are helping each other and if they had any advice for Billy. You can read the comments and listen to the audio of the segment, Sticking Together. When Billy later replied with an invitation for Brian to come see the art, Brian accepted:
While most of you sent advice about loaning money or finding friends jobs, one person wrote back with help for artists:
I'm responding to the artist who needs money. I'm the Executive Director of the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, and we give grants to our Staten Island artists. We also help artists hook-up to resources through a bi-weekly e-blast. I suggest that artists get in touch with their borough's art council--there's one in every county and we are all here to help not only with money, but with professional workshops that help artists with financial questions, gallery questions, real estate questions, etc!
Many of you added comments like those featured below.
Jonathan from Williamsburg: since being laid off in January, I've found that I can help friends tackle projects that they just cant get to for some extra cash.
Anne from Manhattan: I've most appreciated the friends who don't ask and have offered to connect me to friends/colleagues in relevant industries, especially if they follow up.
S.Clark from Ringwood: I forwarded Job listings from my current contracting employer to the brother-in-law of a close friend.
SHC from Manhattan: So many of my friends are laid off now that we have more time to spend together! We'll get together for a lunch date (and cook at home) or do something really cheap.
Harris B. from Harlem: Offering my friend/neighbor to come over for dinner often. It's not just to provide food but to enjoy each other's company.
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