ART SHE SAYS is an online magazine and offline community that highlights savvy, influential women in the arts. Based in New York City, the platform’s mission is to bring women to the forefront of the art world, particularly those who embody the “artrepreneur”—an innovator of the arts; one who breaks rules and disrupts the status quo.
What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?
My top 3 cored values are: positive energy, courage, and resilience. When connecting with other people, I find that I am instinctively drawn to people who exude positivity and authenticity. I think when collaborating with others, it is important to have positive energies aligned in order to create something successful. It is also important to be brave and take big bold steps, even if that means being courageous enough to reach out to people who are already very successful and far along their career. Resilience is also an important factor, because in order to grow, we need to be courageous enough to fail a million times, so that we can keep moving forward.
Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?
As a young founder, it is sometimes difficult to be taken seriously. People (men) have told me that I am too young to start a magazine, or that my network isn’t wide enough. Although these comments took a toll on my confidence, I had to trust my instincts and continue moving forward. In regards to business decisions, it made me realize not everyone I encounter will share the same long term visions and possibilities that I do, and it is important to filter out those individuals with individuals who do. I am also fortunate to have discovered that founding a magazine that supports women in the arts has its benefits because the feedback and support I’ve received from many established women has been tremendous. I think that speaks closely to the times we are living in now where women realize the potential we all have by working together and how technology helps you easily connect with people all over the world who share the same vision.
What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?
The official launch date for ART SHE SAYS was on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. In honor of supporting women in the arts, we partnered with Space Gallery St Barth in Soho, a female owned gallery, to hold an exhibition featuring 15 emerging and established female artists in an effort to make noise in a traditionally male-dominated industry. A portion of proceeds from the artworks sold were donated to Women for Women International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflicts and war.
After the launch, ART SHE SAYS is continuing to develop its offline community by creating a networking platform that highlights influential women in the arts through monthly events and panels.