Stories behind the artists

Members of the ASLD community share their stories and why #ArtMatters to them.

At ASLD, we believe everyone has a story to share. This Artist Stories project started out as a way to share with our community members the immense impact that ASLD has had on the lives of artists, be they faculty, students, volunteers, board members, etc. Gathering these stories at the end of the challenging year that was 2020 turned out to be a balm for our spirits. It reminded us why art matters, why ASLD matters, and reoriented us toward our goal of creating art experiences that are accessible to all.

We also realized, as we gathered these stories, that we wanted this project to live beyond our year-end fundraising campaign. So we’ve archived the original stories here, and will add more over time. After all, one of the most magical truths about these stories is that they are happening every day in the studios and Zoom rooms of ASLD. You, our community of art lovers, are making ASLD history all the time.

That history matters immensely to us – so we’re collecting your stories here. We hope reading them will bring you the same sense of joy, accomplishment, and community pride that we feel knowing we’re in such good company.

Want to share your story? Email to be featured.

Thanks to our community – 2021
Thank you for making ASLD an inspiring, beautiful, supportive place for artists.