THE ARTISTS INDEX WEBSITE PROJECT

FAQs

The purpose of this website project is to gather images, documents, audio and video files, anecdotes, as well as, the memories, recollections, and insight on the artists of the Southcoast’s present and past!

WHAT IS THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The Artists Index is actually The Artists Index Website Project, a collective digital archive for the creative community and the public at large. The goal is to create a searchable and shareable index for contemporary Visual, Performing and Literary Artists who have or, currently live, work in or have viable connections to the cultural and creative communities of the Southcoast of Massachusetts.

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The objective is to also create an index or listing for historical Visual, Performing and Literary Artists who have lived or worked, maintained a connection or contributed to the cultural and creative history of the Southcoast. The Artists Index strives to be a resource for everyone: artists, art lovers, and buyers. It is a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, art educators and other artists from beyond this area.

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The whole concept of The Artists Index and the journey we are embarking on is still in the making and very organic but primarily it is about putting All Artists in their place – in history!

WHAT INFORMATION IS CONTAINED IN THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The Artists Index contains the biographical information, images, personal anecdotes or, any verified information and documentation supplied by Artists Index members.  Its purpose is to provide other artists, searchers, scholars, and researchers with examples of their creative production and, biographical and genealogical data.

The Artist Index will also contain personal anecdotes, examples of creative production,  genealogical data or, any verified information and documentation submitted by Artists Index members; whether directly by the Artist or, indirectly by someone submitting the information for an Artist or, from those seeking or willing to share images, documentation or other factual information.

WHO CAN SIGN-UP FOR AN ARTISTS INDEX ACCOUNT?
The Artists Index is a user name & password-protected account that allows anyone, whether they are Artists who currently live, work or are active in the area’s creative and cultural community. Artists still associated with the area that once lived, worked or were once active in the area’s creative and cultural past but now live elsewhere are encouraged to create an account.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT MEMBERSHIPS?
There are three types of membership – the Contemporary Artist Index Membership is for living local artists while the Historical Artists Index Membership is for individuals who have a personal interest in an artist from the past. The Search & Seek Index Membership is for scholars, researchers, genealogists, and others with related information to share or those seeking information.

CAN AN ARTIST WHO IS DEAD BE INCLUDED?
Yes, anyone can sign-up to contribute information to the Artists Index on behalf of any deceased or incapacitated artist as a Historical Artists Index Member. Membership includes a user name & password-protected account that may be created for any Visual, Performing or Literary Artist.

Members may be a relative, an acquaintance or anyone that is aware of an individual that once lived, worked or was active in the area’s creative and cultural past but has gone unnoticed, undocumented and uncelebrated.

WHY ARE LIVING AND DEAD ARTISTS INCLUDED ON THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The Artists Index is for ALL Visual, Performing and Literary Artists whether they now live, work or are active in the area’s creative and cultural past or, are deceased, in order to create a complete as possible searchable directory resource that lists the Visual, Performing and Literary Artists that have contributed to the area’s creative and cultural past.

ARE ARTISTS INDEX ACCOUNTS FREE?
Yes, anyone may sign-up for a free user name & password account. Artists Index Members may access their account profile at any time for editing and updating. The only restriction is one user name & password account per email address.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE ARTISTS INDEX?
The mission of the Artists Index is to create a growing searchable directory resource that lists Visual, Performing and Literary artists that are currently active in or have contributed to the area’s creative and cultural legacy, whether living or deceased, in order to not only document their existence and contributions but, to also trace the potential creative relativity between them.

As more Artists and individuals sign-up for an Artists Index account, the contributed data will define their relationship by virtue of their place in time and source of education, their instructors, influences and other factors will also surface.

WHY IS THE ARTIST INDEX IMPORTANT TO THIS COMMUNITY?
This index documents the lives and work of artists, past and present, who have contributed to the artistic culture of this area in a collective digital archive. It is also a resource and tool for hobbyists and professional researchers such as genealogists, scholars, art educators and other artists from beyond this area. It is an attempt to document everyone in one reference resource tool. The Artists Index documents the creative and cultural history of the Southcoast.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE IN-FOCUS PODCASTS?
The main purpose of the podcasts is to offer visitors to this website an up close and personal opportunity to listen in to our conversations with the makers, performers, supporters and cultural impresarios of this remarkable creative community.

Art Professionals; those who work in or manage the creative community’s economy, promotion, and cultural agenda and Art Leaders who, though not necessarily artists themselves, will also discuss their background and contributions to the creative community of Southcoast Massachusetts!

WHERE IS THE SOUTHCOAST LOCATED?
The Southcoast Artists Index serves the creative community located on the Southcoast of Massachusetts, which according to Wikipedia, includes the area or region of southeastern Massachusetts consisting of southern Bristol and Plymouth counties which border Buzzards Bay.

The Southcoast or, as it is also written, the South Coast, is a relatively recent term that dates to a regional marketing and branding campaign in the 1990s. Currently, the creative community served by the Artists Index is comprised of:

Acushnet, Massachusetts

Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Fall River, Massachusetts

Freetown, Massachusetts

Little Compton, Rhode Island

Marion, Massachusetts

Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Rochester, Massachusetts

Somerset, Massachusetts

Swansea, Massachusetts

Tiverton, Rhode Island*

Wareham, Massachusetts

Westport, Massachusetts

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