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Healthcare for artists


Need healthcare? Well, if you’re like lots of other artists (and others), you can’t afford it, and that was the issue raised a number of years ago when a 10-year, multi-city project to improve artists’ lives, called LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), polled Philadelphia artists about what they most needed (here are our reports on the initial LINC meetings:

More LINC ink
Who’s got the power? LINC 2
LINC to PLACE: affordable live/work space is coming
Time out for LINC and PHL art

So here’s what came out of all that so far–a little pamphlet in the mail called an artist’s guide to accessing health care in the Philadelphia area, and an apologetic letter stating that getting affordable healthcare for artists is a tough thing to do.

The pamphlet is available on line at

Information session

The pamphlet, however does include some advice for how to go about finding healthcare, and there’s an information session Monday, Feb. 9, if you want to listen to some advice and have the booklet explained. The speakers are Jim Brown of the Actor’s Fund in New York, which maintains the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, and session facilitator Ivy Silver of Gallagher Benefits Services, who spearheaded the LINC Philadelphia health insurance initiative and provides benefits consulting for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. (This is the third session, but I didn’t get this up in time for the other two).

The workshop is free, but registration is required at

Info session is
Monday, Feb. 9, 6:30 to 8:30
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road
Haverford, PA