THE VOID ACADEMY HELPS
ARTISTS USE TECHNOLOGY
TO MAKE A LIVING

FIND OUT HOW

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Most artists generate less than a quarter of their income through their art. More than two million people have art degrees, yet only 8% make a living as artists — and that’s just in the United States. There is a void in the arts. We are working to fill it.


WHAT WE DO 
To thrive as an artist or arts organization, you need to reach an audience and generate sustainable income. We believe online tools are the future of arts funding, and we are here to advocate for artists in this future.

Online platforms establish a direct personal connection between artist and supporter. Artists are able to connect with and sell their work directly to their communities, ultimately building a diverse base of supporters who are given access to artworks, rewards, and updates.

With a combined 30 years of experience in art-making, communications, web strategy, online fundraising, education, and media production for the arts, we will help you use online tools to grow your community and make a living doing what you love. We’ve distilled our knowledge into a series of fun and helpful crash courses that you will be able to sign up for soon. 
THE COURSES 

We have spent the last six months researching, writing, delivering, and workshopping our courses with a focus group of artists. Making our educational materials accessible to our community is at the core of our mission at The Void Academy, so artists paid what they could afford for our courses and helped us determine our future price structure. 

We are currently putting finishing touches on our core curriculum. In the winter of 2016, we'll be launching an online educational platform accessible to artists worldwide. Before then, we'll be launching webinars, a forum, and a blog  (with articles, guidance, and amazing guest authors). Sign up for our monthly mailing list to hear from us as we release cool new stuff. To learn more about our core curriculum courses, keep reading!  

Web Presence For Artists


In this course, Noah will teach you how to translate your artistic identity into a dynamic web presence that not only showcases your work but also creates easy and fun ways for your community to interact with what you do. 

​Community Building For Artists


After establishing your web presence and setting yourself up to make online content, you will learn how to identify your community, grow it, and engage it in a way that feels good to you on and offline.


Fundamentals of Crowdfunding For Artists ​


After you’ve taken Karina and Noah’s courses, Siena will teach you how to use the tools you've learned to ask your community to support your work financially. She we will give you a comprehensive overview of the philosophy of crowdfunding while debunking common myths and fears. You will walk away knowing how to decide whether crowdfunding is right for you and, if so, how to begin the preparation process. 

WHAT THEY SAY 
We love to work with artists of all kinds, including performers, writers, musicians, visual artists, and more. We also advise arts organizations as we feel they are crucial contributors to the arts ecosystem. Here's what a few of our clients and supporters say about us:


        

WHO WE ARE  
We’ve created record-breaking crowdfunding projects, award-winning videos, and international press campaigns for artists and arts organizations. We're not only "arts management folks," we are artists ourselves. We understand the needs, fears, and struggles of our community on a deeply personal level and hope to lend our expertise with online tools to those who we feel can benefit from it.
Karina Vahitova
Karina is an artist, writer, designer, and community builder originally from Kiev, Ukraine. She has previously worked with Opportunity Project (developing programs), Studio Formichetti (assisting Lady Gaga’s creative director), and Bullett Magazine (working on e-commerce). Karina is most passionate about community building for social justice causes. In 2012, she curated and helped create “Postcards Post-Sandy,” a digital memory site recording the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Before founding The Void Academy, she led and managed the research and archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute. At the Institute, Karina has acted as a liaison to a broad network of international emerging and established collaborators within the arts and sciences. She is currently finishing the BA/BFA program at The New School studying socially engaged art history, molecular biology, and communication design.
Siena Oristaglio
Siena is an artist, activist, educator, and communications specialist. Her international work before founding The Void Academy focused on educational initiatives at the intersection of art, technology, and social justice. She has ten years of experience in communications and has led high-profile international press campaigns with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. Siena has been a presentation leader at the MoMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, New York University, and Necker Island, among others. As Director of Communications for Marina Abramovic Institute, she ran the non-profit’s successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days. Siena has represented artists and arts non-profits to established individuals and companies, including Lady Gaga, Richard Branson, Jay-Z, Tehching Hsieh, Kickstarter, Tumblr, TED, and Squarespace. She wants to make the world a better place for artists of all kinds, everywhere.
Noah Blumenson-Cook
Noah is an artist, technologist, and media producer. His video work has been featured by V Magazine, Complex, Spin, MTV and the Logo network. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector, working principally with universities, arts organizations, and technology companies. As technology consultant for MIT's Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab, he focused on project implementation and funding strategies for new ideas in civic journalism and online engagement. At Apple, Noah led the technology support team at the Grand Central retail location, the largest in New York. As Technology Director for Marina Abramovic Institute, he implemented online fundraising strategies including video content and social engagement.

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Let's meet for half an hour via phone or Skype regarding a collaboration, partnership, or other inquires. Click a highlighted day on the calendar above to see our available time slots (please note: our calendar goes by Eastern Standard Time). You can also feel free to get in touch with us at contact@thevoidacademy.com

Noah Blumenson-Cook (Founder, CTO) is a technologist, filmmaker, and media producer. His video work has been featured by V Magazine, Complex, Spin, MTV and the Logo network. He has 15+ years of experience in the technology sector, working principally with universities, arts organizations, and technology companies. As technology consultant for MIT's Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab, he focused on project implementation and funding strategies for new ideas in civic journalism and online engagement. At Apple, Noah led the technology support team at the Grand Central retail location, the largest in New York. As Technology Director for Marina Abramovic Institute, he implemented online fundraising strategies including video content and social engagement.

Siena Oristaglio (Founder, CEO) is a writer, educator, and communications specialist. Her international work before founding The Void Academy (with Marina Abramovic Institute, Le Laboratoire, Urbano Project, Teens for Technology, and Bialik-Rogozin School for Children of Transnational Migrant Workers) focused on educational initiatives at the intersection of art, technology, and social justice. In 2013, Oristaglio ran Marina Abramovic Institute’s successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days to launch the non-profit’s operations. She has six years of experience in communications, social media, online fundraising, community engagement, press strategy, and program development. She has lead high-profile international press campaigns, with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The New Yorker. She has developed key funding relationships with philanthropic donors, brand sponsors, and partners. Oristaglio has been a presentation leader at venues such as the MoMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Necker Island, New York University, Toronto's Winter Garden Theater, and General Assembly New York. She has represented companies and non-profits to established individuals and brands, including Richard Branson, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, TED, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Squarespace.

Karina Vahitova (Founder, VP) has implemented community outreach and development to a broad network of international artists and collaborators. In the past, she lead and managed the research and archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute and acted as a liaison to emerging and established individuals working within the arts and sciences. She has extensive experience with social media and brand building, promotional material design, and Kickstarter reward creation. Vahitova is a dancer pursuing a visual art performance practice and finishing the BA/BFA/MA program at The New School studying socially engaged visual art history, biology, and communication design.

Siena Oristaglio (CEO)
is a writer, educator, and communications specialist. Her international work before founding The Void Academy (with Marina Abramovic Institute, Le Laboratoire, Urbano Project, Teens for Technology, and Bialik-Rogozin School for Children of Transnational Migrant Workers) focused on educational initiatives at the intersection of art, technology, and social justice. In 2013, Oristaglio ran Marina Abramovic Institute’s successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days to launch the non-profit’s operations. She has six years of experience in communications, social media, online fundraising, community engagement, press strategy, and program development. She has lead high-profile international press campaigns, with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The New Yorker. She has developed key funding relationships with philanthropic donors, brand sponsors, and partners. Oristaglio has been a presentation leader at venues such as the MoMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Necker Island, New York University, Toronto's Winter Garden Theater, and General Assembly New York. She has represented companies and non-profits to established individuals and brands, including Richard Branson, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, TED, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Squarespace.