There's no health plan in art. I'm sure that there are some artists out there who have spouses or families that can put them on their health plans, and I bet there are probably guilds and organizations that provide insurance to their members at a reduced cost. But I would wager that your average freelance artist is on the "wing and a prayer" insurance policy, visiting their nearest emergency room when they get really sick. The problem with that is obvious--it's expensive. An average visit to the emergency room cost nearly $600 last year. That's for a run-of-the-mill medical issue, like a case of the flu. If there's an accident or a major health crisis, bills can quickly ratchet up into tens of thousands of dollars. Luckily, local artists can turn to the Emergency Artists' Support League, an organization that helps negotiate medical bills and provides emergency financial assistance to creative types. The EASL's main fund-raiser, Art Heist: A Night of Crime Benefiting North Texas Artists, goes a long way toward supporting that mission. From 6 until 10 p.m. at ArtSpace 1111, located at 1111 Hampton in Fort Worth, this event allows donors the opportunity to pilfer a piece of art donated by a local artist. Donor levels start at $250, including drinks and valet parking. If you just want to see the art and help a worthy cause, $25 will get you in to witness all of the heisting. For tickets and more information, contact ArtSpace 1111 at 817-909-7490.
Sat., Aug. 23, 6-10 p.m., 2008