Q. Why have an artists directory?
A. Two reasons. First, as we were developing a new web page consulting service, we were struck by the heavy cost of setting up a new site plus monthly hosting fees. Many artists cannot afford the time or the cost Others already have sites and need other exposure to direct people to them. We developed the capability to use the CIA site as a platform that other artists could "piggy back" on, that we could provide at a fraction of the cost. Second, the Chesapeake region is so spread out and fragmented that we thought it would be powerful, as well as helpful, to build a networking consortium that embraces all of the arts disciplines. Unless one reads many local newspapers and searches multiple sources on line, it is hard to get a handle on our very large, diverse, and constantly growing arts community. We can help each other do that. Join us!
Q. Why is "International" in the title? You call it a Chesapeake regional resource.
A. We did that to brand CIA as (1) aligned with arts genres that are not just local, but International, as are all of the fine arts, (2) to signal to the artists from all over the world who are finding homes in our region these days that this is also for, and of, them, not just locals, and (3) to acknowledge that the quality of work done by our artists meets the standards of professional creativity and craft that are generally recognized everywhere, not just here.
Q. If I sign up for a web page and can't figure out how to operate it, can I get a refund?
A. Yes, if you request it within 30 days and your page has not yet gone live with your approval. Another option may be to inquire about our low fees for doing it for you or guiding you through the process. We try to keep the threshold cost very low (other sites are as high as $49/mo after an intitial set-up fee) and then charge for our time only if and as needed.
Q. What criteria do you use to determine acceptance when a profile is submitted for membership?
A. You are assumed to be able to self-evaluate, realistically. See Artists Directory. Do you honestly believe that you are a peer of the quality levels referenced there? Do you have professional (i.e. paid) experience already? If you were to pursue professional opportunities, do you have reason to believe that your work would be competitive in the marketplace? If you are not ready, you will be wasting your time and money on something that will not help you. If you believe that you ARE ready, perhaps it is time to join us and find out! If you are not sure and want our advice, complete our online enquiry form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.