To Art & Profit (TAAP) was first successfully staged March-May 2011 through a partnership between Links Hall and co-curators Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal. Funded in part by awards from 3Arts and the Puffin Foundation, the festival brought together artists, scholars and cultural advocates to envision what collective social action looks like through a more diverse and democratic approach to artistic programming. For more on the previous festival go to the archived website.


Evidenced by recent studies such as Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, artists and their audiences contribute $2.2 bill.ion to our local economy. Artists of all stripes are at the forefront of new urban movements ambitiously cultivating solutions for the present and future growth of wider civic communities through the creation of sustainable urban dwellings and architecture, accessible foods and urban gardening programs, and arts-integrated and independent educational and therapeutic support services.