Family Balance

In the first two issues, MADE HERE explored the challenges of finding space and earning a living.  In this issue of Family Balance, MADE HERE takes a look at how artists balance the demands of maintaining relationships and having families.  


The three episodes for this issue are: Artistic Couples, The Family Business, and Parenthood. 

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Are you in an artistic couple? What's the biggest challenge you face balancing your personal relationship with your creative work? Would you encourage your children to become artists? Why or why not?

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episode 1: Artistic Couples

Balancing a relationship with an artistic career requires grace under pressure. For these artistic couples, passion and hard work is the key to meeting the dueling demands of love and art. 

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Honey, I’ve Got a Scene to Do. Be Right Back

In this NY Times article, Jan Maxwell of Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor, explains how she helps her teen-age son with his homework while performing in a show.

The New Poor – Lack of Aid for Child Care Pushes Some to Welfare

Part of an ongoing series about the “New Poor,” this article looks at the effect that the lack of affordable child care has on parents and their ability to work.

Marriage, a Basic Civil Right

A New York Times editorial on the upcoming Proposition 8 vote in California and why New York should take steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Wedding of Berit Johnson & Ian W. Hill: A Theatre Study

From June 19- 26, 2010 an unusual piece of theater took place. Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson got married in the Brick theater and turned their real life wedding into a theatrical event.

Here Comes the Bride (Enter Downstage Left)

American Theater Magazine looks at couples that choose to get married within the theater and theaters which open up their spaces to weddings.

When Babies and Broadway Intersect

Article on Broadway actress and mother of two, Sharon Wheatley, who writes a parenting column in the Actors’ Equity Association newsletter.

Mother Knows Best

An essay by Caroline Nesbitt on being an actress and a mother.

The Tangle of Branches in a Royal Tree

A look at the many theater families involved in the 2009 production of The Royal Family, which was written to satirize the Barrymore family.

Dramatic Power Couple: Theater is Their Castle

British director Rupert Goold and his wife actress Kate Fleetwood discuss working together on Macbeth in this 2008 New York Times article.

Child Hunger: The Unhealthy Return on Missed Investments

A policy report from the Food Bank for New York City looks at the problem of childhood hunger in the New York City region. Between 2003 and 2007 as basic living costs went up, there was a 41% increase in households with children experiencing difficulty affording needed food.

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New York Kids

New York Magazine’s special section for families included “Best” lists, events listings and special articles.

NYC Artists Babysitting Agency

All sitters in The NYC Artist Babysitting Agency are artists (actors, singers, writers, painters, and more - and all are infant and child CPR-trained, and have been reference- and background-checked).

New York Family

A monthly family lifestyle magazine and website focused on the needs and concerns of New York City parents.

NY Metro Parents

A compilation of practical resources for New York parents, includes a series of “how to” guides on a wide variety of subjects.

Urban Baby

A resource for urban parents that includes message boards and a special section on New York.

Mommy Poppins

For New York moms by New York moms, this site strives to provide unpretentious advice and information on fun unique (and frequently free) activities.

Parents League of New York

A not-for-profit membership organization of Independent Schools and families that provides reviews of independent schools as well as information on parenting for all New York City parents.

Parents without Partners

An international organization dedicated to helping provide support for single parents.

Motherlode Blog

New York Times blog on parenting, children and parents.

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Mayors Office of Operations – My Neighborhood Statistics

This website provides searchable statistics for all New York City neighborhoods. It lets residence know how City agencies are performing in their neighborhood.

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

The study sponsored by Arts Education Partnership, the NEA and the Department of Education compiles previous research from multiple studies looking at the role the arts play within a balanced education.

NYU Child Study Center: Multimedia Center

Videos produced by the NYU Child Study Center staff for families and educators of children with mental health disorders.

NY State Office of Children and Family Services on Child Care

This annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the well being of America’s children. New York State stands at 17 in a ranking of the welfare of children within the United States.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Arts Education in New York City Public Schools

The NYC Council's report examines problems in arts education in NYC public schools.

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  • Kate Stannard said:

    Made Here project is a fantastic way of creating a community and supporting inspiring infrastructure for NYC Artists, as well as educating other artists, students and academics outwith the city. Genius! This is a great resource I have emailed the info out to all my students. Fantastic!

    05/29 - 05:42 PM

  • Maedhbh Fiona Mc Cullagh said:

    I just wanted to say that I have been glued to the website for MADE HERE this past hour. It’s a truly inspiring documentary and fascinating to watch. This work creates an important legacy of what is happening right now and it is a gift to the community. Congratulations to you all.

    05/30 - 03:23 PM

  • Anna Kohler said:

    I really enjoyed the videos, lovely work, witty and funny and I can’t wait to see more.

    05/31 - 10:16 PM

  • Ann Rosenthal said:

    Congrats on Made Here!  It’s really great and fantastically well filmed/produced.  I can see that once all of these films are made it will make a more than compelling case for the importance of artists in this city…and why they should be better supported forever!

    06/03 - 05:16 PM

  • Marya said:

    I love this. well made. important. thanks for adding to the conversation!

    06/04 - 09:20 PM

  • William Cusick said:

    I saw the first episode today.  It’s sooo good!!  It’s really exciting to see such an intelligent and well conceived documentary series on NYC theater artists.  And I love the theme song.

    Great stuff!

    06/08 - 11:29 PM

  • Cesar Augusto said:

    Amazing website with the kind of support I need. Keep going guys!!

    06/16 - 01:35 AM

  • Anne said:

    Thanks for providing a great platform to all artists! All artists face the same basic problems at some point in their career and this website offers valuable advice on balancing a family, finding a space and working in a crap-job in order to supplement your income.  Thanks!

    06/28 - 05:55 PM

  • Amos said:

    very cool….grazie!!!

    06/28 - 07:00 PM

  • shyam said:

    Love it! Thank you for such these awesome conversations. After years in New York, I’m working on a specific set of projects in solitude in Chicago, where the pressure to make rent is a little less intense. I’m looking forward to coming back to the city soon, though! There’s nowhere like New York.

    07/22 - 04:43 PM

  • Alexis said:

    Check out this essay about the history of the plot of land on which the Ohio Theatre stands and also discusses the relationship between artists and real estate developers:

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    From a freed slave to a theater company; how the poor and creative made 64-68 Wooster Street more valuable.

    07/28 - 04:02 PM

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    09/21 - 06:52 PM

  • Mieke D said:

    Thank GOD you’re taking on this task of generating dialogue about what it MEANS to be an artist and how to make it happen on the daily. This particular segment brings together some amazing voices of artists struggling (successfully) to remain relevant in the avant garde arts world while also engaging in community-building, political activism, race & class at the same time. As perfomer-turned-community organizer, I would love to see more in depth investigation into how artists define their activism, the communities they collaborate with, and the concrete effects they wish to have. I would also like to hear more from artist-activists working on the ground in marginalized communities. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! AND KEEP PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES!

    09/27 - 09:46 PM

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