Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Celebrating 28 Years

Today  our company is 28 years today. We want to let all of customers and collectors know that we are still selling and shipping art. To celebrate, if you follow us on Facebook we have Make it Offer specials. 

See examples below 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Support Needed During this time

During this Corona Virus Pandemic We at ATB are finding unique ways to continue doing business.  We like many others have lost several contracts because businesses are closed and the county is practicing Social Distancing. We will come back but if you do have a little something please support us. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020


March 26, 2020

Dear  Artists,

Late last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the third phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response relief package. The $2 trillion emergency stimulus package included important provisions supporting the arts sector and creative workforce. The nation's arts and culture industry is experiencing devastating economic losses with closed venues and cancelled performances, exhibitions, and events as a result of the pandemic. 

The U.S. House plans to vote on the bill tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET and President Trump, who has already signaled his support of the legislation, is expected to sign it into law shortly thereafter. 

This vital piece of legislation includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, "gig economy" workers and artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy.

We are thankful to you, the thousands of advocates and state and local arts agencies, who responded to our action alerts these last few weeks. Your advocacy has been effective and many of our policy asks have been addressed. But we know it's not enough and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin acknowledged yesterday at a press conference that he thought this legislation was just a three-month economic solution to help workers and affected industries.

Specifically, the bill includes the following arts-related items to address the continuing damage caused by the COVID-19 virus:

Federal Arts Funding (Note: This is a supplement to their annual appropriations)
  • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Special note: Congress accepted our ask to waive matching grant requirements and to waive the requirement for grants to be project-specific. All these new fast-track grants will be for general operating support with no match.  
  • $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • $50 million for the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences
  • $25 million for the Kennedy Center
  • $7.5 million for the Smithsonian
Community Development Block Grants, Small Business Administration, and Unemployment Insurance
  • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants to cities and counties. Arts groups should work directly with their mayors and local economic development offices for grant support.
  • $350 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency loans of up to $10 million for small businesses—including nonprofits (with less than 500 employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals (like individual artists)—to cover payroll costs, mortgage/rent costs, utilities, and other operations. These loans can be forgiven if used for those purposes. This new eligibility has been a key element of the CREATE Act we've been pursuing;
  • $10 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for loans up to $10,000 for small businesses and nonprofits to be used for providing paid sick leave for employees, maintaining payroll, mortgage/rent payments, and other operating costs; 
  • Expanded Unemployment Insurance (UI) that includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and "gig economy" workers. The bill also increases UI payments by $600/week for four months, in addition to what one claims under a state unemployment program.     
Charitable Giving Tax Deduction
  • An "above-the-line" or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020.

The inclusion of these provisions to help nonprofits, the arts sector, and the creative workforce can be attributed, in part, to the incredible grassroots outreach by arts advocates across the country, coordination with national nonprofit coalitions, and Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund outreach to Congress and the Trump Administration. It is likely that another stimulus package will be considered by Congress as the economic fallout from the coronavirus adds up across the country - we will need your help again!

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund will continue to work for increased support for our sector as we deal with this global pandemic. In addition to the continuing damage reports being collected through our national economic snapshot survey and dashboard, our up-to-the-minute COVID-19 Resource Center updates, we're also planning a series of webinars through our ArtsU platform to present experts and guidance to the field to help navigate through these new federal provisions during this challenging time. More to come.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Business development for artists

Book Trina Slade-Burks of ATB Fine Artists & Designers LLC & of the No More Starving Artists Foundation and learn about the best way to establish your professional art career.

Learn how to:
  • Apply to calls to artists 
  • Connect on the proper social media outlets
  • Collaborate with non-creative businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Properly communicate with galleries without an agent
  • Acquire the proper communication tools to do business
  • Develop the proper tools in business for artists
Trina works with artists one on one or with groups. 

For more information including rates please email us at with the subject line Business development for artists.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Burks' Art Collaborative at Harold's- RSVP

A rare occasion showcasing a combination of
Anthony & Trina Burks work in one of their favorite Northwood Village locations.
Opening Reception & book Signing & food tasting
June 14, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Closing Reception June 28, 6:00pm-9:00pm

RSVP for Exhibition
RSVP for Tasting
Pre-Order Cookbook

Monday, September 10, 2018

RSVP for all the Diaspora Events

RSVP and/or buy your tickets below

Register HERE

Learn to no longer be a STARVING ARTIST
Artists Register HERE

Meet the Moderator directly after the discussion.