The Void Academy

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Our free Artist Sustainability Roadmap helps you make ongoing income from your art. You'll also receive a weekly email packed with practical advice from us to you.

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We're here to help you make a living as an artist.

Hello! We're Siena, Karina, and Noah. We create online courses that help you to grow your community and make sustainable income from your art.


"Before working with The Void Academy, the thought of raising $20,000 for our art felt like attempting to climb Mount Everest without an oxygen mask. You helped us locate masks and get up that mountain."

— Abraham Burickson, co-founder of the experimental performance group Odyssey Works

"Let’s face it — many of us poets, writers, dancers, and artists are great at what we do, but clueless when it comes to web design, social networking, and self-promotion. That’s where the The Void Academy comes in — to help us bridge that gap. And what a great vision they have! With their invaluable skills and support, I am seeing new possibilities for my work. I am, quite simply, thrilled."

— Nin Andrews, poet, artist, author of Why God Is A Woman

"Without The Void Academy, I don't think that I would have evolved to a place in my art where I felt like I could start being myself — making money and art on my own terms."

— Course-Taker

"I love how the courses lend themselves to one other. Being able to apply methods of community building and engagement directly to my web presence has opened my mind to a world of possibility that I had not considered before taking these courses. Thank you, Void!"

— Course-Taker

"I absolutely love what you are doing. I find your information extremely insightful and I'm looking forward to hearing what your future courses offer."

— Course-Taker

"I applaud your work. It helped me greatly. Community building is not my strong suit and I have a feeling that I am not an exception."

— Course-Taker

"The Void Academy is the source of my confidence when it comes to feeling assured that my crowdfunding campaign is growing out of a strong, organized foundation. If you make the wise choice to take their courses, the beating heart of your project will not be overlooked."

— Lauren Renner, artist, creator of the award-winning photographic series In Others Words

"I look forward to a better world for artists thanks to The Void Academy!"

— Harley Spiller, Deputy Director of Franklin Furnace

"The Void Academy has given us new perspectives on the possibilities available to our independent literary press. Their talented and visionary team has inspired us to recommit to our mission. They don't just fill the void in arts funding, they turn it inside out."

— Philip Brady, poet, author, executive director of Etruscan Press

Artists we've worked with

... & many more artists and arts organizations around the world!



Siena Oristaglio

 is an artist, educator, and communications specialist. She has ten years of experience in communications and has led international campaigns with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. As Director of Communications for Marina Abramovic Institute, she ran the non-profit’s successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, raising over $660,000 in 30 days. Siena has given talks and presentations at the The Museum of Fine Arts, New York University, MoMA, MoMA PS1, The 92nd Street Y, and Necker Island, among others.


Karina Vahitova

is a post-Soviet queer poet, a cautious art historian, writer, and dancer from Kiev, Ukraine. She has previously worked with Opportunity Project (helping to develop healing art therapy programs for individuals with brain damage), Studio Formichetti, and Bullett Magazine. Before founding The Void Academy, she led and managed the global research and performance art archive project at Marina Abramovic Institute. She has worked with a broad network of international emerging and established collaborators within the arts and sciences. 

An Interview with Void Academy Co-Founder Noah Blumenson-Cook

Noah Blumenson-Cook

 is an artist, technologist, and media producer. His video work has been featured by V Magazine, Complex, Spin, MTV and the Logo network. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector, working principally with universities, arts organizations, and technology companies. As technology consultant for MIT's Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab, he focused on project implementation and funding strategies for new ideas in civic journalism and online engagement.


Our free Artist Sustainability Roadmap helps you to start making sustainable income from your art.
Along with this guide, you'll also receive a weekly email packed with practical advice from us to you.