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The community developing, implementing, and using 'open source' solutions in the 'Creative Arts' continues to grow.  There are now hundreds of sites containing information about the global 'open' community for artists and their use of open source software, technologies, and solutions spreading across the web. As we started spending thousands of hours surfing the web searching and looking at all these sites trying to find the 'good' sites - sites that contain useful information; have been around for a while; are high quality, and are regularly updated - we decided to put all those links on our own web site to save others from having to spend a lot of their time repeating the same process. We hope you find this site a useful starting point as you investigate the topic of 'open' information, technologies, and solutions for the Creative Arts. Our intention is to continually improve this web site over time.


Peter Groen & Jenny Dom are a father and daughter team. Peter Groen is a retired government executive, author, speaker, health informatics specialist, and former instructor and researcher at Shepherd University in West Virginia.  Jenny is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, currently working part-time for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a computer programmer and graphic artist for their national healthcare web site.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were 2.15 million artists in the U.S. workforce in 2011. The artist labor force is composed of architects, art directors, fine artists, animators, designers, actors, producers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, singers, announcers, writers, authors, photographers, curators, technical staff, fund raisers, and more.  -  Artists in the U.S. Workforce

Animated Video created using Go Animate!

This video was created using a free and 'open' software tool from Go! Animate

If you would like to suggest new material or links to be added to this
web site, please email groenpj@cs.com

Free and open source software (FOSS) is no longer an oddity. It is now being used by 80% of organizations around the world and the movement continues to grow. In essence, 'the war is over'. As a result, support for this site will now start to diminish as it is no longer needed.  -  Peter Groen