My friend Nickolas Carl started up a collaborative project with several artists. The idea was simple: His words, Our Art. Although Nick is also a visual artist he has been writing poetry for many years. I think these types of collaborations are very beneficial for artists. To think outside of your own parameters is refreshing. I go about collaborations staying true to myself as an artist but not being afraid to let loose because in the end doing any sort of collaboration is about taking a chance on someone else.
Nick is going to be turning this project into a book after receiving all of the work back from several artists. You should check out his work : http://www.nickolascarl.com/
I'm grateful for artist friends like Nick. Being in art school can be an illusion. You think that you will have this solid community of artist around you forever and people will constantly care about what you are making and want to give you critiques all of the time. Reality is very different. I've only been out of school for a year, but I know this is true, I have felt it already. I have to pry my grandma into the room to look at my work and beg her to give me feedback. I have to phone up grad school buddies or friends like Nick to vent about my process. The reality of being an artist is that you have to work hard to stay connected. It's really easy to fall off the art making band wagon. I know several friends that don't make art anymore and they sound fucking depressed. I really didn't want that to happen so I didn't let it. Making art is not always a way to make a living but it is a way of life. To let that way of life go is like losing someone you love. The only way to keep that afloat is to get your community of artists together. Whether this is local or via phone, it doesn't matter.
Collaborate with others. Apply for shows.... there are tons online venues for applying to shows all over the world. (CaFe is one I check out from time to time https://www.callforentry.org/ ) Yes, some cost money and that seems back asswards but that is the reality of the art game right now. If you can afford to I suggest taking one class, it doesn't have to be at a college either, although they are the most common. There are several teachers all over the U.S. that offer affordable art classes.
Don't be lazy! That's the reason most people don't make art anymore. I get that "real" jobs and making money takes precedence to survive, but after survival, happiness is important and if making art makes you happy then make it a priority and cling to others that also make it a priority.
So go, get outta here and collaborate or just make something cool by yourself!