The Commons at CPA – Brings New Depth to Performing Artists Residencies

imageCarolina Performing Arts is launching an exciting new residency and festival for performing artists called The Commons – “a new initiative devoted to supporting performing artists and fostering local creative community and discourse in and around the Triangle”. This program offers a four-week residency in May, inclusion in a new festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, and, perhaps most importantly critical feedback for the three selected locally-based artists.

Selected performing artists will receive a stipend, plus free studio time for four weeks to work on a performance to be presented at CPA’s new Commons Festival taking place May 30 to June 1. Two big differences in this residency are that the three locally-based artists/groups of artists that are selected are encouraged to share studio time with other artists of their own choosing. Further, each artist will be paired with a writer/critic to create content and work together on a talkback experience at the Festival. The Commons Festival will feature performances by the selected artists, as well as additional events, from networking to roundtables on performance criticism/arts writing.

Carolina opens CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, a flexible and immersive performing arts venue in the heart of the new Carolina Square development on Franklin Street. February 2, 2018. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina opened CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, a flexible and immersive performing arts venue in the heart of the new Carolina Square development on Franklin Street in February 2, 2018. It will be the location for the Commons Festival.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

CPA Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexandra Ripp explains -“Drawing on Carolina Performing Arts’ 18/19 season theme of citizenship, The Commons manifests our desire to strengthen the link between the individual and collective in the local artistic community, creating a “commons” of shared resources. While the Triangle’s performing arts landscape is full of vibrant creativity, artists face barriers to both making their own work and fostering supportive community around it. CPA sees artists and their creative community as deeply interwoven, and we want to invest in cultivating supportive relationships with locally-based artists and strengthening “artistic citizenship” in the Triangle.”

The residencies are open to local artists “whose applications most keenly demonstrate that their intended performance is pressing for this time, place, and community. Successful proposed projects will question and break accepted performance conventions, invite audience co-creation, and take bold artistic risks.” Interested?  Check out the
residency application, which is due by February 21, 2019. Find out more about Commons here

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New Public School Art Educator Grants from Orange County Arts Commission

image009This year, public school arts educators in Orange County Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools can apply for grants of up to $250 to help with costs related to their creative and professional development. Specifically, eligible expenses could include,

ALLOWABLE EXPENSES
  • Travel expenses related to workshops or seminars, or to do research related to his/her art form, such as meals, lodging and transportation.
  • Expenses related to workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the teacher’s abilities and/or allow the acquisition of Continuing Education Units, such as registration fees, substitute teacher costs, or required supplies.
  • Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of work which is considered to be essential to the advancement of his/her teaching career.
Arts Educator Grant Program funds may not be used for the following:
  • Student travel
  • The completion of baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degrees
  • Classroom supplies

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until that’s fiscal year’s fund is depleted.  More information and the application here.

Since 2017, Orange County Arts Commission has been conducting research, including surveys, meetings and listening sessions, to assess the needs of the arts community and specifically included sessions with public school arts educators.  Katie Murray, Executive Director, explains, “Upon researching the needs of our creative community, we found there were many financial barriers to our public school arts educators being able to continue their professional or creative development. The OCAC believes access to these opportunities makes them better instructors, but teachers spend so much of their own money on supplies for their classrooms, they usually don’t have anything left for themselves. This grant program is one small way we can assist teachers in pursuing their own development.” Through these grants, the Commission hopes to support these teachers, but also enhance the quality of education in these public school districts.

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Women’s Theatre Festival Expands to Include WTFCon and WTFringe

imageThis year, Women’s Theatre Festival is expanding its annual Festival, adding an educational conference and fringe series. From July 12-14, theatre and arts enthusiasts will convene in Raleigh, NC to experience groundbreaking theatrical performances and engage with a range of
programming that addresses the need for equity in theatre and provides training for artists at all stages.

imageWTFCon will include keynote speeches and conversations between writers, actors, designers, and producers on topics ranging from the basics of sound design to legalese for creatives, and from producing your own work to mastering your audition. WTF wants attendees to leave WTFCon with actionable tools for career growth.

WTFringe will feature experimental, innovative, and collaborative works, pushing the boundaries of style and subject matter. There will be representation from all genders, all ages, all abilities, all races, and all bodies. Each selected production will receive a $100 micro-grant. The final component of this year’s Festival is the perennial favorite, Occupy The Stage–24 hours of staged reading of plays by women.

To make WTFest 2019 a reality, WTF needs you! You can submit session proposals for WTFCon here and production proposals for WTFringe here. For more information or to get involved, email WTF.

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The Triangle Comics Creator Network Supporting Comic Writers and Artists in the Triangle

The Triangle Comics Creator Network is a community of writers and artists who gather regularly to support each other in the creation of comics and graphic novels, whether we are seasons professionals or just starting out. Gatherings include unstructured hangouts, workshops, group outings, and more. Comic-adjacent folks – critics, publishers, illustrators, etc. – are welcome! TCCN is a collaboration of Durham County Library and Chapel Hill Public Library. More

Shopspace is expanding space, classes, community

20181206_185532If you’ve ever driven on Capital Blvd. towards downtown Raleigh, chances are you’ve see the row of warehouses stretching along south of where Wake Forest merges onto Capital Blvd. One of those buildings is the new and much expanded home of Shopspace. Shopspace is a community forging and welding shop that has been in Raleigh since 2016. Read more about the original space here.

The expanded space will allow room for more classes. Shopspace currently has two classes, Introduction to Forging and Introduction to Welding, where students get to learn making small metals before diving into the more complex tools. For those who have already taken intro classes, the shop offers Personal Project Time, using Shopspace’s equipment to make more of what they desire. Thanks, in part, to the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire”, more and more people are becoming interested in working in metal crafts.

With the new space, the folks behind Shopspace have big plans for the future to expand not only the classes, equipment and programming offered and to respond to broader community needs.  Lucas House explains that they hope to provide the equipment and space for hands-on craft that the community needs, be that increased metal work, or other craft areas. You can see their plans here. They hope to host team buildings for companies, provide meeting space and even a library. More instructors are on the way, all of whom would be local artisans who are dedicated to the craft. Check out updates on their website.

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How Does Triangle ArtWorks Impact Arts Organizations? – Ask Lyman Collins

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Want to know how Triangle ArtWorks is impacting arts organizations? Check out Lyman’s story below for more on the role we play in serving the area’s art and creative organizations. 

 

MEET LYMAN COLLINS

“When I balance the arts with a governmental function, having a voice such as Triangle ArtWorks articulating not just the quality of life perspective but also the economic benefit, helps make the case for an active governmental role in the arts.”

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Lyman Collins is the Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary. His responsibilities include working with all of Cary’s municipal arts facilities, arts educational programs and performances, exhibitions, festivals, cultural organizations, grants program, public art, etc. If you participated in something artistic in Cary, odds are he had a hand in it.

Lyman has been instrumental in our receiving long term support and funding from the Town of Cary, along with being an active participant in many of Triangle ArtWorks’ programs and community engagement events.

Through its events, workshops and programs, Triangle ArtWorks provides opportunities for arts organizations throughout the Triangle to network and learn from each other. There aren’t that many forums for all art forms to come together for educational opportunities.

The new Cary Arts Center has multiple performance spaces, arts studios, classrooms, arts organization offices and more.

The new Cary Arts Center has multiple performance spaces, arts studios, classrooms, arts organization offices and more.

For us in Cary in particular, Triangle ArtWorks was instrumental in working with staff here for the First ArtsForce last spring, where all Cary cultural organizations had the opportunity to come together for a half-day workshop to learn from experts and each other to provide a solid foundation for future growth.”

Lyman Collins

SUPPORT TRIANGLE ARTWORKS TODAY!

We love our local arts organizations and cultural programs and we love supporting them! But we simply can’t do it alone. We need YOUR HELP to keep working hard for the area’s creative community. Show your support for building a thriving Triangle Art scene with a financial gift to Triangle ArtWorks today – any gift amount helps!

DONATE HERE 

Meet Buffy Taylor, Visual Artist and TEAL Member


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This month, we are kicking of our Fall Fundraising campaign by looking at how we are impacting the Triangle Arts Community. 

 

First, we look at our impact on individual artists, by talking to Buffy Taylor. 

Artist Buffy TaylorBuffy Taylor is an emerging visual artist working in the Raleigh and the greater Triangle area. While her creative works include multiple mediums and substrates (including walls and sidewalks in public spaces) she mainly uses acrylic paint on canvas. Buffy has been a part of the Triangle Artworks community for two years, serving on our TEAL Steering Committee, attending our professional development workshops and participating in our annual SMASH event. She is just one example of how Triangle ArtWorks actively WORKS to provide support, community and opportunity to the Triangle’s artists of all disciplines.

“Joining the TEAL (Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders) Steering Committee was the best decision I could have made as an emerging artist. Every moment I put into planning and attending the educational and social events by TEAL for Triangle Artworks benefits me ten-fold. Connecting with new people leads to new opportunities and new opportunities connects to new creative groups of people. The Triangle area is flourishing in creativity and creatively minded people. Having an organization that is out there helping us to better ourselves as we better our craft is incredibly rewarding. I truly am humbly grateful for this experience.”

Buffy Taylor, Visual Artist and member of TEAL Steering Committee

We love artists (like Buffy) and we love supporting them! But we simply can’t do it alone. We need YOUR HELP to keep working hard for the area’s creative community. Show your support for building a thriving Triangle Art scene with a financial gift to Triangle ArtWorks today – any gift amount helps!

DONATE HERE

 

 

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Golden Belt Expansion Includes New Arts Studios, Exhibition Space

Cushman Wake recently led a tour of the studio space for current studio artists, as well as those interested in applying.

Cushman Wake recently led a tour of the studio space for current studio artists, as well as those interested in applying.

Are you looking for studio space?

Golden Belt new owners, LRC Properties, are bringing exciting changes to the Golden Belt campus, including new office space and retail. And, of biggest interest to the arts community, they are relocating and upfitting the artists studios, adding more art exhibition space, as well as performance and outdoor event space. LRC is working with a Steering Committee including a studio artist representative, neighborhood representative and other Durham locals, to help them select the group of artists for the studio spaces and guide future programming and exhibitions.

The studios, currently under construction, are moving to one of rear buildings, near space formerly occupied by Scrap Exchange and will cover two floors. Durham Art Guild will also have space nearby, with their own offices, classroom and exhibition space.  Outside these studios will be a Grand Hall that will connect the buildings and provide more exhibition and event space. Layout and prices for the spaces at the bottom of this page. Most studios are renting for $250/month.

The Grand Hall

The Grand Hall – entrance to the artists studios is along the new wall on the right.

As development of the campus progresses, LRC will also include performance art. They are working with Cecily Mitchell to book music performances on a outdoor stage, as well as creating areas for festivals, craft/maker shows, and other types of performance and events. The Steering Committee will help guide LRC in this work, but they are willing to take ideas from the community, once the space is open.

 

 

For those interested in studio space, here is recent information from Golden Belt property managers, Cushman & Wakefield.

The design and construction teams at Golden Belt are working feverishly to prepare a new studio environment for Durham’s finest artists at our 800 Taylor Street warehouse building. Please read on for more information, or feel free to forward to artists in our community.

Step 1: Please take a look at the attached plans to see if there is a space that may be of interest to you. The rates for the various units are shown in the right column on the table. Note that the following studios are pre-leased to our existing Golden Belt artists: ST02, ST03, ST04, ST05, ST07, ST08, ST09, ST10, ST11, ST21

Step 2: In order to ensure an active studio environment, artist participation is important! Please determine if you are able to meet the following criteria:

  • All artists are expected to spend at least 20 hours/week in their studio space.
  • All artists are expected to participate in Third Friday Artist Show events within the year. If you are unable to be present for the Third Friday Art Show, a surrogate host is permissible.
  • All artists will need to have commercial general liability insurance upon move in and throughout their entire lease (see details below).

Step 3: If you are willing and able to commit to the terms above, then please click on this link to apply .

All applications are due by Friday, October 19th, at 5 PM. Applications will be reviewed by the Golden Belt Arts Steering Committee. Our intention is to contact all applicants by 5pm on Friday, October 26th regarding whether or not the application has been accepted. If you have been accepted, you will receive confirmation of which studio has been assigned to you as well as a lease to review, sign and return. The security deposit and 1st month’s rent will be due upon lease signing. Feel free to indicate a second, third, or even fourth choice of studios should your first choice be unavailable.
Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do the studios have ceilings? Do the walls go all the way up to the ceiling? The studios on and below the mezzanine have floor to ceiling walls. The studios to the side of the mezzanine/directly below the skylights have partial height walls (the walls to are not floor to ceiling).
  • Do the studios have skylights? The studios on and below the mezzanine do not have skylights. The studios on the ground floor to the side of the mezzanine, are open to the skylights above.
  • Do any of the studios have windows? The studios on ground floor do not have windows nor do the studios on the left side of the mezzanine. The studios on the right side of the mezzanine have a window which allows for natural light into the studio space (ST21, ST22, ST23, ST24 and ST25). The windows are approximately 2’x7’ in size. All studios have an entry door that is a sliding barn door with a window in the door.
  • Do I have to upload 10 images of my artwork? No, we only ask that you upload no more than 10 images. On the attached site plan, what are the crisscrossed lines in the hallways on the ground floor and over studios 1, 2 and 3?  Those lines mark where the skylights are located.
  • If I want more space, may I rent more than 1 studio at a time? No, unfortunately in order to preserve a diverse group of artists, we are limiting rentals to one space per artist at this time.
  • I am not a potter but am looking for a larger studio space, ST25 looks to be designated for pottery/ceramics, am I allowed to apply to lease this space? No, we will only accept pottery/ceramic artists for ST25. If you are not a potter nor work with ceramics then please do not apply for this space. Depending on the number of applicants, we may propose leasing this space to more than one ceramic artists.
  • Is there any space for me to show an exhibit while leasing the studio space? The Golden Belt studios will have a dedicated gallery space for showcasing works created by the artists. There are also other areas on the campus that will showcase a quarterly art rotation selected by the steering committee.
  • Is the Classroom (CR01) space available for anyone to use and host classes in? Is there a fee to use the classroom? There will be a signup sheet coordinated by property management for artists to schedule classes. There will be no initial charge for use of the classroom, however if individual artists are monopolizing use of the space charges may apply. This space will also be made available for community uses at no charge.
  • Is there WiFi available onsite? Yes, there is a free WiFi that all artists share. A password will be provided to those whose applications are accepted. This wifi network is used at your own risk.
  • Are there sinks or bathrooms in the studio spaces? A community sink is located on the ground floor near the public restrooms. There are no private sinks nor bathrooms inside the individual studio spaces.
  • How can one access the second floor? There is a stairway as well as an ADA / wheelchair lift that provides access to the second floor studio spaces.
  • How much is the security deposit? The security deposit is the same as the monthly rent. For example, if the monthly rate is $250/month, then at lease signing $500 total will be due ($250 security deposit + $250 first month’s rent).

upper level available studios

lower level available studios

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NC Writers Network to Offer Scholarships to Conference


The Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship will allow up to four aspiring screenwriters to attend the annual Fall Conference of the North Carolina Writers’ Network from November 2–4

This scholarship will pay for full Fall Conference registration and two nights’ lodging in the conference hotel. Recipients also will receive a one-year membership in the NCW. Any North Carolina resident who has written an unproduced/unoptioned screenplay may apply for the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2018.

“The Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship has been created in remembrance of our son’s screenwriting passion and generous nature,” Beverly Nipper Bowles, Elliott’s mother, said. “This scholarship seeks to lend support to aspiring young screenwriters as they continue to learn and refine their craft, develop connections with industry advisors and production companies, and pursue their dreams in the love of film.”

The nonprfit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit their website.

 

American Dance Festival Introduces New Studio Subsidy Program

Recognizing that the cost of studio rental is often a barrier that dance artists encounter when beginning a creative process, ADF is working to remove this barrier through the ADF Studio Subsidy Program, funded by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. which will award grants of subsidized studio space supporting over 40 artists and the creation of their works. The Program provides access to rehearsal space at the Samuel H. Scripps Studios at affordable rates for dance artists contributing to the local creative landscape.capture-20180921-161208

To apply, artists must write a short proposal about a new work they are making, a work they want to revisit after a premiere, or a creative idea they want to explore. On a first-come, first-served basis, dance artists will be able to receive access to up to 40 hours of subsidized rehearsal within a 3-month period at the rate of $10 per hour. This will provide artists access to high-quality studios that would usually cost up to $40 an hour.

Studio Subsidy Guidelines Include:

• Must complete application and liability waiver. (Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. All reservations are subject to current space availability.)

• Studio subsidy hours must be used within a 3 month period.

• Studio subsidies may not be used to offer paid classes.

• May not store props, costumes, supplies, etc. at the studios.

For more information, click here.