Freeman’s Creative Craft Supply Store Opens Nov 10 in Durham Lakewood Reuse Arts District

Amelia Freeman-Lynde opens her new Freeman’s Creative  craft supply shop in the Lakewood Shopping Center on Friday November 10. stackofhats-613x373The shop is the newest addition to the Scrap Exchange’s new Reuse Arts District (RAD) in the Lakewood-Tuscaloosa neighborhood. The shop will complement the Scrap Exchange’s reuse materials with a selection of fabric, yarn, and other handcraft supplies. The store also includes handmade goods from local artists and space for classes and events.

Freeman-Lynde, who relocated to Durham from New York City where she worked as a theatrical propmaker, says she was attracted by Durham’s creative community: “Durham has an incredible creative community, and I want to provide a resource for people of all skill levels to find fun, creative supplies for their projects.” In the true entrepreneurial spirit, she was inspired to open her new store when she was unable to find a yarn store with a knitting group, and decided that it was up to her to open one.

Freeman’s Creative also features two artist’s studios for sublease.  One will be occupied by fabric artist River Takada-Capel, who is already setting up her new space.

In addition to the Freeman’s Creative website, you can follow Freeman’s Creative on Facebook and Instagram.

NCCU Debuts Teaching Artist Certificate Program for Visual and Performing Artists

North Carolina Central University has introduced a new online certificate program for visual and performing artists who want to bolster their arts education credentials. The NCCU Teaching Artist Certificate Program (TACP), will concentrate on skills required to plan, design and implement arts experiences for general audiences, such as auditorium performances, school residencies, and cultural-arts programs for schools and community-based organizations.nccu logo

The Teaching Artists program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, is open to junior and senior NCCU students and members of the general public who have either an Associates degree and background in the arts, a Bachelors degree in an arts discipline, or five years as a professional practicing artist with a high school diploma. The 16-hour program consists of seven courses such as Cooperative Learning for Teaching Artists, The Business of Art for Teaching Artists and   Methods and Teaching Practicum for Teaching Artists.

According to According to Carlton E. Wilson, Ph.D., NCCU interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the program is ““The certification is unique to the University of North Carolina System and the first of its kind at a Historically Black College or University.”

More information on the program is available on the NCCU website.

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New Longleaf Arts Grant Supports Programs for Underserved Communities & Spaces

A new art grant was recently announced by Longleaf Collective. Titled “Longleaf Collective – “Engaging Communities in the Arts in Unexpected Ways” the grant targets projects that engage underserved communities or bring art to nontraditional spaces. Here’s more from Longleaf Collective.

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Longleaf Collective Chair, John Coggin, explains its new grant to arts leaders at the Grant Launch Party.

“The Longleaf Collective challenges nonprofits in the Triangle* area to submit proposals for innovative programs that bring art into nontraditional spaces and/or engage underserved communities in the arts in new and creative ways. In particular, the Collective seeks projects that foster art creation in addition to art appreciation and that bridge cultural or social divides. Project proposals are not limited to nonprofits that have a mission specifically focused on the arts, and may involve any artistic medium(s) and serve any population(s) within the Triangle community. Applicants that advance past the initial application will be invited to have a 1-hour conversation with Collective members. (*Organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake.)”

At least one proposal will receive seed funding and volunteer support from Longleaf Collective members in 2018 to explore and/or initiate implementation of their project. The Collective aims to raise between $10,000 and $20,000 for this year’s grant(s).

Triangle arts leaders gather at Longleaf’s arts grant kick-off.

Access the grant application here.  All applications must be submitted online at  by 11:59 PM on September 22, 2017.

The Longleaf Collective is a nonpartisan giving circle of members ages 18-40 that believes in the ability to make a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina. Through a donation of 0.5% of the salary of each member, the collective will be able to make innovative gifts each year to nonprofits to benefit the citizens and state of North Carolina.

 

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Two New Triangle Artist Residencies

Two new Residency Programs for artists have just been launched in the Triangle. Here’s the scoop:

Anchorlight’s Brightwork Fellowship Program

Anchorlight Director, Shelley Smith and Anchorlight artist Alia El-Bermani.

Anchorlight Director, Shelley Smith and Anchorlight artist Alia El-Bermani.

The Brightwork Fellowship is a residency program located within Anchorlight Studios, an “interdisciplinary creative space for artists, designers, and craftspeople” in Raleigh. This Fellowship “focuses on service, leadership, and professional development in the visual arts. The Fellowship provides opportunities to artists through exhibition, group critique, community engagement, and service learning experiences.” Brightwork Fellows receive one year of free individual studio space, as well as shared community work space. In return, Fellows provide 15 hours of service per month to Anchorlight and/or their community partners. This service comes in the way of a teachable or leadership building experience that is in line with each artists interest and focus. At the end of the fellowship, Fellows receive a solo show at Anchorlight.

Applications will be available in early 2018.

 

American UndergroundAmerican Underground “Creative in Residence” Program

As described by American Underground, “This 6-month residency is for underrepresented Durham artists who are turning their craft into a viable business. CIRs receive free workspace and access to creative and professional mentorship. They develop leadership skills as they serve as a creative resource within the AU and as an organizer for the greater arts community. Our mission is to develop opportunities for artists to create, build community, and connect with the startup scene at American Underground.”

There are a number of selection criteria, but basically applicants should be artists of any discipline who are willing to commit to the program and want to expand the entrepreneurial side of their art.  Specifically, applicants need to be a Durham resident, over 18, and a member of an underrepresented community.

Chosen artists will recieve a one year space at American Underground, some expenses, mentoring from BaD Consulting Con Artists and access to other events and support programs at AU.

Apply here. Deadline is September 11, 2017.

 

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Artist Link Project – Arts Access Promotes Accessible Arts & Artists with Disabilities

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Arts Access recently launched the Artist Link Project – a directory of North Carolina artists, teaching artists, and advocates. Program Coordinator Jennifer Marshburn explains, “The Artists Link Project is primarily designed as a database for artists of all mediums who identify as having a disability, and for arts educators who offer (or wish to offer) inclusive arts programming.” The Artist Link Project will allow the public to search for a unique artist based on a variety of search criteria or to search for teachers of varied art disciplines who welcome all abilities in their programming. Inclusion in the database will enable artists to exhibit and promote their work and fully participate in the cultural and artistic life of our state. To join the database, click here.

“We suggest three broad categories of art form: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts and allow our artists to categorize their work however they see fit.” Marshburn states, “Our current database is populated with 32 artists ranging from painters, photographers, actors, musicians, and writers. All of our artists range in skill level from the Novice or Hobbyist to Professional. The purpose of our program is to support and promote the work of artists who have disabilities and wish to develop in their craft.”

Arts Access also offers monthly opportunities for the group to get together and enjoy cultural events around the Triangle. These events double as a networking opportunity for the artists. Future meetings will include an evening at Imurj’s Just Make Something and a tour of the Museum of Natural Sciences’ current featured exhibit “Race: Are We So Different.” These events are determined based on polling members and venue availability. Check Art Access’s website for more details.

Arts Access, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, enables North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities. Arts Access provides audio description, consulting and training services, as well as on online resources on their website which connects individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state. To learn more about Art Access’s programs, click here.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

Four Regional Leaders Join Triangle ArtWorks Board

by Annie Poslusny

Crucial to the success of Triangle ArtWorks is a strong Board of Directors. In its July meeting, ArtWorks Board of Directors welcomed four new members: Amy Russell, Jack Arnold, William A. Gregory, and Cynthia Deis. 

Amy Russell

Amy Russell joined Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) as the Director of Programming in 2014, curating a multi-disciplinary season of 40+ performances, engaging artists in unique fellowships across campus, and maintaining CPA’s global artistic relationships. Amy has played a lead role in developing the vision for CPA’s newest venue, CURRENT, a black box theater and studio space dedicated to installations and other immersive experiences, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Prior to joining CPA, Amy oversaw programming for the North Carolina Symphony, and served as Executive Producer of their radio broadcast series. A lifelong student of music, she holds a degree in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Amy Russell

Amy Russell

Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold has taught at colleges and universities throughout the US, the American Dance Festival, the Pilobolus Institute, and the Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou, China.

Jack holds a MFA from UNC-Greensboro and a BFA from UNC School of the Arts. You can often find him running trails at Umstead State Park or sneaking away for a quick morning surf session at Wrightsville Beach. Jack Arnold, a native of Enfield, NC, began his residential real estate career in Chapel Hill in 1996 and joined Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby International Realty in 2000. With offices in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, he represents buyers and sellers throughout the Triangle.

Jack came to real estate after a 20 year career in modern dance, including four years as a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He has performed worldwide.

 

Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold 

William A. Gregory

William “Bill” Gregory is currently the Artist in Residence at Duke University Hospital. Bill helps manage the hospital art collection including installation, de-installation, and maintenance. In addition, he provides graphic design support for events, manuals, and promotional materials. Bill also created and implemented a self-guided walking art tour for patients and families.

Bill was a 11+ year North Carolina Community College instructor where he taught studio art and graphic design. During his time teaching, he also worked with art museums, art galleries, and local universities to create educational curriculum for traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. He managed the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the main campus of Johnston Community College.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University.

Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory

Cynthia Deis

Cynthia Deis is an arts educator, retail consultant and writer with a lifetime of connections to the art and maker communities. Her career has ranged from non-profit arts organizations to for-profit crafts retail, with time spent in classrooms, studios and sound stages, but she is never far from her sketchbook or her notepad. An active enthusiast of the creative community in the Triangle, she can be found at art events of all levels, from black tie to untied sneakers

Cynthia Deis

Cynthia Deis

 

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

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AFTA Surveys Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations in the Triangle.

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Americans for the Arts has released the results of their Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey V. This survey analyzes the impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. These organizations support jobs, generate government revenue and are the cornerstone of the tourism industry. Here are their findings of the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Triangle region.

TOWN OF CARY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$9,181,952

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

399

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

346,534

For the complete Town of Cary report click here.

 

DURHAM COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$125,534,858

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

4,550

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

1,825,011

For complete Durham County results, learn more here.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$85,406,375

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

3,352

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

1,464,834

To view the complete results for Orange County, click here.

WAKE COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$166,228,401

Total Economic Impact:

  • Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 6,601
  • Household income paid to residents: $124,823
  • Revenue generated to local government: $7,228,000
  • Revenue generated to state government: $8,640,000

Event-Related Spending by Arts and Culture Audiences – $78.4 million (excluding cost of admission):

  • Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events: 4,365,974
  • Average Event-Related Spending Per Person: $17.98 (excluding cost of admission):
  • Meals and Refreshments: $9.27
  • Souvenirs and Gifts: $2.44
  • Ground Transportation: $2.61
  • Overnight lodging (one night only): $1.43
  • Other/Miscellaneous: $2.23

See The Complete Wake County Report Here

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Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

 

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The Mothership Lands in Durham as a Home for Creatives

by Annie Poslusny

What do you get when you combine Krista Nordgren’s the Makery with Katie DeConto and Megan Jones’s Mercury Studio? The Mothership, which serves as an incubator space for small businesses of all kinds.

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Mothership’s retail space

The Mothership provides a holistic approach to supporting individuals with ideas. One of their recent workshops called “How to Begin” focused on the psychological hurdles creative people face. At the Mothership they will guide you as you think through the necessary steps to help you achieve your goals. Additional areas they provide assistance with include: time management and prioritization, work/life balance, financial intentionality, business development, cultivating and protecting internal resources, marketing, partnerships, and community engagement.

Co-working space at Mothership

Co-working space at Mothership

 

The Mothership is a home for ideas, filled with resources and support for all kinds of makers. They offer a workspace, a retail shop to showcase products, event space to gather and learn, as well as a collaborative community founded on acceptance. If you are looking for a supportive community for makers of all kinds The Mothership is located in downtown Durham at 401 W. Geer St. Learn more.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research. 

Arts Funding in the Federal Budget – Where Does it Stand?

The federal budget process is long and complicated, perhaps especially so in these politically dynamic times. As of this writing, there appear to be two competing visions of federal funding for the arts. In the recently adopted short-term budget for FY2017, Congress increased funding for the arts in several areas: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities each received $2 million increases in their budgets, bringing their total respective budget figures to almost $150 million. Several other arts programs also received increases in the temporary FY2017 budget enacted by Congress.

Despite these increases, the longer-term status of arts funding remains unclear. The White House version of the FY2018 federal budget would vastly reduce federal funding for the arts overall, and would aim to ultimately eliminate the NEA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Funding for these agencies in the White House budget would be minimal, directed at winding down operations.

Congress is now engaged in the lengthy process of reviewing and modifying the White House-proposed FY2018 budget; no doubt there will be many twists and turns in the process. The increases in arts funding in the short-term FY2017 budget suggest that advocacy efforts directed at the Congressional level may be the most effective method of assuring continued funding for the arts. Americans for the Arts is one of a number of national arts advocacy organizations that are closely involved in lobbying efforts on behalf of arts funding. The organization’s Mobilization Center is an excellent source of timely information on those efforts.

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North Carolina Film Orchestra Expands State Film Production Resources

NCFilmOrchestraThe newest symphony orchestra in North Carolina is aimed at supporting the growth of the State’s movie and television industry. The Raleigh-based North Carolina Film Orchestra is intended to fill the gap of live recording needs of filmscore composers and producers for the independent film industry. Beginning with semi-professional community players, the intent is to begin commercial recording of selected filmscore music for these studios, in place of the synthesized filmscore tracks on which they have historically been dependent.

Currently the Orchestra’s repertoire includes four filmscore pieces, including a work by composer Julian Smyth- music graduate of Nottingham University, and former Orchestra Manager for the Ulster Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra; his past collaborators include John Williams and James Horner.

In addition to industry work, the Orchestra also plans to present public performances; its debut Holiday Concert was presented in December 2016.

The Orchestra’s member roster consists of 30 musicians, many of whom are music educators or have performance degrees. Local musicians who are at or approaching semi-professional playing level on either a strings instrument or double reeds and would like to be considered for a spot as a performing member, should contact Anthony Dowling, or Patricia Pearce for further information.

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