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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Horse & Buggy Press Move Expands Exhibition Space

Horse and Buggy PressBy Annie Poslusny

In February 2017, Horse and Buggy Press moved to their new location at 1116 Broad Street in Durham, down the street from Duke University. Horse and Buggy Press is an award-winning graphic design, letterpress printing shop and book production studio. At their new location, they now house a 500 square foot craft and art gallery, called “Horse & Buggy Press and Friends.

Twenty-five artists from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina are currently featured, many of whom have collaborated with Dave Wofford, the gallery curator, as well as owner of Horse and Buggy Press. Exhibits rotate every three to four months, and there is a monthly open house starting in June from 5–8 pm the second Thursday of every month, which will include musicians or local street performers on the sidewalk in front of the store. Media presently on display includes: Glass, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fibers, Sculpture (small), Jewelry, and Wood.

Artists who are interested in having their work displayed at Horse and Buggy Press & Friends should contact Dave Wofford by email or drop by one of their monthly open houses. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11–3ish, and the open houses are the second Thursday of each month beginning on June 8th from 5–8 pm.

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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Liberty Arts Move Expands Arts Space & Resources

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Open studio space

Liberty Warehouse has moved again … and again the move has allowed the collective to expand the resources they offer the Triangle arts community.  “With the move to our new, larger location we have been able to open a glass studio and offer classes at varying levels of skill, which is something we did not have the ability to provide in our prior spot. And with the larger footprint, we have more studio space available to offer artists.” say Board President, Diane Amato.

 

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Glass studio

 

Liberty Arts offers classes in welding, glass blowing, ceramics, plasma cutting, letterpress and wood turning. Along with those classes, they have welding machines and glass blowing time available to rent by the hour. And for artists who are looking for a home, they still have a few studio spaces left.

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Lady PIlot Letterpress’ studio at Liberty.

 

Liberty Arts Grand Re-opening is April 22 from 6-9 pm.  More info here.

For information about Liberty Arts classes, studio space or welding/glass blowing time check out the website or shoot them an email.

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Living Arts Collective brings performance space and community in Durham

LAC-web---community-in-motionA new arts space, Living Arts Collective, has come alive in Durham! Still growing, the space is a haven for movement artists, musicians, and more!

The Living Arts Collective is a dynamic space suitable for community events, live music shows, dance socials, classes, workshops, performances, private lessons and rehearsals, art shows and more! Located at 410 W. Geer Street in Durham, the LAC Social Dance lr-4643Collective supports local artists and promotes community engagement “aims to “cultivate community through conscious living and creative movement by offering accessible space and resources for socially progressive arts, culture, conscious living, and wellness practices.” The Living Art Collective already hosts a wide range of artists with offerings include African dance, modern dance, partner dance (tango, fusion, blues, salsa, bachata, zouk, kizomba, swing and more), ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, massage, acroyoga, martial arts, theatre, drumming, live music… See the website for the latest events!

IMG_3910The space has a cork dance floor in the middle of a ~2000 sq.ft event space with an accommodating lobby space to create a beautiful event flow and features a live music ready sound system with ample power for any live show or the most hopping dance party, as well as theater ready lights and an ample assortment chairs and tables for everything from community potlucks to Tango Milongas.

The Living Arts Collective is still growing, excited to have just launched their Resident Artist Membership program which offers affordable flex-use of the space for creative art and special rates for events by participating artists, as well as Patron Memberships and to be launching fundraising for a new sprung floor to cover the whole space.

To find out more about Living Arts Collective, check out their website.

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Triangle ArtWorks Director Elected to AFTA Private Sector Council

We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, has been elected to the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Private Sector Council. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America and Private Sector Council members advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. As part of the Private Sector Council, Yerxa will also work with fellow arts leaders to develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and serve as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

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Private Sector Council members of a tour of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami.

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Beth Yerxa to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations”.

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Brainstorming notes from the Council meeting (w/ a view of Miami!)

This position also provides Triangle ArtWorks a unique opportunity to deepen relationships we already have with other arts leaders around the Country and not only keep up with, but be a part of affecting changing trends in the arts around the country.  This knowledge and access will help Yerxa and Triangle ArtWorks advise Triangle arts leaders, as well as serve the Triangle arts community better. Directors of arts organizations from Miami/Dade, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and many other cities and towns are represented on the Council.

In January, Yerxa participated in her first Private Sector meeting, where she was briefed on changing trends in arts, such as the CREATE Act.  She also provided input into the discussion about the changing field of arts support and the role of the arts and culture segment in the larger “creative economy” and tp talk about the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to support this business segment here in the Triangle.

 

 

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NC Start-up “SkillPop” Makes it Easier to Learn Creative Skills

logo_dark-5740bff3725325690e13508d219162ba4d6c8e1ec17ce6a63ccb5781c0da93c6-1SkillPop is a new NC-based startup seeking to make in-person learning fresh and accessible. In an age where learning is trending online, SkillPop curates in-person classes where trying a new skill is social and engaging. “We don’t think you should have to spend huge amounts of time or money just to try something new or build your skills, so we make it simpler,” says founder Haley Bohon.

Watercolor RDUSkillPop hosts classes on a variety of topics from Handlettering to How to Launch Your Business which range from $20-35/class. Courses are held pop-up style in unique venues around the community and are taught by local experts looking to share their skills. Each class is bite-sized and focused so that you leave with the tools and knowledge to start pursuing your passion.

There are several ways to get involved:

Learn  Take a class and see what it’s all about! New classes come out every Tuesday morning and are announced in SkillPop’s newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter and/or see a list of current classes, visit  Skillpop’s website.SkillPop Photography Class

Teach  Have a skill you want to share? SkillPop accepts applications from teachers on a rolling basis and is currently looking for more teachers in the Raleigh area. More information on how to apply can be found here:

Host  SkillPop is currently popping-up in unique venues around Raleigh from historic churches to coworking spaces. If you have a venue you’d like to be used for classes send SkillPop an email.

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Support the Triangle Arts Community? Then Support Triangle ArtWorks!

We are lucky to live in the TAW_square_tagTriangle – home to one of the biggest and most diverse arts communities in the Country!

Help us also make the Triangle the best suppported arts community in the Country!  Support Triangle ArtWorks through a donation!

Click here to donate!

 

Here in the Triangle, we understand the power of the arts to…

  • Enliven our towns and cities
  • Provide diverse art and art experiences that are beautiful, transformative, fun, thought-provoking!
  • Bring new ideas and viewpoints to support entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Create a significant economic impact on the Region from its own work and a secondary impact on other businesses
  • Make the Triangle a great place to live, work, raise families and start businesses
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Our Board and volunteers are working hard to support the Triangle’s arts community. Support their work with a donation today!

If you support the Triangle arts community, you need to also support Triangle ArtWorks.

We are the only nonprofit looking at the big picture to ensure that the Triangle’s arts community has the resources and support it needs to not just to work, but to thrive!  Help us put the Triangle on the map as a Region that not only loves the arts, but supports artists as crucial members of the local economy and a big part of what makes the Triangle great.

Support artists? Then please support our work through a Donation.  Give here. 

 

Our Work in the Triangle.

 

  • Triangle ArtWorks NetWork – The center of it all is our online and social media network that keeps the community informed and makes it easier to find the resources, education, jobs and information they need to succeed.
  • Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders – TEAL is a group of young (and young at heart) arts leaders that comes together regularly for networking, education, mentoring and fun. This program is affiliated with Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders program, which allows this group to connect with other national emerging arts leaders.
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Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, leads a group of Triangle arts folks through advocacy meetings at 2016 NC Arts Day. Here seen with Wake County Rep. Yvonne Holley.

  • Arts Advocacy – Triangle ArtWorks advocates for the arts as a business segment at the local, state and national level, working collaboratively with other advocacy organizations such as Arts NC and Americans for the Arts. We use our network to empower and inform the arts community and to facilitate civic engagement around issues of arts advocacy.
  • Regional Theatre Convening – In 2014, Triangle Artworks was requested by a local theaters’ task force to facilitate the development of better communication and cooperation between the Triangle’s theaters. This led to a regional convening event and subsequent work by individual committees on regional issues and networking events.
  • Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) – The Research Triangle Park is an important part of what makes the Triangle Region great, and RTF is a crucial part of the growth and development of the RTP. The goal of our collaboration with RTF is to develop projects and programs that support the artists that already work in RTP, and to further integrate artists from across the Triangle into the work of RTF.
  • Triangle downtown development and arts council leaders helped us design and roll out the Tool-Kit.

    Triangle downtown development and arts council leaders helped us design and roll out the Tool-Kit.

    Pop-Up ToolKit – Triangle ArtWorks developed a Pop-Up ToolKit in collaboration with a committee of downtown development and arts leaders from across the Region. The ToolKit helps artists and property owners create Pop-up arts events to engage empty or underused spaces, provide more affordable arts venues, and facilitate art in unexpected places.

 

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    Law + ArtWorks small group workshops allow attendees to learn from the speakers and from other attendees.

    Law + ArtWorks – A group of lawyers who care about the Triangle’s arts community facilitates a Resource Group to determine the unmet legal needs of this community and develop ways to serve these needs, including monthly practical legal workshops.

  • Regional arts convener and connector – We form a centerpoint for the Triangle arts community. We create regional networking and educational programs to make it easier for the community to learn, connect, collaborate and communicate. We provide advice, support and connections for artists, arts groups and creative businesses. By virtue of our central position and big-picture view of the regional arts community, and by staying abreast of national arts trends, Triangle ArtWorks is a resource for Triangle economic development, downtown development and small business leaders. We provide information on regional and national trends in economic development through the arts, and convene and connect these groups to local arts organizations and businesses.
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    SMASH 2016

    SMASH! – Mark your calendars now for SMASH 2017 on January 24!  This event brings together the entire Triangle arts community – from across counties and disciplines – once a year. Our annual SMASH! is only time the entire community comes together to celebrate themselves and kick off the New Year. Always an exciting, fun (and kinda crazy) event, SMASH! is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the people, the work, and the impact of the arts in the Triangle.

 

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“Establishing Shot” Highlights Triangle Screen Talent

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Like many in the Triangle, local filmmakers, producers and actors Andrew Martin, Paul Kilpatrick and Olivia Griego saw a need and simply jumped in to fill it. The need? A way to promote the strength and diversity of local talent to a broader audience. Martin explains, “We have talented neighbors, who excel in theater, improv, stand up comedy, music, dance, burlesque, roller derby, wrestling, fashion, photography, and film. Being filmmakers by trade, we wanted to encourage and showcase these incredible people and bring these diverse talents together on screen.”  So they created the website An Establishing Shot.

Establishing Shot is a series of short improvised films, starring local Triangle & NC-based talent, invoking the spirit of old Hollywood’s screen tests. An “establishing shot” in filmmaking terms is typically used to open a new scene and provide a wider view of a setting or location in the story. It’s a traditional way to tell the viewer where the action takes place and to initiate a contextual understanding of what is about to happen on screen.

Establishing Shot provides an easily accessible online resource for local talent to showcase their work and makes it easier for business seeking talent, both from NC and beyond, to easily view the breadth of local talent.  “We see Establishing Shot Raleigh as the first time many people outside the community will become aware of the range of screen talent we have living here. This is designed to be an intriguing tease of dramatic and comedic possibilities, casting light on many of the gifted performers who call this region home.” say Martin. The hope is that rather than bringing talent in from elsewhere for productions filmed here, Establishing Shot will make it easier for those casting films or other productions to view the work of local talent and “hire local”.

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Katie Barrett, Liam O’Neill and Mikaela Saccoccio in “Why Do You Need to Get Away” on Establishing Shot.

Another reason for creating Establishing Shot was to reveal a new side to the Triangle’s well-established theater and performance talent, by giving them the opportunity and confidence to do more acting in front of the camera. Martin adds, “We also wanted to give the behind-the-scenes crew the chance to have some raw unscripted fun, play around with cameras and lights in a non-corporate or commercial setting, and to create a positive experience for everyone working together as a well-orchestrated team.”

Short term, the project will provide Triangle actors and performers the opportunity to create original material for a reel. Long term, the creators hope to generate increased interest and enthusiasm for the Triangle’s brand of unique characters and creators and inspire more original works of film, television, and visual art.

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Paul Kilpatrick and Germain Choffart film a scene.

Getting the Project Started 

“We originally reached out to over 250 vetted and proven performers and were only able to make the scheduling work for 30 of them this time around. The wealth and depth of talent in this community is strong and growing.” says Martin. They shot 50 scenes over 2 days of filming and have been very gradually releasing each one. Having full time careers and families, the labor-intensive and time-consuming aspect of this project has been the editing.

What’s Next? 

Once Establishing Shot Raleigh becomes established, there will be an even greater chance for visual artists, musicians, writers, and creative people of all kinds to naturally integrate into the design and delivery of the scenes.  The creators are open to meeting and working with the large, diverse group of artists and artisans throughout our creative community. In the meantime, Martin adds, “We need editors, or even people who are dabbling in editing, to help us finish. Adobe Premiere only, since the project is organized and ready to share most easily in this format.  Next time around we will need help in every department.”

They also ask the Triangle Arts Community to be sure to share and comment on the video scenes to help get the word out. To be successful, they want to be seen in our local market, but it will be of even greater benefit if filmmakers and audiences outside our community begin to discover the talent available here.

Visit EstRaleigh.com to get more info and contact Andrew, Olivia and Paul through the website.

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Glas Offers Classes, Gallery and Venue space in Raleigh

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Drains at Glas bear its logo.

Local neon artist, Nate Sheaffer, is creating a new space for his work, but also offering classes and space for others to show their art in his recently opened neon glass blowing studio and gallery “Glas“.  “I’m making a final home for my creative life to expand and develop” explains Sheaffer, who has previously operated three studios around the Triangle,  “This final home is more about creative diversity and experimentation than any of the previous iterations.”  The space is the former boiler room in the 190,000 square foot building now being developed as Dock 1053.

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Boiler room space before renovation (minus the boilers).

The Space

Sheaffer’s vision for the space “is to teach neon glass blowing techniques to interested individuals, to open my space and self up to creative collaborations, and to provide a gallery/show space for new as well as experienced artists utilizing creative programming aimed at engaging a broad audience of art enthusiasts.”

Classes – “One of the most exciting projects is setting up neon glass blowing workshops that engage participants in the design and fabrication of their own neon pieces. Workshops run one night a week (Tuesdays 6-9 pm) for six weeks, culminating in a Saturday afternoon gallery showcase of participants’ work. When the show is over, students take their work home along with the memorable experience of having designed and created an illuminated work in glass.”

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Gallery space at Glas – Art by Kathleen Jardine, Philip Ernst, Louis St. Lewis and others.

Gallery –  According to Sheaffer, “The space also features an extravagance – a beautiful gallery, where experimental art can be shown and photographed and creative collaborations with musicians, dancers, photographers, cinematographers, and beginning artists can be given a chance to stretch and explore.”

Venue – “The gallery space has turned out beautifully and simply has to be experienced. With the collection of neon in the glass blowing area and the gorgeous gallery space, I’m making the majority of the shop available for event rental to help offset expenses and to share the space with a broader segment of the area.”

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Nate Scheaffer and collaborator Louis St. Lewis in the studio space at Glas.

Workshops – “The space is perfect for meetings and gatherings as well as workshops art related and non-art related. I have designed several team-building exercises for groups up to 20 that are perfect for corporate programing or simply as interesting event entertainment. In the not too distant future, we hope to add laboratory glass blowing classes and capabilities, also.”

Nate wants this space “to fill a niche in the wonderful art landscape others have forged downtown, in and around the warehouse district” and welomes ideas for collaborative programming with other galleries and workshops with other artists across different media.  Find out more about Glas or connect with them through the website. Glas is located 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 125 Raleigh, NC 27604.

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