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”.
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.
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.
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.Tags: Andrew Martin, Establishing Shot, Olivia Griego, Paul Kilpatrick, triangle artworks
This month, TEAL is joining together with other arts, non-profit and maker groups for two networking events. Here’s the info:
Get Crafty With Us
Thurs, OCT 20 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Fullsteam in Durham
Thurs, OCT 27 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Crank Arm in Raleigh
Craft + Beer is a FREE event that pours together local craft artists, creative professionals and craft beer. What’s not to love? Craft artists featured at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market will be on hand to talk about their art and share their creative process. Sip local brews and get a sneak peek of the Carolina Artisan Craft Market coming to Downtown Raleigh November 11-13. All attendees will receive a coupon for discounted entry to the Market. Door prizes will also be given away, so come early and stay late. It’s going to be a great night!
Craft + Beer is co-hosted by:
• Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild – Learn more about the Market – CarolinaArtisanCraft.com.
• Triangle Nonprofit Communicators
• The Create Good Conference
• YNPN Triangle NC
• Triangle Fused
• Blown Glass Meetup Group
• Scrap Exchange
• Durham Art Guild
• Triangle Social Hangout Meetup Group
• Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders/Triangle ArtWorks
See you there!
Tags: Carolina Artisan Craft Market, Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, TEAL, triangle artworks, Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders
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.
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.”
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.”
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.Tags: Glas, Glas Gallery, glassblowing raleigh, Ladies of Triangle Theatre, Louis St. Lewis, Nate Sheaffer, neon art
Jonathan Frederick of the NC Science Festival has come to us to help him connect with Triangle artists. He is looking for artists, of all disciplines, with ideas for events or projects that explore the connection between arts, design and science. Are you a scientist that is an artist or an artist that explores science themes? Or have a crazy idea for an event, installation, talk … whatever – that crosses the streams of art and science? Here is a letter from Jonathan to Triangle artists:
Greetings from UNC-Chapel Hill—
I direct the North Carolina Science Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science and its connections to our daily lives. We’re based out of UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Each April, we produce and facilitate hundreds of events across North Carolina. To give you a sense of scale, this past April we had over 900 events in 99 of NC’s 100 counties attended by 415,000 participants. These events range from talks on college campuses, nature hikes at parks, demonstrations at museums, hands-on storytime science shows at public libraries, community-wide street fairs, large expos, and more.
Take a look at our 2016 Final Report to get a sense for the feel for what we do.
For the 2017 NC Science Festival, we’re exploring the theme of Art & Design. I would love to connect with artists on what might be possible. With enough interest, I’m happy to host a brainstorming meeting sometime in the near future. If I could have it all, I’d love to see: science-themed murals painted in cities and towns in NC, theatrical performances, installations, musical interpretations and so on. There is a ton of potential all tied to time, talents and funding. We have a network of thousands of scientists who may be up for collaborating as well.
If you’re interested in talking further, please let me now.
Director, NC Science Festival
Producer/Host, Carolina Science Cafe
UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Got an idea? Shoot Jonathan an email! And I know you are all wondering, is there money in it? The answer is a solid “maybe”.
Tags: arts and science, NC Science Festival, triangle artworks, UNC, UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
This article is part of a continuing series on creative resources in the Triangle that are either little known, or you may have heard of them, but may be unaware of the extent of the services and resources they offer. Have an idea for a future article? Let us know.
By Taryn Oesch
With all the new arts events, venues and groups popping up all over Durham, long-time arts organizations and events are often overlooked. Last weekend was the 29th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival at the Performance Hall at Hayti Heritgage Center. To find out more about the Organization behind this longstanding Durham arts event, we visited Hayti Heritage Center to learn more about its mission and programming.
The center opened in 1975 under the management of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation. It’s a cultural enrichment and arts education facility whose mission, according to executive director Angela Lee, is “to preserve historic Hayti and to promote the African American experience through arts programs and events that benefit the broader community.” Booker T. Washington called the historic Hayti district “Black Wall Street,” and the Hayti Heritage Center works to honor that legacy, along with using the arts to bring communities and races together.
The center itself is the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a national historic landmark. The beautiful venue is available for rent, with over 35,000 square feet of available space, including an auditorium that seats up to 400, community and meeting rooms, and a dance studio. There’s even affordable small office space.
The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates multiple art forms. Members of the community can sign up for classes on dance and martial arts, some for as little as $5 per class. The center also shows local artists in its Lobby Gallery – in February, the center hosted a Black History Month exhibition. At the Jambalaya Soul Slam, a staple program since 2005, local poets compete for a cash prize and membership in the Bull City Slam Team, which competes in regional and national competition every summer. The Heritage Music Series and Heritage Film Festival add to the cultural offerings.
There’s a variety of ways artists and arts supporters can get involved with the Hayti Heritage Center and help, in Lee’s words, “preserve the heritage and embrace the experience of the arts.” Take a class, try out for the Bull City Slam Team, come to an event, rent their facility, and, of course, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by, see the art, tour the performance venue, meet the hard-working staff and thank them for their work to continue to impact of this longstanding venue on the Durham arts community.
Taryn Oesch is an editor, writer, and long-time Raleigh resident, graduating from Wakefield High School and Meredith College. She volunteers with local arts organizations and Miracle League of the Triangle. In her free time, she plays the piano, spoils her godchildren, and battles for apartment space with her uncontrollable collection of books. WebsiteTags: Angela Lee, Bull Durham Blues Festival, City of Durham, Durham arts, Hayti Heritage Center, Jambalaya Soul Slam, St. Joseph's AME Church, Taryn Oesch, Triangle arts venues, triangle artworks
We are excited to welcome two new board members, Beth Eiserloh Johnson and David C. Mason, to the ArtWorks team!
Beth Johnson has been the owner of a small marketing consulting firm, Small Frame Marketing, specializing in strategic planning and freelance marketing projects for Triangle area nonprofits and small business since 2011. Prior to that she worked on staff at the North Carolina Symphony, Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre. She has extensive volunteer and committee experience for local nonprofits such as CAM Raleigh, Haven House Services, Follow the Child Montessori School and Triangle ArtWorks.
Beth is a self-proclaimed cheerleader for the local art scene and has enjoyed being a patron, ticket buyer, art buyer, donator, volunteer and general rah rah-er for the Triangle’s growing arts and cultural community.
David Mason is an experienced Product Manager who has worked in organizations like Red Hat and Intrahealth International to develop open source software. He also co-founded the Open Initiative, which worked with recording artists, open source software leaders, educational institutions, and other NGOs to improve health care in Africa. Prior to his work with open source software development, he studied music and English literature in college and played music professionally for several years.
To learn more about other ArtWorks board members, please visit this page.Tags: Beth Eiserloh Johnson, David Mason, Triangle ArtWorks Board of Directors
Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders, that group of young (or young at heart) folks working in the arts in the Triangle has taken a bit of a hiatus. But its BACK!
We are bringing back TEAL’s popular lunches, but adding a new element. Its easier to get away from the office when you are learning something…right! So, each TEAL lunch will now have a discussion topic and a discussion leader from the Triangle arts community. As always, TEAL lunch is also just a great time for networking and discussion of general issues facing arts leaders.
Here’s the info on this month’s lunch:
TEAL September Lunch and Learn
This month’s topic:
“How to build an audience – through social media,
collaborations & other crazy ideas”
Leading the discussion will be G. Todd Buker, Artistic Director of Bare Theatre. Commonly referred to as a “vagabond” company, Bare is a Triangle-based company that does not own its own stage/theater (which saves a lot of money!). In the last 5 years, the company has grown its audience tremendously through crowdfunding, social media, and collaborations that have enabled them to pay the artists involved! Todd will begin the discussion with a short talk on the topic and then open the floor for group discussion. Come ready to share stories on what has worked or what hasn’t for you, and to learn from each other.
Here are the details:
Where: RTP Frontier, Dive Conference room, 3rd floor
When: Friday, September 23
11:30 RTP Food truck rodeo opens in the Frontier parking lot. So, grab lunch there (come early, there will be lines!) or just bring a brown bag lunch!
12:00 Discussion begins
1:00 Official ending of discussion, feel free to stay and chat!
Who should attend?
The event is free, but help us make sure we have room for everyone by signing up here.Tags: arts community building, arts marketing, arts networking, Bare Theatre, RTP Frontier, TEAL, TEAL lunch, Todd Buker, Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders
Law + ArtWorks – that group of local lawyers that works on Triangle ArtWorks network to provide legal education and resources for the Triangle – is kicking off their new year (well, fiscal year) with a new focus as Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” and wants to tell you about it over a cold one!
Join the lawyers of Law + ArtWorks for drinks, snacks and a little “legal mingling” at WXYZ at the new Aloft Hotel on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 6pm on Wednesday, September 21.
Help us plan better by signing up for this event here.
Last year, a bunch of arts loving Triangle lawyers were looking for a more efficient and effective way to help the Triangle arts community and help them get the legal information they need to run their businesses and protect their work. They began working with Triangle ArtWorks, set up Law + Artworks, and began a series of Practicums – practical workshops aimed at helping artists understand issues such as how to read a contract, what Fair Use really means, or how to file a trademark application. They also began looking at other ways to support the Triangle’s artists and arts organizations.
This (fiscal) year, they are “rebranding” as a Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” – go-to group for arts organizations and discipline groups for general legal support. They will still be doing their monthly Practicums, often working directly with arts discipline groups across the Triangle. They will also be working to build the Legal Resources for Artists database on Triangle ArtWorks site and to develop other simple tools, such as pamphlets and guides, that artists can access directly from the Site.
Need a lawyer to talk to your business or arts organization about a general legal issue – contact them. Does your arts discipline share a general legal concern that they want input on? Contact them. By bringing together lawyers that support the arts community, we are making it easier for them to work together to increase legal resources for artists and for arts groups to be able to find legal speakers and other support.
Of course, Law + ArtWorks will not be able to represent artists or organizations directly on specific cases. If you need to hire a lawyer, check out our Creative Services section to find lawyers who love working with artists.
If you are a lawyer that loves the arts, but struggles with how to be of help, join our Resource Group! We are expanding the group to provide more tools and services. All areas of practice are needed! Come to the Happy Hour or contact us here.
We are glad you asked! Yes, ArtWorks will be working with other professional groups (Accounting? Real estate? Marketing?) to create more Resource Groups to work through ArtWorks regional network to help the Triangle’s arts business community get the resources they need more easily. Have an idea for our next Resource Group? Let us know!Tags: ArtWorks Legal Resource Group, Brandon Huffman, Ed Timberlake, Law + ArtWorks, legal issues for artists, Mike Tadych, Pam Chestek, triangle artworks
By Ella Fang
You may have heard the news that the NC General Assembly increased the North Carolina Arts Council budget in its last session. Specifically, the new budget included these changes:
But what does this mean for the Triangle?
The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Grassroots money helps local arts organizations provide a diverse menu of arts opportunities, such as festivals, classes and performances, and also supports arts in schools, administrative overhead, and sub-grants to community agencies. Grassroots funds are distributed to a designated arts organization in each county, which uses the funds for local programs and also regrants part of the money out to other organizations. “Counties with more than 60,000 population are required to sub-grant/re-grant 50% of these funds. For some arts organizations, Grassroots funding is their only source for operating funds” said Leigh Ann Wilder, Arts in Communities Director at NC Arts Council.
In the Triangle, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Chatham County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and Durham Arts Council distrubute Grassroots funds, often adding it to funding raised locally. “For us, it means we are able to provide nine more grants for the local arts community.” said Ragen Carlile, Vice President for Education and Community Programs at United Arts Council. This increased funding can make a real difference to the local arts organizations and artists that receive funding from their county arts councils. Click here for a listing of investments by county. Read more about Grass roots Arts Funding here.
The A+ Schools Program “is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and students learn in all subjects.” The program is creating and supporting a statewide network of A+ Schools – 50 so far – that have adopted the A+ philosophy and practice, and that make a commitment to participating in network activities. Learn more about the A+ Schools program here and find a list of the A+ Schools in your county here.
Another NC Arts Council program with a direct effect on the Triangle is the The SmART Initiative, which provides grants and leadership for municipal arts-driven economic development programs. So far, four North Carolina municipalities have projects funded under this program, including Durham. The Durham project created, first, an Arts Vision plan to connect the downtown arts districts. See that Arts Vision plan here. Momentum from the initial SmART Initiative work has resulted in a successful NEA grant to continue this project. Read more about the NEA funded grant here.
This funding increase is great proof that arts advocacy works! ArtsNC, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts, provided the leadership behind this successful effort. They organized advocacy events statewide to teach people how and why they need to fight for the arts and organized and led ARTS Day 2016, an annual two-day conference of art and action that draws hundreds of North Carolinians to their state capital to learn, network, celebrate, and speak with one voice on behalf of the arts. They also worked with local organizations to
engage arts supporters to advocate for the Arts and give them the training and tools they need to be effective advocates.
Triangle ArtWorks worked with Arts NC to host such a regional training event, “Give a Damn About the Arts” on April 13, 2016. To get a snapshot of that event, check out this video by Justin Gartman. Arts advocates from across the Triangle also participated in Arts Day, meeting with their local representatives and telling them stories about how the arts impact their cities and their lives.
Triangle ArtWorks has links to all local and statewide granting opportunities on our website. Each county, and sometimes individual municipalities, have granting programs for nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists and arts projects. The North Carolina Arts Council also supports arts organizations, emerging artists and individual artists. Find more information and links to all of these grant programs here.
Ella Fang is a new Raleigh resident, graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. A strong believer that art works, she coordinates the International Festival of Raleigh, volunteers with local arts organizations, and fights for arts accessibility. In her free time, she loves painting, reading, and camping with her husband and their dog Smokie.Tags: arts advocacy, arts nc, Chatham County Arts Council, City of Durham, Durham Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Justin Gartman, Leigh Ann Wilder, NC Arts Council, NC Arts Day, NC Grassroots Arts Funding, Orange County Arts Council, triangle artworks, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County