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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks – Cindy Honickman & ArtWorks Board

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running. Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.   Then support their work with a Donation to Triangle ArtWorks

Cindy Honickman


14f7b44Cindy Honickman is the local owner of WAKA Kickball & Social Sports and joined the Triangle ArtWorks team with a strong background in marketing, public relations, and event planning. She has helped the team with email marketing strategy and website editing, and has even conducted wordpress training for other volunteers.

Why are you willing to give your time/talents to support Triangle ArtWorks

“As a small business owner, there are certain times throughout the year when I have more free time available in my schedule. During these periods, I enjoy giving my time to non-profits where I really feel a connection to their mission.

Why do you think that Triangle ArtWorks is important for the Triangle arts community and the Triangle itself. 

“Through WAKA, I am building a community of young professionals and those young at heart who want to enjoy sports, explore local businesses and events, and grow their social circles. Triangle ArtWorks is building a community of people in the arts industry who can support one another in their endeavors. Everyone involved needs a different kind of help from knowing where art can be showcased, to getting the word out about classes or even just learning how to meet the right people. Triangle ArtWorks is reaching out and connecting these people to the right resources. I am very proud to work with an organization that is shaping the community in such an impactful way, one artist at a time.”

ArtWorks Board of Directors


Beth Yerxa, Director, with members of the Boards External Committee – Reed Colver, Brian Starkey, Andrea Mia and Melanie Stoer.


ArtWorks was built 5 years ago by volunteers and still run entirely by volunteers. This year, Triangle ArtWorks received a capacity building grant from Duke Energy to begin the work to move us beyond our “all-volunteer” status.  The Duke grant has enabled us to bring on expert guidance from local consultant, Maggie Clay Love.  But its ArtWorks current Board of Directors that is rising to the challenge and doing what’s needed to move this Organization to the next level … through lots of meetings, hard work and strategic thinking.  We are incredibly grateful to have such a strong and committed Board of Directors guiding us through this important year.  Thanks to them all.

So many volunteers are working hard to make the Triangle’s arts community stronger.  Please support their work with a donation.  This week, your donation will be doubled in our Matching Challenge! DONATE HERE!

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Is Triangle ArtWorks Having an Impact? Our Community Says Yes!

Although ArtWorks is only 5 years in, we are already making a difference in the Triangle.  See what our community has to say:

“We have an amazing community of creative people in the region but, for the most part, they labor alone. By encouraging collaboration, cross-pollination and growing resources, Triangle Art Works is filling a void in the local economy and providing support for our extensive arts cluster.” Dianne Reed, Chatham County Economic Development

“We need an organization to help us look beyond our next event or program and take stock in the collective riches we have as an arts community. We need help building a regional identity.” Leigh Ann Wilder, NCAC Arts in Communities

“I am particularly thankful for the real world, nuts-and-bolts approach that is the hallmark of their programming.”  Lynn York, Writer.

“Since Triangle ArtWorks has formed, we have been able to see our art events gain a much broader marketing base.  It has helped our community that is in the southern end of Wake County”.  Naomi Riley, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Assoc.

“Triangle ArtWorks have fostered connections that I would not otherwise have made with other arts leaders in our community and beyond.” Annah Lee, Artspace

“When I saw a need for connecting, educating, and supporting local filmmakers, Triangle Art Works encouraged me. They introduced me to people who believed in the same vision, which helped grow our reach and therefore help more people in the film community.”  Camden Watts, TriFilm Society

“Many organizations have said that they have tasked themselves with integrating the arts community in the Triangle region and being a central resource for artists and arts organizations but Triangle Art Works is the only one I have found that is really walking the talk.” Frank Konhaus, Kontek, Cassilhaus



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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks – Leigh Ann Wilder

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running. Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.


Leigh Ann WIlder and ArtWorks founder Beth Yerxa, back talking arts in a bar….how it all began. Leigh Ann Wilder

Leigh Ann Wilder

Leigh Ann was there at the beginning. Leigh Ann and ArtWorks Founder Beth Yerxa met while Beth was serving on the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and Leigh Ann on a CORAC Committee.  They spent months brainstorming around how to address some unmet needs they both saw in the Triangle’s arts community.  Togther they met and listened to people in the community and pulled together the “bones” of the idea for what is now ArtWorks.  While Beth took the idea and made it into Triangle ArtWorks, Leigh Ann was a founding Board member and served on the Strategic Planning committee.  Leigh Ann is now Arts in Communities Director at NC Arts Council and continues to be a champion for ArtWorks and sounding board for our Director.

Why are you willing to give your time/talents to support Triangle ArtWorks.

“From initial concept, Triangle ArtWorks was about collaboration and what could be realized if the arts groups in the Triangle were really talking to each other. I’ve been a board member, employee, donor, participant and volunteer among Raleigh arts groups for years. I’ve been to gatherings where the agenda was to bring Triangle arts groups together, but it was really a marketing pitch –more prescribed than organic.

The conversations about Triangle ArtWorks were wholly different from the beginning. These conversations were about vision and services and building a platform to support the creatives in the Triangle.”

Why do you think that Triangle ArtWorks is important for the Triangle arts community and the Triangle itself.

“Everybody in the arts are working at their capacity. We need an organization to help us look beyond our next event or program and take stock in the collective riches we have as an arts community. We need help building a regional identity.”

You too can support the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing for the Triangle’s arts business community.  Donate here.  This week, your donation will be doubled in our Matching Gift Challenge!  Donate today!

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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks -> Nancy Novell

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running.  Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.

Nancy Novell


Nancy Novell, a local potter, is currently Chair of the Raleigh Arts Commission and has long been very involved in the arts in Raleigh.   Nancy believed in Triangle ArtWorks from the beginning.  When ArtWorks began in 2010, she was a Founding Board member. She was one of the volunteers who stepped up to help with the huge task of research and writing to load the website.  As a Founding Board member, she also was involved in developing our initial Strategic Plan and a player in building the Organization you see today.


Nancy Novell in front of a painting by Bob Rankin at the Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village, where she also works a few afternoons a week.


Why were/are you willing to give your time/talents to support Triangle ArtWorks.

Triangle Artworks was and continues to be quite a large undertaking. In the beginning, I was able to jump right in as we were reaching out, community by community, organization by organization, to determine the scope of what was already available and happening in all areas of the arts in the Triangle region. Working with the Board on collating information, determining the brand, and creating the website were all positive steps toward visualizing a coordinated Triangle-wide creative community.

Why do you think that Triangle ArtWorks is important for the Triangle arts community and the Triangle itself.

Serving as a collaborative arts resource for the Triangle’s creative community can strengthen and enhance all that the arts are and do in each individual community. Triangle ArtWorks has the vision to work holistically and bring all things arts related to one accessible clearinghouse.

Join Nancy Novell and others in supporting Triangle ArtWorks!  Make a donation to support our work to build capacity in the Organization. Find out more about this work here.

Donate here.

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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks – TJ McCain & Mohini Uchil

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running. Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.

Today, we introduce you to one of our “office volunteers” and our current Intern:

TJ McCain and Mohini Uchil

L-R, Mohini Uchil and Teona (TJ) McCain

TJ McCain is a student at UNCW interning with Triangle ArtWorks this year.  She is studying sociology, but has interests ranging from photography to design to social media. Mohini Uchil recently moved to the Triangle from New Jersey when her husband was relocated with MetLife.  She has long worked in the insurance industry herself, and still does part-time, but was looking for a volunteer outlet in the arts to get more engaged in the Triangle community.  She found Triangle ArtWorks through an Activate Good posting for Office Volunteers.

Checking out the Frontier's riding desks....or pretty much a scene typical to every day these two are in the office together.

When they are not laughing, they are working for you!

Both of these women are best described as “forces of nature”.  They came into our office and, working with current office volunteers Lucy Gardiner and Cindy Hockiman (more on them in a future installment) began transforming it into an organized and streamlined, but crazy and fun place to be.  Triangle ArtWorks is lucky to have these volunteers on board and working for the Triangle arts community!




Mohini and TJ answered my questions together:

Why are you both giving your time and talents to volunteer for Triangle ArtWorks?

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Hanging at the Berlin Wall…down stairs from our office. This picture pretty much sums it up.

We absolutely love volunteering for Triangle ArtWorks. It is a non-profit organization like no other in the Triangle. It has taken the idea of the starving artist and smashed it to bits. ArtWorks brings the entire arts community together, from the painter to the dancer, the designer to the sculptor. You name any art form and Triangle ArtWorks covers it. That’s what amazes and attracts us to this organization.

It has also been an incredible learning experience working with Beth Yerxa, ArtWorks Executive Director. With her knowledge of art and law, her many contacts or just her down-to-earth spirit, she has made Triangle ArtWorks a great place to work. We also love the personal satisfaction we get working with an organization with such an incredible impact on the arts community . . .  it has been an exceptional experience. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Triangle ArtWorks!


Both Mohini and TJ are getting the daily work done in the office, from keeping the site updated, to social media, to simple but necessary office tasks. Mohini is also our Partner Coordinator, working with our Partners to keep them informed and responding to inquiries or information from them.  TJ is working on some long range projects about how to better use social media, such as Flikr, to serve our community, and providing support to TEAL and the Board of Directors.

TJ and Mohini are working hard to support the Triangle arts business community and doing it simply for a love of that community.  Please share their enthusiasm and donate to help us continue our work.

Donate here.


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Support ArtWorks During Our Month of “Gratitude and Giving”!

TAW_bar_tagDecember 1 kicks off a “Month of Gratitude and Giving” here at Triangle ArtWorks! It has been a remarkable and transformative year for us. We’ve come a long way since a group of volunteers began this organization in 2010.  It is time to take pride in what we have built, but also a hard look at what needs to be done to continue our work.

During this month, follow our blog and social media, as we look behind the scenes at ArtWorks to meet the hardworking people who have volunteered their time and skills to create this great organization.  


Help us Continue our Transformation!

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 a Tool-Kit for promoting Pop-up Arts events in underused spaces.

Much like a start-up, ArtWorks is at the developmental stage where it has proven idea, but needs “seed funding” from people who believe in – and are willing to invest in – what we are building, to take us to the next level.

This year, thanks to a grant from Duke Energy, we have begun work with a local nonprofit consultant who is working hand in hand with our Board of Directors to, basically, rebuild our Organization from the ground up. We are already seeing amazing results, but we need financial support to continue this important work.

This month, we are raising $10,000 to continue this transformation work in 2016.


  • Do you believe in the value of the arts community to the future of the Triangle? Does your business rely on this region continuing to be a vibrant place filled with a diverse range of arts experiences and creative people? Then give to support Triangle ArtWorks continued work.

    L-R - Beth Yerxa, Triangle Artworks; Cong. Alma Adams (12th District); Karen Well, Arts NC; Rebecca Scoggins, Arts & Business Council.

    ArtWorks advocates for arts locally, statewide and at the National level – Executive Director seen here with Cong Alma Adams at Arts Day 2015. She is joined by Karen Wells from Arts NC (statewide arts advocacy group) and Rebecca Scoggins from Arts & Business Council, Mecklenburg County.

  • Do you benefit from Triangle ArtWorks services? Does our website and social media feed help you stay informed and benefit your work? Have you been educated in one of our legal workshops? Have you met collaborators or colleagues at our events? Then give what you can to keep us going!

Become a part of what we are building, by giving a little or a lot, to support Triangle ArtWorks.


THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14TH – DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! – Two donors have agreed to match your donations! Give $20, we get $40!  Give $100, we get $200!


A Transformative Year

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The arts are big business in the Triangle, so we believe they need to be supported as businesses. (Image from NCDCR “Measuring the NC Creative Workforce 2014 )

Volunteers have spent 5 years building this amazing platform and network to recognize, value and support the arts as a business community in the five counties of the Triangle Region. This community is a vital component within the Creative Economy, the development of which many see as vital to the future of the Triangle region. Our work is intended to help the broader community – as well as the arts community itself – shift their view of the arts from “charity” to “business sector” and to ensure that this community has the resources and support it needs to continue to thrive.

ArtWorks’ work in the community gained a lot of momentum this year, including these highlights:

  • Our first office space at the vibrant Frontier in RTP;
  • A successful Open House, bringing the entire Triangle arts community together in our new space;
  • Increased recognition of the need for the platform and network we are building;
  • Kicked off convening work for the Triangle Theater community;
  • Worked with attorneys from across the region to create Law + ArtWorks, which hosts monthly practical legal seminars and is working on longer range projects to address legal needs of the arts community.

If you are just discovering Triangle ArtWorks read more about us here and here.





Big News at Triangle ArtWorks – Capacity Building Grant from Duke Energy and New Board Members Take Us to the Next Level

TAW_square_tagTriangle ArtWorks is taking big steps forward this year, thanks to a capacity building grant from Duke Energy. Triangle ArtWorks is a nonprofit that is fast becoming a centerpoint for the Triangle arts community.

ArtWorks Already Impacting Triangle Region

This year, there has been incredible growth in the recognition of Triangle ArtWorks’ impact and the need for our platform and network. Working efficiently with volunteers and local partners has allowed us to create programs that are already benefiting the Region, despite minimal funding and an all-volunteer staff. Arts and economic development leaders across the Triangle recognize the impact this organization is already having, as well as the need for its expansion.

As Nate McGaha, Executive Director of the Carolina Ballet explains, “Triangle Arts Works serves a vital role in the infrastructure that helps the arts to survive and thrive in the area. They serve as a valuable resource for both artists and arts organizations by connecting, educating and energizing their constituents. They facilitate collaboration of ideas and resources across a variety of issues and projects, while also acting as a valuable advocate for how crucial arts and culture are to growing and sustaining the Creative Economy in the Triangle.” Dianne Reed, president of Chatham County Arts Council, adds “We have an amazing community of creative people in the region but, for the most part, they labor alone. By encouraging collaboration, cross-pollination and growing resources, Triangle Art Works is filling a void in the local economy and providing support for our extensive arts cluster. Their work is vital for the Triangle and its arts community.”

Duke Energy Grant Supports ArtWorks Transition to Sustainable Nonprofit

Thanks to a Capacity Building grant from Duke Energy, Triangle ArtWorks has been able to hire nonprofit consultant Maggie Clay Love to help ArtWorks reach the next step. Her work will include board development, and assuming additional funding, a full organizational assessment. ArtWorks’ success has stretched the minimal volunteer staffs’ capacity to maintain the platform and current programs, while also working on fundraising and organizational development. Love’s work will bring the organizational and financial stability needed to ensure that Triangle ArtWorks can continue to grow and serve the Triangle arts community.

Four Regional Leaders Join Triangle ArtWorks Board

Crucial to the success of this work is a strong Board of Directors. In its July meeting, ArtWorks’ Board of Directors welcomed four new members: Richard Holly, Brandon Huffman, Andrea Mia and Melanie Stoer.

Richard Holly
Rich Holly is the Executive Director of ARTS NC STATE, having joined NC State University in this capacity in 2015. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Rich served as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where he was also a Professor of Percussion for 32 years. Rich has been active in numerous arts ventures. He was a founding board member of the DeKalb (IL) Area Arts Council and active with the Rockford Arts Council. He was co-chair of the Higher Education Board for Arts Alliance Illinois, Panel Lead for the Arts in Education Panel of Chicago Public Schools, and collaborated frequently with the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools on a variety of arts initiatives. Active in arts advocacy, he frequently consults for arts organizations and school system arts programs. As a percussionist, Rich Holly remains active as a solo performer and clinician, and has appeared over 300 times at schools, colleges, universities, conventions and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and South America. Rich received his formal training at the State University of New York at Potsdam and East Carolina University.

Brandon Huffman
Brandon J. Huffman is an attorney at Hutchison, PLLC in Raleigh. His practice focuses primarily on interactive media, internet and technology startups. Brandon counsels creative clients on day-to-day legal and business issues, intellectual property law and strategic business planning. Brandon also chairs our Law + ArtWorks committee.

Andrea Mia
Andrea’s corporate career was predominantly in the film business, working with directors and writers helping them clarify their visions and see them through to the screen. She has lived and worked in the USA, Japan and the Netherlands. Andrea is determined to help leaders and creatives make high-impact sustainable behavioral change. The hallmark of Andrea’s work is helping clients generate insight and translate that into action quickly. Andrea’s client list includes a broad cross section of industries and cultural backgrounds. She has coached at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where she has received a certification in Cross-Cultural Savvy and is currently training for accreditation with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in Presence-Based Coaching. Andrea also has degrees from Columbia University in Philosophy and University of Southern California in Film Producing.

Melanie Stoer
Melanie Stoer is a local Raleigh glass artist and business consultant. After earning her B.A. in Business Management from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, Melanie spent 15 years in the business world working in marketing and analysis. In 2008, she was certified by Synectics World as a creativity trainer. As a trainer, Melanie works with clients interested in team-building and innovation to generate, nurture and implement new ideas, processes, etc. As a glass artist, Melanie exhibits her work at local shops and galleries, and participates in art festivals in Raleigh and beyond. She is also an instructor at Pullen Arts Center, teaching glass fusing and slumping to adult students.

TEAL hosts Fundraising Discussion with Christina Menges

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Want to build upon your development skills?

Come learn from area expert, Christina Menges, in our upcoming TEAL. discussion.

  • Tuesday August 11th from 6:30-7:30pm at The Frontier in RTP
  • Speaker: Christina Menges, Director of Development for ARTS NC STATE.
  • Light refreshments provided.

During this interactive discussion we will explore key topics such as:

  • How to meet potential donors/supporters
  • Improving networking skills
  • How to make “The ask”
  • How to market yourself or your organization for greater appeal to potential donors/supporters
  • Engaging and maintaining donors /supporters
  • Donor/supporter relationship etiquette

All in an interactive, discussion setting, where you can ask questions, share strategies and learn from the speaker and each other!  For more information, email us.  Let your friends know you are coming on our Facebook event page!

What? Never heard of TEAL?

Want to learn more about Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders (TEAL) – who they are and what they do?  Look at their Program page on ArtWorks Site.  For up-to-date information about TEAL events, check out their Facebook page!

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Groundworkk – How $5 Can Empower the Arts Community

By Amy Saltmarsh

There is a new method in the  Triangle to raise money for your creative idea. groundworkk is a monthly social event that connects local entrepreneurs, artists, and (for the evening) venture capitalists. On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, a crowd pays a $5 door fee and gathers at a pre-selected venue (Raleigh’s Longview Center, the HUB Raleigh, Tir Na Nog, and Durham’s Mercury Studios, to name a few). From 6:30 to 8:30pm the crowd enjoy presentations, networking, and a light cocktail hour. Presentations start at 7:00 and presenters are given four minutes to pitch their creative ideas and projects to the audience. Each presentation is followed by six minutes of audience led Q&A. After the pitches, attendees enjoy food prepared by a local chef and then, it’s time to vote! At 8:30pm votes are tallied and the winner is announced. The winner is awarded the evening’s earnings via the ever symbolic mason jar. 

groundworkk founder Matt Konar, with first grounworkk "winner" Whitney Robinson.

groundworkk operates through Raleigh and Durham Executive Committees. Each committee is charged with selecting and mentoring presenters and assisting with event logistics. groundworkk Raleigh’s Executive Committee is comprised of Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim, Carolyn Jackson of Raleigh Charter High School, Matt Tomasulo of City Fabric, and Daniel Whittaker of Green Planet Catering. Durham’s Executive Committee is comprised of Katie DeConto of Mercury Studio,  Laura Ritchie of The Carrack Modern Art, and Krista Anne Nordgren of The Makery.

How to become a presenter.

Triangle entrepreneurs and artists submit their ideas to groundworkk via With the input of the Executive Committees, up to four presenters are selected each month. Leading up the the groundworkk event, presenters are assigned a mentor who assists them with the planning, conceptualization, and logistics required for their presentations. 

To date, groundworkk winners include: Whitney Robinson of Freshly Given, a leather accessory line; Chris Tonelli and Charles Wilkes of So and So Books, an up and coming downtown Raleigh bookstore; Aaron Gerry of Startup and Play; Owen Jordan of Resqd; and Chef Kabui of Organics and Sound, an all organic catering company in Durham. 

Upcoming events include:

DURHAM: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at Mercury Studio
RALEIGH: Tuesday, 12 February 2013 at the Visual Art Exchange

For regular updates visit  

Amy is the Manager of the Midtown Farmers’ Market in North Hills and the Sales Manager for Green Planet Catering.  She’s also the behind the scenes charge for groundworkk and has a love of all things locally grown and created. 


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State’s SmART Initiative Provides Resources and Grants for Arts-Driven Economic Development.

In a press conference yesterday at American Tabacco in Durham, the North Carolina Arts Council’s SmART Initiative Task Force (previously called the SmaRT Cities/SmART Towns Task Force) announced its SmART Initiative.  This Task Force, chaired by Jim Goodmon, was established in the fall of 2010 and, according to the Initiative’s Report, was made up of “civic and government leaders, legislators, tourism and chamber of commerce directors, private developers and arts leaders”.  The group’s purpose was to “create a SmART Initiative designed to catalyze arts driven economic development in the communities of North Carolina. Based on its work, the Task Force developed recommendations, which it included in its Report.

These recommendations are summarized in the Report, as follows:

1. Create an Arts and Cultural District – Program to provide incentive for local governments and private developers to come together to fast track arts driven economic development. This program will require legislation and substantial funding from both government and the private sector.

2. Provide financial assistance to cities and towns for projects that build on the arts and cultural assets that make the community distinctive and have the potential to stimulate economic growth. Projects must be a partnership between a local government entity and an arts organization, have significant private sector support and participation from private developers, investors, foundations, or businesses, and have widespread community support and involvement.

3. Set up a system of resource teams to help communities inventory their assets and understand the full range of their cultural and natural resources as economic assets.

Task Force Chair, Jim Goodmon, and Secretary of Cultural Resources, Linda Carlisle, present the SmART Initiative at American Tabacco.

4. Create a Web-based resource center as an additional tool for communities undertaking arts-driven economic development.

5. Incentivize private developers to participate in arts-driven development by extending the Historic Preservation and Mill Rehabilitation Tax Credits beyond their expiration dates in 2014 and improving their applicability for small artist run businesses and creative enterprises in rural areas. Other possible adjustments to various tax credits would simplify processes, privilege rural areas which are home to unused mills, or move towards regional preferences that are both multi-county and intra-county in scope. Many privately owned properties are open to public use to varying degrees and often are the core of creative cluster neighborhoods, so public art is an important consideration in their development. Local redevelopment agencies and governments can negotiate with private developers to incorporate public art or other public amenities into their construction projects.

6. Forge partnerships with other governmental agencies to integrate arts driven activity into their existing programs, including the Department of Commerce designating the creative industry as a “Focus Industry Sector” and the Department of Transportation advancing a statewide public art agenda for roadways and cityscape.


So far, the Department has taken two major steps as a result of these recommendations:

  • Creation of the online SmART Initiative Resource Center – As described on the site, “The online resource center includes many existing arts-driven economic development resource links and downloads already available. These materials include overviews of creative placemaking and public art projects and programs; examples of arts and cultural assessment inventories; examples of potential funding sources; details on tax incentives; and models for cultural district programs.”
  • Creation of the SmART Initiative Pilot Grant Program – This program will implement recommendation Number 2, above, and requires partnerships between a government entity and an arts organization, as well as community and business support.  The applications are due on April 2, 2012.
The Resource Center pulls together a good collection of national and state tools and best practices information for arts-driven economic development.  While the Pilot Grant program is a great step, given the significant partnership requirement, we assume that it will mainly apply, this round, to projects that are already on the table looking for funding, given the April 2 deadline.  Still, it is good to see the State taking this step in supporting arts as an economic driver and backed by the statewide leaders on the Task Force.



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