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Meet Buffy Taylor, Visual Artist and TEAL Member


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

 

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

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

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

Buffy Taylor, Visual Artist and member of TEAL Steering Committee

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

DONATE HERE

 

 

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NC Writers Network to Offer Scholarships to Conference


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

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

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

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

 

American Dance Festival Introduces New Studio Subsidy Program

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

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

Studio Subsidy Guidelines Include:

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

2018 Cucalorus Indie Film Grants Close Jan 31

Heads up, North Carolina Indie filmmakers – applications are closing on January 31 for the Third Annual “Filmed in NC” Cucalorus Indie Filmmakers Fund.  Funding ranges from $500 to $3,000 per project.

Cucalorus grant program Filmed in NC

Applications are open to permanent residents of North Carolina as well as full-time students at North Carolina colleges and universities. The grant program will fund projects by emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work. Additionally, projects should exhibit potential for generating meaningful community impact and substantial economic activity in North Carolina. Funding is prioritized for female filmmakers and African American and Latino artists.  Additional information and an application are available on the Cucalorus website.

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in Wilmington, NC; it supports emerging and innovative creative professionals with an annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. The Indie Filmmakers grant program is a project of the Cucalorus Film Foundation made possible through a partnership with the NC Film Office and by a gift from Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass.

According to Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley, “The Filmed in NC program holds so many of the values that Cucalorus champions. From celebrating emerging artists to building a sustainable film industry in our state, this program really has the potential to do great things for filmmakers in North Carolina starting from the ground up. There are so many talented people making films in our state, we wish we could fund them all.”

Grant recipients will be announced in March.

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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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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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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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Arts Advocacy Brings More Money to Arts Statewide – What that means for the Triangle

 

By Ella Fang

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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:

  • The Biennium (2 year) budget included a total increase of $800,000 non-recurring funding, including a $500,000 increase in Grassroots Arts Funds
  • Allocation of $715,422 for A+ Schools.
  • Total arts funding in the 2015 – 2017 Biennium budget went up $1,515,422 – a 14% increase in funding for grants and programs at the North Carolina Arts Council.

But what does this mean for the Triangle?

 

More Grassroots Funding for Triangle arts organizations

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.

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The Diwali Festival in Cary. Hum Sub is a receipient of a grant from United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County.

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.

What are A+ Schools?

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.

SmART Inititative

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.

Arts Advocacy works!

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

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Triangle ArtWorks Director, Beth Yerxa, led part of the Wake County delegation at Arts Day, seen here meeting with Rep. Yvonne Holley.

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.

How do I apply for grants?

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.

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Grants from Durham and Cary support Triangle ArtWorks growth!

DurhamArtsCouncil_LOGO_WC_blk2x2 (4)We are happy to announce that Triangle ArtWorks has received financial grants from both Durham Arts Council and Town of Cary to continue our organizational capacity building work into 2017!

Triangle ArtWorks has been serving the Triangle since 2010, but is still entirely run by volunteers (yes, really) and is funded by donations.  We are a critical point in our development, where the success of the work and the platform we are building exceeds our “capacity”.

What does this mean?  Well, that, the Region is seeing an impact from the work that we are doing and there is demand for us to do more, but the fact that we are run completely by a volunteer staff on limited donations affects our ability to expand our work and programs or even to keep up with current demand for our work.  For Triangle ArtWorks to continue to establish our place in the regional community, we need support from the Community we serve.  We need to be able to build what non-profit folksTownOfCary_PrimarySolo call “organizational capacity”.  That is, we need more people and financial support to get the work done.  These people can include volunteers and Board members, but realistically, we need to build towards having experienced and paid staff.  And we don’t just need people, we need to have the right tools and resources to do our work better and more efficiently.

Last year, a grant from Duke Energy allowed us to bring on a local consultant, the amazing Maggie Clay Love, to provide the expert support and services we need to develop organizational capacity and create a plan for sustainable growth.  This work has been transformative for the Organization and already the office is running more smoothly, our Board is building and we are developing better tools and resources to continue to serve the Organization and the community more efficiently and effectively.  But there is lots more to do.

Hand drawing moneyThis year, we began to reach out to the Region we serve for financial support and are excited to announce that, so far, both Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary have agreed to support our Capacity Building work for Fiscal Year 2017!  This support will allow us to continue to transform this Organization towards sustainability and  continue our work in the Triangle. But perhaps more importantly, this financial support shows that Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary understand the role of the arts industry in the future of the Triangle region and believe in the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to support the arts community.

We thank the Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary for making this big step to support our work and, though us, the work of all artists and arts organizations across the Triangle. Learn more about other Sponsors of Triangle ArtWorks here.  We look forward to working with other Triangle municipalities this year to develop additional support.

Believe in what we are building and want to support us?  Find out more here.

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