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Triangle ArtWorks is a finalist for Triangle Community Foundation’s “What Matters Innovation Award.”  As TCF writes on their website, this award is intended for

“Innovative and impactful organizations leading our region to create lasting social change. Through this award, Triangle Community Foundation will recognize organizations tackling our community’s issues through thoughtful, effective, and long-lasting efforts.  We are particularly interested in adaptive organizations that serve and advocate, build networks within the community, and inspire others to get involved.  What Matters theme is focusing on Community Innovation. Many important issues facing our community are broader than any one entity can address. Triangle Community Foundation strives to help the region address these issues collectively by concentrating resources and engaging community-minded individuals and high-impact organizations.  The Foundation is focused on creating lasting, large scale social change in the Triangle region by investing in the nonprofit sector and rewarding innovation.” Read More

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NC Arts Council to hold community meeting in Chapel Hill

The NC Arts Council is writing a new Strategic Plan and wants your input.

At Creative Carolina Connects, five public meetings around the state, the NC Arts Council wants you to “share ideas about how partnerships between the state and local communities can ensure the arts remain essential to North Carolina’s future.” The Arts Council will use the input from these meetings to develop their 2014-2018 Strategic Plan “We want to hear from citizens about how the arts should be developed and utilized for the well-being of our communities,” said Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. Read More

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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.  Read More

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New year brings lots of great business learning opportunities for artists/designers.

If one of your New Years resolutions is to make more money in your work, or just to work better as an arts or creative-based business, then you need the tools and skills to make that happen.  Luckily, there are lots of great opportunities in the next few months for you to get them.  Durham Arts Council, Artspace, and Orange County and Chapel Hill arts have created these events and here is a breakdown of what each group is offering.

Durham Arts Council Winter Workshops

Want to get the tools you need to promote your work?  Need to get better at writing grant applications? Durham Arts Council has three professional development  that are for you. This new programming will be introduced this winter with workshops running in January, February and March of 2013. Read More

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Wake County – Call to action for arts!

Arts NC, the statewide arts advocacy organization has issued an Action Alert for Wake County.  If you live in Wake County and support the arts, you need to act NOW!  This is a short term Action Alert and Arts NC is asking you to act before May 4. 

Here’s whats going on


Arts NC Director, Karen Wells, explains the current need best on her recent blog:

The Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government met Wednesday (April 25) and released a schedule for the House budget.  

The General Government Subcommittee’s work is scheduled to be completed by May 4, the same day that final state revenue projections are available. The House Budget Chairs have targeted May 11 for their final recommendations, followed by a first reading of the House budget on May 16 with intent to complete the budget by May 23. We have no word yet about the Senate’s budget schedule. Read More

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If you support the arts in the Triangle, learn to be an arts advocate.


A big part of Triangle ArtWork’s Mission is to advocate for the creative community in the Triangle region.  That is why we are going to attend Arts Summit 2012.  Organized by the wonderful statewide arts advocacy group, Arts NC, the goals of Arts Summit  2012 are as follows:

  • Convene people passionate about the arts to develop a new case for government support
  • Build momentum and structure for campaign/election events in cities across North Carolina(late September/early October)
  • Inspire and encourage growth in arts advocacy practices at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Provide new tools and training for advocacy and election activities “
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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. Read More

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Call to Action extended on Arts Cuts!

Arts NC has extended the urgent Call to Action to act against proposed 23% cuts to NC Arts Council’s granting program.  In the interest of time, I will just provide the text from the Arts NC alert here:


Call To Action Extended to Monday 5pm

Your advocacy is working.  The Legislature has been overcome with calls and emails asking for restoration of the General Government proposal to cut grants funding to the North Carolina Arts Council by 23%.

Several key items:

The Call has been extended to 5pm on Monday.  If you were not able contact your Legislator before noon today, you should still try.  Many will be home on the weekend, and their published home numbers can be found at View Member Information in the Header at  All the better, see them in person and tell them your concerns. Read More

Urgent Call to Action-Arts grants cut 23%

I spent the last two days at Arts Day 2011, that great annual advocacy event organized by Arts NC, where arts advocates from across the state meet in Raleigh for two days of networking, education, but most importantly, visiting our locals legislators and talking to them about the importance of the arts and culture industry to the state and asking for their continued support.

Sen. Stein and Rep. Weiss address the Wake County delegation at Arts Day.

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If you value the arts, be an advocate now!

As I have mentioned before on this blog, and if you are at all paying attention to the news, you certainly know that this is a difficult year for the arts and culture community.  State, local and national budgets are low and there will be cuts.  So, all of us who care about the health of arts and culture in our community NEED to become advocates.   For more on this issue, read Byron Woods piece in the Indy, as well as the recent blog post by Karen Wells, Arts NC’s Executive Director.

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