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Triangle ArtWorks Director Elected to AFTA Private Sector Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Two Law + ArtWorks Workshops & a TEAL Lunch & Learn in February!

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This month, Triangle ArtWorks is bringing you THREE events aimed at providing you the information you need to succeed AND meet other artists from across the Triangle.  Check out these events and REGISTER!

 

Law + ArtWorks Workshop on “Fair Use”
February 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM @ RTP Frontier Building|Classroom
Fair use is a legal doctrine that *sometimes* allows for copyrighted works to be used by others without a license and without legal liability. Bring your questions and your experiences, as the lawyers will lead an open discussion on the most recent state of the law, as well as how the law
affects your work.
See more information and register here

NCCAF_2k17_logoLaw + ArtWorks workshop “Legal Issues in Comedy”
In conjunction with NC Comedy Arts Festival, Law + ArtWorks is presenting a legal workshop on issues affecting comedy arts – Free speech, slander, copyright, performance agreements and more!
February 17, 2017 | 5:00 PM @ DSI Comedy Theater
Register here

 

TEAL Lunch & Learn (Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders)
Join us to hear about the dynamic resources provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. Sharon Hill, Director Arts in Education, and Jeff
Pettus, Senior Program Director, will be joining TEAL for lunch to share information and answer your questions about NC Arts Council’s mission, artist opportunities and community resources and services.

February 24, 2017 | 11:30 AM @ RTP Frontier Building | Dive Conference Room
Register here.

 

 

 

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It’s Time for the ∆ Arts Community to Celebrate at SMASH ’17!

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It’s a NEW YEAR for ARTS in the TRIANGLE – Time to SMASH this community together again!

 

 

Join Triangle ArtWorks and the rest of the Triangle arts community to celebrate a SMASHing New Year of connections + collaboration at:

SMASH 2017
January 24, 2017 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm
@RTP Frontier

12628428_946276918743368_588472365007366562_oKick off 2017 right with old and new friends from all arts disciplines from across the Triangle. Whether you’re an artist, an arts organizer, or an arts lover – come enjoy great food, great company and Fullsteam Beer!

 

smash-photos-teri-saylor-23Learn about what we have planned for the new year and connect with people + resources to help YOU have a SMASHing 2017!

 

 

smash-brandon-___-photos-teri-saylor-26Meet folks involved in our Programs such as Law + ArtWorks, Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders (TEAL) and our Theater and Dance Community Building work.

Let’s come together and celebrate the collective riches we have as
an arts community here in the Triangle.

This event is FREE, but please REGISTER HERE.

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Thanks to our SMASH Sponsor Triangle Community Foundation and our Underwriting Sponsors Fullsteam Beer, Bare Theatre and Cassilhaus!

BE A SMASH SPONSOR!

Help us make this the BEST SMASH yet! – Join us by supporting this important Triangle ArtWorks event.

Friend of SMASH ($10-$50)

SMASH is the biggest Triangle arts community event of the year and a great opportunity for networking and community building, so we want to keep it free and accessible to the entire arts community. If you can, please support this event with a donation to help us cover the costs of food, drink and other materials that help us create this event for our community.

Underwriter ($100-250)

We are planning some great activities. Your donation would help cover the cost of a community art project and other activities that will create opportunities for mingling and collaboration at SMASH.

Sponsor ($250+)

Show the entire Triangle arts community that you believe in them and know the impact they have on the Triangle. As a Sponsor, you will be a VIP at SMASH, with name and logo recognition on posters, hand-outs, floor comments and slide show.

Want to show the Triangle’s arts community that you support them by being recognized at SMASH as a SMASH Sponsor! Contact Beth Yerxa for information or donate directly through the Registration page!

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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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TEAL Joins Other Artist/Creatives for Craft + Beer

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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
RSVP

Thurs, OCT 27  5:30 – 7:00 PM
Crank Arm in Raleigh
RSVP

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!

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•    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!

 

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Triangle Hidden Gem – Learn about Hayti Heritage Center’s arts spaces & programming

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.

Director, Angela Lee, in Hayti's historic 400 seat performance venue.

Director, Angela Lee, in Hayti’s historic 400 seat performance venue.

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.

Community and class rooms at Hayti, such as this Dance Studio, are available for rent.

Community and class rooms at Hayti, such as this Dance Studio, are available for rent.

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.

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Hayti’s Lobby Gallery

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. Website 

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Welcome New Board Members – Beth Johnson and David Mason

We are excited to welcome two new board members, Beth Eiserloh Johnson and David C. Mason, to the ArtWorks team!

BethEJpicBeth 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.

DaveMpicEdit1600David 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.

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TEAL is Back! With a Lunch & Learn on Audience Building on 9/23

11694064_10153580657021495_1207117681964864248_nTriangle 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”

img_0281Leading 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
Schedule:
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?

  • Anyone trying to build an audience, customer base, whatever … and looking for new ideas on how to build a community around and support for the work you are doing.
  • Anyone who wants to meet and network with other young (and young at heart…we don’t check ID’s!) people working in the arts field in the Triangle.
  • Anyone who needs to expand their network of like-minded people from across the Triangle and across the Triangle region … to share ideas and successses as well as failures and frustrations.
  • Anyone who just wants to meet new people or see old friends over lunch!

Find out more about TEAL and sign up for our email list here, and follow us on Facebook!!

The event is free, but help us make sure we have room for everyone by signing up here.

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Law + ArtWorks kicks off year with a new focus and Sept 21 Happy Hour!!

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!

Announcing our “Legal” Happy Hour!

 

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.

  • Meet area lawyers that are supporting the Triangle arts business community
  • Learn about ways they are serving artists, arts organizations and arts businesss in the Triangle
  • Meet other Triangle ArtWorks staff and learn about the Organization’s work
  • Have fun & meet other artists of all disciplines from across the Triangle!

Help us plan better by signing up for this event here.

 

Triangle attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the Legal Issues for Photographers workshop during Click Photography Festival.

Law + ArtWorks member attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the “Legal Issues for Photographers” workshop held in conjunction with Click Photography Festival.

What’s a Resource Group and how can it help you?

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.

Practicum attendees share networking after a workshop.

Practicum attendees network after a workshop.

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.

Are you a lawyer who loves the Arts?  Join Law + ArtWorks!

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online.

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake, guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online at a Law + ArtWorks Practicum.

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.

Will there be other Resource Groups?

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!

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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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