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Announcing Six New Members of Triangle ArtWorks Board

The past few years have seen incredible growth in support from the community for the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to serve our regional arts community as a business sector.  We see that support in increased attendance at events, requests for programs and partnerships, growth in our media platform, and more.

But one concrete area of growth is the number of folks that have stepped up to say “I BELIEVE in what you are building and I want to be a part of making it happen”.  This year, we are excited to announce our largest class of incoming Board members to date – and a amazing group they are.

Welcome to our six new Triangle ArtWorks Board members!

Jungle Red 2 (2)Lyman Collins
Lyman Collins has served as Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary since 1999 – before Koka Booth Amphitheatre was Koka Booth Amphitheatre!  His history degree from Davidson College prepared him well for the intricacies of the music business and his Master of Public Administration from UNC-CH prepared him for the intricacies of everything else. He has presented every genre of music from the Beach Boys at the University of Virginia to Wu-Tang Clan at Western Illinois University to Andre Watts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to Poison at Booth Amphitheatre and he has enjoyed each of these artists & many, many more. In addition to Booth Amphitheatre he oversees Cary’s other outstanding arts venues: the Cary Arts Center, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center and the upcoming Cary Theater.

 

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Susan is a former journalist with The Boston Globe who made the leap to digital marketing. In her current role as Production Manager at Carusele, she is passionate about finding creative ways to share stories that resonate with target audiences for many of the world’s top consumer brands. A native of New England, she moved to the Triangle six years ago with her family, where she enjoys the arts scene and volunteering.

 

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Matia is The Editor of Durham Beat, a local arts & culture magazine practicing in the style of Gonzo Journalism. She conceived of, founded, and manages the magazine. She is a long-time editor, writer, and Gonzo journalist. In her capacity at Durham Beat she manages the business, the staff, handles event coordination, and collaborations with local businesses and local artists, as well as her writing and editorial duties. Durham Beat hosts a regular no-cost local artisan market (The Beat Market) with curated live local music twice a month. Matia is a full-time employee at Duke University, where she works in the English Department as the Event Coordinator. She is a professional writer, editor, and event planner. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature and English Creative Writing from Rutgers University, where she graduated in 2010.

 

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In the spring of 2017, Cynthia opened Cocoon Gallery in Downtown Apex, NC. featuring high-quality, locally made, one-of-a-kind utilitarian art pieces from over 60 artists in a variety of mediums with whom she has developed first-hand relationships. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, a Master’s in Geography (specializing in international trade), and an MBA in marketing. After some years in corporate marketing, Cynthia reignited her creative passions by delving into Feltmaking. As a fiber artist, Cynthia specializes in creating wearables, sculptural pieces, as well as wallhangings under the business name of ARTiFELTs. She also enjoys demonstrating and teaching felting as she believes creating public awareness of the felting process and sharing the potential of this medium are ongoing opportunities. Cynthia is a former member of the Town of Cary Cultural Arts Committee and, after years of participating in local arts festivals and juried art shows with her felted creations, Cynthia became a longtime member and Board member of Cary Gallery of Artists. Cynthia currently participates in the Apex Downtown Business Association and Women’s Power Networking.

 

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Whitney Stanley is a visual artist who also works as a privacy counsel at Virginia Tech. She double majored in economics and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree from Campbell University. Whitney travels as far as she can as often as she can. When she is home in the Triangle area, she’s volunteering and serving on boards, reading, eating (and cooking) good food, going to art-related events, and creating art.

 

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Brian is partner with Wyrick Robbins and practices in the areas of venture capital, private equity, and general corporate and business law with a focus on growth stage companies, including early stage life science and technology companies. He advises companies and venture capital and private equity funds in matters ranging from initial formation and general corporate matters to financings and mergers & acquisitions. Brian earned his law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a published member of the North Carolina Law Review and later served as the Publication Editor. Before law school, Brian spent two years working for a major international accounting firm in New York City. Brian graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. Brian is a longstanding and active member of Law + ArtWorks.

Triangle’s Newest Arts Space – Smelt Gallery Opens at The Plant

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Marcella Slade talks with Triangle ArtWorks intern, Colin Gallagher, in main hall of the Gallery.

Pittsboro is home to the newest arts space on the Triangle Scene – Smelt Gallery.  “A non-conventional Art Gallery within an old smelting plant.”, Smelt describes itself as “an inclusive, multi-discipline, multi-cultural space that hosts a variety of exhibitions from monthly solos to pop ups, trunk, one night, collective and innovative shows for renown and up and coming Artist and Designers. We look forward to serving the Piedmont region, but are open to national and international work as well.”

A rather blurry picture of Marcella Slade, Smelt Gallery Coordinator/Curator.

A rather blurry picture of Marcella Slade, Smelt Gallery Coordinator/Curator.

 

Marcela wants the Triangle arts community to know that they are open to show the work of artists of all disciplines, alone or in groups for everything from events, to exhibitions, to installations. “We are open to everything from folk art to contemporary, but specifically looking for artists or groups of artists who can fill the large space with their work, or a unified installation or show.” You can contact Marcela through Smelt’s Facebook page.

Smelt Gallery

Smelt Gallery

 

Smelt Gallery opened in May and is located at The Plant in Pittsboro, so it is surrounded by “a diverse group of businesses aimed at developing local economy and resilience” such as Fair Game Beverage, Starlight Mead and Abundance Foundation.  You can check out the Gallery at its next event, the closing of its current show of Slade work on July 27. You can also listen to Gallery Director/Curator Marcela Slade talk about the Gallery recently on WHUP here.

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Help Us Research the Growing Field of Senior Arts Programming

Older adults are brimming with underserved creative energy and curiosity. With the “greying” of the Triangle, we hear more and more from senior living facilities — as well as all sorts of senior centers and program providers — looking for artists of all disciplines to teach and present programs and classes. Given Triangle ArtWorks mission, we see this demand as an growing opportunity for working artists of all disciplines. So, we want to look at how Triangle ArtWorks collaborative platform could help support this field in any way. To do this, however, we need to build a better understanding of how this community works now, before we could begin to think about what resources, if any, would be helpful.

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Grant Holub-Moorman

We are thrilled to introduce our new Program Assistant, Grant Holub-Moorman, who will begin to study and develop connections for Triangle ArtWorks in this field of work. Grant is a local educator, oral historian and radio producer based in Durham. Grant will communicate with both artists and facilities to understand how programs and artists are currently connecting and ways these connections could be easier. These discussions will also explore training and other resource needs for artists designing programs for the specialized environment of a senior programs and facilities. His research will also look at how this work is done nationally in order to expand our knowledge of this changing field.
If you are working in this area and have input or ideas for this research, or otherwise want to get involved with this project, please reach out to Grant by email.

The Commons at CPA – Brings New Depth to Performing Artists Residencies

imageCarolina Performing Arts is launching an exciting new residency and festival for performing artists called The Commons – “a new initiative devoted to supporting performing artists and fostering local creative community and discourse in and around the Triangle”. This program offers a four-week residency in May, inclusion in a new festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, and, perhaps most importantly critical feedback for the three selected locally-based artists.

Selected performing artists will receive a stipend, plus free studio time for four weeks to work on a performance to be presented at CPA’s new Commons Festival taking place May 30 to June 1. Two big differences in this residency are that the three locally-based artists/groups of artists that are selected are encouraged to share studio time with other artists of their own choosing. Further, each artist will be paired with a writer/critic to create content and work together on a talkback experience at the Festival. The Commons Festival will feature performances by the selected artists, as well as additional events, from networking to roundtables on performance criticism/arts writing.

Carolina opens CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, a flexible and immersive performing arts venue in the heart of the new Carolina Square development on Franklin Street. February 2, 2018. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina opened CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, a flexible and immersive performing arts venue in the heart of the new Carolina Square development on Franklin Street in February 2, 2018. It will be the location for the Commons Festival.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

CPA Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexandra Ripp explains -“Drawing on Carolina Performing Arts’ 18/19 season theme of citizenship, The Commons manifests our desire to strengthen the link between the individual and collective in the local artistic community, creating a “commons” of shared resources. While the Triangle’s performing arts landscape is full of vibrant creativity, artists face barriers to both making their own work and fostering supportive community around it. CPA sees artists and their creative community as deeply interwoven, and we want to invest in cultivating supportive relationships with locally-based artists and strengthening “artistic citizenship” in the Triangle.”

The residencies are open to local artists “whose applications most keenly demonstrate that their intended performance is pressing for this time, place, and community. Successful proposed projects will question and break accepted performance conventions, invite audience co-creation, and take bold artistic risks.” Interested?  Check out the
residency application, which is due by February 21, 2019. Find out more about Commons here

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New Public School Art Educator Grants from Orange County Arts Commission

image009This year, public school arts educators in Orange County Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools can apply for grants of up to $250 to help with costs related to their creative and professional development. Specifically, eligible expenses could include,

ALLOWABLE EXPENSES
  • Travel expenses related to workshops or seminars, or to do research related to his/her art form, such as meals, lodging and transportation.
  • Expenses related to workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the teacher’s abilities and/or allow the acquisition of Continuing Education Units, such as registration fees, substitute teacher costs, or required supplies.
  • Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of work which is considered to be essential to the advancement of his/her teaching career.
Arts Educator Grant Program funds may not be used for the following:
  • Student travel
  • The completion of baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degrees
  • Classroom supplies

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until that’s fiscal year’s fund is depleted.  More information and the application here.

Since 2017, Orange County Arts Commission has been conducting research, including surveys, meetings and listening sessions, to assess the needs of the arts community and specifically included sessions with public school arts educators.  Katie Murray, Executive Director, explains, “Upon researching the needs of our creative community, we found there were many financial barriers to our public school arts educators being able to continue their professional or creative development. The OCAC believes access to these opportunities makes them better instructors, but teachers spend so much of their own money on supplies for their classrooms, they usually don’t have anything left for themselves. This grant program is one small way we can assist teachers in pursuing their own development.” Through these grants, the Commission hopes to support these teachers, but also enhance the quality of education in these public school districts.

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Women’s Theatre Festival Expands to Include WTFCon and WTFringe

imageThis year, Women’s Theatre Festival is expanding its annual Festival, adding an educational conference and fringe series. From July 12-14, theatre and arts enthusiasts will convene in Raleigh, NC to experience groundbreaking theatrical performances and engage with a range of
programming that addresses the need for equity in theatre and provides training for artists at all stages.

imageWTFCon will include keynote speeches and conversations between writers, actors, designers, and producers on topics ranging from the basics of sound design to legalese for creatives, and from producing your own work to mastering your audition. WTF wants attendees to leave WTFCon with actionable tools for career growth.

WTFringe will feature experimental, innovative, and collaborative works, pushing the boundaries of style and subject matter. There will be representation from all genders, all ages, all abilities, all races, and all bodies. Each selected production will receive a $100 micro-grant. The final component of this year’s Festival is the perennial favorite, Occupy The Stage–24 hours of staged reading of plays by women.

To make WTFest 2019 a reality, WTF needs you! You can submit session proposals for WTFCon here and production proposals for WTFringe here. For more information or to get involved, email WTF.

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How Does Triangle ArtWorks Impact Arts Organizations? – Ask Lyman Collins

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Want to know how Triangle ArtWorks is impacting arts organizations? Check out Lyman’s story below for more on the role we play in serving the area’s art and creative organizations. 

 

MEET LYMAN COLLINS

“When I balance the arts with a governmental function, having a voice such as Triangle ArtWorks articulating not just the quality of life perspective but also the economic benefit, helps make the case for an active governmental role in the arts.”

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Lyman Collins is the Cultural Arts Manager for the Town of Cary. His responsibilities include working with all of Cary’s municipal arts facilities, arts educational programs and performances, exhibitions, festivals, cultural organizations, grants program, public art, etc. If you participated in something artistic in Cary, odds are he had a hand in it.

Lyman has been instrumental in our receiving long term support and funding from the Town of Cary, along with being an active participant in many of Triangle ArtWorks’ programs and community engagement events.

Through its events, workshops and programs, Triangle ArtWorks provides opportunities for arts organizations throughout the Triangle to network and learn from each other. There aren’t that many forums for all art forms to come together for educational opportunities.

The new Cary Arts Center has multiple performance spaces, arts studios, classrooms, arts organization offices and more.

The new Cary Arts Center has multiple performance spaces, arts studios, classrooms, arts organization offices and more.

For us in Cary in particular, Triangle ArtWorks was instrumental in working with staff here for the First ArtsForce last spring, where all Cary cultural organizations had the opportunity to come together for a half-day workshop to learn from experts and each other to provide a solid foundation for future growth.”

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SUPPORT TRIANGLE ARTWORKS TODAY!

We love our local arts organizations and cultural programs 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 

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.

Triangle ArtWorks welcomes Sheri Holmes to our Board of Directors!

Sherri Holmes - PhotoAt its annual meeting on July 11, the Triangle ArtWorks Board of Directors voted unanimously to welcome Durhamite Sherri Holmes to the Board.

Sherri is Founder and Director of Triangle Friends of African American Arts, which works to expand awareness, understanding and support of African American arts and artists. Triangle FAAA hosts educational and social programming throughout the Triangle including art exhibition tours, dinners, group attendance at performances, workshops and special events. In addition to her work with Triangle FAAA, Holmes has served on the boards of several arts and cultural organizations and acts as an advisor to arts organizations that seek to increase diversity among their audiences. Holmes has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. This year, Governor Roy Cooper presented her with The Old North State Award in recognition of her dedication and service to the advancement of African American arts.

Sherri brings a diverse background that includes marketing, human resources and career counseling. She spent over 15 years managing operations for her families staffing agency, and worked for Glaxo SmithKline for 7 years in marketing. She currently provides job development services for Durham County Department of Social Services.

Sherri joins three other “new” Board members, who have been elected to a second term: Rich Holly, Board Chair; Brandon Huffman, Board Vice-Chair; and Melanie Stoer, Board Secretary. As Triangle ArtWorks is in the midst of incredible growth and transition, we are glad to have these current Board members agree to continue their work for the Organization for three more years.

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Rich Holly currently serves as Executive Director of ARTS NC STATE at NC State University since 2015. Prior to his appointment at NC State, he was a founding board member of the DeKalb Area Arts Council and active with the Rockford Arts Council. Active in arts advocacy, he frequently consults for arts organizations and school system arts programs. As a percussionist, Rich remains active as a solo performer and clinician, appearing over 300 times at different venues across the world. He received formal training at the State University of New York at Potsdam and East Carolina University.

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Brandon is an attorney with Odin Law & Media. He is general counsel to the International Game Developers Association, serves on the Sports and Entertainment Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, and dabbles in visual art. He also chairs Triangle ArtWorks Legal Resource Group.

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Melanie Stoer is a management consultant working with clients to innovate processes and products to better meet customer needs. She is particularly focused on creative thinking and development & implementation of new ideas. Melanie is also an accomplished glass artist, glass fusing instructor, and active member of the Triangle arts community.

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ComMotion Brings Dance to New Audiences

fullsizeoutput_2dComMotion – Community in Motion, is a new Triangle dance organization with the mission of bringing dance to a broader community. Founded in 2018, ComMotion was started by Andre Avila, who’s company Rhythm Journey offers ballroom, latin and social dances and community classes, and Robin McCall, a military veteran, cancer IMG_2696survivor, and student of Avila. Through ComMotion, their group of professional dance instructors and dedicated volunteers provides classes and workshops, free of charge, to groups that can benefit from the physical and emotional benefits of dance and movement, but may not be able to afford them. ComMotion currently has programs for military veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and cancer survivors.

IMG_3074“The volunteers and professional dance instructors of ComMotion believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the joy of movement and dance,” says McCall. “We want to see this work grow, so are looking for partners to help with marketing, fundraising, and creating new and fun opportunities to make the arts accessible to everyone.”

To learn more or get in touch with ComMotion for classes or collaboration, look here: Website: Website,  Facebook ,  Email.

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