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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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Public Art Committee Formed in Apex

25074760_1561438543922655_6858713796570998575_oApex now has a town-supported committee focused on public art. The Apex Public Arts Committee, or APAC, consists of a group of volunteers that meet monthly to discuss potential public arts projects. Their mission is to both generate project ideas and support their implementation by allocating financial resources. Some of their volunteers are artists, while others simply show a passion for filling the small town of Apex with more public art.

The committee is fairly new, receiving approval by the Town Council in November of 2017. Tom Colwell, an APAC member and one of the people behind its formation, explains “We are designing our Public Art program to be a reflection of the tremendous energy and pride that Apex residents have for their town, to stimulate creative thinking and to build upon the town’s unique culture. Currently we are putting the building blocks of a program in place by working with the town planning department on a master plan, reaching out to businesses in the community for partnership opportunities, learning from other municipalities and connecting with our residents. So far the support and encouragement has been terrific and we are excited about the possibilities.”

APAC is looking for support!  If you want to get involved with the program, are interested in sponsoring artwork or have creative ideas to share, get in touch. Of course, APAC is also looking for financial support for this work, so individual and business who want to see more public art in Apex, they would love to hear from you!

To find out more, visit the committee’s Facebook page.

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See Saw Projects Brings Applied Theatre to the Triangle

One of the newest theatre organizations in the Triangle is See Saw Projects, a company that will offer projects in “applied theatre.” According to Artistic Director Amy Sawyers-Williams, “applied theatre” is an umbrella term for “theatre practices that use theatre as a tool for social justice, education, healing.” SeeSawLogoCreated by Amy Sawyers-Williams and Ellen Brown, See Saw works from a participant-centered model, which means that their projects are created “with” communities rather than “for.” They work side-by-side with professional artists and community members who may not consider themselves artists, which allows creation of a project that meets the needs of the community they are working with.

Artistic Director Sawyers-Williams is a theatre artist and arts educator who currently oversees Arts Outreach & Engagement at Arts NC State, is a teaching artist for Raleigh Little Theatre. She is joined at See Saw by Education Director Ellen Brown. They started the company because they saw a need for more interactive theatre for social change in the Triangle.

Although the focus at See Saw is on the development of participant-created works, two “out of the box” offerings are available for presentation in schools and community groups.  Books Got Talent is an interactive drama piece geared towards elementary students in 2nd-4th grade that asks students to think about the role of books and technology in their lives. The Arab Spring Process Drama is an interactive drama created for 8th-12th graders that explores the events leading up to the Tunisian Revolution of 2011. Through placing students in role as Tunisians who have to make difficult choices leading up to the revolution, students learn about this historical event by “living through” and in turn, reflect on parallels to their own lives.

Their initial work has been leading theatre & improv based workshops for leadership development at Durham Academy and their next project will be holding a series of meetups with local artists and community stakeholders who are interested in collaborating on theatre and creative placemaking projects in our community.

You can listen to Sawyers-Williams talk more about See Saw Projects and applied theatre in general in this Artist’s Soapbox podcast, check out their website, or connect with See Saw on Facebook or Twitter (@seesawprojects).

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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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Artist Link Project – Arts Access Promotes Accessible Arts & Artists with Disabilities

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Arts Access recently launched the Artist Link Project – a directory of North Carolina artists, teaching artists, and advocates. Program Coordinator Jennifer Marshburn explains, “The Artists Link Project is primarily designed as a database for artists of all mediums who identify as having a disability, and for arts educators who offer (or wish to offer) inclusive arts programming.” The Artist Link Project will allow the public to search for a unique artist based on a variety of search criteria or to search for teachers of varied art disciplines who welcome all abilities in their programming. Inclusion in the database will enable artists to exhibit and promote their work and fully participate in the cultural and artistic life of our state. To join the database, click here.

“We suggest three broad categories of art form: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts and allow our artists to categorize their work however they see fit.” Marshburn states, “Our current database is populated with 32 artists ranging from painters, photographers, actors, musicians, and writers. All of our artists range in skill level from the Novice or Hobbyist to Professional. The purpose of our program is to support and promote the work of artists who have disabilities and wish to develop in their craft.”

Arts Access also offers monthly opportunities for the group to get together and enjoy cultural events around the Triangle. These events double as a networking opportunity for the artists. Future meetings will include an evening at Imurj’s Just Make Something and a tour of the Museum of Natural Sciences’ current featured exhibit “Race: Are We So Different.” These events are determined based on polling members and venue availability. Check Art Access’s website for more details.

Arts Access, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, enables North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities. Arts Access provides audio description, consulting and training services, as well as on online resources on their website which connects individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state. To learn more about Art Access’s programs, click here.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

Four Regional Leaders Join Triangle ArtWorks Board

by Annie Poslusny

Crucial to the success of Triangle ArtWorks is a strong Board of Directors. In its July meeting, ArtWorks Board of Directors welcomed four new members: Amy Russell, Jack Arnold, William A. Gregory, and Cynthia Deis. 

Amy Russell

Amy Russell joined Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) as the Director of Programming in 2014, curating a multi-disciplinary season of 40+ performances, engaging artists in unique fellowships across campus, and maintaining CPA’s global artistic relationships. Amy has played a lead role in developing the vision for CPA’s newest venue, CURRENT, a black box theater and studio space dedicated to installations and other immersive experiences, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Prior to joining CPA, Amy oversaw programming for the North Carolina Symphony, and served as Executive Producer of their radio broadcast series. A lifelong student of music, she holds a degree in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Amy Russell

Amy Russell

Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold has taught at colleges and universities throughout the US, the American Dance Festival, the Pilobolus Institute, and the Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou, China.

Jack holds a MFA from UNC-Greensboro and a BFA from UNC School of the Arts. You can often find him running trails at Umstead State Park or sneaking away for a quick morning surf session at Wrightsville Beach. Jack Arnold, a native of Enfield, NC, began his residential real estate career in Chapel Hill in 1996 and joined Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby International Realty in 2000. With offices in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, he represents buyers and sellers throughout the Triangle.

Jack came to real estate after a 20 year career in modern dance, including four years as a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. He has performed worldwide.

 

Jack Arnold

Jack Arnold 

William A. Gregory

William “Bill” Gregory is currently the Artist in Residence at Duke University Hospital. Bill helps manage the hospital art collection including installation, de-installation, and maintenance. In addition, he provides graphic design support for events, manuals, and promotional materials. Bill also created and implemented a self-guided walking art tour for patients and families.

Bill was a 11+ year North Carolina Community College instructor where he taught studio art and graphic design. During his time teaching, he also worked with art museums, art galleries, and local universities to create educational curriculum for traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. He managed the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the main campus of Johnston Community College.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University.

Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory

Cynthia Deis

Cynthia Deis is an arts educator, retail consultant and writer with a lifetime of connections to the art and maker communities. Her career has ranged from non-profit arts organizations to for-profit crafts retail, with time spent in classrooms, studios and sound stages, but she is never far from her sketchbook or her notepad. An active enthusiast of the creative community in the Triangle, she can be found at art events of all levels, from black tie to untied sneakers

Cynthia Deis

Cynthia Deis

 

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

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AFTA Surveys Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations in the Triangle.

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Americans for the Arts has released the results of their Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey V. This survey analyzes the impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. These organizations support jobs, generate government revenue and are the cornerstone of the tourism industry. Here are their findings of the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Triangle region.

TOWN OF CARY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$9,181,952

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

399

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

346,534

For the complete Town of Cary report click here.

 

DURHAM COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$125,534,858

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

4,550

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

1,825,011

For complete Durham County results, learn more here.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$85,406,375

Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported:

3,352

Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events:

1,464,834

To view the complete results for Orange County, click here.

WAKE COUNTY

Total Industry Expenditures:

$166,228,401

Total Economic Impact:

  • Full-time equivalent jobs (FTE) supported: 6,601
  • Household income paid to residents: $124,823
  • Revenue generated to local government: $7,228,000
  • Revenue generated to state government: $8,640,000

Event-Related Spending by Arts and Culture Audiences – $78.4 million (excluding cost of admission):

  • Total Attendance to Arts and Culture Events: 4,365,974
  • Average Event-Related Spending Per Person: $17.98 (excluding cost of admission):
  • Meals and Refreshments: $9.27
  • Souvenirs and Gifts: $2.44
  • Ground Transportation: $2.61
  • Overnight lodging (one night only): $1.43
  • Other/Miscellaneous: $2.23

See The Complete Wake County Report Here

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Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

 

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North Carolina Film Orchestra Expands State Film Production Resources

NCFilmOrchestraThe newest symphony orchestra in North Carolina is aimed at supporting the growth of the State’s movie and television industry. The Raleigh-based North Carolina Film Orchestra is intended to fill the gap of live recording needs of filmscore composers and producers for the independent film industry. Beginning with semi-professional community players, the intent is to begin commercial recording of selected filmscore music for these studios, in place of the synthesized filmscore tracks on which they have historically been dependent.

Currently the Orchestra’s repertoire includes four filmscore pieces, including a work by composer Julian Smyth- music graduate of Nottingham University, and former Orchestra Manager for the Ulster Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra; his past collaborators include John Williams and James Horner.

In addition to industry work, the Orchestra also plans to present public performances; its debut Holiday Concert was presented in December 2016.

The Orchestra’s member roster consists of 30 musicians, many of whom are music educators or have performance degrees. Local musicians who are at or approaching semi-professional playing level on either a strings instrument or double reeds and would like to be considered for a spot as a performing member, should contact Anthony Dowling, or Patricia Pearce for further information.

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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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