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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!

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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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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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