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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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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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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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TEAL hosts Fundraising Discussion with Christina Menges

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Want to build upon your development skills?

Come learn from area expert, Christina Menges, in our upcoming TEAL. discussion.

  • Tuesday August 11th from 6:30-7:30pm at The Frontier in RTP
  • Speaker: Christina Menges, Director of Development for ARTS NC STATE.
  • Light refreshments provided.

During this interactive discussion we will explore key topics such as:

  • How to meet potential donors/supporters
  • Improving networking skills
  • How to make “The ask”
  • How to market yourself or your organization for greater appeal to potential donors/supporters
  • Engaging and maintaining donors /supporters
  • Donor/supporter relationship etiquette

All in an interactive, discussion setting, where you can ask questions, share strategies and learn from the speaker and each other!  For more information, email us.  Let your friends know you are coming on our Facebook event page!

What? Never heard of TEAL?

Want to learn more about Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders (TEAL) – who they are and what they do?  Look at their Program page on ArtWorks Site.  For up-to-date information about TEAL events, check out their Facebook page!

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Social Media Guidelines Added to the Site

Triangle ArtWorks social media platform is growing fast and becoming a go-to resource for the Triangle arts business community for news and information that matters to your work.  Along with this comes increased requests from the Triangle arts business community to push out events, jobs and other information.  Creating a platform to make it easy for the community to find this information is an important ArtWorks service and we are happy to see this platform growing.

However, given we are working with all-volunteer staff, we also have limited capacity to process the information. So, it is helpful if information sent to us for promotion to this community meets our mission and is promoted fairly.  We have long followed informal guidelines for our Social Media platform.  To help our community understand what we will push out and what we don’t, making it easier for us and you, we have put these guidelines in writing on the site here.

And keep sending us the great community information!  Send any community information, or questions, to our email. Or just tag us on twitter @triartworks.

 

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New “Read Local Festival” connects and celebrates Triangle’s “literary ecosystem”.

By Taryn Oesch

The Triangle is known for its dedication to eating local and shopping local, with such events as food truck rallies, farmers markets, and Restaurant Week becoming staples of our local culture. Now, thanks to group of dedicated volunteers, the Triangle will also be reading local.

PrintThe Triangle is home to an abundance of literary talent, and its literary culture is only improving, says Elizabeth Turnbull, local author, senior editor of Light Messages Publishing, and organizer of the new Read Local Book Festival. She uses the term “local literary ecosystem” to describe the Triangle’s literary arts scene, and the phrase is apt.  An ecosystem is a community of interdependent groups living in cooperation with each other. Certainly, this description fits our local literary ecosystem, and the Read Local Book Festival is an excellent example.

While many other state and national book festivals may only involve one publisher or bookseller, Read Local avoids competition by inviting all local vendors to participate. The festival is completely volunteer-led; even the authors are attending free of charge. Many of the events are free and the proceeds from those are being donated to the Durham Library Foundation. As Elizabeth points out, a community library, as the place where all members of the local literary ecosystem come together, is the perfect partner of a “read local” book festival.

The idea to create the Read Local Festival came from Elizabeth.  As an editor, she wanted a way to be able to really connect with her local authors – sometimes a difficult task at a small press like Light Messages. The term “Read Local” came from one of her authors. It started as a broad campaign and then they decided to create a small festival. Elizabeth gathered together a group of librarians, nationally bestselling authors, small publishers, and community volunteers, and soon this small festival grew into a two-day event to be held May 16-17. That kind of growth is “what happens when you get a group of brilliant people together,” she says. Events include workshops, panel discussions, an exhibitor fair, celebrity readings, lightning readings by emerging authors, an “Author Buffet,” and – the grand finale – “Writers in the Ring,” a boxing-themed “write-off” complete with audience jeering and cheering.  Find out who is coming, so far,  here.

Members of the local literary ecosystem, such as publishers, booksellers, designers, and artists, can apply online to participate in events or in the exhibitor fair. A full exhibitor table is $100, and half a table is $50 (again, proceeds go to the Durham County Library).

If, like me, you are excited by the thought of becoming a more integral member of the local literary ecosystem, sign up for email updates or to volunteer at the festival. There are opportunities for everybody, and the volunteer sign-up form not only allows you to select which days and times are best for you, but will tailor your volunteer shift(s) based on your interests. (For example, if you really want a volunteer role that will enable you to interact with the authors, you can say so!) If you have any questions about volunteering, email Elise Sharpe, the festival’s volunteer coordinator..

Do you tweet? Facebook? Share the event with your friends and followers! And of course, one of the easiest ways you can support the festival and your local literary ecosystem is to show up. Come to a workshop on graphic novels or a panel on writing about music, buy tickets for the Author Buffet and meet your favorite local authors, or come to Sunday’s free exhibitor fair to learn more about ecosystem members and get some swag (free in exchange for a donation to the Durham Library Foundation)! You can also contribute financially by sponsoring the event or donating online.

Aside from the Read Local Book Festival, Elizabeth and her team are working on other ways to build the “read local” movement in the Triangle and beyond. (Stay tuned for a Cookbook Rodeo!) For instance, Elizabeth wants to create a booklet to share her experience and advice for people in other towns who want to create similar “read local” festivals. She encourages everyone to “read local” by going to local booksellers and asking what local authors and presses they represent. In fact, she expands the definition of “local” and recommends doing the same when you visit another town, state, or even country: It “gives you a depth of understanding and richness you wouldn’t have otherwise.” It’s like reading Huckleberry Finn while traveling the Mississippi or perusing the poems of William Wordsworth when visiting England’s Lake District.

Taryn Oesch is a freelance writer and long-time Raleigh resident, graduating from Wakefield High School in 2006 and Meredith College in 2010. She enjoys volunteering for The Justice Theater Project and organizations that support children and teens with chronic illness and disabilities. In her free time, she plays the piano, spoils her godchildren, and battles for apartment space with her uncontrollable collection of books.

 

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You Are Invited! – ArtWorks Open House on January 21

COME to our OPEN HOUSE on JANUARY 21!

It’s a New Year and we have a New Office and a New Partner

So we are inviting the ENTIRE TRIANGLE ARTS COMMUNITY in to see our new space and help us celebrate!

We are creating a space to bring the Triangle arts community together and kicking it off with an Open House on Wednesday, January 21. Join us at The Frontier from 4-7pm to tour the space, learn more about Triangle ArtWorks and our work, and socialize with other members of the Triangle arts industry.

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will be there taking pictures, engaging with social media and creating some fun! They are an engaging media platform that works to give the Triangle more access to the abundance of artist in the Triangle.  Check them out here.

Representatives of other organizations that serve the arts business community will also be on hand to provide information on their services. And we will be taking your input on future programs and services, as well as ideas for our new partnership with Research Triangle Foundation.

This is the first time that the entire Triangle arts community, for-profit and non-profit, individuals and groups, all disciplines, have been invited to come together as a community.

Don’t miss this event! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the future of the Triangle Region and the Triangle arts industry!

The Open House is FREE, but registration is necessary. Directions and registration are here
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More about ArtWorks New Space at the Frontier

 

A Central Space for ArtWorks and the Arts Community

On January 5, 2015, Triangle ArtWorks moved into an office in The Frontier at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park.  The Frontier is the first building in Research Triangle Foundation’s (RTF) new Park Center concept.  RTF envisions The Frontier as a space where people can gather, network, and innovate across boundaries – a perfect place for Triangle ArtWorks.

As a practical matter, this location provides ArtWorks an office that is central in the Triangle, making it easier for staff to serve the arts industry in all five counties of the Triangle.  It also allows us to have a central location for meetings and events, that can be more easily accessed by artists from all sides of the Triangle, which has been a challenge, to this point, for us and our work.

New Resources and Opportunities

This move gives us more than just a great location.  As part of this move, ArtWorks has begun working collaboratively with RTF to develop methods to bring the Research Triangle Park community together with the Triangle arts community to expand and ignite the work of both.  The Research Triangle Park is an important component of what makes the Triangle an amazing place to live and work.  RTF has spent the last year working to reinvent RTP for the future, and is looking to create new spaces and places, such as Park Center and the Frontier, but also wants to start doing things in a different way.

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The window of the main lobby of the Frontier sums up RTF’s goals for the space.

As part of their underlying beliefs, RTF states “We are dreamers, believers, planners and creators. We imagine what the world could be and then roll up our sleeves and make it so. This is where ideas are nurtured; where we’re free to look out over the horizon and dream big; where asking, “What if…” is the norm.”  We at Triangle ArtWorks know that this is what artists do every day. So bringing the RTP community and the arts community together just makes sense.

Part of Triangle ArtWorks mission is to create new resources and opportunities for the Triangle arts community as an industry group. ArtWorks research into community needs show that the arts community needs new venues to perform and show their work, they need more opportunities to expand their work and to discover new ways of approaching their work, and they need to reach new audiences.  They also need more opportunities to come together as a group, or by arts discipline or interest, to learn, network and share resources.

Through our new office location and our partnership with RTF, we will not only have a place to bring the community together, we will be able to work with RTF to create opportunities to, for lack of a better word, SMASH the Triangle arts community and the RTP tech/biotech/engineering community together and see what new things happen.  We have lots of ideas and plans for programs and events that would allow these groups to network, work together, support each other and take both communities in new directions. There are model programs globally for such work, but the Triangle region should be a leader in this work. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to your participating in this work!

Have questions? Want to learn more? Want to get involved? Email us!

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TEAL – Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders Roundtable June 23rd

Are you getting the support you need to grow as an arts leader?

A recent TEAL monthly lunch at Bocci.

What resources or programs do you need?

Come learn how others are finding support and help us look at ways to better support Emerging Leaders.

This article in the recent Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders blog salon, caused several TEAL members to contact us and say “Are emerging leaders getting the support they need?” So…let’s talk about it!

Join us for a TEAL roundtable discussion about what pressures Emerging Leaders feel to grow, learn, and adapt their work, and how they are dealing with it.  Talk to other Triangle’s young arts leaders about how and where they are getting the support and resources they need.  Also, help ArtWorks identify unmet needs and help us brainstorm on ways to meet them.

Afterwards,  join other Emerging Leaders and more “seasoned” arts leaders for networking, fun and perhaps a local beer or two!

Date: Monday, June 23rd
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mercury Studio 401 W. Geer Street Durham (behind & below Motorco)

The Game Plan:

6:30-7 Networking and Mingling
7:00 Roundtable discussion begins
8:30 Group adjourns to Fullsteam to continue discussion/networking
We will also be inviting leadership from other arts service organizations to listen to the discussion, so that we can have more minds and organizations involved in working on this issue.

Let us know you are coming! RSVP by email.

 

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