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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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Craft Habit Opens in Raleigh with Supplies, Class & Work Space

HaCraft Habit Raleighve you been looking for a new teaching venue? Craft Habit Raleigh will open their doors on July 14th. Both a retail craft supply store and a modern craft teaching venue, this shop will focus on unique and locally-made supplies such as Raleigh-dyed yarns and embroidery kits designed by Triangle artists. The store will be the first new tenant in the Gateway Shopping Center, a redeveloping strip center just inside the beltline off Capital Boulevard.

fullsizeoutput_4cWith supplies ranging from silversmithing to sewing, the shop will offer classes by artists from the area in jewelry and metalsmithing, paper flower making, fiber arts (felting, basic sewing, garment construction, macrame and embroidery) and other crafts. The store includes a Customer Lounge; a flexible work space that will be available for craft groups and makers, as well as a more traditional craft classroom. Owners Sarah Ferguson and Taylor Lee have long histories of teaching and participating in the indie craft scene and are looking forward to creating a home for Triangle creatives.

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  • Retail craft supplies and tools for Jewelry-making, Fiber Crafts, and Paper Crafts
  • In-store classes offered in traditional, trending, and innovative crafts at various skill levels
  • In-store customer work-space with basic tools available for completing small projects and socializing
  • Small Batch Craft Bar – crafting equipment for in-store rental use (ex: sewing machines, roll-thru die-cutter, Cricut, badge-press, more)
  • Birthday Parties for Children ages 5+ and Adults
  • Private Crafting Events (Holiday parties, Bachelorette parties, Baby Showers, etc)
  • Summer and Track-out Crafting Camps for elementary-age students
  • Social crafting nights and meet-up space for local craft organizations

To find out more about Craft Habit Raleigh, visit the website or connect with them through facebook or instagram.

 

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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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Micro-Entrepreneurship: Supporting the Dreams of Triangle Artists With Disabilities

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The Power of the Dream is a local nonprofit with a mission to create jobs and advocate for adults with autism and developmental/intellectual disorders (autism/IDD) in the Triangle. One of the ways it accomplishes this mission is by helping artists become micro-entrepreneurs, or small business owners, by creating a business and selling their work.

For example, Walter Magazine’s latest issue profiled King Nobuoyshi Godwin, an artist with autism whose paintings use bright colors and numbers to express his unique perspective and emotions. Godwin’s art is currently on display at Artspace and can also be found at The Power of the Dream’s thrift store, HANDmeUPS, as well as Lucky Tree, Moondog Fine Arts, and Read With Me.

P1040564-225x300The Power of the Dream offers micro-enterprise workshops for artists and other entrepreneurs with autism/IDD. The students bring their artistic ability; The Power of the Dream brings the business knowledge. Together with the artists’ support teams, they build business plans to help the artists start selling their work. The current class includes a painter, a soap maker who already has his own family business, and a jeweler who also creates handmade cushions and pillows.

The class takes the students through the components of a business plan, one piece at a time, and they finish with a complete plan, ready to start selling their art. Building business acumen also helps the students build confidence in themselves. In fact, Tirthna Badhiwala, the employment and outreach coordinator at The Power of the Dream, says, “My favorite thing is seeing our micro-entrepreneurs gain confidence in who they are, often after years of being discouraged from pursuing their dreams. Hearing new micro-entrepreneurs talk about their first sales and seeing how self-empowering that is for them never gets old.”

“A difference in communication or style does not automatically negate skills or abilities,” says Nichole Brownlee, executive director of The Power of the Dream. “Whether it is their primary source of income or a supplement to their income, our micro-entrepreneurs also receive the benefits of empowerment and self-determination that can be lacking with this population.”

“Micro-enterprise is one of the most empowering options in the face of un(der)employment,” says Badhiwala, “not only because it can be an income supplement for artists with autism/IDD, but because it’s an income supplement that comes from creating what they genuinely love.” Any artist can agree that the sense of empowerment, independence and creative freedom that comes from supporting yourself by doing something you love is worth all the hard work it takes to get there. The Power of the Dream helps micro-entrepreneurs with that hard work.

Want to know more? Visit The Power of a Dream website or contact them by email.  Check out some of the art on sale at HANDmeUPS thrift store, or come to the next PowerUP pop-up market on May 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hero’s Pub in Raleigh.

Taryn Oesch is an award-winning editor and writer with a passion for inclusion and the arts. In her spare time, she volunteers with Miracle League of the Triangle and The Power of the Dream, plays the flute at her church, and battles for apartment space with an ever-growing collection of books. 

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A+ Schools of North Carolina, with Arts Integrated Curriculum, Begins Recruitment for New Schools

A+ Schools of North Carolina is a state and national leader in providing quality professional development that supports comprehensive arts education and other creative and cutting-edge educational practices. Currently, there are 56 A+ schools across the state that are part of a network of schools that teach the state standards through multi-discipline collaboration with the arts continuously woven into the learning experience.  A-NC-Horiz-Filled-Blue-940x443If you have not heard of A+ Schools of North Carolina, learn more here.

“The number of schools joining the A+ Network is at its highest number since A+ was initiated more than twenty years ago,” said Michelle Burrows, A+ Schools Director. “The continued growth of the program speaks to how successful the arts can be in engaging students in learning and in providing inspiration for every subject area.”  Research shows that students’ proficiency and overall school performance increases following implementation of A+ practice and philosophy. A+ schools also report improved attendance, fewer disciplinary problems, stronger teacher satisfaction and higher levels of community and parental involvement. To view a list of A+ schools in NC, look here.

Want to learn more? A+ Schools of North Carolina began the recruitment process for summer 2019 entry with two information sessions in March. Find out more about the process here.  Letters of intent are due on June 15.

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The PIT – Performance Venue & Classroom Space on Franklin Street

We are thrilled to report that 462 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill is returning to use as a arts performance venue and classroom space. People’s Improv Theater, which has two New York venues already, has recently completed a renovation of the upstairs performance space and bar and “The PIT- Chapel Hill” began welcoming performance acts to their stage on December 16 and are already hosting a weekly Pitch Jam and Open Mic nights. The new stage is handicapped accessible and has flexible space for multiple performance types. Despite the name, The Pit will not be just an improv venue, but is currently open to all genres of performance. “We want to be open 7 nights a week and be a multipurpose arts venue”, explains Will Neville, Artistic Director at The Pit.

Interested?  Here is the form to submit a performance request.

IMG_8621_previewA more dramatic renovation is taking place in the downstairs space at The PIT and in the lobby. The lobby is getting a coffee shop, while the basement will include two classrooms, a podcast recording studio that can be rented out, and a gathering/co-working space for classroom participants, as well as customers of the coffee shop. Classes will start in January. Current offerings include classes on improv and podcasting, but Neville says he is open to discuss proposals for new classes in any arts discipline. Find the current class schedule here.  Contact information is here.

Neville recognizes that the venue is a work in progress. “We want to be here to serve the arts community” and will adapt use of the space and programs to meet that goal.  “Our first year will be very different from our third year”. To find out more about The Pit, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Triangle’s Newest Film Festival Highlights All Aspects of Filmmaking

Beyond Film Festival Announced for The Cary Theater

The Triangle’s newest film Festival “BEYOND: The Film Festival” will be based out of The Cary Theater and seeks to celebrate the many facets of the art of storytelling through film. The Cary is already a hub and resource for the Triangle’s film community, hosting regular Rough Cuts Reviews (free screening nights for local filmmakers), as well as  Zombiepalooza and Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival and regular screens national new and classic independent films. Beyond will be a 4 day event, including workshops and other art forms exploring the Festival theme.Logo_Beyond.TFF_Cary Theater_BW.Reversed

It was The Cary Theater’s focus on cinema that led to creation of the festival.  Operations and Programs Supervisor, Joy Ennis, explains, “When we opened The Cary, we put “launch a signature film festival” on our list of goals. It’s been 3 ½ years and we feel like we’re at a point in our growth to take on a new challenge, so we decided to take the plunge. Our intention has always been to create an event that supports the mission of the theater – to provide a unique setting for cinema and live performance that creates a community centered gathering place in Downtown Cary and makes The Cary an institution in the downtown landscape. Since our primary focus is film – an event that celebrates the magic of this art form seemed like the perfect fit for us.”

Beyond will highlight all aspects of filmmaking, featuring a short film competition and screenplay writing competition. Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on a different aspect of the filmmaking process. “We love the idea of looking “BEYOND” the final product of the finished film. Our intention is to highlight a “behind the scenes” area of filmmaking each year.” Joy added, “We’re starting with screen writing – because it is the bedrock that the film is built on. We envision each year to highlight a new aspect of filmmaking – cinematography, costume design, directing.”

Beyond 2018 – Focusing on Hometown Stories and Scriptwriting

For its opening year, the theme for the screenwriting competition and short films will be “Hometown Stories” and the Festival will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script. The call for applications elaborates: “Hometown Stories have a sense of place. It is where we grew up. Hometown has resonance of things past, things we hold dear, things we have abandoned. No other place we live will ever have the impact of our hometown. Whether the genre is comedy, drama, documentary or farce, the hometown always becomes a character and exerts its influence over the narrative. Hometown stories tell us about our beliefs, biases, dreams and nightmares. What’s your Hometown Story?”

To apply to this year’s Festival

Competition Short Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016 and should not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre.

Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Submitted screenplays should be for short films and should not exceed 40 pages in length and written in English. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre. Click here to submit<

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Freeman’s Creative Craft Supply Store Opens Nov 10 in Durham Lakewood Reuse Arts District

Amelia Freeman-Lynde opens her new Freeman’s Creative  craft supply shop in the Lakewood Shopping Center on Friday November 10. stackofhats-613x373The shop is the newest addition to the Scrap Exchange’s new Reuse Arts District (RAD) in the Lakewood-Tuscaloosa neighborhood. The shop will complement the Scrap Exchange’s reuse materials with a selection of fabric, yarn, and other handcraft supplies. The store also includes handmade goods from local artists and space for classes and events.

Freeman-Lynde, who relocated to Durham from New York City where she worked as a theatrical propmaker, says she was attracted by Durham’s creative community: “Durham has an incredible creative community, and I want to provide a resource for people of all skill levels to find fun, creative supplies for their projects.” In the true entrepreneurial spirit, she was inspired to open her new store when she was unable to find a yarn store with a knitting group, and decided that it was up to her to open one.

Freeman’s Creative also features two artist’s studios for sublease.  One will be occupied by fabric artist River Takada-Capel, who is already setting up her new space.

In addition to the Freeman’s Creative website, you can follow Freeman’s Creative on Facebook and Instagram.

NCCU Debuts Teaching Artist Certificate Program for Visual and Performing Artists

North Carolina Central University has introduced a new online certificate program for visual and performing artists who want to bolster their arts education credentials. The NCCU Teaching Artist Certificate Program (TACP), will concentrate on skills required to plan, design and implement arts experiences for general audiences, such as auditorium performances, school residencies, and cultural-arts programs for schools and community-based organizations.nccu logo

The Teaching Artists program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, is open to junior and senior NCCU students and members of the general public who have either an Associates degree and background in the arts, a Bachelors degree in an arts discipline, or five years as a professional practicing artist with a high school diploma. The 16-hour program consists of seven courses such as Cooperative Learning for Teaching Artists, The Business of Art for Teaching Artists and   Methods and Teaching Practicum for Teaching Artists.

According to According to Carlton E. Wilson, Ph.D., NCCU interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the program is ““The certification is unique to the University of North Carolina System and the first of its kind at a Historically Black College or University.”

More information on the program is available on the NCCU website.

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