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Arts Funding in the Federal Budget – Where Does it Stand?

The federal budget process is long and complicated, perhaps especially so in these politically dynamic times. As of this writing, there appear to be two competing visions of federal funding for the arts. In the recently adopted short-term budget for FY2017, Congress increased funding for the arts in several areas: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities each received $2 million increases in their budgets, bringing their total respective budget figures to almost $150 million. Several other arts programs also received increases in the temporary FY2017 budget enacted by Congress.

Despite these increases, the longer-term status of arts funding remains unclear. The White House version of the FY2018 federal budget would vastly reduce federal funding for the arts overall, and would aim to ultimately eliminate the NEA, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Funding for these agencies in the White House budget would be minimal, directed at winding down operations.

Congress is now engaged in the lengthy process of reviewing and modifying the White House-proposed FY2018 budget; no doubt there will be many twists and turns in the process. The increases in arts funding in the short-term FY2017 budget suggest that advocacy efforts directed at the Congressional level may be the most effective method of assuring continued funding for the arts. Americans for the Arts is one of a number of national arts advocacy organizations that are closely involved in lobbying efforts on behalf of arts funding. The organization’s Mobilization Center is an excellent source of timely information on those efforts.

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Horse & Buggy Press Move Expands Exhibition Space

Horse and Buggy PressIn February 2017, Horse and Buggy Press moved to their new location at 1116 Broad Street in Durham, down the street from Duke University. Horse and Buggy Press is an award-winning graphic design, letterpress printing shop and book production studio. At their new location, they now house a 500 square foot craft and art gallery, called “Horse & Buggy Press and Friends.

Twenty-five artists from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina are currently featured, many of whom have collaborated with Dave Wofford, the gallery curator, as well as owner of Horse and Buggy Press. Exhibits rotate every three to four months, and there is a monthly open house starting in June from 5–8 pm the second Thursday of every month, which will include musicians or local street performers on the sidewalk in front of the store. Media presently on display includes: Glass, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fibers, Sculpture (small), Jewelry, and Wood.

Artists who are interested in having their work displayed at Horse and Buggy Press & Friends should contact Dave Wofford by email or drop by one of their monthly open houses. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11–3ish, and the open houses are the second Thursday of each month beginning on June 8th from 5–8 pm.

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Liberty Arts Move Expands Arts Space & Resources

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Open studio space

Liberty Warehouse has moved again … and again the move has allowed the collective to expand the resources they offer the Triangle arts community.  “With the move to our new, larger location we have been able to open a glass studio and offer classes at varying levels of skill, which is something we did not have the ability to provide in our prior spot. And with the larger footprint, we have more studio space available to offer artists.” say Board President, Diane Amato.

 

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Glass studio

 

Liberty Arts offers classes in welding, glass blowing, ceramics, plasma cutting, letterpress and wood turning. Along with those classes, they have welding machines and glass blowing time available to rent by the hour. And for artists who are looking for a home, they still have a few studio spaces left.

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Lady PIlot Letterpress’ studio at Liberty.

 

Liberty Arts Grand Re-opening is April 22 from 6-9 pm.  More info here.

For information about Liberty Arts classes, studio space or welding/glass blowing time check out the website or shoot them an email.

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Tax Workshop (Plus Networking!) for Theatre Artists 3/20

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  • Do you have income from your work as a theatre artist? Do you know how to report it on your taxes?
  • Are you maximizing your artist-related deductions?
  • What documents do you need to be saving?
  • Do you have questions about self employment tax liability and payments?

Triangle ArtWorks, in collaboration with Women’s Theater Festival and Town of Cary Cultural Arts, present:

Tax Prep For Theatre Artists

Join Alex Lehmann, CPA as he discusses the basics of preparing and filing taxes when you’re a theatre artist. This practical workshop will cover:

  • The status of many theatre artists as self-employed independent contractors & what that means at tax time
  • Tax deductions related to theatre work
  • Year-round tips to make tax time less stressful

Mr. Lehmann has long been a popular speaker helping visual artists understand how to address accounting and tax issues in their work. Don’t miss this chance to hear him bring this popular program to theatre artists.

Plus Networking!!

Walk next door with us after the workshop for an informal networking session at Pharmacy Beverage!

REGISTER HERE!

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CreativeNC Event Explores/Expands NC’s Creative Culture

CreativeNC_Logo_2On March 18, Triangle ArtWorks is partnering with Infinite Minds (@InfiniteTheMag), The North Carolina Arts Council, American Dance FestivalShelia A. Huggins, PLLC and the NC Museum of History for Creative NC – An event to create space for collaboration, empowerment and growth in NC’s creative community! The event will kick-off with the screening of the #CreativeNC documentary (see Trailer), directed by @IamDevonSmith, looking at our state’s most enterprising creatives and the overall culture.

After the screening will be a series of panel discussions, keynotes, and special guests to further bridge the gap between creatives and business.

BUILDING YOUR BRAND IN THE DIGITAL SPACE

Panelists:

Joseph Headen (@Headgraphix) – A Side Entertainment
Ryan Cocca (@YouAintRyan) – Nugget Comfort
Kyle Mosher (@KyleMosher) – Full Time Fine Artist

PARTNERING & PROVIDING VALUE WITH LARGER ENTITIES

Panelists:

Keith Cradle (@KeithCradle) – Bechtler Museum
Garrett Tichy (@GarrettTichy) – Hygge Co-Working | #WeLoveCLT
Justin Laidlaw (@BuddyRuski) – Runaway Clothing

DELIVERING IMPACTFUL LIVE EXPERIENCES

Panelists:

Lesa Tyson (@Juche.Co) – CraftCLT
Dammit Fannie (@Dammit_Wesley & @DJFannieMae)
Bryant White (@BKirkWhite) – A.Bevy

HOW TO MAINTAIN GROWTH AND EVOLVE

Keynote: Greg Selkoe (@Selkoe)
Founder, Karmaloop | Co-Founder, Look Live App

This event is free.  But please register here

Details:

The North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601
March 18, 2017 | 4pm-8pm

 

 

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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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NC Start-up “SkillPop” Makes it Easier to Learn Creative Skills

logo_dark-5740bff3725325690e13508d219162ba4d6c8e1ec17ce6a63ccb5781c0da93c6-1SkillPop is a new NC-based startup seeking to make in-person learning fresh and accessible. In an age where learning is trending online, SkillPop curates in-person classes where trying a new skill is social and engaging. “We don’t think you should have to spend huge amounts of time or money just to try something new or build your skills, so we make it simpler,” says founder Haley Bohon.

Watercolor RDUSkillPop hosts classes on a variety of topics from Handlettering to How to Launch Your Business which range from $20-35/class. Courses are held pop-up style in unique venues around the community and are taught by local experts looking to share their skills. Each class is bite-sized and focused so that you leave with the tools and knowledge to start pursuing your passion.

There are several ways to get involved:

Learn  Take a class and see what it’s all about! New classes come out every Tuesday morning and are announced in SkillPop’s newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter and/or see a list of current classes, visit  Skillpop’s website.SkillPop Photography Class

Teach  Have a skill you want to share? SkillPop accepts applications from teachers on a rolling basis and is currently looking for more teachers in the Raleigh area. More information on how to apply can be found here:

Host  SkillPop is currently popping-up in unique venues around Raleigh from historic churches to coworking spaces. If you have a venue you’d like to be used for classes send SkillPop an email.

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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!

 

 

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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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“Establishing Shot” Highlights Triangle Screen Talent

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Like many in the Triangle, local filmmakers, producers and actors Andrew Martin, Paul Kilpatrick and Olivia Griego saw a need and simply jumped in to fill it. The need? A way to promote the strength and diversity of local talent to a broader audience. Martin explains, “We have talented neighbors, who excel in theater, improv, stand up comedy, music, dance, burlesque, roller derby, wrestling, fashion, photography, and film. Being filmmakers by trade, we wanted to encourage and showcase these incredible people and bring these diverse talents together on screen.”  So they created the website An Establishing Shot.

Establishing Shot is a series of short improvised films, starring local Triangle & NC-based talent, invoking the spirit of old Hollywood’s screen tests. An “establishing shot” in filmmaking terms is typically used to open a new scene and provide a wider view of a setting or location in the story. It’s a traditional way to tell the viewer where the action takes place and to initiate a contextual understanding of what is about to happen on screen.

Establishing Shot provides an easily accessible online resource for local talent to showcase their work and makes it easier for business seeking talent, both from NC and beyond, to easily view the breadth of local talent.  “We see Establishing Shot Raleigh as the first time many people outside the community will become aware of the range of screen talent we have living here. This is designed to be an intriguing tease of dramatic and comedic possibilities, casting light on many of the gifted performers who call this region home.” say Martin. The hope is that rather than bringing talent in from elsewhere for productions filmed here, Establishing Shot will make it easier for those casting films or other productions to view the work of local talent and “hire local”.

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Katie Barrett, Liam O’Neill and Mikaela Saccoccio in “Why Do You Need to Get Away” on Establishing Shot.

Another reason for creating Establishing Shot was to reveal a new side to the Triangle’s well-established theater and performance talent, by giving them the opportunity and confidence to do more acting in front of the camera. Martin adds, “We also wanted to give the behind-the-scenes crew the chance to have some raw unscripted fun, play around with cameras and lights in a non-corporate or commercial setting, and to create a positive experience for everyone working together as a well-orchestrated team.”

Short term, the project will provide Triangle actors and performers the opportunity to create original material for a reel. Long term, the creators hope to generate increased interest and enthusiasm for the Triangle’s brand of unique characters and creators and inspire more original works of film, television, and visual art.

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Paul Kilpatrick and Germain Choffart film a scene.

Getting the Project Started 

“We originally reached out to over 250 vetted and proven performers and were only able to make the scheduling work for 30 of them this time around. The wealth and depth of talent in this community is strong and growing.” says Martin. They shot 50 scenes over 2 days of filming and have been very gradually releasing each one. Having full time careers and families, the labor-intensive and time-consuming aspect of this project has been the editing.

What’s Next? 

Once Establishing Shot Raleigh becomes established, there will be an even greater chance for visual artists, musicians, writers, and creative people of all kinds to naturally integrate into the design and delivery of the scenes.  The creators are open to meeting and working with the large, diverse group of artists and artisans throughout our creative community. In the meantime, Martin adds, “We need editors, or even people who are dabbling in editing, to help us finish. Adobe Premiere only, since the project is organized and ready to share most easily in this format.  Next time around we will need help in every department.”

They also ask the Triangle Arts Community to be sure to share and comment on the video scenes to help get the word out. To be successful, they want to be seen in our local market, but it will be of even greater benefit if filmmakers and audiences outside our community begin to discover the talent available here.

Visit EstRaleigh.com to get more info and contact Andrew, Olivia and Paul through the website.

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