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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.

Centerpiece Gallery Opens in Person Street Neighborhood

Centerpiece Horizontal LogoRaleigh has a new gallery showing the work of local and international artists, with the opening of the The Centerpiece in Raleigh’s Person Street neighborhood. The Centerpiece focuses on contemporary fine art, including paintings and glass works, both by established and emerging artists. The Centerpiece is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturdays from 11 – 6 PM.

In addition to gallery space and framing, The Centerpiece is also hosting artists workshops at all career levels. The Centerpiece welcomes artists interested in teaching workshops to contact Miranda Estep. Artists interested in showing their work at The Centerpiece should send digital copies of their work to Katie Brown at Centerpiece to be considered for a Spotlight Show.

Katie Brown and Miranda Estep at The Centerpiece.

Katie Brown and Miranda Estep at The Centerpiece.

The Centerpiece prides itself in providing high quality service in everything it offers. From hand-selecting original art to showcase in the gallery to working individually with clients to design frames made specifically for them, they work to fit the needs of everyone that walks through their doors. They bring the same attention to detail to their art worksho
ps, bringing in only the highest quality instructors, guaranteeing an amazing, enriching experience for participants.
The gallery will be hosting a two-day Grand Opening event on June 7th and 8th! These events will feature a sneak preview in tandem with First Friday, and the official grand opening on Saturday, June 8th. The Saturday event will feature artist demos, raffles, refreshments, and more! You can check out their social media for updates closer to the event.

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Triangle Cultural Art Gallery Opens in North Raleigh

IMG_5139Jason Franklin wanted to create a gallery that “engaged a community with a cultural narrative” and nest that space in a part of the Triangle that would support it.  So, he opened Triangle Cultural Art Gallery on Litchford Road in Raleigh with a Mission to cultivate and exhibit “art that reflects the Triangle’s diverse cultural heritage and artistic expression. IMG_5137Through the engagement of cultural art awareness and events, we help build our local community.” An NCSU Design School graduate, an artist, a teacher and a designer, Franklin is working to create a space that “includes all types of voices that reflect the diversity of the Triangle – including marginalized voices”.

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In addition to featuring artists in rotating exhibitions, the Gallery has a classroom space that hosts a variety of programming through their Gather and Create workshops.  Visual artists will be able to join the TCA Guild to participate in regular peer critiques.

 

Find out more at their website.  If interested in showing at Triangle Cultural Art Gallery, contact Jason by email or phone.

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios Opens – New Art Venue In Durham Central Park District

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios at 417 Foster Street in Durham is providing a new retail venue for artists to sell their work on commission or to lease studio space. The Gallery had its soft opening on March 1, 2019 and will hold a grand opening party on March 16.

A Vision of Creating Community Through Art

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Cecy’s Gallery is the vision of owner Cecilia Henaine de Davis, a jewelry designer and former manager of the Vega Metals Gallery at 214 Hunt Street. Henaine de Davis seeks to create an inviting and diverse community space that makes art accessible and exciting. She hopes that Cecy’s will become a destination along with the other attractions in Durham Central Park, such as the Farmers Market, Food Truck Rodeos, and the upcoming Durham Food Hall.

Durham Saturday Art Market

Durham Saturday Art Market

Preserving Durham Traditions

Another key element of establishing Cecy’s was to preserve the Durham Art Market (formerly the Art Market at Vega Metals), a weekly outdoor market taking place in Durham Central Park on Saturdays. Henaine de Davis founded the Art Market in 2008 and it has steadily grown as a platform for artists to sell their work, engage with their customers and find support among other artists. The Art Market has been the launchpad for many artists to establish brick and mortar stores or become full-time professional artists. With the closing of Vega Metals in 2019, the Art Market needed a new sponsor, which will be provided by Cecy’s going forward.

Although construction on studio space and other refinements is underway, Cecy’s was open for a recent Saturday art market.

Durham is also renowned for the signature Vega Metals butterfly benches and other spectacular metal work by artists Francis Vega and Neal Carlton. That business will now operate under new management as Cricket Forge and will have a showroom at 2314 Operations Drive in Durham in Durham. Visitors to Durham Central Park won’t miss seeing the latest designs though, as Cecy’s Gallery will carry Cricket Forge items, including the benches, chairs, tables, garden ornaments, holiday ornaments, and planters.

Adding Studio Space For Artists And Class Space

Cecy’s will provide studio space for three artists. Artists who lease the space will have a dedicated area in the shop where they can sell, and they can also use the class space at Cecy’s to hold workshops and lessons. However, artists do not have to lease space there to sell their work at Cecy’s, as they will be accepting artwork for commission sales effective March 1.

Anyone interested in learning more about Cecy’s can attend the Grand Opening on March 16 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be refreshments, raffles, a silent auction, and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Regular business hours have not been posted, but the gallery is currently open every Saturday during the Art Market hours (10 am to 1 pm winter, 9 am to 1 pm spring and summer). Check out Cecy’s website for more information, as the space grows!

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Triangle ArtWorks Launches ArtSwell – Collaborative Regional Professional Development the Triangle Arts Community Needs

The Triangle would not be the same diverse, exciting, and beautiful place without its incredible arts community. The work of artists enrich our lives, as they weave together our history, our daily trials and tribulations, our thoughts and emotions. Artists and arts organizations are a powerful part of our current and changing economy​, not only through the work they do, but the events and vibrancy they bring to our towns and cities are a major factor in quality of life – and a major driver in employee and business recruitment. Artists are also a vital part of our innovation infrastructure, helping to support and enrich divergent thinking, which is vital to the future of our Region.

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Tailored Regional Professional Development to Help Artists & Arts Organizations Thrive

How do we, as a Region, ensure that the members of the arts sector can grow and thrive as businesses? This business sector needs tools and education to become sustainable working arts businesses, either alone or collectively as small businesses or nonprofits. That’s why Triangle ArtWorks is launching a new program, ​ArtSwell​, that will create the professional development program that the Triangle’s arts community needs and deserves. Thanks largely to the generosity and vision of the ​Mary Duke Biddle Foundation​ and working with eight Program Partners from across the Region, Triangle ArtWorks, we will be working this year to build a comprehensive program to meet this need.

The arts sector in the Triangle is largely made up of small businesses, sole proprietorships and nonprofits that have unique needs often not met by large economic development programs or even typical small business programs. Triangle ArtWorks has already created a ​central platform to listen to, empower and serve this sector and is now building a broader arts eco-system to help this community thrive. Our new initiative, ArtSwell, is designed to provide tailored and accessible professional development programs and is an important part of this work.

The ArtSwell initiative will build a professional development program to provide more diverse and robust programming to serve artists and arts administrators in all arts disciplines and stages of career development. Workshops and other types of training in entrepreneurship, marketing, business development, accounting, legal issues, etc., as well as networking and other peer support and learning events, will be crucial to help artists and small arts businesses thrive and grow. Similarly Arts nonprofit leaders need peer support and professional development to further their individual careers and to improve their work for our local arts organizations. To serve the many workers in the arts sector who are part of the “gig economy”, online resources and programs will be provided to fit professional development within their difficult schedules. Learn more about our ArtSwell Plan ​here.

Working Cooperatively Across the Region

Triangle ArtWorks is developing ArtSwell along with eleven committed Program Partners – Durham Arts Council, Office of Raleigh Arts, United Arts of Raleigh/Wake, Town of Cary, Hillsborough Arts Council, NC Arts Council, Artspace, Orange County Arts Commission, Chatham Arts Council, Visual Art Exchange and Durham Art Guild. All of these organizations share this mission to support Triangle artists and are already engaging in professional development activities, but recognize that, by working together across the Region, we can create a broader program, serving more people, in more places.

Triangle ArtWorks and our Partners recognize that making artists and arts organizations more financially sustainable is not only good for the arts sector, but for the Triangle as a whole. Through ArtSwell, Triangle ArtWorks aims to pool resources, time, funding, and energy to cultivate programs in professional development for artists, arts administrators, and creative businesses, wherever they may be in their arts and culture careers in the Triangle. Reaching and supporting art-makers, culture-workers, and creative leaders with easy-to-access and high-quality professional development classes, workshops, seminars, and events will be invaluable for the health of local arts eco-system and the region as a whole.

ArtSwell Program to be Managed by Daniel P. Wilson

To launch ArtSwell, the TriangleDW-Leader-Headshot ArtWorks Board of Directors is pleased to announce its first official hire, ​Daniel P. Wilson​, as our ArtSwell Program Manager. In the coming months Mr. Wilson will be working with Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, to further develop and lead existing Triangle ArtWorks programs, and collaborate with our ArtSwell Program Partners to establish a comprehensive set of year-round regional professional development offerings.

A transplant to the Triangle area, Daniel Wilson, relocated to Morrisville with his wife, Anna Decker Wilson, and thier three young children, from San Jose, CA in 2016. Daniel’s background is in the entertainment industry, with more than a decade of arts management experience, four years casting commercials in Hollywood, and a lifetime spent in the arts as an actor, director, and more. Dan has also worked in corporate staffing as a Recruiter and served on the Steering Committees of both genARTS Silicon Valley (San Jose’s emerging arts leaders’ network) and Directors Lab West (an offshoot of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab) where he gained experience and insights in the area of arts advocacy, professional development, and arts leadership.

Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Daniel served for four years as the Associate Artistic Director of Los Altos Stage Company. Dan is a graduate of the Acting Program at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA and holds a BFA in Directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago. As a performer, Dan has appeared in more than 40 stage productions, and acted in a dozen commercials and a handful of television and film projects, including many local productions since moving to North Carolina.

 

Rhythms Music Hall Opens, Adding 600 Seat Performance Venue in Durham

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Ryan Moeller Photography

Rhythms Live Music Hall opened on January 18 in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, adding to the list of available performance spaces in the Triangle. Rhythms offers a seated capacity of 600, to a standing capacity of 1000, performance stage, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and an onsite engineer. The space opened in January and is already hosting a variety of events and arts performances, from Delbert McClinton and Jeffrey Osborne, to local comedians.

Ryan Moeller Photography

Ryan Moeller Photography

The space has a full-service bar and food services available, but you can provide your own caterer, as long as insurance is provided, etc. If you have other specific needs for your performance, owners and longtime Durham residents Victor and Jerre Graham are willing to work with you to customize the space for your event. The Grahams are working with local producer Tess Mangum Ocana of  Sonic Pie Productions for booking.  Venue rental information

 

 

 

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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.
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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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Shopspace is expanding space, classes, community

20181206_185532If you’ve ever driven on Capital Blvd. towards downtown Raleigh, chances are you’ve see the row of warehouses stretching along south of where Wake Forest merges onto Capital Blvd. One of those buildings is the new and much expanded home of Shopspace. Shopspace is a community forging and welding shop that has been in Raleigh since 2016. Read more about the original space here.

The expanded space will allow room for more classes. Shopspace currently has two classes, Introduction to Forging and Introduction to Welding, where students get to learn making small metals before diving into the more complex tools. For those who have already taken intro classes, the shop offers Personal Project Time, using Shopspace’s equipment to make more of what they desire. Thanks, in part, to the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire”, more and more people are becoming interested in working in metal crafts.

With the new space, the folks behind Shopspace have big plans for the future to expand not only the classes, equipment and programming offered and to respond to broader community needs.  Lucas House explains that they hope to provide the equipment and space for hands-on craft that the community needs, be that increased metal work, or other craft areas. You can see their plans here. They hope to host team buildings for companies, provide meeting space and even a library. More instructors are on the way, all of whom would be local artisans who are dedicated to the craft. Check out updates on their website.

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