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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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Support the Triangle Arts Community? Then Support Triangle ArtWorks!

We are lucky to live in the TAW_square_tagTriangle – home to one of the biggest and most diverse arts communities in the Country!

Help us also make the Triangle the best suppported arts community in the Country!  Support Triangle ArtWorks through a donation!

Click here to donate!

 

Here in the Triangle, we understand the power of the arts to…

  • Enliven our towns and cities
  • Provide diverse art and art experiences that are beautiful, transformative, fun, thought-provoking!
  • Bring new ideas and viewpoints to support entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Create a significant economic impact on the Region from its own work and a secondary impact on other businesses
  • Make the Triangle a great place to live, work, raise families and start businesses
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Our Board and volunteers are working hard to support the Triangle’s arts community. Support their work with a donation today!

If you support the Triangle arts community, you need to also support Triangle ArtWorks.

We are the only nonprofit looking at the big picture to ensure that the Triangle’s arts community has the resources and support it needs to not just to work, but to thrive!  Help us put the Triangle on the map as a Region that not only loves the arts, but supports artists as crucial members of the local economy and a big part of what makes the Triangle great.

Support artists? Then please support our work through a Donation.  Give here. 

 

Our Work in the Triangle.

 

  • Triangle ArtWorks NetWork – The center of it all is our online and social media network that keeps the community informed and makes it easier to find the resources, education, jobs and information they need to succeed.
  • Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders – TEAL is a group of young (and young at heart) arts leaders that comes together regularly for networking, education, mentoring and fun. This program is affiliated with Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders program, which allows this group to connect with other national emerging arts leaders.
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Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, leads a group of Triangle arts folks through advocacy meetings at 2016 NC Arts Day. Here seen with Wake County Rep. Yvonne Holley.

  • Arts Advocacy – Triangle ArtWorks advocates for the arts as a business segment at the local, state and national level, working collaboratively with other advocacy organizations such as Arts NC and Americans for the Arts. We use our network to empower and inform the arts community and to facilitate civic engagement around issues of arts advocacy.
  • Regional Theatre Convening – In 2014, Triangle Artworks was requested by a local theaters’ task force to facilitate the development of better communication and cooperation between the Triangle’s theaters. This led to a regional convening event and subsequent work by individual committees on regional issues and networking events.
  • Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) – The Research Triangle Park is an important part of what makes the Triangle Region great, and RTF is a crucial part of the growth and development of the RTP. The goal of our collaboration with RTF is to develop projects and programs that support the artists that already work in RTP, and to further integrate artists from across the Triangle into the work of RTF.
  • Triangle downtown development and arts council leaders helped us design and roll out the Tool-Kit.

    Triangle downtown development and arts council leaders helped us design and roll out the Tool-Kit.

    Pop-Up ToolKit – Triangle ArtWorks developed a Pop-Up ToolKit in collaboration with a committee of downtown development and arts leaders from across the Region. The ToolKit helps artists and property owners create Pop-up arts events to engage empty or underused spaces, provide more affordable arts venues, and facilitate art in unexpected places.

 

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    Law + ArtWorks small group workshops allow attendees to learn from the speakers and from other attendees.

    Law + ArtWorks – A group of lawyers who care about the Triangle’s arts community facilitates a Resource Group to determine the unmet legal needs of this community and develop ways to serve these needs, including monthly practical legal workshops.

  • Regional arts convener and connector – We form a centerpoint for the Triangle arts community. We create regional networking and educational programs to make it easier for the community to learn, connect, collaborate and communicate. We provide advice, support and connections for artists, arts groups and creative businesses. By virtue of our central position and big-picture view of the regional arts community, and by staying abreast of national arts trends, Triangle ArtWorks is a resource for Triangle economic development, downtown development and small business leaders. We provide information on regional and national trends in economic development through the arts, and convene and connect these groups to local arts organizations and businesses.
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    SMASH 2016

    SMASH! – Mark your calendars now for SMASH 2017 on January 24!  This event brings together the entire Triangle arts community – from across counties and disciplines – once a year. Our annual SMASH! is only time the entire community comes together to celebrate themselves and kick off the New Year. Always an exciting, fun (and kinda crazy) event, SMASH! is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the people, the work, and the impact of the arts in the Triangle.

 

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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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Glas Offers Classes, Gallery and Venue space in Raleigh

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Drains at Glas bear its logo.

Local neon artist, Nate Sheaffer, is creating a new space for his work, but also offering classes and space for others to show their art in his recently opened neon glass blowing studio and gallery “Glas“.  “I’m making a final home for my creative life to expand and develop” explains Sheaffer, who has previously operated three studios around the Triangle,  “This final home is more about creative diversity and experimentation than any of the previous iterations.”  The space is the former boiler room in the 190,000 square foot building now being developed as Dock 1053.

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Boiler room space before renovation (minus the boilers).

The Space

Sheaffer’s vision for the space “is to teach neon glass blowing techniques to interested individuals, to open my space and self up to creative collaborations, and to provide a gallery/show space for new as well as experienced artists utilizing creative programming aimed at engaging a broad audience of art enthusiasts.”

Classes – “One of the most exciting projects is setting up neon glass blowing workshops that engage participants in the design and fabrication of their own neon pieces. Workshops run one night a week (Tuesdays 6-9 pm) for six weeks, culminating in a Saturday afternoon gallery showcase of participants’ work. When the show is over, students take their work home along with the memorable experience of having designed and created an illuminated work in glass.”

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Gallery space at Glas – Art by Kathleen Jardine, Philip Ernst, Louis St. Lewis and others.

Gallery –  According to Sheaffer, “The space also features an extravagance – a beautiful gallery, where experimental art can be shown and photographed and creative collaborations with musicians, dancers, photographers, cinematographers, and beginning artists can be given a chance to stretch and explore.”

Venue – “The gallery space has turned out beautifully and simply has to be experienced. With the collection of neon in the glass blowing area and the gorgeous gallery space, I’m making the majority of the shop available for event rental to help offset expenses and to share the space with a broader segment of the area.”

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Nate Scheaffer and collaborator Louis St. Lewis in the studio space at Glas.

Workshops – “The space is perfect for meetings and gatherings as well as workshops art related and non-art related. I have designed several team-building exercises for groups up to 20 that are perfect for corporate programing or simply as interesting event entertainment. In the not too distant future, we hope to add laboratory glass blowing classes and capabilities, also.”

Nate wants this space “to fill a niche in the wonderful art landscape others have forged downtown, in and around the warehouse district” and welomes ideas for collaborative programming with other galleries and workshops with other artists across different media.  Find out more about Glas or connect with them through the website. Glas is located 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 125 Raleigh, NC 27604.

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NC Science Festival seeks arts/science proposals

Jonathan Frederick of the NC Science Festival has come to us to help him connect with Triangle artists.  He is ncsf_rgb_updatelooking for artists, of all disciplines, with ideas for events or projects that explore the connection between arts, design and science.  Are you a scientist that is an artist or an artist that explores science themes?  Or have a crazy idea for an event, installation, talk … whatever – that crosses the streams of art and science?  Here is a letter from Jonathan to Triangle artists:

 

Greetings from UNC-Chapel Hill—

I direct the North Carolina Science Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science and its connections to our daily lives. We’re based out of UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Each April, we produce and facilitate hundreds of events across North Carolina. To give you a sense of scale, this past April we had over 900 events in 99 of NC’s 100 counties attended by 415,000 participants. These events range from talks on college campuses, nature hikes at parks, demonstrations at museums, hands-on storytime science shows at public libraries, community-wide street fairs, large expos, and more.

Take a look at our 2016 Final Report to get a sense for the feel for what we do.

For the 2017 NC Science Festival, we’re exploring the theme of Art & Design. I would love to connect with artists on what might be possible. With enough interest, I’m happy to host a brainstorming meeting sometime in the near future. If I could have it all, I’d love to see: science-themed murals painted in cities and towns in NC, theatrical performances, installations, musical interpretations and so on. There is a ton of potential all tied to time, talents and funding. We have a network of thousands of scientists who may be up for collaborating as well.

If you’re interested in talking further, please let me now.

Warm regards,
Jonathan Frederick
Director, NC Science Festival
Producer/Host, Carolina Science Cafe
UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
@jonmikefred

Got an idea?  Shoot Jonathan an email!   And I know you are all wondering, is there money in it?  The answer is a solid “maybe”.

Beth

 

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Triangle Hidden Gem – Learn about Hayti Heritage Center’s arts spaces & programming

This article is part of a continuing series on creative resources in the Triangle that are either little known, or you may have heard of them, but may be unaware of the extent of the services and resources they offer. Have an idea for a future article? Let us know.

By Taryn Oesch

With all the new arts events, venues and groups popping up all over Durham, long-time arts organizations and events are often overlooked. Last weekend was the 29th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival at the Performance Hall at Hayti Heritgage Center.  To find out more about the Organization behind this longstanding Durham arts event, we visited Hayti Heritage Center to learn more about its mission and programming.

Director, Angela Lee, in Hayti's historic 400 seat performance venue.

Director, Angela Lee, in Hayti’s historic 400 seat performance venue.

The center opened in 1975 under the management of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation. It’s a cultural enrichment and arts education facility whose mission, according to executive director Angela Lee, is “to preserve historic Hayti and to promote the African American experience through arts programs and events that benefit the broader community.” Booker T. Washington called the historic Hayti district “Black Wall Street,” and the Hayti Heritage Center works to honor that legacy, along with using the arts to bring communities and races together.

The center itself is the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a national historic landmark. The beautiful venue is available for rent, with over 35,000 square feet of available space, including an auditorium that seats up to 400, community and meeting rooms, and a dance studio. There’s even affordable small office space.

Community and class rooms at Hayti, such as this Dance Studio, are available for rent.

Community and class rooms at Hayti, such as this Dance Studio, are available for rent.

The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates multiple art forms. Members of the community can sign up for classes on dance and martial arts, some for as little as $5 per class. The center also shows local artists in its Lobby Gallery – in February, the center hosted a Black History Month exhibition. At the Jambalaya Soul Slam, a staple program since 2005, local poets compete for a cash prize and membership in the Bull City Slam Team, which competes in regional and national competition every summer. The Heritage Music Series and Heritage Film Festival add to the cultural offerings.

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Hayti’s Lobby Gallery

There’s a variety of ways artists and arts supporters can get involved with the Hayti Heritage Center and help, in Lee’s words, “preserve the heritage and embrace the experience of the arts.” Take a class, try out for the Bull City Slam Team, come to an event, rent their facility, and, of course, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  Stop by, see the art, tour the performance venue, meet the hard-working staff and thank them for their work to continue to impact of this longstanding venue on the Durham arts community.

Taryn Oesch is an editor, writer, and long-time Raleigh resident, graduating from Wakefield High School and Meredith College. She volunteers with local arts organizations and Miracle League of the Triangle. In her free time, she plays the piano, spoils her godchildren, and battles for apartment space with her uncontrollable collection of books. Website 

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Law + ArtWorks kicks off year with a new focus and Sept 21 Happy Hour!!

Law + ArtWorks – that group of local lawyers that works on Triangle ArtWorks network to provide legal education and resources for the Triangle – is kicking off their new year (well, fiscal year) with a new focus as Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” and wants to tell you about it over a cold one!

Announcing our “Legal” Happy Hour!

 

Join the lawyers of  Law + ArtWorks for drinks, snacks and a little “legal mingling” at WXYZ at the new Aloft Hotel on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 6pm on Wednesday, September 21.

  • Meet area lawyers that are supporting the Triangle arts business community
  • Learn about ways they are serving artists, arts organizations and arts businesss in the Triangle
  • Meet other Triangle ArtWorks staff and learn about the Organization’s work
  • Have fun & meet other artists of all disciplines from across the Triangle!

Help us plan better by signing up for this event here.

 

Triangle attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the Legal Issues for Photographers workshop during Click Photography Festival.

Law + ArtWorks member attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the “Legal Issues for Photographers” workshop held in conjunction with Click Photography Festival.

What’s a Resource Group and how can it help you?

Last year, a bunch of arts loving Triangle lawyers were looking for a more efficient and effective way to help the Triangle arts community and help them get the legal information they need to run their businesses and protect their work.  They began working with Triangle ArtWorks, set up Law + Artworks, and began a series of Practicums – practical workshops aimed at helping artists understand issues such as how to read a contract, what Fair Use really means, or how to file a trademark application. They also began looking at other ways to support the Triangle’s artists and arts organizations.

This (fiscal) year, they are “rebranding” as a Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” – go-to group for arts organizations and discipline groups for general legal support.  They will still be doing their monthly Practicums, often working directly with arts discipline groups across the Triangle.  They will also be working to build the Legal Resources for Artists database on Triangle ArtWorks site and to develop other simple tools, such as pamphlets and guides, that artists can access directly from the Site.

Practicum attendees share networking after a workshop.

Practicum attendees network after a workshop.

Need a lawyer to talk to your business or arts organization about a general legal issue – contact them.  Does your arts discipline share a general legal concern that they want input on? Contact them.  By bringing together lawyers that support the arts community, we are making it easier for them to work together to increase legal resources for artists and for arts groups to be able to find legal speakers and other support.

Of course, Law + ArtWorks will not be able to represent artists or organizations directly on specific cases.  If you need to hire a lawyer, check out our Creative Services section to find lawyers who love working with artists.

Are you a lawyer who loves the Arts?  Join Law + ArtWorks!

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online.

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake, guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online at a Law + ArtWorks Practicum.

If you are a lawyer that loves the arts, but struggles with how to be of help, join our Resource Group!  We are expanding the group to provide more tools and services.  All areas of practice are needed!  Come to the Happy Hour or contact us here.

Will there be other Resource Groups?

We are glad you asked!  Yes, ArtWorks will be working with other professional groups (Accounting? Real estate? Marketing?) to create more Resource Groups to work through ArtWorks regional network to help the Triangle’s arts business community get the resources they need more easily.  Have an idea for our next Resource Group?  Let us know!

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Arts Advocacy Brings More Money to Arts Statewide – What that means for the Triangle

 

By Ella Fang

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You may have heard the news that the NC General Assembly increased the North Carolina Arts Council budget in its last session.  Specifically, the new budget included these changes:

  • The Biennium (2 year) budget included a total increase of $800,000 non-recurring funding, including a $500,000 increase in Grassroots Arts Funds
  • Allocation of $715,422 for A+ Schools.
  • Total arts funding in the 2015 – 2017 Biennium budget went up $1,515,422 – a 14% increase in funding for grants and programs at the North Carolina Arts Council.

But what does this mean for the Triangle?

 

More Grassroots Funding for Triangle arts organizations

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities.  Grassroots money helps local arts organizations provide a diverse menu of arts opportunities, such as festivals, classes and performances, and also supports arts in schools, administrative overhead, and sub-grants to community agencies.  Grassroots funds are distributed to a designated arts organization in each county, which uses the funds for local programs and also regrants part of the money out to other organizations.   “Counties with more than 60,000 population are required to sub-grant/re-grant 50% of these funds. For some arts organizations, Grassroots funding is their only source for operating funds” said Leigh Ann Wilder, Arts in Communities Director at NC Arts Council.

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The Diwali Festival in Cary. Hum Sub is a receipient of a grant from United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County.

In the Triangle, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Chatham County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and Durham Arts Council distrubute Grassroots funds, often adding it to funding raised locally. “For us, it means we are able to provide nine more grants for the local arts community.” said Ragen Carlile, Vice President for Education and Community Programs at United Arts Council. This increased funding can make a real difference to the local arts organizations and artists that receive funding from their county arts councils. Click here for a listing of investments by county.  Read more about Grass roots Arts Funding here.

What are A+ Schools?

The A+ Schools Program “is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to how teachers teach and students learn in all subjects.”  The program is creating and supporting a statewide network of A+ Schools – 50 so far – that have adopted the A+ philosophy and practice, and that make a commitment to participating in network activities. Learn more about the A+ Schools program here and find a list of the A+ Schools in your county here.

SmART Inititative

Another NC Arts Council program with a direct effect on the Triangle is the The SmART Initiative, which provides grants and leadership for municipal arts-driven economic development programs.  So far, four North Carolina municipalities have projects funded under this program, including Durham. The Durham project created, first, an Arts Vision plan to connect the downtown arts districts.  See that Arts Vision plan here.  Momentum from the initial SmART Initiative work has resulted in a successful NEA grant to continue this project. Read more about the NEA funded grant here.

Arts Advocacy works!

This funding increase is great proof that arts advocacy works! ArtsNC, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts, provided the leadership behind this successful effort. They organized advocacy events statewide to teach people how and why they need to fight for the arts and organized and led ARTS Day 2016, an annual two-day conference of art and action that draws hundreds of North Carolinians to their state capital to learn, network, celebrate, and speak with one voice on behalf of the arts. They also worked with local organizations to

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Triangle ArtWorks Director, Beth Yerxa, led part of the Wake County delegation at Arts Day, seen here meeting with Rep. Yvonne Holley.

engage arts supporters to advocate for the Arts and give them the training and tools they need to be effective advocates.

Triangle ArtWorks worked with Arts NC to host such a regional training event, “Give a Damn About the Arts” on April 13, 2016.  To get a snapshot of that event, check out this video by Justin Gartman.  Arts advocates from across the Triangle also participated in Arts Day, meeting with their local representatives and telling them stories about how the arts impact their cities and their lives.

How do I apply for grants?

Triangle ArtWorks has links to all local and statewide granting opportunities on our website. Each county, and sometimes individual municipalities, have granting programs for nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists and arts projects.  The North Carolina Arts Council also supports arts organizations, emerging artists and individual artists. Find more information and links to all of these grant programs here.

Ella Fang is a new Raleigh resident, graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. A strong believer that art works, she coordinates the International Festival of Raleigh, volunteers with local arts organizations, and fights for arts accessibility. In her free time, she loves painting, reading, and camping with her husband and their dog Smokie.

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Grants from Durham and Cary support Triangle ArtWorks growth!

DurhamArtsCouncil_LOGO_WC_blk2x2 (4)We are happy to announce that Triangle ArtWorks has received financial grants from both Durham Arts Council and Town of Cary to continue our organizational capacity building work into 2017!

Triangle ArtWorks has been serving the Triangle since 2010, but is still entirely run by volunteers (yes, really) and is funded by donations.  We are a critical point in our development, where the success of the work and the platform we are building exceeds our “capacity”.

What does this mean?  Well, that, the Region is seeing an impact from the work that we are doing and there is demand for us to do more, but the fact that we are run completely by a volunteer staff on limited donations affects our ability to expand our work and programs or even to keep up with current demand for our work.  For Triangle ArtWorks to continue to establish our place in the regional community, we need support from the Community we serve.  We need to be able to build what non-profit folksTownOfCary_PrimarySolo call “organizational capacity”.  That is, we need more people and financial support to get the work done.  These people can include volunteers and Board members, but realistically, we need to build towards having experienced and paid staff.  And we don’t just need people, we need to have the right tools and resources to do our work better and more efficiently.

Last year, a grant from Duke Energy allowed us to bring on a local consultant, the amazing Maggie Clay Love, to provide the expert support and services we need to develop organizational capacity and create a plan for sustainable growth.  This work has been transformative for the Organization and already the office is running more smoothly, our Board is building and we are developing better tools and resources to continue to serve the Organization and the community more efficiently and effectively.  But there is lots more to do.

Hand drawing moneyThis year, we began to reach out to the Region we serve for financial support and are excited to announce that, so far, both Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary have agreed to support our Capacity Building work for Fiscal Year 2017!  This support will allow us to continue to transform this Organization towards sustainability and  continue our work in the Triangle. But perhaps more importantly, this financial support shows that Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary understand the role of the arts industry in the future of the Triangle region and believe in the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to support the arts community.

We thank the Durham Arts Council and the Town of Cary for making this big step to support our work and, though us, the work of all artists and arts organizations across the Triangle. Learn more about other Sponsors of Triangle ArtWorks here.  We look forward to working with other Triangle municipalities this year to develop additional support.

Believe in what we are building and want to support us?  Find out more here.

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Shopspace metalsmith classes/studio opens in Raleigh

By Thea Howell

For those working or interested in working in metal, there is a new resource in Raleigh. Shopspace, a fully equipped metalsmith studio, is forging a great place for artists in downtown Raleigh. Led by Lucas House, Shopspace is making the art of metalsmithing more accessible by providing the tools, equipment, and resources to artists in a safe studio environment. “There is a wealth of knowledge in the building, metal, and craft industry here in the Triangle, and we believe it should be shared.” says House.

Operating in a space in AntFarm studios, Shopspace is currently offering artists of all skill levels the opportunity to experience forging and welding in the well-equipped studio in small-sized classes.  As they further develop, ShopSpace will expand the current 2-person classes into more class offerings and also offer the studio for rent to ShopSpace-orientated artists who will be able to execute their metalsmith projects.  Visit ShopSpace to read their great story, what resources they offer and to contact them about classes.

Thea Fotiu Howell is an artist, arts educator, and arts director. She is a contracted Teaching Artist at the NC Museum of Art, owner and facilitator of the Triangle Artists Concierge Meetup group and Arts Director for Imurj, an artist venue which opens later this year. Thea is excited about working closely with arts entrepreneurs and is creating programs to encourage and fortify a well-connected artist community. She’s passionate about getting to know other artists in dynamic ways, so you’ll find her mixing in with artists of all disciplines at local programs and events.

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