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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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2018 Cucalorus Indie Film Grants Close Jan 31

Heads up, North Carolina Indie filmmakers – applications are closing on January 31 for the Third Annual “Filmed in NC” Cucalorus Indie Filmmakers Fund.  Funding ranges from $500 to $3,000 per project.

Cucalorus grant program Filmed in NC

Applications are open to permanent residents of North Carolina as well as full-time students at North Carolina colleges and universities. The grant program will fund projects by emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work. Additionally, projects should exhibit potential for generating meaningful community impact and substantial economic activity in North Carolina. Funding is prioritized for female filmmakers and African American and Latino artists.  Additional information and an application are available on the Cucalorus website.

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in Wilmington, NC; it supports emerging and innovative creative professionals with an annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. The Indie Filmmakers grant program is a project of the Cucalorus Film Foundation made possible through a partnership with the NC Film Office and by a gift from Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass.

According to Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley, “The Filmed in NC program holds so many of the values that Cucalorus champions. From celebrating emerging artists to building a sustainable film industry in our state, this program really has the potential to do great things for filmmakers in North Carolina starting from the ground up. There are so many talented people making films in our state, we wish we could fund them all.”

Grant recipients will be announced in March.

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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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Artist Link Project – Arts Access Promotes Accessible Arts & Artists with Disabilities

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Arts Access recently launched the Artist Link Project – a directory of North Carolina artists, teaching artists, and advocates. Program Coordinator Jennifer Marshburn explains, “The Artists Link Project is primarily designed as a database for artists of all mediums who identify as having a disability, and for arts educators who offer (or wish to offer) inclusive arts programming.” The Artist Link Project will allow the public to search for a unique artist based on a variety of search criteria or to search for teachers of varied art disciplines who welcome all abilities in their programming. Inclusion in the database will enable artists to exhibit and promote their work and fully participate in the cultural and artistic life of our state. To join the database, click here.

“We suggest three broad categories of art form: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts and allow our artists to categorize their work however they see fit.” Marshburn states, “Our current database is populated with 32 artists ranging from painters, photographers, actors, musicians, and writers. All of our artists range in skill level from the Novice or Hobbyist to Professional. The purpose of our program is to support and promote the work of artists who have disabilities and wish to develop in their craft.”

Arts Access also offers monthly opportunities for the group to get together and enjoy cultural events around the Triangle. These events double as a networking opportunity for the artists. Future meetings will include an evening at Imurj’s Just Make Something and a tour of the Museum of Natural Sciences’ current featured exhibit “Race: Are We So Different.” These events are determined based on polling members and venue availability. Check Art Access’s website for more details.

Arts Access, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, enables North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities. Arts Access provides audio description, consulting and training services, as well as on online resources on their website which connects individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state. To learn more about Art Access’s programs, click here.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

Horse & Buggy Press Move Expands Exhibition Space

Horse and Buggy PressBy Annie Poslusny

In 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.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.

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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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Glas Offers Classes, Gallery and Venue space in Raleigh

Drains at Glas bear the logo.

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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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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Triangle Makerspaces added to ArtWorks Resources

by Dana Gentry

A makerspace provides an environment that fosters innovation, creativity, collaboration, and learning by doing and making. Makerspaces across Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill provide the opportunity for all residents of the Triangle to engage with and participate in out-of-the-box artistic involvement  by

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Makerbot at Raleigh Makerspace

utilizing nuanced ways to produce their own kind of final product. Whether a participant looking for a space to be creative in has a long history of artistic engagement or is looking to tap into their creative side for perhaps the first time, the variety of opportunities to realize all types of talent in this area accommodates all that are seeking out a way to embrace and tap into their creativity.

Durham Arts Council Clay Studio. Photo by Teri Saylor

Durham Arts Council Clay Studio. (Photo by Teri Saylor)

Triangle ArtWorks has created a new Resource Page of makerspaces in the area to inform Triangle residents of what each different space has to offer to accommodate for different people’s interests, talents, and desires to become tangibly involved with the arts in their own ways. From clay studios to 3D printers to turning unconventional materials into something completely different, there are opportunities for everyone to involve themselves with the arts and to become their own kind of maker.

Find the new Makerspace Resource page here.

Dana Gentry is junior at UNC and is working at Triangle ArtWorks this semester as part of the UNC Apples (Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences & Service) program. In addition to lots of other great work, Dana researched and created the Makerspace Resource Section. This summer, she continues her service to the Triangle Arts Community, working with Durham Arts Council as an intern. 

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ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists

ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists

 

Since moving in to the Frontier, Triangle ArtWorks has been working with Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) to develop ways to support the artists working in RTP, and to bring more Triangle artists into RTP.  RTF has just kicked off its latest program created through this Collaboration called “Open Walls”.  If you have never been to the Frontier, it is a vibrant and engaging space full of people day and night.  RTF describes it as “RTP’s centrally located spot to plug in, collaborate and plan your next big move. The Frontier is open to anyone with bold ideas and big dreams.” Every day there are people working in “Home Base” and attending meetings or conferences, while almost every night there is an event.  Last week, ArtWorks hosted their SMASH event at the Frontier!

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ArtWorks’ SMASH at Frontier.

But there are a lot of empty walls.

Rather than just buying art to hang on the walls, RTF and ArtWorks saw an opportunity to “incubate” visual artists.  In the Open Walls program, Triangle-based art galleries, guilds, collectives and organizations will be provided access to wall space in the Frontier for display of art work for sale. Our goals are two-fold: 1) Provide a new space for artists to reach new patrons,  2) Let it be known that The Frontier is a place where creative and artistic thinking is not only encouraged but expected. As RTF writes on their website, ” We want people to feel creativity oozing through The Frontier when they come here for a meeting or event or simply to work.”

Here are the “Nuts and Bolts” from RTF’s Website:

"Home Base" in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

“Home Base” in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

We are limiting the application for the Open Walls program to groups, such as arts organizations, collectives, studios, galleries and guilds). To be eligible the groups must commit to changing out the art every two months for one calendar year. The applications will be examined on a rolling basis and at the end of the one year term there is an option to reapply.

The Open Walls program will be available for viewing during The Frontier’s hours of operation. The Frontier is generally opened Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm with expanded hours coming over the next six months. If there is a sale, we present two options: 1) it can be removed and given to the patron and immediately replaced with another piece or 2) remain for the remainder of the two month period. The Frontier will take 0% commission on works sold. We see this as a barter – the artists are lending us work to beautify our space and make people feel inspired and in return we are foregoing the standard commission applied. Win-win!

For more information, and to fill out the application, look here.

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