* Upcoming Events *

Copyright Law in Practice – “Is Copyright Filing Really Necessary?” Workshop – October 3 – 6:30 pm

Have you had your work ripped off by someone, especially a large company? Not sure what you should or can do about it? Or what you might be able to do now to put youself in a better position if it happens again?

John Pugh of House of Swank has been through it. He discovered his original and locally famous “Tomato/Vinegar” design reproduced on a Tervis mug at Bed, Bath and Beyond. He complained on Twitter and was able to generate press about his case.

John will be telling his story at a Law + Artworks session on October 3. He will be joined by trademark and copyright lawyer Pamela Chestek, who will be providing insight on the legal side of the story, with the session moderated by intellectual property attorney Erica Rogers.

Bring your curiosity and your questions as we talk about improper copying, and what to do about it, from both the business and legal perspective.

Register here

TEAL Steering Committee meeting – September 28 – Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage – Cary – 6pm

Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders (TEAL) Steering Committee is holding a Fall planning meeting at Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage in Cary on Friday, September 28, starting at 6pm. Have ideas for Fall events, socials or workshops? Join them! Have a question, email us.

SMASH ’19 – January 30, 2019

Mark your calendars NOW for SMASH ’19 on January 30, 2019.  This is the Triangle arts community’s biggest event of the year, so don’t miss it!  Meet folks who provide resources to artists, network with folks from arts businesses and organizations from across the Region and kick of the New Year with the Triangle arts community!



  • June 7, 2018Arts Community Meet-Up @First Friday in Raleigh
    Gonna be in downtown Raleigh for First Friday? Then come stop by Trophy Tap & Table (the old “Busy Bee”) on Friday, August 3 between 6:30 and 10:30 pm. Triangle ArtWorks is Trophy’s Drink for a Cause designee for August ($1 of a chosen beer is donated to us!) so we are kicking it off with a community meet-up!June 7 – TEAL Happy Hour!
  • Fair Use/Copyright Workshop – Monday, April 23 – 6-8 PMAnchorlight, 1401 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh.  Join local lawyers from Triangle ArtWorks Law + ArtWorks Resource Group for a discussion of fair use.
  • How to Reach Millennials” –  Friday,  April 20 – RTP Fronter, The Bridge, 3rd floor,  11:30 AM to 1 PM- At this TEAL Lunch & Learn at RTP Frontier, hear from local arts leaders about how they are reaching millennials in their marketing, audience building and more. Share lunch & your ideas and experiences about reaching millennials in your arts business or organization. with artists and arts leaders from across the Triangle.
  • January 30SMASH 2018! Every year, Triangle ArtWorks brings the entire Triangle arts community together in one place to celebrate their amazing community and kick off a New Year. This event takes place at RTP Frontier and is a great opportunity for individual artists of all disciplines, arts organization staffs, and anyone who works in or loves the arts, to come together for fellowship, celebration, and networking.
  • SMASH 2018 was a great success! Many thanks to all of our sponsors:
  • Friday, December 8, Noon – 1:30/RTP Frontier  – “Starting/Running a Business for Makers” Workshop. Here is your chance to hear from experts on all issues facing anyone starting an arts or creative business.
  • Wednesday, November 8 – TEAL Happy Hour! 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Triangle’s newest Rooftop Bar – 10th & Terrace Come join TEAL at Downtown Raleigh brand new and highest rooftop bar in, 10th & Terrace. for an evening with fellow Triangle visual artists, musicians, dancers, art administrators and other creatives. Enjoy an evening connecting with dozens of visionaries that are all working to make this area a more beautiful place with their gifts and talents, all while enjoying a drink and appetizers overlooking the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Be ready to network with all the right people to build your impact in the Triangle arts community.What’s included: Snacks, crazy plans to help you network and the incredible view. There will be a cash bar. The Event is FREE! But Please Register Here!
  • November 17, 11:30 to 1pm –  Law + ArtWorks workshop – “Insurance & Liability for Artists & Arts Organizations” REGISTER HERE
  • October 12 – TEAL Lunch & Learn on “Social Media” –  RTP Frontier, Dive Conf Rm, 11:30-1pm!Having an online presence is a crucial part of the landscape of successful creatives & creative institutions. But do you know how to navigate this new territory? This months Lunch & Learn Discussion Leaders are blazing their own trail in the wilds of social media!
    • Tamara Kissane – Creator, theatre-maker & podcaster who “boot-strapped” her way through The Artist Soapbox podcast with the intent to help support a thriving artistic community in the Triangle;
    • Angela Jones, The Ultimate Fashionista – Fashion stylist, blogger, guru & influencer who’s Instagram account and blog not only garners thousands of followers but successfully converts those individuals to real life clients;
    • Meredith Kimball Laing, Director of Communications for the North Carolina Symphony, an arts organization vital to the NC cultural life whose social media presence boasts a staggering combined following of more than twenty thousand across multiple applications.
  • October 19 – Law + ArtWorks Annual “Legal Issues for Photographers” presented as part of Click Photography Festival. This popular event brings back lawyers Pam Chestek, Brandon Huffman and Mike Tadych. It is always a lively question and answer session covering all issues related to photography,  including model releases, photographing in public, copyrights, drone photogrpahy, licensing, fair use and more.  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.  Professionals, amateurs and anyone taking picture for publication should attend! Register here.
  • September 20“Estate Planning for Artists” with Mavis Gragg at RTP Frontier. Another workshop from Law + ArtWorks. This presentation will cover:
    • What is an estate plan and why you need one?
    • Documents included in an estate plan, with explanations of each document
    • How to protect your art after you’re gone
    • Supporting arts institutions with planned giving
  • Law + ArtWorks Legal Happy Hour – Wednesday, July 26, 6-9 pm, at Bar Arcana in Durham.
    • Join the lawyers of  Law + ArtWorks for drinks, snacks anScreen Shot 2017-07-06 at 8.17.48 AMd a little “legal mingling.”
    • Meet area lawyers that are supporting the Triangle arts business community
    • Learn about ways they are serving artists, arts organizations and arts businesses in the Triangle
    • Meet 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.
  • TEAL Happy Hour – Thursday, June 29, 6-8 pm – Mothership (401 W. Geer St.) and drinks after at Parts & Labor. FREE!  Cash bar. You don’t have to register to attend….but it sure helps us plan. 11694064_10153580657021495_1207117681964864248_n
    • Join Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders (TEAL) for a night-out networking event in Durham. We will be starting with a tour of the Mothership, a new venue, creative business incubator and resource (formerly The Makery/Mercury Studio) and then heading upstairs for drinks and networking at Parts & Labor.
    • This is a great opportunity to meet new folks from the arts community across the Triangle and learn more about this new resource.
    • Mothership is a space to share, make, and collaborate on good work. Our collaborative downtown Durham home is a laboratory for ideas, stocked with resources and support for makers of all kind:
      • Workshop to sustain meaningful work
      • A retail shop to bring ideas out into the open
      • Event space to celebrate, gather, teach and learn
      • A collaborative community founded on radical acceptance