Posts Tagged ‘arts funding’

We need your votes! Every day!

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Triangle ArtWorks is a finalist for Triangle Community Foundation’s “What Matters Innovation Award.”  As TCF writes on their website, this award is intended for

“Innovative and impactful organizations leading our region to create lasting social change. Through this award, Triangle Community Foundation will recognize organizations tackling our community’s issues through thoughtful, effective, and long-lasting efforts.  We are particularly interested in adaptive organizations that serve and advocate, build networks within the community, and inspire others to get involved.  What Matters theme is focusing on Community Innovation. Many important issues facing our community are broader than any one entity can address. Triangle Community Foundation strives to help the region address these issues collectively by concentrating resources and engaging community-minded individuals and high-impact organizations.  The Foundation is focused on creating lasting, large scale social change in the Triangle region by investing in the nonprofit sector and rewarding innovation.” Read More

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Groundworkk – How $5 Can Empower the Arts Community

By Amy Saltmarsh

There is a new method in the  Triangle to raise money for your creative idea. groundworkk is a monthly social event that connects local entrepreneurs, artists, and (for the evening) venture capitalists. On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, a crowd pays a $5 door fee and gathers at a pre-selected venue (Raleigh’s Longview Center, the HUB Raleigh, Tir Na Nog, and Durham’s Mercury Studios, to name a few). From 6:30 to 8:30pm the crowd enjoy presentations, networking, and a light cocktail hour. Presentations start at 7:00 and presenters are given four minutes to pitch their creative ideas and projects to the audience. Each presentation is followed by six minutes of audience led Q&A. After the pitches, attendees enjoy food prepared by a local chef and then, it’s time to vote! At 8:30pm votes are tallied and the winner is announced. The winner is awarded the evening’s earnings via the ever symbolic mason jar.  Read More

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If you support the arts in the Triangle, learn to be an arts advocate.


A big part of Triangle ArtWork’s Mission is to advocate for the creative community in the Triangle region.  That is why we are going to attend Arts Summit 2012.  Organized by the wonderful statewide arts advocacy group, Arts NC, the goals of Arts Summit  2012 are as follows:

  • Convene people passionate about the arts to develop a new case for government support
  • Build momentum and structure for campaign/election events in cities across North Carolina(late September/early October)
  • Inspire and encourage growth in arts advocacy practices at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Provide new tools and training for advocacy and election activities “
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SmART Cities/SmART Towns Task Force publishes draft report.

Raleigh's Shimmer Wall has become an emblem of the city. Photo courtesy of Clearscapes.

Arts Day 2011 was a great day in many ways, as it brought together arts advocates across the State to make sure the legislature heard stories of the impact of the arts and creative industry in NC and its role in their lives and communities.  But to me, possibly equally as significant was the presentation by members of the SmART Cities -SmART Towns Initiative Task Force. Read More

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Urgent Call to Action-Arts grants cut 23%

I spent the last two days at Arts Day 2011, that great annual advocacy event organized by Arts NC, where arts advocates from across the state meet in Raleigh for two days of networking, education, but most importantly, visiting our locals legislators and talking to them about the importance of the arts and culture industry to the state and asking for their continued support.

Sen. Stein and Rep. Weiss address the Wake County delegation at Arts Day.

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If you value the arts, be an advocate now!

As I have mentioned before on this blog, and if you are at all paying attention to the news, you certainly know that this is a difficult year for the arts and culture community.  State, local and national budgets are low and there will be cuts.  So, all of us who care about the health of arts and culture in our community NEED to become advocates.   For more on this issue, read Byron Woods piece in the Indy, as well as the recent blog post by Karen Wells, Arts NC’s Executive Director.

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Tough road ahead for creative community…how do we respond?

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Tough road ahead for creative community…how do we respond?

If you have kept up with the news lately, you know that rumors are starting to fly about potential budget cuts for the arts and culture industry.  The House Republicans have proposed to cut all funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities, as well as get rid of the Center for Public Broadcasting (LA Times Article, summary of proposals)  Most recently, the new South Carolina governor proposed budget cuts that would eliminate that state’s Arts Council (Charleston City Paper article).  Although these are only proposals at this point, they are certainly an indication of tough times a-coming. Read More

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