This month, Triangle ArtWorks is bringing you THREE events aimed at providing you the information you need to succeed AND meet other artists from across the Triangle. Check out these events and REGISTER!
Law + ArtWorks Workshop on “Fair Use”
February 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM @ RTP Frontier Building|Classroom
Fair use is a legal doctrine that *sometimes* allows for copyrighted works to be used by others without a license and without legal liability. 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.
See more information and register here
Law + ArtWorks workshop “Legal Issues in Comedy”
In conjunction with NC Comedy Arts Festival, Law + ArtWorks is presenting a legal workshop on issues affecting comedy arts – Free speech, slander, copyright, performance agreements and more!
February 17, 2017 | 5:00 PM @ DSI Comedy Theater
TEAL Lunch & Learn (Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders)
Join us to hear about the dynamic resources provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. Sharon Hill, Director Arts in Education, and Jeff
Pettus, Senior Program Director, will be joining TEAL for lunch to share information and answer your questions about NC Arts Council’s mission, artist opportunities and community resources and services.
February 24, 2017 | 11:30 AM @ RTP Frontier Building | Dive Conference Room
Tags: DSI Comedy Theater, Fair Use, NC Arts Council, NC Comedy Arts Festival, TEAL, TEAL Lunch & Learn, Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders
By Ella Fang
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:
But what does this mean for the Triangle?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.Tags: arts advocacy, arts nc, Chatham County Arts Council, City of Durham, Durham Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Justin Gartman, Leigh Ann Wilder, NC Arts Council, NC Arts Day, NC Grassroots Arts Funding, Orange County Arts Council, triangle artworks, United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County