Posts Tagged ‘Triangle arts business community’

Triangle ArtWorks Director Elected to AFTA Private Sector Council

We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Beth Yerxa, has been elected to the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Private Sector Council. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America and Private Sector Council members advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. As part of the Private Sector Council, Yerxa will also work with fellow arts leaders to develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and serve as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

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Private Sector Council members of a tour of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami.

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Beth Yerxa to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations”.

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Brainstorming notes from the Council meeting (w/ a view of Miami!)

This position also provides Triangle ArtWorks a unique opportunity to deepen relationships we already have with other arts leaders around the Country and not only keep up with, but be a part of affecting changing trends in the arts around the country.  This knowledge and access will help Yerxa and Triangle ArtWorks advise Triangle arts leaders, as well as serve the Triangle arts community better. Directors of arts organizations from Miami/Dade, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and many other cities and towns are represented on the Council.

In January, Yerxa participated in her first Private Sector meeting, where she was briefed on changing trends in arts, such as the CREATE Act.  She also provided input into the discussion about the changing field of arts support and the role of the arts and culture segment in the larger “creative economy” and tp talk about the work that Triangle ArtWorks is doing to support this business segment here in the Triangle.

 

 

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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks -> Nancy Novell

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running.  Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.

Nancy Novell

 

Nancy Novell, a local potter, is currently Chair of the Raleigh Arts Commission and has long been very involved in the arts in Raleigh.   Nancy believed in Triangle ArtWorks from the beginning.  When ArtWorks began in 2010, she was a Founding Board member. She was one of the volunteers who stepped up to help with the huge task of research and writing to load the website.  As a Founding Board member, she also was involved in developing our initial Strategic Plan and a player in building the Organization you see today.

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Nancy Novell in front of a painting by Bob Rankin at the Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village, where she also works a few afternoons a week.

 

Why were/are you willing to give your time/talents to support Triangle ArtWorks.

Triangle Artworks was and continues to be quite a large undertaking. In the beginning, I was able to jump right in as we were reaching out, community by community, organization by organization, to determine the scope of what was already available and happening in all areas of the arts in the Triangle region. Working with the Board on collating information, determining the brand, and creating the website were all positive steps toward visualizing a coordinated Triangle-wide creative community.

Why do you think that Triangle ArtWorks is important for the Triangle arts community and the Triangle itself.

Serving as a collaborative arts resource for the Triangle’s creative community can strengthen and enhance all that the arts are and do in each individual community. Triangle ArtWorks has the vision to work holistically and bring all things arts related to one accessible clearinghouse.

Join Nancy Novell and others in supporting Triangle ArtWorks!  Make a donation to support our work to build capacity in the Organization. Find out more about this work here.

Donate here.

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Behind the Scenes @ ArtWorks – TJ McCain & Mohini Uchil

This month, we are opening the doors and inviting everyone in to see behind the scenes at Triangle ArtWorks. Meet the people that helped us get off the ground in 2010 and those working hard today to keep us running. Learn why they are giving their time and talents to build this Organization to support you – the Triangle Arts Community.

Today, we introduce you to one of our “office volunteers” and our current Intern:

TJ McCain and Mohini Uchil

L-R, Mohini Uchil and Teona (TJ) McCain

TJ McCain is a student at UNCW interning with Triangle ArtWorks this year.  She is studying sociology, but has interests ranging from photography to design to social media. Mohini Uchil recently moved to the Triangle from New Jersey when her husband was relocated with MetLife.  She has long worked in the insurance industry herself, and still does part-time, but was looking for a volunteer outlet in the arts to get more engaged in the Triangle community.  She found Triangle ArtWorks through an Activate Good posting for Office Volunteers.

Checking out the Frontier's riding desks....or pretty much a scene typical to every day these two are in the office together.

When they are not laughing, they are working for you!

Both of these women are best described as “forces of nature”.  They came into our office and, working with current office volunteers Lucy Gardiner and Cindy Hockiman (more on them in a future installment) began transforming it into an organized and streamlined, but crazy and fun place to be.  Triangle ArtWorks is lucky to have these volunteers on board and working for the Triangle arts community!

 

 

 

Mohini and TJ answered my questions together:

Why are you both giving your time and talents to volunteer for Triangle ArtWorks?

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Hanging at the Berlin Wall…down stairs from our office. This picture pretty much sums it up.

We absolutely love volunteering for Triangle ArtWorks. It is a non-profit organization like no other in the Triangle. It has taken the idea of the starving artist and smashed it to bits. ArtWorks brings the entire arts community together, from the painter to the dancer, the designer to the sculptor. You name any art form and Triangle ArtWorks covers it. That’s what amazes and attracts us to this organization.

It has also been an incredible learning experience working with Beth Yerxa, ArtWorks Executive Director. With her knowledge of art and law, her many contacts or just her down-to-earth spirit, she has made Triangle ArtWorks a great place to work. We also love the personal satisfaction we get working with an organization with such an incredible impact on the arts community . . .  it has been an exceptional experience. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Triangle ArtWorks!

 

Both Mohini and TJ are getting the daily work done in the office, from keeping the site updated, to social media, to simple but necessary office tasks. Mohini is also our Partner Coordinator, working with our Partners to keep them informed and responding to inquiries or information from them.  TJ is working on some long range projects about how to better use social media, such as Flikr, to serve our community, and providing support to TEAL and the Board of Directors.

TJ and Mohini are working hard to support the Triangle arts business community and doing it simply for a love of that community.  Please share their enthusiasm and donate to help us continue our work.

Donate here.

 

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Social Media Guidelines Added to the Site

Triangle ArtWorks social media platform is growing fast and becoming a go-to resource for the Triangle arts business community for news and information that matters to your work.  Along with this comes increased requests from the Triangle arts business community to push out events, jobs and other information.  Creating a platform to make it easy for the community to find this information is an important ArtWorks service and we are happy to see this platform growing.

However, given we are working with all-volunteer staff, we also have limited capacity to process the information. So, it is helpful if information sent to us for promotion to this community meets our mission and is promoted fairly.  We have long followed informal guidelines for our Social Media platform.  To help our community understand what we will push out and what we don’t, making it easier for us and you, we have put these guidelines in writing on the site here.

And keep sending us the great community information!  Send any community information, or questions, to our email. Or just tag us on twitter @triartworks.

 

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