A Page From Our Handbook: Best Practices for Your Artist Website

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Artist Leader Brad Stephenson giving website advice to a participant at an Internet for Artists Workshop in New York City.

The following post comes from the Professional Development Program’s (PDP) Artist’s Tools and Internet For Artists handbooks, which are used in our workshops. If this piece leaves you wanting more, you’re in luck! On Monday December 15, PDP leader and artist Sue Schaffner hosts a webinar on Web, Blog & Email Essentials. For more information on Creative Capital’s workshops and webinars, see our online calendar.

Websites allow you to exponentially broaden visibility for you and your work. Your artist website can help create a conversation around what you do, and allow you to control the way your work is received and appropriated. Continue reading

Your Creative Capital Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’re like us, you are surrounded by art lovers, so the holidays are the perfect time to support the arts. We put together this special Creative Capital Gift Guide to give you some unique ideas about what to get your loved ones that enjoy the arts, whether it be music, film, literature, or live arts experiences!

As an added bonus, if you purchase these gifts through Amazon Smile, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to supporting Creative Capital. Everybody wins!

Song of the Shank

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Jeffery Renard Allen’s #CCProject Song of the Shank has been in numerous year end lists for best books of 2014 including the New York Times and BuzzFeed! The novel tells the story of a real-life historical character Thomas Wiggins, who was a blind African-American known as one of the best pianists of his time.

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Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi with music by Vijay Iver

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Vijay Iyer composed music for this spectacular documentary film depicting the amazing Holi Festival that takes place in Mathura, India, the mythic birthplace of Krishna.

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Epitome by Nick Cave

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Nick Cave’s book Epitome documents and celebrates his most recent performance work, installations and sculptural “Soundsuits.” Published this year, the book is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to date.

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8 Things Your Contribution To Creative Capital Supports!

Many people don’t know that Creative Capital raises every dollar we give to artists. As we get ready to close out another busy year, we thought we’d share a few unique ways that we put your donations to work.

By contributing to Creative Capital, you are supporting:

1. Groundbreaking new work from artists of all ages.

unnamed-1We believe in supporting catalytic moments at all stages of artists’ careers. In our 2012 Moving Image class, the ages ranged from Ghanian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu at 27 to experimental film legend Ken Jacobs, who became a Creative Capital Artist at the age of 78 (both pictured left).

 

 

 

2. Artists who defy categorization.

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Our goal is to support a diverse body of work across all disciplines. Sam Van Aken is redrawing the boundaries of evolution by engineering trees that grow 40 varieties of fruit. His Tree of 40 Fruit went viral over the summer – you might have heard about it on NPR, Hufffington Post, CBS and USA Today, among many others!

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Say Something Ridiculous – Celebrating With Champagne Jerry

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Leading up to Thanksgiving, Creative Capital celebrated their 15th anniversary with a series of performances at Joe’s Pub running Monday November 24 through Wednesday November 26. The week kicked off with a champagne toast from none-other than Champagne Jerry and his entourage, the Champagne Club, featuring Max Tannone, Sophia Cleary, Gillian Walsh, Farris Craddock, with an appearance by Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock. I was sold from the get go—a ruckus entrance with confetti poppers and table dancing—and kept laughing through the epic, melting, slow motion finale. And I left with this piece of advice: “Say something ridiculous.” So in the spirit of the hilarity that ensued that evening, I caught up with Neal Medlyn (2013 Performing Arts), aka Champagne Jerry, for a conversation on celebration.

Brighid Greene: Creative Capital is celebrating 15 years; what were you up to 15 years ago?

Neal Medlyn: Fifteen years ago I was living in Texas playing experimental noise music in coffee shops for horrified people. I was a few months out from quitting my noise band, taking my boom box to various cafes and galleries in Austin, and putting on Lionel Richie songs and running amok in front of horrified Austinites.

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Authentic Branding: An Exercise in Landing Your Brand

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Participants in a recent PDP workshop in Miami, led by Maxine Lapiduss.

According to PDP leader, strategist and entertainment industry veteran Maxine Lapiduss, “If you have the intention of making a living from doing what you love, it is crucial that you ‘Land Your Brand’ and clearly communicate what makes you unique, special and different.” On Thursday, November 20th at 7pm EST, Maxine will lead a Creative Capital webinar on Authentic Branding. In this session, you’ll learn to use your unique story, essence, and experience to sculpt your message  and presentation, making it easier for your audience, or gallery owners, or patrons to find you.

To give you a taste of what to expect from the webinar, here is an exercise drawn from Maxine’s latest endeavor, Worship The Brand, an online community that supports and encourages artists (and crafters!) to showcase brand-inspired art, offering cash prizes as well as a wealth of tips and resources for all artists.
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Meredith Monk

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In 1964 American composer and musician Meredith Monk (2000 Performing Arts) came to New York to begin an incredibly prolific and inspirational career. 50 years later multiple venues and institutions are celebrating her time in New York. Early in Creative Capital’s history, Monk received a grant for her work mercy, a collaboration with Ann Hamilton. As Creative Capital and Meredith Monk both celebrate important anniversary milestones, we thought we would do our part in honoring the artist by presenting 10 things you might not know about her work.

1. She’s a filmmaker too?!

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As the New York Times wrote in 1990: Monk has created “dances that were operas, operas that were dances and mythic theater pieces that were operas and dances. To complicate matters, Ms. Monk is also a filmmaker…” One of her films, Book of Dayswas a visceral flirtation with a television audience in the early 90s.

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Artists Summer Institute 2014: A Look Back with Documentary Filmmaker Melissa Hacker

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Filmmaker Melissa Hacker at the 2014 Artists Summer Institute in New York.

I don’t win lotteries very often. I did, years ago, win a lovely mixing bowl at the local supermarket, but that did not change my life in a meaningful way. The lottery I won this summer just might.

I was selected to participate in the August 2014 Artists Summer Institute (ASI), co-presented by Creative Capital and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Five days, 55 artists, in an air-conditioned office building in lower Manhattan.

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Artist to Artist: Byron Au Yong Interviews Dohee Lee

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Dohee Lee as the Korean goddess Mago. Photo by Pak Han

As part of our Artist-to-Artist conversation series, Byron Au Yong (2009 Performing Arts) sat down with Dohee Lee (2013 Performing Arts) to learn more about Lee’s project MAGO, an immersive performance that blends traditional Korean arts and shamanism in a modern context. Drawing on Lee’s own family history and the current political and environmental crisis taking place in the South Korean island where she was born, Lee weaves myth, ritual, ancestors, memory, present and future into a powerful performance journey.

Byron Au Yong: You’ve been developing MAGO for a few years. This past year, there have been four seasonal ritual performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, plus performances throughout the Bay Area related to this project. How have you been able to sustain this development and who has influenced your process?

Dohee Lee: Mago represents my creator goddess and my ancestors. They guide me in my dreams and during research. Anna Halprin [a pioneer in dance healing] encourages me to create my own way as an artist. She always points to my cultural background as a great resource. Her way of thinking and working gives me space to be who I am. Continue reading

Tips & Tools for Artists: What Are Award Panelists Looking For?

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Here at Creative Capital, our staff and consultants from across the country are preparing to enter the panel stage of our award application process for the visual artists and filmmakers who submitted Letters of Inquiry in February. (Yes, it really does take us nearly a year to select our Awardees!) As they convene, what will our panelists be looking for in an application? What are some common mistakes they see? Keep reading to get the answers from four former panelists: Erin Cosgrove, Los Angeles-based artist and 2008 Film/Video Awardee; Annie Han, Seattle-based artist, 2005 Visual Arts Awardee and Creative Capital Board Member; David Filipi, Curator & Director of Film/Video at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; and Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator at SITE Santa Fe.

Maura Guyote: What qualities are you looking for when you read an application for the first time? What kinds of writing or ideas jump out at you while you’re reviewing an application?

Irene Hofmann: Clarity and directness stand out in applications. A concise summary of your project described up front sets up the entire application with strength. Think of it as your “elevator pitch” right in the first lines of your application. Use those first sentences to grab your reader. Continue reading

400 Communities and Counting: Professional Development Program Milestones

PDP Workshop Leader Jackie Battenfield leads artist participants during a Core Weekend Workshop in Anchorage, AK. The workshop was our first in Alaska, in May 2014.

PDP Workshop Leader Jackie Battenfield leads artist participants during a Core Weekend Workshop in Anchorage, AK. The workshop was PDP’s first in Alaska, in May 2014.

Over the past 11 years, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) has empowered more than 8,000 artist participants to think big, while giving them the tools they need to sustain their practices. In our artist to artist teaching method, workshop and webinar leaders are not only trained in the PDP curriculum, they speak from personal experience, sharing how they apply the concepts they teach in their own practices.

This fall, PDP hit a major milestone: through our online learning program and on-location workshops, we have served individual artists in 400 distinct communities! Here’s what that looks like:

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