Photo Gallery: Southern Exposure Workshop, Supported by Tequila Herradura

Creative Capital workshop participants learn about Strategic Planning and Fundraising

Creative Capital workshop participants learn about strategic planning and fundraising

On January 26th, our Professional Development Program leaders traveled to San Francisco to teach a workshop on Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work at Southern Exposure. The workshop was part of a series generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura.

We always hope that our workshops propel our artists forward in their careers, so we were thrilled when participant Rhonda Holberton told us, “This was by far the most transformative day I’ve experienced. I will leave today with such a different perspective on my practice and goals. It’s like looking up and realizing there is a sky.” Our thanks to Tequila Herradura, Southern Exposure and our wonderful workshop leaders for making these kinds of experiences possible for artists nationwide! Continue reading

Arts & Science Council of Charlotte & ArtSi host their first Spanish-language workshop in Charlotte, NC

Ela Troyano teaches a Spanish-language workshop at BetaLocal in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2012

Ela Troyano teaches a Spanish-language workshop at BetaLocal in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2012

We’re so pleased to announce that the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte & ArtSi will be co-hosting their first Spanish-languge Professional Development Workshop in Charlotte, NC, this May. The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte first hosted a Creative Capital workshop in 2007. Since then, participants in Charlotte have referred to the knowledge shared at our workshops as ”well rounded, articulate, truly helpful information,” and we can’t wait to teach more of that useful advice to the Latino community in Charlotte, NC.

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Video: Matt Moore & Sam Van Aken at TEDxManhattan: Changing The Way We Eat

On March 1st, Creative Capital Artists Matt Moore and Sam Van Aken spoke at TEDxManhattan: Changing The Way We Eat. Watch their talks below!

Moore is a fourth generation family farmer, working artist and food activist. Moore farms outside of Phoenix, Arizona, and exhibits his video and installation artwork internationally. Through these practices, he addresses issues of ecological, cultural and economical sustainability and the potential loss of small independent farms. In the video above, he presents his Creative Capital Project The Digital Farm Collective, in which he collects and shares images of the most important daily process of agriculture—the growth of our produce.

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Ruby Lerner on Adaptive Leadership

Ruby Lerner

Ruby Lerner

Creative Capital’s President and Executive Director Ruby Lerner recently shared her leadership philosophy on the ArtsFwd blog as part of a month-long series of adaptive leadership. You can find the original article here.

How do you seek out perspectives different from your own and let them influence you?

Since Creative Capital was founded to experiment with a model borrowed from a totally different sector—the venture capital world—we began our organizational life by trying to understand, and adapt to, this very different approach to arts funding. This has affected all aspects of our development. I have been mentored by one of the sages of Silicon Valley, William Bowes, right from the beginning, and we now have three venture capitalists on our board, plus others who are conversant with the sector. Additionally, I have sought out business conferences that focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. And I try to read the business magazines that are focused on the [venture capital] sector.

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Ruby Lerner Discusses Arts Funding on Barry’s Blog

Ruby Lerner (left) with Creative Capital Board Member Paige West and Christopher Cooper

Ruby Lerner (left) with Creative Capital Board Member Paige West and Christopher Cooper

Creative Capital’s President & Executive Director Ruby Lerner was recently interviewed by Barry Hessenius of Barry’s Blog about arts funding in the U.S. Barry’s Blog is a service of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). You can find the original article here

Barry: Creative Capital was launched in response to the NEA’s movement away from individual artist support as a result of the culture wars of the 1990’s.  Why hasn’t the Endowment reinstated its artist support and what would you like to see them do now?

Ruby:  I think you would have to ask the NEA that question.  I suspect it is because it was the individual artists’ grants that got them into “trouble,” and certainly things now are even more polarized, so I don’t think we will see any movement toward reinstating awards to individuals.  This is really tragic, as they not only provided substantial financial support annually to working artists, which has not been replaced by the private sector, but they took a leadership role in articulating the issues.  There is no private funder that has the authority or standing to do that.  In the absence of direct financial support, they can certainly make a commitment to the infrastructure of organizations that directly support artists.  This would include service organizations at the national, state and local level, and that tier of presenting and exhibiting organizations that stay very close to artists, especially to their local artists.  They exist in many mid-sized and larger communities.  Continue reading

Artist to Artist: Cory Arcangel and Julia Christensen on Media Fluidity and Obsolescence

Cory Arcangel & Julia Christensen

Cory Arcangel & Julia Christensen

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Cory Arcangel (2006 Emerging Fields) and Julia Christensen (2013 Emerging Fields) connected over the phone to discuss DIY projectors, technological obsolescence, source code, and other issues related to their media-based practices. The following is an edited excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Julia: Hello! Great to talk to you, Cory! So you’re in Norway right now?

Cory: Yes, I’m in Stavanger, Norway… Are you in Oberlin?

Julia: Yes, I’m in Oberlin, Ohio. It’s winter term here, which is this wonderful break Oberlin gives, so I’m in the studio 9-5 right now, which is really good.

Cory: And what are you working on?

Julia: Well, primarily I’m working this project that is being supported by Creative Capital.

Cory: Aaaahh. At that point they should throw in a Creative Capital audio watermark. CREATIVE CAPITAL. And an airhorn. (Laughs) Cool.

Julia: Sound effects every time we say Creative Capital! (Laughs)

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Artist to Artist: Queen GodIs Interviews Tracie Morris about Poetry, Performance and East New York

Tracie Morris (left) and Queen GodIs (right)

Tracie Morris (left) and Queen GodIs (right)

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Queen GodIs (2013 Performing Arts) and Tracie Morris (2000 Performing Arts) met up at the Brooklyn Museum to discuss commonalities in their work. The following is an excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Queen GodIs: This is Queen GodIs, Creative Capital grantee, 2013, with the honor of being with Tracie Morris, a Creative Capital grantee from…

Tracie Morris: The first class of Creative Capital—2000.

Queen: I’m excited. I think there are a lot of parallels that I’m interested in discovering between our work, and some new things. I’m excited to see what she’s up to in this time and figuring out what we’re doing now. I’m going to start with what I call a “check-in.” I think that before you start an interview and start with asking people questions about their business, you want to see what’s on their brain for the day. This check-in is actually inspired by a quote of yours that I heard in an interview that you did with Charles Bernstein. You said: “Our subconscious says things that our consciousness has to catch up to.” I thought that was an awesome statement—a profound statement—and one that rings true in so many ways. So for this check-in, it’s just a quick thought, word-association based on this year in America. So I’m going to throw out some words, and you just give me one or two words—short, simple, off-the-top, first things that come to mind.

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Ruby Lerner In Conversation with Cara Ober of Bmoreart

Ruby Lerner

Ruby Lerner

Creative Capital’s President and Founding Director Ruby Lerner spoke with Cara Ober, Editor in Chief at Bmoreart, last month. Find the original post published on January 29, 2014, here.

While most Baltimore artists are now familiar with The Rubys, the new artist grants designed to “support the region’s gems” with up to ten thousand dollars per project, few are aware of the origins of the grant’s name, or that they have a namesake. Although GBCA could have chosen any number of precious gems with which to christen these grants, the Rubys were decisively named for a champion in contemporary arts funding: Ruby Lerner, the President and Founding Director of Creative Capital.

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Photo Gallery: LA Confidential Cocktail Party in Honor of Creative Capital

Connie Yang, Kathryn Andrews, and Ruby Lerner

Connie Yang, Kathryn Andrews and Ruby Lerner

On February 5, LA Confidential Magazine hosted a party in honor of Creative Capital at Dirty Laundry. We were thrilled to have so many awardees, friends and supporters there to celebrate our Southern California community. Many thanks to LA Confidential for hosting, to Pernod-Ricard for supplying incredible drinks, to Ammo Cafe for delicious bites, and to Houston Hospitality / Dirty Laundry for the amazing space! All images, Reza Allah-Bakhshi for LA Confidential.

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Artist to Artist: Miwa Matreyek and Janie Geiser on Collaboration, Wonder and the Importance of Tinkering

Miwa Matreyek (left) and Janie Geiser (right)

Janie Geiser (left) and Miwa Matreyek (right)

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Miwa Matreyek (2013 Performing Arts) and Janie Geiser (2000 Performing Arts) sat down to discuss commonalities in their work. The following is an excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Miwa: We’re here talking about our work for Creative Capital. I just showed Janie my Creative Capital project, This World Made Itself, and I’ve seen a lot of Janie’s puppetry work as well as her films, and Janie’s seen my work. We’ve been in each others’ worlds for a few years. Janie was one of my mentors from CalArts who really inspired me to do performance, so it’s really thrilling to have this conversation.

Janie: Yeah, I’m very happy to be here talking with you in your apartment, where I can feel the presence. I see the collages that I’ve seen on your website. It’s really amazing. So, it might be a good starting place, thinking about your work as collage and how you combine images and how you went from still collages into performance and film.

Miwa: I actually consider the performances as a collage. Continue reading