Artists Head to Kentucky for IdeaFestival

Jeffrey Gibson's 2014 exhibition at Marc Strauss Gallery

Jeffrey Gibson’s 2014 exhibition at Marc Strauss Gallery

IdeaFestival is an annual event based in Louisville, Kentucky where innovators across all fields come together to talk about how their work precipitates change. Every year IdeaFestival invites Creative Capital to present a session called “Art at the Edge.” This year’s panel, taking place on September 29, is an exciting opportunity to give a platform to some of the artists we support.

This year, our Executive Director Suzy Delvalle will be joined onstage by artists Jeffrey Gibson, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Shawn Peters and Phillip Andrews Lewis for the Creative Capital presentation.

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Notes on Notes, Trust and the Documentary Promise

Excerpt from the documentary "NUTS!" by Penny Lane

Excerpt from the documentary “NUTS!” by Penny Lane

Earlier this summer, filmmaker Penny Lane premiered her Creative Capital project, NUTS!, about a Great Depression-era doctor who claimed to have cured impotence by implanting goat testicles into his patients. In making the film, Penny has been considering truth-telling and how documentaries are affected by dramatic story telling and creative editing. Today, she launched NOTES ON NUTS!, a footnote-like website that offers a critical look at her film NUTS! as well as documentary-making itself. Penny sent us this essay on the continuation of her project.

Trust is paramount in nonfiction. Your audience needs to trust that you’re honoring the documentary promise—the promise to in some essential way tell the truth—and so does your subject. That trust is your most valuable currency. Violating it is a tricky business­­.

What I want to suggest today is that the practice of annotation is a powerful act of transparency that nonfiction filmmakers might adapt to great effect.

By creating NOTES ON NUTS!, a database of over 300 footnotes tied to my Creative Capital project NUTS!, I had the idea that I could create one case study in order to instigate a whole new conversation: what would happen if documentary filmmakers started to regularly use footnotes?

This is meant as a provocation to my field, maybe even a call to action. Certainly a call to debate. I hope people will look at NOTES ON NUTS! critically. It is a kind of pioneer work; its flaws will be instructive to the next filmmaker who dares tread here.

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Looking Back at the Creative Capital Summer Intensive

This past weekend, artists from around the world and across the disciplines of visual, performing and literary arts gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher building for the first ever Creative Capital Summer Institute (CCSI).

CCSI is a free, four-day professional development workshop and  a unique opportunity for artists from New York to Lusaka Zambia to collaborate, share best practices and learn from prominent leaders working and living as artists today.

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Thoughts from the 2016 Artist Retreat: Bringing Together the Art World

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The Creative Capital is a huge production: with over 300 people attending and 80 artist presentations over the course of a weekend, we need some extra help. So, in the months leading up to the Retreat, we hire three Artist Services paid internship positions to assist with the event. One of them, Erin Carr, a student at NYU’s Arts Administration graduation program, wrote about her experience at the Retreat.

This summer, I spent my time as a Creative Capital Artist Services intern almost exclusively focused on preparing for the 2016 Artist Retreat at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY. My experience at the Retreat was rewarding and thought-provoking, and I am still sitting with the presentations, thinking over what I learned from an intensive week there. The Retreat brought together artists, arts administrators, curators, programmers, writers and other arts professionals around nearly 80 five-to-seven minute presentations by 2013, 2015, and 2016 Creative Capital awardees. Outside of the presentations, the Retreat allowed people from different disciplines and positions in the art world to make connections. For this weekend the event helped to dissolve the separation between administrators and artists.

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Wrapping Up Blended Learning in New Jersey

On July 10th we celebrated the final convening of our New Jersey Blended Learning Program. Blended Learning is a multi-format course in financial and business management that helps artists establish a secure base upon which to create and grow their work. The four-month program combines a one-day Strategic Planning & Fundraising in-person workshop, three live webinars, a series of online courses, artist working groups and small group phone consultations.

This spring and summer, we presented Blended Learning to artists in two communities in New Jersey—Trenton and Newark. Artists from both communities gathered at Gallery Aferro in Newark for one last in-person workshop with our fantastic group of leaders: Colleen Keegan, Dread Scott, and Aaron Landsman.
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Hello from Suzy!

Creative Capital’s new Executive Director, Suzy Delvalle, at her desk

Queridos Amigos, hello from the Creative Capital office, where I’ve been settling in over the past few weeks, getting to know the fantastic staff, discussing priorities, and learning more about this incredible community of artists, consultants, partners, and supporters. As a long-time admirer of Creative Capital, I’m so honored to join this important organization and continue the legacy that Ruby has built over the past 17 years!

This leadership transition offers a great opportunity for Creative Capital to take stock of where we are, look at how the arts funding sector has changed, and build on the programs and resources we have developed to support individual artists. I plan to spend my first year here listening, learning, and working with our staff, board, and artist community to fully understand Creative Capital’s role and impact as we envision the next chapter in this organization’s important work. What an exciting challenge to take on!

In the meantime, you can expect Creative Capital’s ongoing work in support of ambitious artists nationwide to continue. This office is busier than ever!

I am so thrilled to be joining the Creative Capital family and working with all of you to ensure the bright future of this organization! Thank you for your support and engagement.

Apply to the Creative Capital Summer Intensive

 

BlogPostsAs an artist it’s important to build a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. Our Professional Development Program works to create workshops that serve artists’ needs and help them reach their goals on their own terms.

This summer we are launching the Creative Capital Summer Intensive—a free, four-day professional development workshop for 40 New York City area artists in all disciplines—and we want you to apply. (Deadline: June 27) The Summer Intensive offers a unique opportunity for artists to receive arts-focused professional training in strategic planning, verbal communications, marketing and promotion, web skills, financial management and business.

The Summer Intensive is supported by BAM’s Education & Humanities department with participation by DanceMotion USA℠. The event will be held on August 10-13 at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, New York.

Due to high demand, eligible participants will be selected through a lottery process. In order to be included in the lottery, artists must complete the online registration form before June 27.

For complete program details, including eligibility requirements and access to the registration form, click here.
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Happy Graduation, Ruby!

This May, Ruby Lerner received honorary degrees from Maryland Institute College of the Arts and Maine College of Art this May.

Ruby Lerner receiving an honorary doctorate from MICA.

This May is Ruby Lerner’s final month as Executive Director of Creative Capital. How fitting that, this month, she also received honorary degrees and delivered the commencement addresses at two major art school graduations: first at Maine College of Art (MECA), and then at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). As Ruby “graduates” from Creative Capital, we wanted to share some of her advice to the MECA and MICA undergrads with artists in our community. Continue reading

Jen Bervin Mixes Poetry with Cutting-Edge Medical Technology


VIDEO: Jen Bervin’s Silk Poems

Visual artist and writer Jen Bervin’s Creative Capital-supported project, Silk Poems, premieres this month in the exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The exhibition includes works by twenty-one international artists that solicit pure wonder, “a liminal state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.”

Jen’s project and trajectory over the past few years offers a wonderful case study of how Creative Capital supports innovative artists. As an interdisciplinary visual artist and author of nine books, Jen applied to Creative Capital’s 2012 grant round in the Literature category. Her proposal for the Silk Poems merged poetry, textiles and science: she wanted to write a microscopic poem in the form of a silk biosensor.

Bervin was directly inspired by Fiorenzo Omenetto’s cutting-edge research with liquefied silk at Tufts University’s Bioengineering Department’s Silk Lab. Remarkably, the human immune system accepts silk on surfaces as sensitive as the brain.

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Creative Capital Names Suzy Delvalle As New President and Executive Director

Suzy Delvalle. Photo by Michael Palma Mir.

Suzy Delvalle. Photo by Michael Palma Mir.

Suzy Delvalle Comes to Creative Capital after Holding Leadership Roles at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and El Museo Del Barrio

Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital’s Founder and Current President and Executive Director, is Stepping Down after 17 Years Leading the Organization

NEW YORK, NY – May 10, 2016 – Pioneering artist support and professional development organization Creative Capital has named Susan Delvalle as its new President and Executive Director. Delvalle will succeed Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital’s founder and current President and Executive Director, who announced in 2015 her intention to step down from the role after seventeen years at the helm of the organization.

Only the second President and Executive Director in Creative Capital’s history, Delvalle comes to the organization with a strong background in the arts, fundraising, and institution-building. Delvalle most recently served as Director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, overseeing the opening of a new museum in New York City. She previously served as Director of External Affairs and Development at El Museo Del Barrio, where she dramatically increased the museum’s budget and attendance over her eleven-year tenure. Continue reading