In January, we kicked off our series of Tequila Herradura-supported workshops in Chicago, with our amazing Financial Literacy Workshop leader Amy Smith of Headlong Dance hosting two workshops in one weekend, first at 3Arts and then at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). Amy had a fantastic time leading the sessions, telling us, “The artists who participated in the 3Arts and CAC workshops were great. There was an amazing amount of trust and candor and sharing of knowledge in the room at both workshops. Many of the artists left feeling more empowered to value their own time more accurately and ask for what they need financially, and also to start figuring out long-term solutions to their financial problems.”
What does applying to Creative Capital really mean? What do you have to do to make it happen?
Creative Capital is one of the only national nonprofit organizations that offers awards to individual artists through an open application process. This means that anyone can apply, as long as you meet our basic eligibility criteria. In the past, Creative Capital has received 2,700 to 3,200 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) in each award round. We work all year with arts professionals throughout the country to review your proposals before announcing the 46 funded projects.
On February 3rd, our application website will open to accept your LOI, with a submission deadline of February 28. The LOI is just a written proposal with no work samples. Once you fill out your contact information, education, professional accomplishments, and the name and email of one reference, you can begin to fill out your project proposal.
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
Fallen Fruit (2013 Emerging Fields) presented their project Endless Orchard at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. Endless Orchard is a non-contiguous map of fruit trees in public space which will become “a public fruit portal, creating a public fruit map that indexes the largest collection of public fruit trees in the world.” You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
Latin Grammy nominated Toto Gonzalez, AKA Mr. Pauer, came from Venezuela twenty years ago and is a self-described performing artist and musician “with a passion for music and design” currently working as a producer, re-mixer, DJ and new media artist. We met up at the Creative Capital office this past summer and talked about his experience taking Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas (our Spanish-language workshop) in 2012 with the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Throughout our conversation, we discussed the changes Gonzalez has made to his career since the workshop, many of which are due to his skillful strategic planning and sense of purpose with each career move he makes.
For Gonzalez, the workshop “was an eye opening experience, and it was a reality check too… I moved from my downtown studio—which was a basement—to a great location at The Light Box with a studio that really fits my needs, surrounded by different types of artists.” Continue reading
VIDEO: Trailer for Bill Morrison’s Decasia
We were thrilled to hear that Bill Morrison’s Creative Capital project Decasia was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in December 2013. An 80-minute film created from restored nitrate footage re-photographed onto 35mm, Decasia uses decaying reels from the early days of film to investigate the human desire to transcend the limitations of earthbound existence. The spectacular score for Decasia was composed by Bang On A Can co-founder Michael Gordon.
Morrison received the Creative Capital award for Decasia in 2001 and completed the film in 2002. Decasia has the distinction of being the most contemporary film yet accepted into the Registry, which is restricted to works that are at least 10 years old.
You can read more about Decasia and the other 2013 National Film Registry selections in The Washington Post.
Susan Robb (2013 Emerging Fields) presents her project Wild Times at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. Wild Times is a work of land art that takes its form as a thru-hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Susan Robb will invite environmental policy makers, writers, activists, performers and poets to join her for sections of the 2,650-mile journey. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
Every few weeks we post tips straight from the Professional Development Program’s Artist’s Tools Handbook, a 200+ page resource we give to Core Workshop attendees, written by PDP Core Leaders Jackie Battenfield and Aaron Landsman. The book covers everything from writing to budgeting, websites to fundraising, elevator pitches to work samples. Similarly, each post is packed with practical ideas to make your life run more smoothly, leaving you even more time for your creative practice. Learn more about our PDP workshops and webinars here.
The road to success involves more than a single application and a ‘yes’ or ‘no‘ response. With grantmakers and donors of all stripes you’ll need to build relationships, just as you would when working with other partners—venues, galleries or collaborators. Funders and donors talk to each other and change jobs. Similarly, a regular contributor may love your work enough to bring friends and potential contributors to your next show—all you have to do is ask! The great impression you make on one funder may not yield immediate results, but it may help you down the line. Continue reading
We’re very pleased to announce that Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia will be a new Professional Development Program partner this April, when we will host a Spanish-language workshop there.
In exploring their website, it’s clear how dedicated Taller is to enriching the lives of the Latino community in Philadelphia, and we’re delighted to become a part of their mission! Their site describes the evolution of Taller as an institution, explaining that it’s grown from “a grassroots, Puerto Rican graphic arts community center to a respected institution that celebrates the arts of Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Providing an outlet for neighborhood children and youth, by providing after-school activities and programming rich in artistic and cultural discipline, remains central to the organization’s ongoing work.”
The Retreat is the centerpiece of Creative Capital’s artist services. The 2013 Retreat in Williamstown, MA, was our largest convening to date, bringing together 350 artists, arts professionals and arts advocates. This four-day event included presentations by 86 artists on their works-in-progress, consultations and networking events, and focus sessions on key issues in the field. Peter Sillen (2005 Film/Video awardee) and C41 Media interviewed Creative Capital staff, artists, consultants and supporters at the Retreat to learn more about the transformative experience of the Retreat.
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