Last weekend, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, along with Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. partnered with Creative Capital to offer a Professional Development Workshop to 24 artists from across the state of Florida who work in a variety of disciplines. This intensive two and a half days were a crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion. The full weekend of lectures, peer critiques, one-on-one consultations and interactive exercises took place in the beautiful University Gallery and nearby classrooms at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The Arts & Business Council in Nashville hosted its second Professional Development Program Core Weekend workshop for local artists in late September. The workshop has been described as a ”crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion.” The ABC staff asked the participating artists what they learned, and compiled this amazing video of their feedback (click Play above to watch). We’re thrilled to hear that the artists walked away with so many practical tools!
Brad Stephenson presenting at a recent Internet for Artists workshop at the Montana Arts Council in Kallispel, MT
Brad Stephenson is our Professional Development Program’s newest Internet for Artists Workshop Leader. We think Brad has made a great addition to our team and, having just completed an amazing weekend workshop with the Montana Arts Council in Kallispel, MT, we asked fellow PDP Workshop Leader Matthew Deleget to help us introduce Brad to the broader Creative Capital community.
Matthew Deleget: Tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in the arts.
Brad Stephenson: I was an introvert during my middle and early high school days, and a fantastic teacher convinced me to join show choir. Singing quickly became a passion, which led to musical theater, which led to straight plays, which led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in acting from the University of Kentucky. After spending time as a standup comedian in New York (yes, standup is an art form), I moved to Pittsburgh and completed the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. My day job is digital marketing at CMU, but I continue to work on various artistic projects. I am also a grant award finalist for a film project called Reel Pittsburgh, a community-based video project focusing on the people of the greatest city in the world. Continue reading →
On Friday, our Executive Director Ruby Lerner presents “Creative Capital: Art on the Edge” with grantees Liz Cohen, Hasan Elahi, Tahir Hemphill and Sam Van Aken at IdeaFestival in Louisville, KY (September 21, 10:30am, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts). This is our third year presenting on Creative Capital at this convening of global thinkers and innovators, and we’re so excited to be returning with a truly remarkable group of artists. Liz Cohen (2005 Visual Arts) is a photographer and performance artist who is best known for her project Bodywork, in which she transformed an East German Trabant automobile into a Chevy El Camino. Hasan Elahi (2006 Emerging Fields) is an interdisciplinary artist who began the self-surveillance project Tracking Transience in response to being mistakenly listed on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. He presented on Tracking Transience last year at TED Global. Tahir Hemphill (2012 Visual Arts) is a multimedia artist who created The Hip-Hop Word Count, a visualization series of data abstracted from a searchable database of lyrics from over 40,000 Hip Hop songs. Sam Van Aken (2009 Emerging Fields) is an installation and new media artist whose work has most recently taken the form of grafted trees that will bear over 40 different varieties of fruit on a single tree. What a group!
I spoke with Ruby and Alice Gray Stites—Director of artwithoutwalls, Chief Curator and Director of Art Programming at Louisville’s 21c Museum and long-time friend of Creative Capital—about IdeaFestival and Creative Capital’s strong ties with Louisville. Continue reading →
In Columbus, OH, Steve Lambert, an Artist Leader for the Internet for Artists workshop, explains the importance of using Content Management Systems.
This past weekend marked our Professional Development Program’s 200th workshop! Since the program launched in 2003, we’ve presented PDP workshops with 87 community partners in 71 cities, and nearly 4,500 artists across the country have attended. PDP has been incredibly busy lately, with workshops in Puerto Rico, Ohio and North Dakota in the last weekend alone!
Creative Capital worked with Beta-Local to present our Spanish-language workshop, Taller Profesional de Desarollo para Artistas, for the second time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Continue reading →
The diverse group of 24 workshop participants, mostly from New Orleans, included 13 visual artists, seven performing artists, two filmmakers, a poet and a fashion designer. By all accounts, this was a truly remarkable group of artists and PDP workshop leaders, making for an exceptional experience. Continue reading →
Creative Capital welcomed our new 2012 class of grantees with a celebration at LA><ART in Los Angeles on February 24. Left to right: Jill Hartz, Lyda Kuth (CC board), Sean Elwood (CC Director of Programs & Initiatives), Mike Plante (2012 grant panelist) and Richard Herskowitz.
Ruby Lerner (CC President & Executive Director) greeted the group and introduced our 2012 grantees in Film/Video and Visual Arts. Continue reading →
Kristina Wong (2006 Performing Arts) presented her new play Cat Lady at the NPN Conference in Tampa.
Despite living in Tallahassee over two decades ago, I only recently learned that Tampa is considered Gulf Coast Florida not Central Florida! On my first visit to the city, I spent three days at the National Performance Network’s inspiring, informative and fun Annual Meeting.
Since Creative Capital is headed into a Performing Arts grant year, NPN’s gathering easily shot to the top of our annual conference attendance list this year and I served as the official Creative Capital representative. NPN is a national organization supporting artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts, and its annual meeting brings together over 300 performing artists, presenters and funders to discuss pressing issues in the field. One “idea forum” I attended outlined lessons learned by the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s important initiative on the issue of legacy planning among artists, while another looked at the challenges of supporting performing arts residencies. Continue reading →
Ruby Lerner presenting a grant info session in Kansas City
Creative Capital’s info sessions are simply gatherings where we can tell artists about what we do and how they can apply for a grant. Because we have one of the few open and competitive artist grant applications in the country, and because our selection process is multi-layered, takes a while, requires a good deal of thought and, yes, effort, we’ve always felt it important to reach out to artists. Not only to spread the word about Creative Capital, but to also offer advice, answer questions and get feedback about our system. We try to do these face-to-face meetings several times a year in different parts of the country.
I recently returned from a trip to the Pacific Northwest where I conducted two meetings, one in Seattle at On The Boards, and a second in Portland at PICA’s Washington High School. In December, I’ll do a meeting in Miami, and in February, I’ll barnstorm through Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles and, perhaps, San Diego. Continue reading →