Excerpt from Stacey Kirby’s “The Declaration Project”
What would you do with $200,000?
That’s the question facing performance installation artist Stacey Kirby who recently won the $200,000 grand prize at ArtPrize Eight for her interactive performance piece, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging.”
Visitors to The Bureau engage with Kirby and other performers in the designated areas of the Bureau of Personal Belonging: the Department of Declarations, the Civil Validation Department and the Board of Elections and the Facility Permit Office. Each is occupied by a performer in the role of a government official and evokes an office setting tailored to represent the governmental process it critically examines – from issuing bathroom permits (in direct response to the infamous House Bill 2 passed in Stacey’s home state of North Carolina) to determining the validity of individual lives and experiences. The work culminates with participants’ handwritten responses being processed and mailed to public officials. President Barack Obama, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, various North Carolina Legislators and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are among recipients of Kirby’s work.
You can visit The Bureau remotely through the video of her work below:
It’s easy to treat massive wins like this as though they happened overnight and miss the hard work and learned lessons that make them possible. To this end, Stacey Kirby was kind enough to share 4 lessons she learned that helped pave her path to the ArtPrize grand prize.
Leaving Governor’s Island was difficult this past Sunday as we we wrapped up this year’s session of Artists Summer Institute. Artists Summer Institute is a five-day intensive professional development opportunity for artists created and developed in partnership between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Creative Capital.
ASI provides a unique opportunity for artists for to retreat from their daily routines to focus on developing their professional skills and artistic goals. The program combines the best of LMCC’s Basic Finance for Artists and Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) to provide a comprehensive range of training, tools, and resources for working artists. The curriculum offers arts-focused professional training in the areas of strategic planning, verbal communications, marketing and promotion, Internet optimization, financial management, and business planning. Continue reading →
DawN Crandell with artist and PDP workshop leader Dread Scott
This post originally appeared on reflectionslifeartistmom, the blog of Artists Summer Institute participant DawN Crandell. Artists Summer Institute kicked off earlier this week and runs through August 9. ASI is a five-day intensive series of workshops, seminars, and presentations featuring curriculum from Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program and LMCC’s content on financials and entrepreneurship for artists.
Wow. My brain is full and my body is exhausted and there is that familiar fear and anxiety based on insecurities of not enough. I’m not enough, I’m not doing enough. I don’t have enough. But today those feelings are being pushed to the background because I am gaining the skills and deeper confidence to climb up to the next level in my career.
For the past two days I’ve been a participant in the Artist Summer Institute presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Creative Capital. Along with fifty-four other NYC artists, yesterday I learned about strategic planning and business planning for my career. Today was focused on marketing. I am making so many great connections and am beyond inspired by all the other artists. Continue reading →
“No one is coming to save you. You are enough,” Ela Troyano assured her audience of eager and talented Latino artists with one of the favorite maxims of longtime Creative Capital consultant Colleen Keegan. “I googled every one of you. The amount of talent in the room is incredible.”
Ela led Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistasalongside her friend and fellow Creative Capital grantee Chemi Rosado-Seijo at Creative Capital on Monday June 22. The workshop includes lectures on Strategic Planning and creating a Business Plan; breakout groups on Verbal Communications and Art Business Management; and an interactive exercise on Targeted Marketing—all geared to Spanish-speaking artists who often work in different countries and cultures.
Making New Friends at Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas
Kay Takeda (LMCC) and Alyson Pou (Creative Capital) celebrate five years of ASI.
Earlier this month, we were so thrilled to celebrate our fifth year working in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) to present the Artists Summer Institute (ASI), a five-day professional development intensive for 55 New York City artists. This year we convened from August 6-10 at 1 Liberty Plaza, home to LMCC’s Workspace Program. As usual, we had an incredible group, and we celebrated our anniversary with a special dessert for lunch on Saturday.
Mr. Pauer performing. Source: http://thisisfusion.tumblr.com
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 →
Works by PDP alumni in the Herradura Barrel Art Competition (clockwise from top left): Claudia Calle, Kim Holleman, Michelle Weinberg, Micah & Whitney Stansell
This year, Creative Capital was honored to be chosen as the charitable beneficiary of Herradura Tequila’s inaugural Barrel Art Program, in which the company challenged 77 artists in eight U.S. cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Miami and Santa Fe) to transform Tequila Herradura barrels into original works of art. In each city, a jury of local arts professionals and tastemakers chose one winner to receive a $10,000 prize and an invitation to the national competition, held last week during the art fairs in Miami, where the creator of the winning artwork received $100,000—one of the more generous monetary prizes in the contemporary art world.
As part of their commitment to the arts and individual artists, Herradura gave an additional generous contribution to Creative Capital to underwrite Professional Development Program (PDP) workshops and webinars for more than 200 artists in the competition cities. Continue reading →
2013 is a landmark year for Creative Capital—we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Professional Development Program! In that decade, we’ve worked with more than 6,500 artists in 275 communities. In honor of each of those artists, we present the new monthly series PDP Stories, in which we’ll share our participants’ accounts of how we’ve impacted their careers and lives.
This month’s PDP story comes from Audrey Phillips, an artist from Maitland, FL, who attended a 2007 Core Workshop hosted by the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
The Creative Capital PDP program made me aware of the task ahead: if you want to be a successful professional artist you have to diversify and stretch your talent. Even before the big market crash of 2008, the PDP program was introducing artists to different ways to get your art seen and purchased. It was making artists aware that the days of being solely represented (and funded) by galleries is over and we have to diversify our venues—and we, as artists, have to take charge of that. It was a hard-hitting message and a valuable lesson. Continue reading →
2013 is a landmark year for Creative Capital—we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Professional Development Program! In that decade, we’ve worked with more than 5,900 artists in 170 communities. In honor of each of those artists, we present the new monthly series PDP Stories, in which we’ll share our participants’ accounts of how we’ve impacted their careers and lives.
This month’s PDP story comes from Naomi Cohn, a poet from St. Paul, MN, who attended a 2010 Core Workshop hosted by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
I participated in the Core Weekend in Minnesota in May 2010. Since then that experience has helped me to conceptualize and gain support for a new project, Known by Heart, which explores the contemporary value of poetry and memory. I received a $10,000 Minnesota State Arts Board poetry grant and a one month residency at the Studios of Key West. I’ve gotten grants and residencies before. What feels different, informed by what I learned in PDP, is how this project integrates and advances both creative and business aspects of my work. The project gives me a chance to create new poems, to learn how to present them as spoken work by working with a theater/performance coach. The grant includes documentation that I will be able to use on my new website and also helps me develop a presentation and skills that I can potentially use as a teaching artist in school and community settings, which would represent a new income stream opportunity.
2013 is a landmark year for Creative Capital—we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Professional Development Program! In that decade, we’ve worked with more than 5,900 artists in 170 communities. In honor of each of those artists, we present the new monthly series PDP Stories, in which we’ll share participants’ accounts of how we’ve impacted their careers and lives.
This month’s PDP story comes from Tom Virgin, a Miami-based visual artist who has participated in several workshops including our 2007 Miami Core Workshop, 2009 Miami Advanced Core Workshop and 2010 & 2011 Miami Internet For Artists Workshops.
Spring 2011: The Creative Capital Professional Development Program brought me from an earnest beginner to an earning artist. Although the concept of creating a practice with multiple legs of support did not come from Creative Capital, a detailed analysis of my practice that pointed out the strands that I was missing, overlooking or undervaluing did. At this point, teaching remains an important strand to my overall career, but changes in funding by local, state and federal institutions are pointing me towards more studio practice. I am in the process of updating three years of new work to my website in a open source WordPress structure. Continue reading →