Artists Summer Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary!

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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.

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PDP Stories: Ela Troyano with Toto Gonzalez (aka Mr. Pauer) on Our Spanish Language Workshop

Mr. Pauer performing. Source: http://thisisfusion.tumblr.com/

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

PDP Alumni in the Herradura Barrel Art Program

Works by PDP alumni in the Herradura Barrel Art Competition (clockwise from top left): Claudia Calle Kim Holleman, Michelle Weinberg, Micah & Whitney Stansell

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

PDP Stories: Audrey Phillips on Finding Her Authentic Voice

"Breeze" by Audrey Phillips

“Breeze” by Audrey Phillips

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

PDP Stories: Poet Naomi Cohn On Making More Time For Creativity

St. Paul-based Poet Naomi Cohn

St. Paul-based Poet Naomi Cohn

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.

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PDP Stories: Tom Virgin On Creating A PDP Alumni Community

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.

Tom Virgin, PDP alumnusSpring 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

PDP Stories: Andie Arthur on what makes Creative Capital different

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, which was originally published on The Dramatist, comes from Andie Arthur, a playwright from Miami. 

Andie ArthurEvery year, generally in the fall, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs brings in Creative Capital for a weekend to do one of their professional development workshops.

Adriana Perez, projects administrator for Cultural Affairs and the county liaison for the Playwright Development Program, has been after me to attend one of these workshops for the past three years. She told me that it would be a career changing experience. Continue reading

PDP Stories: Artist Carmella Jarvi on How PDP Inspired Her to Dream Bigger

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 Carmella Jarvi, an artist from Charlotte who has attended five PDP workshops in North Carolina since 2004.

I have always been an artist and a teacher. I taught public school art for 13 years right out of college while continuing my own artwork on the side. I won some grants and always had a trickle of sales. But, as much as I enjoyed teaching high school, my art and my own career always got the leftovers.

In December of 2004, I attended my first Creative Capital PDP one-day seminar, sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council. This opened up the possibility of leaving teaching and pursuing my own dreams.

In summer 2005, I attended a weekend Creative Capital PDP retreat in the North Carolina mountains. At the end, they said, “Write down a big goal.” I wrote down that I wanted to leave teaching at the end of that school year.  Continue reading

PDP Stories: North Carolina Writer Belle Boggs on How PDP Changes Lives

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 5,500 artists in 150 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 Belle Boggs, a writer from Pittsboro, NC, who took the Core Weekend workshop through the North Carolina Arts Council in 2011. A year after her workshop, Belle wrote to us:

I realized today that it has almost been a year since my life changing Creative Capital workshop, and I thought with excitement about the lucky North Carolina artists and writers who will be participating this year. I wanted to share with you some of the ways that weekend has changed my work and my life.

When I began the workshop, I was exhausted from trying to balance a writing career with teaching a demanding five-­course load at a charter high school. I thought that I had somehow ruined my career by teaching high school—that ­no university would want to hire me—­and was trying very hard to build my C.V. while maintaining the job that I depended on financially (and loved, in many ways). But the balance wasn’t working; I was only writing in the summers and on holidays, and I found myself missing important opportunities. Every sick day I could manage, I used to attend workshops, give readings, and travel for my book. I knew that something had to change, and that feeling grew stronger as I listened to the Creative Capital workshop leaders present about valuing what truly feeds your work (and your life). I signed up for a one-on­-one conference with Colleen Keegan because I knew she would tell me I needed to quit my job. She did—using exactly the supportive, smart words I needed to hear. Continue reading

PDP Stories: Houston Artist Lillian Warren on Integrating Life and Art

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 5,500 artists in 150 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 Lillian Warren, an artist from Houston who took our Core Weekend workshop through DiverseWorks in 2003:

It would be hard to overstate the impact that the Creative Capital Professional Development Program has had on my life.  I participated in the workshop eight years ago. It was truly a turning point, a eureka event that changed my self-image as an artist, my ability to set and achieve personal and artistic goals, and my mindset, which had isolated my business life from my art life. The workshop helped me integrate the two and set me on a path to connect within the art world that I had not imagined.

As a professional artist, I expanded the venues I showed in to include exhibitions across the nation, and gained representation with a gallery. I maximized the value of my one-person shows with publicity (including several articles in the main newspaper in Houston) and public events (including talks and panel discussions with art world notables, artist from different disciplines, and business executives). One of the most personally satisfying and continuing domino effects of the workshop was the tremendous expansion of my network of friends in the art world, in Houston and around the country.

As a professional who inhabits the world of business planning/strategic planning and the art world, I became a facilitator and mentor with the Creative Capital program and have helped facilitate portions of the PDP workshop on several occasions in a variety of cities, including serving as a small group mentor in Houston this past spring. I have also had the opportunity and privilege to participate as a coach in the CC Coaching Program and work with CC grantees on their personal strategic plans.

You can learn more about Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program on our newly redesigned website: http://creative-capital.org/pdp.