From Funders to Family: Five Questions for Stephanie Pereira

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Stephanie leads a workshop on how to use Kickstarter.

Stephanie Pereira is Kickstarter’s Director of Community Education. Trained as an artist, Stephanie spent the first ten years of her career in the nonprofit arts world, before joining Kickstarter in 2011 as the Director of the Art Program. In her current role, Stephanie develops tools and resources for the creative community at-large to be able to realize their creative ideas. 

On Monday, April 27, Stephanie will join Creative Capital in our NYC office for a special live event: “Wine & Webinar: Kickstarter School.” Watch the Kickstarter School webinar on the big screen while enjoying wine, popcorn and an in-person Q&A with Stephanie after the webinar ends. Artists outside of the NYC area can register to watch Kickstarter School, a primer on how to bring Kickstarter Projects to life, from anywhere in the world.

We had a chance to ask Stephanie a few questions about her experience as an artist, curator and funder, as well as get her tips on building a strong creative community.

Hannah Fenlon: Tell me about your transition from art school to Kickstarter. How did your artistic training impact what you’re currently doing?

Stephanie Pereira: While I was in art school I realized two things. First, while I love the creative process and making art, I am not an artist. The other thing that I learned was that I loved organizing events and exhibitions with my friends. I was naturally good at it, and it gave me great satisfaction to bring more creative ideas to the world. By the time I graduated, my artistic practice had even drifted into event production, with installation work that was designed to interrogate the traditional gallery-going experience and transform space through engagement. It’s been well over a decade since I attended art school but the education I got there has stuck with me. The lens through which I look at the world is endlessly creative, project oriented, iterative and (I hope) generous. Because my school had a strong emphasis on critical theory, I am also not content to make work in my professional life that is lazy or represents the status quo.
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On Public Art & Going “Feral” : Five Questions for Lynn Basa

Lynn Basa is a full-time artist living in Chicago. Her practice is focused on painting and public art. Formerly an instructor in the Sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is currently attending graduate school at SAIC in its new Low-Residency MFA program. Lynn is also the author of of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008). 

On April 20, Lynn leads her first Creative Capital Professional Development Program webinar, Demystifying Public Art, which will cover all aspects of researching and applying for public art commissions for visual artists. We had the chance to talk with Lynn about her current work, misconceptions surrounding public art, and her thoughts on NYC’s recently drafted bill that would allow New Yorkers to have a greater say in the city’s public art selection.

Hannah Fenlon: Tell me what you’re working on.

Lynn Basa: I just wrapped up some large public art commissions for Salt Lake City and Portland, OR and have moved on to suspended sculptures and mosaic for an 11-story atrium in a skyscraper in Chicago. I also just won a commission for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to do a terrazzo floor in a new science building. I’ve got a bunch of painting commissions lined up for the rest of the year, too. In grad school right now I’m working on some sculptural paintings that feel like a breakthrough for me. I’m quite distracted by them. Continue reading

Not “Just” Artists: Five Questions for Susan K. Schear

Susan Koblin Schear is an arts consultant and founder of ARTISIN, LLC, which offers comprehensive, process-oriented and holistically-based planning and business development, management and implementation services to the arts and cultural sector. After years in the corporate sector, Susan has the unique ability to “translate” business / entrepreneurial skills and practices for artists in order for them to understand and feel comfortable with business ownership and responsibilities.

Susan’s upcoming Creative Capital webinar, Values-Based Goal Setting, explores how your values and guiding principles impact your art practice, and provides a framework for establishing attainable goals that reflect these principles. We checked in with Susan to learn a little more about her corporate experience, her artistic influences, and more.

Hannah Fenlon: I don’t know about you, but we’re really looking forward to the spring season. What are some of your favorite warm weather arts and culture adventures in NYC (or elsewhere)? Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work in Chicago

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Choreographer and workshop leader Andrew Simonet leads the group in a session on Funding Your Work.

“[The workshop] was some of the most beneficial hours I’ve spent on my art practice in a long time! I feel like this is the beginning of something expansive.”
—Ahavani Mullen, Workshop Participant,
3Arts Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work, 2015

On March 28th, 34 Chicago artists got direct access to Creative Capital Professional Development Program workshop leaders Colleen Keegan, Beverly McIver and Andrew Simonet during a one-day workshop, generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura and hosted by 3Arts. The workshop focused on two primary areas—Strategic Planning and Funding Your Work—as well as addressing a number of micro-topics within each area, including: creating a business plan, valuing your time, revenue streams, time management, grants & fundraising, and communications.

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Snapshot: Amy Smith Talks Money in Miami Financial Literacy Workshop

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“This financial Creative Capital workshop has helped clarify topics that were still slightly mystified. Through Amy’s clear communication and descriptions of these scary money topics, I can now say in confidence that I can hold a long, financially sound future as a professional artist.”
– Natasha Lopez DeVictoria, Participant, 2015 Financial Literacy Workshop in Miami

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Creating an “Artists Raising Kids” Community

Andrew Simonet with his sons Nicolo & Jesse.

Last fall, we hosted a new Creative Capital webinar titled “Artists Raising Kids,” led by choreographer and dad Andrew Simonet. The number of passionate responses we received clued us in to a real need for conversation on the subject of artists-as-parents. Artists in the Creative Capital community (and beyond) are eager to share what they know and to learn from one another. One artist who participated in the webinar told us: “[I learned] that I’m not alone! It’s great to find out there are other people out there with similar concerns, and coming together and talking and exchanging resources, building community, is great.”

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Snapshot: Professional Development Workshops in Cary & Atlanta

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Andrew Simonet (center, in blue) leads a group of artists in PDP’s Cary, NC workshop.

The Creative Capital workshop has helped me to see the work I do in a different light: it is valuable, marketable and not something I should apologize for. My personal art practice should not come second to the work I do to make a living—permission to prioritize!
Cara Hagan, Participant, Core Skills Weekend Workshop, Cary, NC

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Photo Gallery: Seven Elements, 24 Artists, One Workshop

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Artist Particpant Troy Burton (standing) presents during the day-long “The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing” workshop.

“It is a privilege to be able to get this quality of information and these amazing presentations from amazing human beings.”
—Dulce Pinzon, Participant, Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing Workshop

Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) bid farewell to February with a full day of activity in our New York City office. Building on the success of our popular webinar, “The Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing”, with Brian Tate, we offered 24 artists a chance to sit down with Brian and his team of experts, including k. Neycha Herford, Caroline Hendrix and Kevin McAleer, to dig deep into the qualities of a successful marketing strategy—from the philosophical to the technical. The workshop was generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura, and participants were selected through a lottery process.

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Snapshot: An Artist-to-Artist Panel at the College Art Association Conference

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This past Valentine’s Day, several Creative Capital artists shared the love with a roomful of colleagues, as they discussed some of the skills that have enhanced their careers. Along with Creative Capital’s Director of Programs & Initiatives, Sean Elwood, I was privileged to moderate the panel, which featured Creative Capital grantees Chris Doyle, Barbara Hammer and Beverly McIver. It was held at New York City’s Midtown Hilton hotel, and entitled “Artist to Artist: Sharing Tools for a Sustainable Practice.” Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Authentic Branding at Creative Capital

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On Wednesday, February 4th, Professional Development Program leader Maxine Lapiduss visited the Creative Capital office from Los Angeles to lead her first, evening-length “Authentic Branding” workshop. The session, typically offered as a webinar or a day long session, was PDP’s first three-hour version. Artist participant Gwyneth Leech reacted to the evening’s activity: “A high-energy, information-packed presentation that left the group breathless and ready to do hard work on their own. Empowering! And kickass!”

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