Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative Offers Affordable Housing & Art Space in Chicago

Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative in Chicago

Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative in Chicago

Seven years ago, Creative Capital Artist Theaster Gates (2012 Visual Arts) bought his home in Chicago’s South Side; by 2010, he had completed the Dorchester Project, renovating several other properties in the area and turning them into artist and cultural hubs, and founded his own non-profit, Rebuild Foundation, which revives neighborhoods by restoring underused spaces and creating cultural programming. Now, Theaster and Rebuild are embarking on an even more ambitious project: Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative (DA+HC), made up of an art center and 32 refurbished townhouses open to mixed-income artists, is creating a tight-knit community of creative people who are expected to “collaborate with their neighbors and with Rebuild Foundation.” Jeffreen Hayes, Director of the Rebuild Foundation, told us, “At DA+HC, the spirit of collaboration is at the heart of the project! Rebuild is in a fortunate position of dreaming right along with our founder and working to stabilize, revitalize, and transform many urban communities. Access to affordable and safe housing is a big issue in Chicago for many people. We do hope to create more housing opportunities that will fulfill a need.”

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Video: Mario Ybarra Jr. at the Creative Time Summit & the ReMODEL 2 Sculpture Symposium


Mario Ybarra, Jr. presents at the 2013 Creative Time Summit.

Creative Capital Artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. (2008 Visual Arts) had a banner year in 2013. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Creative Time Summit, had a solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, and his Creative Capital project, Curry Corndog Stand, premiered at the San Jose Museum of Art as part of a major exhibition, Around the Table: food, creativity, community. He had an acclaimed installation as a part of ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid and a residency with a solo exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He moved his art collective, Slanguage, to a bigger space to accommodate more artists. Ybarra received praise over the past year from New York Times Magazine blog, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic.com, Art in AmericaArtInfo and Flashart.

Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished, Mario! We can’t wait to hear what 2014 holds in store for you. Continue reading

Otabenga Jones & Associates Launch “The People’s Plate” in Houston

Otabenga Jones & Associates, "The People's Plate" mural, which utilizes imagery by graphic artist and Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas

Otabenga Jones & Associates, “The People’s Plate” mural, which utilizes imagery by graphic artist and Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas

On February 28, Otabenga Jones & Associates (2008 Visual Arts) premieres The People’s Plate, a collaborative art project and public health program addressing the ongoing crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will unveil a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston and launch a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education.

Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, The People’s Plate aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in maintaining their own health through food choices while building community. Programs at Lawndale and other Houston venues will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass-produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Continue reading

The Creative Capital Award: What is the application process like?

2005 Visual Arts Awardee Pablo Helguera recording "Parallel Lives" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2005 Visual Arts Awardee Pablo Helguera recording “Parallel Lives” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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.

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Braden King & Matthew Moore Collaborate on “Cumulus” at Grand Central Art Center

Braden King and Matthew Moore, CUMULUS

Braden King and Matthew Moore, CUMULUS

This fall, Braden King (2005 Film/Video) and Matthew Moore (2008 Visual Arts) were in residence at Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) in Santa Ana, CA, creating the multimedia installation Cumulus (on view through January 5, 2014). A massive, four-ton, 60-foot long sculpture and video installation that employs custom programming and projection mapping, Cumulus is a meditative reflection on the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

GCAC’s Director and Chief Curator, John Spiak, describes the installation: “Through the use of building materials, specifically used scaffolding planks, the artists have created a massive pipeline that emerges from one side of the gallery before quickly disappearing into the other. Projected upon it are moving images of atmosphere and landscape, traversing its surface as fluidly as water flows through the aqueduct itself.” 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

Video: Postcommodity at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Postcommodity (2012 Visual Arts) presented on their project The Repellent Fence at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. The Repellent Fence is a monumental, site-specific installation that examines the cultural, political, economic and ecological issues of indigenous migration within the context of the Tohono O’odham Nation located in southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Paul Rucker at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Paul Rucker (2012 Film/Video) presented on his project Recapitulation at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

On Friday, September 27, Paul will present in the Creative Capital session, Art @ The Edge, at the IdeaFestival in Louisville.

Ken Nintzel’s “You Are Here” Presents a Celestial Atlas in Three Dimensions

Ken Nintzel, You Are Here. Photo by Eileen Costa.

Ken Nintzel, “You Are Here.” Photo by Eileen Costa.

Ken Nintzel (2009 Performing Arts) is premiering his Creative Capital-supported project, You Are Here, with an installation in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Lepercq Space as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival. You Are Here is a modular installation that recreates the constellations of the night sky in physical form, as they are depicted in celestial atlases, and suspends them overhead to create a life-size stellarium. Each animal and human constellation figure has embedded LED lights plotting the stars that make up the constellation. In natural light, viewers experience the three-dimensional animal and human forms; as the light fades, the figures recede into silhouette and the star patterns emerge. Continue reading

Art at the Edge: Creative Capital Artists at IdeaFestival 2013

Clockwise from top left: Eric Dyer, Elaine Tin Nyo, Paul Rucker, Jesse Sugarmann

Clockwise from top left: Eric Dyer, Elaine Tin Nyo, Paul Rucker, Jesse Sugarmann

On Friday, September 27, Ruby Lerner presents at the IdeaFestival in Louisville with four amazing Creative Capital grantees: Eric Dyer (2012 Film/Video), Paul Rucker (2012 Visual Arts), Jesse Sugarmann (2012 Film/Video) and Elaine Tin Nyo (2013 Emerging Fields). This marks the fourth year that we have been invited to present “Art at the Edge” at this celebration of innovation and intellectual curiosity.

This year’s IdeaFestival artists are a truly interdisciplinary group of makers and thinkers, and we’re thrilled that 21c Museum will exhibit photographic and video work by the Creative Capital artists in conjunction with the Fest.  Continue reading