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Summer 2012: Artist Projects in Process, Calendar of Events and More

June 12, 2012

We've had an action-packed year already at Creative Capital, coming off our incredibly successful Benefit & Auction, the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards this spring, jump-starting our work with 46 new grantees in Film/Video and Visual Arts, and presenting more Professional Development Program workshops than ever before.

How do we do it? With your support (financial and moral)! We also are continually inspired and invigorated by the work of Creative Capital artists, whose performances, screenings, readings and exhibitions can be seen from coast to coast. Keep up with our grantees' events in our online calendar and in our news from our artists below!
-Ruby Lerner

Table of Contents
Creative News: Benefit & Auction Success + On Our Radar Launches
Projects in Process: Carlos Motta at the New Museum
News from our Grantees: Kites Campaigns for Justice
Mark Your Calendars: Creative Capital Artists, Coast to Coast
PDP: Performance Documentation Workshop and Artists Summer Institute
Arts Writers, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and MAP Fund
Contribute to Creative Capital!

Creative News
Thank you for supporting our Benefit & Auction!

A big thanks to everyone who supported Creative Capital's third annual Benefit & Auction in May, which surpassed our fundraising goal! We especially would like to thank Paige West for hosting the event in her beautiful home, and the legendary magicians Dennis Diamond, Daryl Hannah and Louie Magic for making the event such a memorable night. The benefit would not have been possible without our fabulous host committee members: Toby Devan Lewis, Colleen Keegan, Catharine & Jeffrey Soros, Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham, and Paige West; and our Benefit committee: Brooke & Matthew Barzun, Sunny Bates, Robby Browne, Suzi Cordish, Cheryl Henson & Ed Finn, and Ruby Lerner. See photos from the event on our blog.

We are also grateful to Eve Sussman (2008 Visual Arts grantee), who created a special project to benefit Creative Capital. Sussman's project, Elevated Train, is a series of 120 stereoscopic viewers, each housing a pair of black-and-white panoramic slides that form a unique 3-D image. For the first time, Creative Capital also participated in Pulse New York art fair, where Eve's project was the toast of the fair!

A special thanks to our wonderful auctioneer, Sara Friedlander from Christie's, and to the amazing group of Creative Capital artists who generously donated their work to the auction: Edgar Arceneaux, Todd Downing, James Duesing, Futurefarmers, Jacqueline Goss, Kelly Heaton, Zoe Leonard, Ralph Lemon, Sharon Lockhart, Ben Marcus & Erin Cosgrove, Rachel Mayeri, Cat Mazza, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Beverly McIver, Suzan Pitt, Jeff Scher, Dread Scott, Paul Shambroom, Daniel Sousa, Sam Van Aken, Stephen Vitiello and Marina Zurkow. It was an incredible evening, and all of the proceeds directly support Creative Capital's programs!

On Our Radar Launches
Are you looking to discover new artists and new projects across the country? We invite you to explore On Our Radar, Creative Capital's recently launched database of noteworthy artists' projects. Currently featured are 400 Film/Video and Visual Arts projects that advanced past the first round of Creative Capital's grant application last year, but were not ultimately awarded grants.

Browse or search On Our Radar today to find projects ranging from documentary, experimental, animated and narrative film, to sculpture, public art and interdisciplinary work in the visual arts. You can read more about this new initiative on our blog.

Projects in Process
Carlos Motta at the New Museum

In January, Carlos Motta was awarded a Creative Capital grant for his project Gender Talents, a documentary video installation about how transgender, intersex, gender-benders and neutral-gender advocates are constructing alternative gender identities in a trans-phobic world.

Motta's work is currently featured in the exhibition We Who Feel Differently at the New Museum in New York, through September 9. We Who Feel Differently explores the idea of sexual and gender "difference" after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta's database documentary and features a video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBT academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers and radicals. Motta has also invited local queer artists, activists and academics to hold a series of public events in conjunction with the exhibition.

Gender Talents, Motta's Creative Capital project, departs from We Who Feel Differently in that it also advocates for self-determination and the celebration of sexual and gender difference as a civic and a political strategy to improve our personal and collective freedom. We look forward to keeping you updated as this project develops.

Grantee News
Thousand Kites Launches Platform for Campaigns on the Criminal Justice System

Thousand Kites, a national dialogue project addressing the U.S. criminal justice system, is the Creative Capital-supported project of Nick Szuberla, Amelia Kirby and Donna Porterfield (2006 Emerging Fields). Thousand Kites uses performance, web, video and radio to open a public space for people to dialogue and organize around the criminal justice system. The project is based on the belief that breaking the silence on the criminal justice system through storytelling helps people find effective solutions to over-incarceration in their communities.

After their Creative Capital project premiere in 2008—which brought together theater, music, radio, film/video, digital media, community engagement and activism—the artists have continued to expand Thousand Kites. The group recently launched a spin-off website,, to empower people to start a campaign to support their own community organizing. Using tools such as emails, letters to editor, house parties, videos and targeted communication to legislators, Thousand Kites supports individuals' and communities' goals with a powerful media platform. Congrats to the Thousand Kites team on this exciting expansion of their project!

Mark Your Calendars
This summer, Creative Capital artists will mount major presentations of their work on the airwaves and across the country.

Many more Grantee Events can be found on our website!

Professional Development
Performance Documentation Workshop

To respond to artists' evolving needs, Creative Capital's Professional Development Program (PDP) continues to create new workshops that provide tools to help artists build sustainable practices. PDP is excited to launch the Performance Documentation workshop to train performing artists to plan, produce and edit excellent documentation of live performances. PDP developed the workshop with noted choreographer, director and performer Richard Move, who is a Creative Capital grantee and a long-time PDP workshop leader. On our blog, check out Richard's DOs and DONT's for documenting your performances.

Artists Summer Institute
In May, PDP was thrilled to present the third annual Artists Summer Institute (ASI), in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. ASI is a free, five-day professional development intensive for 55 New York City artists that provides training in strategic planning, financial management, communications, promotion and Internet strategies.

Ancillary Programs
Arts Writers Grant Program

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
received 556 applications for the most recent grant round supporting individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art. We look forward to the announcement of the 2012 grantees in December! On our blog, you can also read an interview with Arts Writers grantee Cynthia Carr about her book on David Wojnarowicz.

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Given to 21 Artist
Congratulations to the first class of Doris Duke Artists, 21 extraordinary performing artists encompassing some of the most creative talents in the fields of contemporary dance, theater, jazz and related interdisciplinary work. The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program is designed to invest in, celebrate and empower performing artists using a flexible approach that offers significant funding: up to $275,000 per artist. The program was launched in 2011 as a partnership between Creative Capital and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Among the inaugural class are nine artists who were Creative Capital grantees in previous years: Vijay Iyer, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Young Jean Lee, Ralph Lemon, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Bebe Miller, Meredith Monk and Basil Twist. Read about the backstory of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards on our blog.

MAP Fund Awards Grants to 41 Performing Arts Projects
In April The MAP Fund awarded 41 grants totaling $1.2 million to new projects in the disciplines of dance, theater and music. This is the highest amount MAP has ever had the privilege of distributing, with an average grant of $30,000. The 2012 MAP Fund grantees include 10 artists who have received Creative Capital grants: Janie Geiser, Joanna Haigood, Ralph Lemon, Tere O'Connor, Susan Narucki, PearlDamour, Rude Mechs, Sophiline Shapiro, Yasuko Yokoshi and Pamela Z. You can read more about the 24th consecutive year of MAP Fund grants on our blog.

Congratulations to all the Doris Duke Artists and 2012 MAP Fund grantees! We can't wait to hear what these artists do next.

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