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Winter 2013 News: Bay Area Celebration, PDP's 10th Anniversary and More

January 23, 2013

We’ve had quite a start to 2013! By now, I hope you have all seen the announcement of our 2013 class of grantees—an amazing group of 46 new funded projects in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. You can browse these artists' profiles here and learn more about how they were selected on our blog. On top of the excitement of this year’s grantee announcement, we were thrilled that Creative Capital was featured in the Wall Street Journal on January 11! The article highlighted several of our 2013 grantees and offered insight into what makes Creative Capital’s approach to working with artists so unique. You can read an excerpt on our blog, or find the full article on

We have so much to celebrate this year, from the 10th anniversary of our Professional Development Program to project premieres nationwide. I look forward to keeping you posted in the months to come!

Table of Contents
Creative News: Bay Area Celebration + Community-Supported Artist Campaign
Mark Your Calendars: Creative Capital Artists, Nationwide
From The Lab: What's New on Our Blog
Professional Development Program: Celebrating 10 Years
Arts Writers, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and MAP Fund
Support Creative Capital!

Creative News

Creative Capital Celebrates the Bay Area
Creative Capital is headed to San Francisco to celebrate our community across the Bay Area! Since we launched in 1999, Creative Capital has committed more than $2 million to 42 Bay Area grantees in all disciplines, supporting ambitious projects ranging from Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas to Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Women Art Revolution! film and archive. And our grantees from all over the country have developed strong relationships in the Bay Area community through residencies, presentations of work and networking opportunities with the more than 50 local arts leaders who have worked with us as advisors.

In addition to the artists supported by our grants, Creative Capital has reached another 500 Bay Area artists through our Professional Development Program, which has presented workshops covering topics like strategic planning, promotion, business management and fundraising throughout the area.

Over the course of the next week, we will gather our Bay Area artists for professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Five of our West Coast grantees—Jae Rhim Lee, George Legrady, Paul Rucker, Banker White and Julie Wyman—will present on their work at a gathering of Creative Capital friends. We also look forward to getting together with many of the more than 40 local funders who have supported our work over the last 14 years.

Thank you to our Bay Area friends for all of the ways you have supported Creative Capital!

The Community-Supported Artist Campaign
In July 2012, for the first time, we launched a Community-Supported Artist (CSA) campaign with the goal of raising $50,000 from our wide community of artists, colleagues, supporters and friends, underwriting one Creative Capital award. The campaign surpassed all of our wildest dreams, and we raised $150,000 to underwrite three CSAs from the 2012 and 2013 classes! We're pleased to announce that the Community-Supported Artists are: Chicago-based filmmaker Deborah Stratman, New York-based visual artist Tahir Hemphill and New Orleans-based performance group Mondo Bizarro.

We want to offer a huge thank you to the 155 people who joined this campaign. The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us. On our website, you can see a full list of our supporters from the last year, who make our work with innovative and groundbreaking artists possible. 

Mark Your Calendars
Save the dates for upcoming Creative Capital events and project premieres nationwide!

January 28: Creative Capital Happy Hour in San Francisco, 6-9pm
(email for details)

February 4: Creative Capital Happy Hour in Los Angeles, 6-9pm
(email for details)

March 1: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s documentary, Leviathan, premieres at IFC in New York, and at select theaters nationwide

April 4-28: Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis’s experimental musical-theater work, Stuck Elevator, premieres at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco

April 17-20: Kalup Linzy premieres his new film, Romantic Loner, at Tribeca Film Festival in New York

April 18 – July 14: Brad Butler’s Direct Speech Acts premieres at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

May 9-12: Visit Creative Capital’s booth at the PULSE NY Art Fair

May 14: Creative Capital’s Annual Benefit & Auction in New York

For many more upcoming events, check our Grantee Events Calendar. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates!


From the Lab
At Creative Capital, we think of ourselves as a laboratory for adventurous ideas. On our blog, The Lab, we’re showcasing artists' projects in process, tips and tools for artists working in all disciplines, and news about Creative Capital’s programs and events.

In January, we shared an “In Focus” feature on Daniel Sousa’s animated film, Feral, which recently premiered at Sundance. The article includes a trailer for the film and an interview with Sousa about his approach to storytelling and his hand-animation process.

In December, we launched A Page from Our Handbook, a series sharing tips straight from our Professional Development Program’s Artist’s Tools Handbook. The first two posts offered clear steps to get started with an “elevator pitch” and writing about your work. Stay tuned for more “Pages from Our Handbook” every few weeks!

Check out what else is new in The Lab:
Resources for Community-Engaged Artists: Alyson Pou in Conversation with Aaron Landsman

Remembering Beatriz da Costa (1974-2012)

Alternative Histories of Contemporary Art: Projects Supported by the 2012 Arts Writers Grant Program

Meet Our New Director of Grants & Services, Lisa Dent

In Focus: Kelly Heaton’s “The Parallel Series”

Professional Development
Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Artists Build Sustainable Careers
We’re thrilled to announce that 2013 is our Professional Development’s Program’s 10th anniversary! Since our first workshop in 2003, PDP has helped more than 5,500 artists in 150 communities nationwide build and manage their careers through in-person workshops and interactive webinars. We’ll be celebrating throughout the year by rolling out new offerings in our Online Learning Program, featuring PDP stories on our blog, The Lab, and unveiling a new website for the program. Stay tuned for more PDP anniversary news in the months to come.

In December, we piloted our newest workshop, You Are Your Brand, in New York with a group of 18 artists. Developed in conjunction with Maxine Lapiduss, this one-day workshop is designed to help artists create strategies to more effectively present themselves and their work, and move confidently toward achieving their creative goals. Workshop participants raved that the new workshop was “extremely insightful and energizing,” and another told us, “It has given me a huge surge of confidence.”

Starting in February, PDP is proud to partner with Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, to offer bi-weekly professional development sessions to a group of 22 artists selected for Aljira Emerge 11. Emerge is a three-month, competitive program designed to provide emerging artists with the resources to overcome obstacles, focus on goals and move forward in their creative careers. Emerge will culminate with a group exhibition and fully illustrated catalog in 2014.

ancillary programs
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
In December, the Arts Writers Grant Program announced the 21 recipients of its 2012 grants, awarded for exceptional writing on contemporary art. On our blog, Program Associate Kareem Estefan highlighted the theme of alternative histories among many of the new projects. The 2013 Arts Writers Grant online application will be open for submissions from April 10 – May 15. This spring will also bring the publication of two new books supported by Arts Writers Grants: What Was Contemporary Art? by Richard Meyer; and Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America by Huey Copeland. 

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA)
The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program's website now includes profiles of the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists! Each profile includes performance work samples (videos, music and images), along with insight into the artists’ creative processes. You can read about Anne Bogart’s impulse to make creative work, watch Bill Frisell perform Ol' Man River or see a clip from Ralph Lemon's newest work, 4 Walls—all at Back to Listing