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Spring News: PULSE NY, Benefit & Auction, Project Premieres & More

April 23, 2013

2013 has been a non-stop year for Creative Capital already! In January, we spent an amazing week in San Francisco, celebrating our impact in the Bay Area with community events and professional development sessions for local artists. At the end of February, we brought our 2013 grantees together for an intensive weekend-long Orientation focusing on the resources and advice the artists need to bring their funded projects into the world. And on April 4, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Professional Development Program’s first workshop! We’re so proud that PDP has now reached more than 5,900 artists in 170 communities across the country and internationally. In conjunction with this anniversary, we’re unrolling a suite of new workshop and webinar offerings for artists in all disciplines, at any stage of their careers. Find out more on our redesigned PDP website, and read on below for details on our upcoming Benefit & Auction, project premieres nationwide and other news.

Creative News: Support Creative Capital Through Our Benefit & Auction
Mark Your Calendars: Creative Capital Artists, Nationwide
From The Lab: What's New on Our Blog
Professional Development Program News
Arts Writers, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and MAP Fund

Creative News
Support Creative Capital Through Our Benefit & Auction 

We’re gearing up for another amazing Benefit & Auction, which we’ll present through an online auction (launching May 1), a booth at PULSE NY (May 9-12), and our Benefit party (May 14).

On May 1, we’ll launch our online auction, with works by Creative Capital artists in all disciplines, including Simone Leigh, Jim Bidgood, Sam Van Aken, Ken Gonzales-Day, Stacey Steers, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Zoe Keating and many others. We’ll also be auctioning off a curated collection of music from our Performing Arts grantees. Stay tuned for the auction launch next week!

We’re also thrilled to have been invited back as a nonprofit partner at the PULSE NY Art Fair, May 9-12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, where we’ll preview and presell auction artworks. San Antonio-based artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz (2001 Visual Arts) will also bring his kinetic and multidisciplinary art-making process to the fair with the special project Spring Flings and Pretty Things: New Work by Franco Mondini-Ruiz, created to benefit Creative Capital. Incorporating painting, sculpture, installation, performance, storytelling and a dose of entrepreneurial panache, Mondini-Ruiz creates artworks, environments and experiences that Roberta Smith of The New York Times has said "question notions of preciousness and art-market exclusivity while delivering a fizzy visual pleasure."

The festivities will culminate at our annual Benefit party at Paige West’s beautiful home in Tribeca on May 14. The Benefit will feature a performance by the incomparable, genre-bending Daniel Roumain (2002 Performing Arts), an extension of Franco Mondini-Ruiz’s Spring Flings project, and silent and live auctions led by Sara Friedlander of Christie’s. We hope you’ll join us! Benefit tickets are available here.

Look for more Benefit & Auction news in the coming weeks!

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

April 30–May 5: Janine Antoni collaborates with Stephen Petronio Company in
Like Lazarus Did at The Joyce Theatre, New York

May 2–5: Ken Jacobs premieres
Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus and A Primer in Sky Socialism in Carte Blanche: Ken Jacobs at the Museum of Modern Art

May 4–11: Anita Chang premieres
Tongues of Heaven at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

May 9–12: Visit Creative Capital in Booth P2 (second floor) at PULSE NY, Metropolitan Pavilion

May 10–20: Lisa Bielawa presents
Airfield Broadcasts at Tempelhof Field, Berlin

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

May 16–October 27: Jennie C. Jones has solo exhibition
Higher Resonance at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

Through May 22: The Propeller Group's
TVC Communism in No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

June 21–23: Sam Green performs
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at MASS MoCA

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.

Over the past few months, we’ve shared interviews with several of our amazing grantees, including Lisa Sigal (2012 Visual Arts) and Kalup Linzy (2008 Visual Arts). Lisa Dent, Creative Capital’s Director of Grants & Services, highlighted artists who are creating organizations in “The In-Between: Artists Build New Frameworks for Institutions.” Kareem Estefan spoke with Negar Azimi about her forthcoming book (supported by an Arts Writers Grant) on the 1970s Iranian avant-garde.

We recently launched a new series, PDP Stories, to share feedback and updates from our PDP workshop participants and presenting partners. We’ve also continued sharing PDP tips and resources for artists in the Page from Our Handbook series, including tips on creating your artist resume and building your Internet presence. And we published the third installment of Stephanie Bleyer’s popular series, “How to Raise Funds for Your Socially Engaged Project,” highlighting where to look for non-foundation funding sources.

Check out what else is new in The Lab:

Brad Butler & Karen Mirza Create New Languages for Political Dissonance in Direct Speech Acts

Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis Explore Entrapment and Immigration in “Stuck Elevator”

LaToya Ruby Frazier Presents Intimate Portraits of Family and Community at the Brooklyn Museum

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s “Leviathan”: A Visual Poem to the Sea

And much more at!

Professional Development
It has been a busy season for PDP! In addition to numerous webinars and workshops across the country, we organized a three-month program for Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ.
Aljira’s Emerge 11 is a competitive program designed to provide emerging artists with the resources to overcome obstacles, focus on goals and move forward in their creative careers. Program participants noted that they particularly liked the workshop format, which was spread out over the course of three months. After the Financial Planning day, one participant remarked, "I finally feel like I got answers to how an artist deals with taxes. I have gotten mixed information for so long, but now I know what to do!" 

This past weekend PDP presented an Internet for Artists workshop at a new venue for us in New York City—the Museum of Chinese in America. Designed to help artists “work smarter, not harder,” the IFA workshop teaches artists online and offline strategies for building community, marketing, increasing efficiency, and generating income, making Internet and digital tools work to their advantage. During this intensive weekend, workshop leaders Dread Scott, Carla Lynne Hall, Brad Stephenson, Eve Mosher and Sue Schaffner worked with a diverse group of artists, helping each of them set goals and develop a personalized strategy for their online presence. 

Visit our Online Calendar for a full list of upcoming PDP workshops and webinars!

ancillary programs
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
The Arts Writers Grant Program is currently accepting applications for writing projects related to contemporary visual arts. The submission deadline is May 15; visit for more info and to apply online. In other news, two recent book publications by Arts Writers grantees are making a splash: Richard Meyer’s new book What Was Contemporary Art? was praised by frieze as “a vivid narrative and a timely call to pause a moment in our pursuit of the now,” and Craig Dworkin’s No Medium “looks at works that are blank, erased, clear or silent.” Blog grantee Meg Onli’s Black Visual Archive recently reviewed Steve McQueen’s Art Institute of Chicago show in the context of the history of artists’ memorials for fallen soldiers.

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA)
Earlier this year, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program (DDPAA) convened selection panels for its second class of grantees. The program empowers, invests in and celebrates individual artists in contemporary dance, theatre, jazz and related interdisciplinary work. Look for the announcement of the 2013 class of Doris Duke Artists in late April!

MAP Fund
On April 8, the MAP Fund announced its 2013 grants to 41 groundbreaking projects involving 70 generative artists. For this, its 24th year, the MAP Fund will provide direct project funding ranging from $15,000 to $40,000, plus an additional $200,000 total in general operating grants to all app Back to Listing