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Summer News: Expanded Loan Fund for Alumni Artists, Summer Stages, Webinars, Podcasts & More

June 24, 2013

I hope you have all had a creative, productive spring! The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity here at Creative Capital, with six project premieres, our annual Benefit & Auction and exciting new programs in development.

In early May, we launched On Our Radar, an online, searchable database of more than 300 noteworthy artist projects that advanced past the first round in last year’s highly competitive grant selection process. On May 14, our annual Benefit & Auction brought together over 150 artists and supporters at the home of Paige West. We’re thrilled to report that, through sales at PULSE NY, a special edition by grantee Franco Mondini-Ruiz and the Benefit & Auction event, we exceeded our fundraising goal, making this Creative Capital’s most successful fundraiser to date. You can see photos on our blog, The Lab.

As we move into the summer, we’re gearing up for our 2013 Artist Retreat at Williams College. We look forward to seeing many of you there! Read on for more news on our programs and what our grantees are up to this summer.

Creative News: Expanded Loan Fund for Alumni Artists
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
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Creative News
Creative Capital Launches Expanded Loan Fund for Alumni Artists
In our 14 years of grantmaking and artist services, Creative Capital is proud to have supported 529 artists pursuing 419 ambitious projects. While our funding commitment to most of these projects has ended, our relationships with the artists remain ongoing. We are proud to count these artists as our “alumni” and feel an obligation to think expansively about ways that we can harness capital creatively in service of our artists to sustain their practices over the long term.

In 2011, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Creative Capital launched the Loan Fund for the Performing Arts, which offered low-interest project loans for new performance projects. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that we are expanding this program to offer loans to alumni grantees in all disciplines, thanks to a major gift from the Estate of photographer Theo Westenberger.

An artist can only receive a Creative Capital grant once, but the loan program allows us to continue to support our grantees as they move on to their next projects, while also helping them build good credit and learn to responsibly manage their financial lives. The loans, which are underwritten by Creative Capital, are accompanied by the opportunity to participate in a financial planning clinic.

Colleen Keegan, executor of the Estate of Theo Westenberger, stated, “Theo Westenberger understood the importance of credit and bridge financing to an artist's growth, long-term stability and independence, and struggled with banking systems as a woman and an artist. It is particularly significant that her financial success as an artist will provide easier access to advantageous financing for other artists.”

Sound artist Stephen Vitiello (2006 Emerging Fields), an early recipient of a loan from the Mellon-supported Loan Fund for Performing Arts, told us, “The support from Creative Capital’s Loan Fund was invaluable, just at a moment when I was having cash-flow problems and pressing expenses.”

In May, we awarded the first loan from the expanded program to Carl Deal & Tia Lessin (2008 Film/Video) to assist with the completion of their documentary Citizen Koch. They wrote to us, “We are so grateful for Creative Capital’s new loan fund. The infusion allowed us to meet pressing financial obligations and to advance our work. In the face of scarce foundation funding, dwindling government support, and powerful forces that isolate political artists and push our work to the margins, Creative Capital always has our back.”

We’ll share more details about the Westenberger gift and our other innovative plans for putting the funds to work in service of our artists later this summer. In the meantime, grantees working in any discipline who have completed their funding relationship with Creative Capital can contact our Artist Services staff for more details on applying for a loan.

Mark Your Calendars
Save the dates for upcoming artist events nationwide, including a slew of great projects at summer festivals.

•  June 20–29: Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis present their Creative Capital project Stuck Elevator at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT
•  June 25: Banker White's The Genius of Marian screens in Rooftop Films Summer Series, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York
•  June 25–28: Heidi Latsky performs One Hour: Two Works at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York
•  June 29–October 8: Julia Christensen in Realization is Better than Anticipation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
•  July 3: Penny Lane and Brian Frye's Our Nixon screens in the Rooftop Films Summer Series, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York
•  July 9–11: luciana achugar and Wally Cardona perform in the River to River Festival, New York
•  July 19–20: Faye Driscoll performs You're Me at the Yard, Chilmark, MA
•  July 20–August 24: Kerry Skarbakka presents Ten Years of Falling at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
•  July 20: Dohee Lee performs part of her Creative Capital project The Mago Project at Yerba Buena, San Francisco
•  June 25: Rodney Evans’s Creative Capital-supported project The Happy Sad screens at Frameline in San Francisco, with additional screenings at Philadelphia QFest (July 13) and Outfest in Los Angeles (July 20), and a theatrical release in August
•  July 26–27: Bebe Miller presents A History at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME
•  August 1: Kyle Abraham and Marc Bamuthi Joseph perform in Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York
•  August 8: Ledoh performs HEARTLAND at San Francisco Asian Art Museum
•  August 10–November 3: Stephen Vitiello exhibits in Soundings: A Contemporary Score at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

For many more upcoming events, check our Grantee Events Calendar.
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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.

This spring, we shared features on a number of premiering projects, including interviews with Ken Jacobs (2012 Film/Video) and Anita Chang (2006 Film/Video). We also launched a new “Artist to Artist” series with a conversation between Lisa Bielawa (2006 Performing Arts) and Arturo Vidich (2013 Performing Arts), both of whom are working on performance projects taking place on abandoned military airfields. Look for more Artist to Artist conversations in the coming months!

What else is new:
Between Human and Object: Performing Artists on the Possibilities of Puppets

Podcast: Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy

Shih Chieh Huang Creates New Commissioned Work for Glasstress 2013

A Page from Our Handbook: Developing a Promotional Strategy

Photo Gallery: Highlights from Our 2013 Benefit & Auction

Internet for Artists: Why We Only Recommend Two Website Services

And much more at!

Professional Development
Our summer schedule is chock-full of webinars; visit the PDP Calendar for the full list. Exciting new offerings include: 

•  Artists Talk Tech: In this series, tech-savvy artists discuss their innovative use of web-based software, hardware, mobile devices, apps and more. Kicks-off June 24 with Brad Lichtenstein—details here

•  New Markets, New Media: This interview series will feature a range of experts exploring specific platforms and their use for artists. Kicks-off July 1 with Stephanie Pereira of Kickstarter—details here

Be sure to catch these webinars LIVE—unlike our other topics, which are offered regularly every few months, each session in these series will be a unique, one-time-only, live webinar.

In early June, our Core Workshop team led our first workshop in Wisconsin, at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. In July we will be conducting workshops with long-time partners Pew Fellowships in the Arts (Philadelphia), ArtServe Michigan (Detroit) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (New York City). Each of the workshops will provide career development skills to the fellowship recipients of these prestigious programs.

In August we are partnering once again with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the fourth Artists Summer Institute (ASI) five-day intensive.Registration for ASI is now open! Artists living in NYC are encouraged to apply, so please spread the word.

ancillary programs
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
In May, the Arts Writers Grant Program received close to 600 applications, which are now being reviewed by a team of evaluators. The 20 selected projects will be announced on December 4, 2013. In a recent post for Creative Capital’s blog, Kareem Estefan interviewed grantee Negar Azimi about her forthcoming book on the Iranian avant-garde. Grantee Ara Merjian previewed the argument of his book-in-progress, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Politics of Art History, in a recent issue of frieze. This fall will bring the publication of a new book supported by an Arts Writers grant: Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts, by Douglas Kahn.

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA)
In April, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program (DDPAA) announced the 2013 Doris Duke Artists—20 of the most vital artists working in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theatre. The program launched web profiles for each artist, including photos and videos, and we shared some of the creative challenges facing this year’s class of Doris Duke Artist Award recipients on the Creative Capital blog. In late May, the new grantees convened for Orientation, with presentations on retirement planning, taxes, audience building and Creative Capital services—all designed to help them maximize the use of their grants.

MAP Fund
MAP Fund recently launched a new Facebook Page! LIKE IT to learn more about the program’s funded projects and participate in field-wide conversations about contemporary performance. Earlier this month, program staff Moira Brennan and Lauren Slone traveled to the annual TCG Conference and the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Microfest USA, and returned inspired and reinvigorated for the upcoming season. Lauren shared reflections on the TCG Conference on Creative Capital’s blog. Hopefully, many of you who attended NYC’s River to River Festival caught the world premiere of Digital Sanctuaries, created by 2013 MAP Fund grantees Susie Ibarra, Roberto Juan Rodriguez and Makoto Fujimura. You can learn about other upcoming performances on our Grantee Events Calendar, and find the MAP Fund’s fall deadlines on the 2014 Application Calendar.

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