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Fall News: Grant Info Sessions Nationwide, IdeaFestival in Louisville, Fall Premieres & More

We have had an amazing summer, full of festivals and other artist events, workshops and webinars, and of course, our incredible 2013 Artist Retreat. Thank you to the nearly 350 grantees, consultants and arts advocates who trekked to Williamstown, MA, for four days of artist presentations, networking events and Focus Sessions. It was a truly inspiring and transformative experience. You can see photos, watch videos of artist presentations, and read more about the Retreat on our blog—and if you missed them, check out the great Retreat coverage that appeared in Hyperallergic, Artforum, Art Fag City and the Houston Chronicle!

I’ve been on the road quite a bit this month, in San Francisco for SOCAP, attending the Chicago Art Expo, and now I’m in Louisville presenting with four Creative Capital artists at IdeaFestival. In October, I’ll head to Philly to present at the Grantmakers in the Arts conference, and then to Denver to present at the Innovations Summit. Our Professional Development Program is also hitting the road this fall, with more than a dozen upcoming workshops in cities from Denver to Miami, and everywhere in between. And over the next few months, our Artist Services team will present free grant info sessions in major cities across the country. Read on for more details on all of the above!

In other news, I was honored to be included in the WESTAF Barry’s Blog list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.” Thanks, Barry, and congrats to the other arts leaders who were profiled!

Creative News: Grant Info Sessions + IdeaFestival
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
Donor Spotlight: Two Sisters and a Wife

Creative News
APPLY 2014: Application Dates & Free Grant Info Sessions
Artists, save the date for our next grant round in February 2014! From February 3-28, we’ll be accepting online Letters of Inquiry for projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts. Creative Capital seeks to support work that is artistically rigorous, articulates an original vision, takes risks and has the potential for great impact. For more info on our grant program and eligibility, click here.

Throughout the fall and winter, we’ll be presenting info sessions about Creative Capital’s grant program in major cities across the U.S. For a full list of cities and dates and to RSVP for a session, visit our Info Sessions Calendar. Don’t see your city listed? Join us for a live, interactive webinar about our grants and programs. Click here for dates and times.

IdeaFestival 2013
On Friday, 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. Read more about these artists and their work on our blog, The Lab. Also on The Lab, you can watch videos of Ruby Lerner and Sam Van Aken (2009 Emerging Fields) presenting at the 2012 IdeaFestival.

Mark Your Calendars
Save the dates for upcoming artist events nationwide. For a list of upcoming Creative Capital grant info sessions, click here.

  • Through October 26: The Propeller Group’s solo exhibition Lived, Lives, Will Live! at Lombard Freid Gallery, New York
  • Through December 22: Ken Nintzel’s Creative Capital project You Are Here appears in the BAM Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn
  • Through December 29: James Coupe’s Swarm at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
  • September 27: Matt Porterfield and Amy Belk's I Used To Be Darker premieres at the Charles Theater, Baltimore, with a run at IFC Center in NYC opening October 4
  • September 28: Rick Prelinger’s Creative Capital project No More Road Trips? screens in Convergence at the New York Film Festival
  • September 29: Emily Johnson previews her Creative Capital-supported project Shore at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • October 2: Corey Dargel presents Fables on Global Warming at Colorado University, Boulder, and tours to universities throughout the U.S.
  • October 2–4: Neal Medlyn, PearlDamour and Taylor Mac perform at the PRELUDE.13 Festival, New York
  • October 5 – January 2014: Matthew Moore and Braden King present LA Aqueduct Project at Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
  • October 9–12: Adoma Owusu's Kwaku Ananse screens at the London Film Festival, British Film Institute
  • October 11 – January 2014: Design 99 in Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends at the Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • October 17: Natalie Jeremijenko presents at WIRED 2013 in London
  • October 18 – November 24: Taylor Mac and Lisa Kron reprise their roles in The Good Person of Szechwan at the Public Theater, NYC
  • October 23–26: Neal Medlyn premieres his Creative Capital project KING at The Kitchen, New York
  • October 25 – March 2014: Ken Gonzales-Day in Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
  • October 26 – November 24: Mondo Bizarro presents their Creative Capital project Cry You One in an outdoor performance in New Orleans
  • November 2–10: Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoffrey Sobelle perform their Creative Capital project Elephant Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and tour to Bard College (Dec. 14)
  • November 9 – April 2014: Seven Creative Capital grantees exhibit in Around the Table at San Jose Museum of Art, including the premiere of Mario Ybarra, Jr.’s Creative Capital project Curry Corndog Stand
  • November 16: The Kronos Quartet performs Degenerate Art Ensemble's Creative Capital project Predator's Songstress at the Seattle Theatre Group
  • December 11–14: Tere O'Connor presents Bleed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Through March 2014: Janine Antoni has solo exhibition Within at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

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.

We’re continuing our “Artist to Artist” series with conversations between choreographers Jennifer Monson and DD Dorvillier, and visual artists/creative placemakers John Sutton (SuttonBeresCuller) and Juan William Chávez. We also interviewed filmmaker Rodney Evans, media artist James Coupe and filmmaker/archivist Rick Prelinger about the recent premieres of their Creative Capital-supported projects.

What else is new:
From Artist to Enterprise: Organizational Structures for Artists

Higher Resonance: Jennie C. Jones’ Revisionist Modernism

A Page From Our Handbook: Your PR Timeline

"If Films Could Smell": Roddy Bogawa Featured in Retrospective at MoMA

Video: Daniel Roumain Performs at Creative Capital’s Benefit

Real-Life Budgeting: Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist

Watch presentations from the 2013 Artist Retreat

And much more at!

Professional Development
This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Professional Development Program (PDP), which has brought skills-building workshops and webinars Back to Listing