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Spring News: Our New Home on Maiden Lane, Awards Program Update and Other News

April 30, 2014

Spring is finally here, and we at Creative Capital are thrilled to be settling into our beautiful new office space on Maiden Lane in downtown Manhattan! We designed the space to not only be a home for Creative Capital's staff and the ancillary programs we administer, but to also serve as a resource for our artists. I think some wonderful things will happen here; you can read more about our plans for the new space below. We remain eternally grateful to our Founding Donor, The Andy Warhol Foundation, for making this dream possible. 

It feels especially good to be in our new home since I was on the road non-stop for the first three months of the year! In January, we celebrated our West Coast communities with events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. In February and March, I traveled coast-to-coast visiting Creative Capital artists and friends in nearly a dozen cities. I was profoundly moved by my experiences, from visiting Juan William Chávez's urban bee sanctuary in St. Louis to seeing the work that Phoenix artist Gregory Sale is doing with incarcerated individuals. Along the way, so many people, ranging from a real estate developer in Kansas City to a teaching artist in Santa Fe, told me how our Professional Development workshops have truly transformed their local arts communities.

I continue to be inspired and humbled by the cultural and social return we're seeing on Creative Capital's "investment" in groundbreaking artists. Over the next few months, we'll be collecting stories from the artists and art lovers whose lives we have affected over the past fifteen years and sharing these through an online platform. We hope you'll share your own Creative Capital story! 

–Ruby Lerner

Creative News: Creative Capital's New Home, Awards Program Update and Other News
Mark Your Calendars: Creative Capital Artists, Nationwide 
Professional Development Program News 
Arts Writers, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and MAP Fundnews 
Donor Spotlight: The Knight Foundation 

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Creative Capital's New Home
Creative Capital has moved into new headquarters at 15 Maiden Lane in New York's Financial District. Along with more office space for our growing staff, our new home also includes flexible common spaces where we can host lectures, work-in-progress film screenings, and other gatherings. We're especially excited to have an open classroom area where we can present our Professional Development workshops for New York-area artists. You can see photos of the new space on our blog, The Lab. We look forward to keeping you posted about events and programs taking place in our new home!

Awards Program Update
In February, Creative Capital sent out an open call for Letters of Inquiry for our awards in Moving Image and Visual Arts. We were thrilled (and slightly overwhelmed!) to receive more than 3,700 applications, which is our largest pool to date. The applicants hail from 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico (Mississippi artists, we want you!), along with U.S. citizens living in 26 other countries. Of the 3,700 applications, 1,632 artists applied in Moving Image, while 2,084 applied for Visual Arts projects. In January, we'll announce the 46 funded projects in our 2015 class of awardees. Yes, it really does take almost a year to select each roster of Creative Capital Artists! So what happens next? Read more about our selection process on The Lab.

More News & Stories from The Lab:
Eric Dyer and Matthew Porterfield Among Inaugural Recipients of Rubys Grants for Baltimore Artists

Laura Poitras Wins Pulitzer Prize and Polk Award for NSA Reporting

Susan Robb's "Wild Times" Explores Wildness as a Geographic Ideal and a State of Mind

Seven Creative Capital Artists Receive 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships

Bernadette Mayer Receives the 2014 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America

Jesse Sugarmann's "We Build Excitement" Commemorates the Rise and Fall of the American Auto Industry

Matt Moore & Sam Van Aken Present at TEDxManhattan: Changing The Way We Eat

Artist to Artist: Cory Arcangel and Julia Christensen on Media Fluidity and Obsolescence

Ruby Lerner on Adaptive Leadershipmarkcalendars 

And much more at!

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Upcoming artist events, nationwide:

Through May 4: Nick Cave featured in solo exhibition at the ICA in Boston
May 4: Michael Robinson and Naeem Mohaiemen screen films at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany
Through May 5: Miriam Simun presents Squeezing Out Every Last Drop at Kappatos Gallery in Athens, Greece
May 8: Neal Medlyn performs as Champagne Jerry at Joe's Pub in New York
May 16 - June 14: DD Dorvillier presents Diary of an Image performance series at St. Mark's Church and other sites in New York 
May 16 - June 22: Elizabeth Streb presents Forces at S.L.A.M. in Brooklyn, NY
Through May 18: Fallen Fruit, Suzanne Lacy and Theaster Gates participate in  Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at SITE in Santa Fe
Through May 25: eteam presents Connections to and through the air at the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Through May 31: Simone Leigh has solo exhibition Gone South at Atlanta Contemporary Museum of Art
June 5 - September 7: Ruben Ochoa presents MATRIX 169 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT
June 7 - November 2: Trimpin and Stephen Vitiello included in sound art exhibition In the Garden of Sonic Delights at Caramoor in Katonah, NY
Through June 8: Stacey Steers presents Night Hunter at Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho
June 17: Jeffery Allen's Creative Capital project Song of the Shank is published by Graywolf Press
Through June 22: LaToya Ruby Frazier presents Born  By A River at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Through June 22: Cory Arcangel presents his Creative Capital project The Source at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark
Through June 29: Rick Prelinger presents Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film at the Oakland Museum of California in Oakland, CA

Save The Date! Creative Capital's 15th Anniversary Benefit on October 21
Because of our office move, this year's Annual Benefit will take place in the fall. We hope you'll join us in New York on October 21 for our largest celebration yet. 

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

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.


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PDP's Authentic Branding workshop leader Maxine Lapiduss just finished a successful series of workshops in the Southeast, taking her personalized approach to marketing to Atlanta, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. She presented two full-day workshops, a half-day workshop and an alumni session, guiding artists in uncovering their personal essence and using it to sculpt their public presence.

This spring, PDP is presenting two Spanish-language workshops: one with Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, PA, which took place last weekend, and the other with Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in Charlotte, NC, which will take place on May 10. You can read more about these workshops, which are supported by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, in the  Donor  Spotlight  section below. Our workshop leaders will also be traveling to Anchorage, AK, to present a Core Workshop with the Alaska State Arts Council. In June, The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. will be presenting a weekend workshop in Tampa. Florida artists in all disciplines are invited to apply online here before May 15. 

Earlier this month, gallerist, artist and PDP Online Learning Consultant Matthew Deleget conducted live interviews with Loren Munk (aka James Kalm) and Hrag Vartanian for our "Conversations Inside" webinar series. Munk is a painter who has blurred the lines of criticism, historic documentation, journalism and performance art through his alter-ego, James Kalm, and his YouTube channel, Kalm Reports. Vartanian is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, a well-known online platform covering "art and its discontents." Both of these interviews are available for purchase on our Recorded Webinars page, so you can watch them anytime!

More PDP news, plus Tips & Tools for Artists, from The Lab:

A Page from Our Handbook: Writing a Proposal 
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Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program 

The Arts Writers Grant Program's 2014 application is now open! Writers who meet the program's eligibility requirements are invited to apply before May 21 in the following categories: articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing. In grantee news, Lucy Lippard's book Undermining, which explores the "politics of land use and art in an evolving New West," was just released by the New Press. This spring, two new grantee blogs went live: Ed Fuentes's Paint this Desert, about murals and street art in Las Vegas; and Andrew Horwitz's Ephemeral Objects, about object-oriented aesthetics. And we're excited to announce that two grantees have recently received exceptional honors: Mira Schor's blog, A Year of Positive Thinking, won Best Blog in this year's AICA Art Writing Awards; and  Jen Graves was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in Criticism for her writing in The Stranger. 


Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA)
The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards recently announced the first recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Award (up to $80,000): twenty artists who were nominated by past recipients of the Doris Duke Artist Award because they have influenced and are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz and/or theatre. Awardees were selected from the pool of nominated artists by a separate anonymous panel of artists. On receiving this honor, Ambrose Akinmusire said, "I was shocked and grateful to be recognized by my peers for my work, which is so personal to me." The Awards program also announced the third group of recipients of the Doris Duke Artist Award (up to $275,000). Since its beginning in 2011, the program has awarded $18.1 million in 80 individuals in the performing arts. On Creative Capital's blog, The Lab, Ruby Lerner and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Ben Cameron discuss how the program has changed and evolved since it began.

MAP Fund
This spring MAP Fund is thrilled to announce the extraordinary 2014 class of grantees. These 39 works were culled from just over 900 requests. Among this cohort, over half (36 of 68 collaborators) are first-time MAP Fund recipients, including Creative Capital filmmaker artists Cauleen Smith and Brent Green, who are collaborating on performance projects with taisha paggett and Aaron Landsman. MAP grantees this year will make works in San Francisco, Houston, Providence, Seattle, Chicago, Portland, Tucson, Los Angeles and New York City, and they'll tour many of them nationally and internationally. As they invent, they'll be grappling in innumerable ways with issues of age, gender, social class, religion, consumerism and, especially strongly this year, race. Connect with MAP Fund on Facebook and use the MAP Grantee Events Calendar as a resource to follow thedonate development of these exciting new works.

Creative Capital received generous support this year from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas (Taller), our PDP workshop for Spanish-speaking artists working in all disciplines. Designed by Creative Capital Film/Video awardee Ela Troyano, Taller offers career support specifically for artists working in a cross-cultural context, teaching strategies for fundraising, grantwriting, communications, business planning, marketing and negotiation skills. The Knight Foundation grant will allow us to bring this specialized workshop to artists in Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, ultimately contributing to the artistic livelihoods of these communities and helping the participating artists build sustainable careers.

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