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Creative Capital in Texas: March 2009

March 13, 2009

Eight Creative Capital grantees at South by Southwest and Systems of Sustainability AUSTIN and HOUSTON, TX (March 13, 2009) – Creative Capital, the national organization that integrates grants and career development services to support adventurous artists, is pleased to announce the participation of eight grantees in two arts festivals taking place in Texas this month: the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival in Austin, March 13–21; and Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action (S.O.S.) in Houston, March 27–29. At South by Southwest, David Russo (2008 Film/Video) screens his feature film The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle in the Emerging Visions section and The Yes Men (2000 Emerging Fields) show their new documentary The Yes Men Fix The World as a Special Screening. Trimpin (2008 Visual Arts) is also featured at SXSW as the subject of a documentary by Peter Esmonde, TRIMPIN: the sound of invention, included in the Documentary Competition. Additionally, MAP Fund grantee Stew’s Broadway smash Passing Strange, has been captured on video by Spike Lee and will screen as a Spotlight Premiere. Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action (S.O.S.) is the first installment of a hybrid festival-symposium organized by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Blaffer Gallery. The event looks at creative enterprise as an integral tool for cultural growth and social change. Matthew Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) (2009 Emerging Fields) presents a Brown Bag Gallery tour and later a party, co-hosted with SIMPARCH (2002 Emerging Fields), at Junkyard, Buffalo Bayou, CLUI field office. Lisa D’Amour (2009 Performing Arts) joins Sasha Dela, Fritz Haeg and Michael Mercil on a panel moderated by Claudia Schumckli called “Poetics and Performance: Art in Public Spaces Discussion;” while Marc Bamuthi Joseph (2006 Performing Arts) presents red, black, and GREEN: a blues in a special performance arranged for S.O.S. Creative Capital in 2009 Ten years ago, Creative Capital reinvented arts philanthropy, constructing a new paradigm to fulfill the specific needs of the country’s most innovative artists. Today, it is the premier national artist support organization, committed to the principle that time and advisory services are as crucial to artistic success as funding. Over the lives of its funded projects, Creative Capital provides artists with a flexible program of multi-faceted support and partners with them to determine how targeted funds and services can best work in concert to progress towards the grantees’ own goals. In January 2009, Creative Capital announced 61 grantees representing 41 projects in Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has committed more than $14 million in financial support and services to 324 projects representing 411 artists. A complete list of grantees, profiles of funded projects, and up-to-date grant cycle information can be found online at the foundation’s newly redesigned website: For more information, contact Kevin McGarry, communications officer, at 212-598-9900 x238 or [email protected] Sustaining support for Creative Capital is currently provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and more than 370 other foundations and individuals. Dates and Times of Creative Capital events at SXSW and S.O.S. David Russo The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle SXSW Emerging Visions Sunday, March 15 at 9:15pm, Alamo Ritz 1 Thursday, March 19 at 4:00pm, Alamo Ritz 1 Saturday March 21 at 11:00am, Alamo Lamar 3 Stew Passing Strange by Spike Lee SXSW Spotlight Premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30pm, Paramount Trimpin TRIMPIN: the sound of invention by Peter Esmonde SXSW Documentary Competition: World Premiere Saturday March 14 at 7:15pm, Austin Convention Center Monday March 16 at 2:00pm, Alamo Lamar 2 Friday March 20th at 9:00pm, Paramount The Yes Men The Yes Men Fix The World SXSW Special Screenings Monday, March 16at 1:30pm, Paramount Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30pm, Austin Convention Center Thursday, March 19 at 9:00pm, Alamo Ritz 1 Lisa D’Amour S.O.S. “Poetics and Performance: Art in Public Spaces Discussion” with Lisa D’Amour, Sasha Dela, Fritz Haeg, and Michael Mercil. Moderator: Claudia Schmuckli Saturday, March 28 from 10:45am–11:45am Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Matthew Coolidge, The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) Brown Bag Gallery Tour Saturday, March 28 at Noon Blaffer Gallery CLUI and SIMPARCH Party at CLUI field office Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Junkyard, Buffalo Bayou, CLUI field office Marc Bamuthi Joseph red, black, and GREEN: a blues Sunday, March 29 at 3:30pm Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts # # # Back to Listing