AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

About this Series

Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Musicians Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/05/2019

    What can your community do to fully support musicians in your creative industry? Join us on 6/5 for webinar with representatives from Des Moines as we take a look at how they are valuing musicians in their community and helping them create thriving practices.

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     About this Webinar

    Recognizing that communities need more than just strong businesses to thrive, Central Iowa has staked its claim on a robust arts and culture scene to attract, retain, engage, entertain and inspire residents and visitors alike. With a commitment to fostering a strong creative economy, this community recognizes and values the role that individual artists in creating a vibrant community. This commitment is evident as we look at the many organizations supporting artists of all disciplines, especially musicians. Join us for a webinar with representatives from Des Moines, Iowa as we explore ways that a community can holistically support musicians through avenues such as marketing, financial skill building, providing performance spaces, and more.

    Attendees will hear from:

    Sally Dix, Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    Katie Byers, Founder, Home Ditty

    Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Tobi Parks, Executive Director, Station 1 Records



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Sally Dix

    Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    Sally Dix is the Executive Director for Bravo Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit organization that leverages community resources to maximize impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities.  Bravo’s revenue comes primarily from 17 local government partners who contribute a portion of their hotel/motel tax.  Bravo then strategically invests those through grants and leadership initiatives to elevate and enrich a vibrant Greater Des Moines.  

    Prior to joining Bravo, Dix served as the Vice President of Communications for the Science Center of Iowa.  She also served as the first Executive Director of the Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

    Dix has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, both in Environmental Science and Policy.  She also received her MBA from the University of Iowa.   

    Website: http://bravogreaterdesmoines.org

    Facebook Page: @BravoGreaterDesMoines         

     

    Katie Byers

    Founder & CEO, HomeDitty, LLC

    Katie Byers is a former attorney turned entrepreneur and an avid music lover. She is the Founder & CEO of HomeDitty, a web based software built specifically for house concert hosts that launched into Beta testing in February 2017. HomeDitty connects musicians directly with house concert hosts, automates the entire hosting process and facilitates online payments to the musicians including a crowdfund payment option. Since its inception, hundreds of house concerts have been hosted through HomeDitty with over 500 host signups in 40 different states. HomeDitty was created and inspired by Katie’s love of hosting house concerts, to get more people across the country hosting private house concerts and to create an additional revenue stream for musicians.

    Katie is a graduate of The University of Iowa and The University of Iowa College of Law.  She received the David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year award from the Des Moines Music Coalition in 2017 in recognition for her dedication to hosting local house concerts and for helping create home venues across the country. Katie resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Jay and their two teenage daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter:  @homeditty

    Facebook:  @homeditty                                            

    Website:  https://www.homeditty.com/                   

    Jay Byers

    Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and a network of more than 6400 regional members.

    Byers is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), graduate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management (IOM), graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and graduate of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship. Byers currently serves as Vice Chair of ACCE and on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and International Economic Development Council. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Catch Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, Balance Autism and Keep Iowa Beautiful. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Byers is a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter: @DSMPartnership 

    Facebook:  @DSMPartnership                                                  

    Website: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/                  

    Tobi Parks

    Executive Director,Station 1 Records

    Tobi Parks is the creator and Executive Director of Station 1 Records, a non-profit 501(c)(3) artist development and entrepreneurship organization dedicated to the patronage and development of independent artists on the regional and national stage.  Prior to her starting the non-profit, she was Director of Copyright at Sony Music where she worked with Sony’s Columbia Records, Epic Records, and RCA Records labels.  She has a long history working in media having worked for a number of years as a Programming and Promotions Associate for Clear Channel Broadcasting and as Director of Marketing and Public Relations with the PBS produced series, In the Life.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, a Master of Arts in Media Literacy from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Juris Doctor from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is a musician that has played bass in the NYC glam-punk band Bambï, Toronto-based The Cliks, St. Louis-based acts The Star Death, Is That You?, and Grandpa’s Ghost.  As a solo performer and session player, she has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Darin Gray, Tim Garrigan, Keith Rowe, Mark Shippy, and video artist James Fotopoulos.  She has composed for stage, television and film.       

    Twitter: @station1records

    Facebook: @station1records                                        

    Website: www.station1records.com                  

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Dancers Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/25/2019

    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

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     About this Webinar

    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

    Join Allyson Esposito, Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Boston Foundation, to learn about the Next Steps for Boston Dance grantmaking initiative for Boston area choreographers. The Boston Foundation is one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations. The Next Steps for Boston Dance program was born out of the results of several different research initiatives led by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Foundation, which identified dance as the least philanthropically supported discipline in the region, and articulated a need for artist-level support and the development of pathways for local choreographers and dance artists.  Next Steps was created with significant input from the dance community it was intended to serve and provides much needed rehearsal space, mentorship, and funds for artists to take their “next step”. Key to its success is the flexibility of the program (no pun intended!), with individualized supports provided to each artist recipient.  

    Attendees will learn:

    • How to create an artist-level grant program based on research and data, but with significant artist input into the program design process
    • How to create individualized supports within a grant program
    • What choreographers need to be most successful in achieving their career goals
    • What parallel investments and ecosystem shifts have had to occur to ensure Next Steps is most impactful
    • Choreographer mentorship models
    • Cohort and network building within a diverse and disparate dance ecology



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Allyson Esposito

    Senior Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

    Allyson Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer with more than ten consecutive years of experience in the philanthropic field. In each of the philanthropy roles she has held, Esposito has led comprehensive change, designing and implementing new strategies, programs and systems to support a new vision that addresses areas of highest need and greatest opportunity, often in response to large scale, municipally-led cultural planning efforts. 

    She currently serves as the Senior Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s Community Foundation and one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of $1 billion. Relocating to Boston during a critical “arts renaissance” for the city, Esposito designed a large-scale philanthropic response to the city’s first large-scale cultural plan, Boston Creates. One of her programs, Live Arts Boston (LAB), has been hailed as most well-known, field-changing grant programs for the arts in Greater Boston. In three years, LAB has supported 185 projects and more than 450 artists (70% of whom identify as people of color) with nearly $3 million to create, present or produce new work for Greater Boston audiences.  A recent WBUR article about LAB noted that, since its inception, “the arts in Boston is demonstrably more vibrant.”

    Esposito came to Boston from her hometown of Chicago, where she worked for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as the Director of Cultural Grantmaking, leading efforts to strategically restructure all grant programs for the first time in 20 years, ultimately designing and managing 4 programs awarding more than 250 grants per year. Prior to DCASE, she was Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation during a time of significant organizational and leadership transition.

    Jean Appolon

    Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Jean Appolon Expressions

    In addition to being the Co-Founder and Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. 

    Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches dance at Boston Ballet’s City Dance and Boys in Motion programs, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. The 2019 Summer Dance Institute is being held in Lawrence, MA for the first time this year, in partnership with Izizwe Dance Studio and Bread and Roses. 

    Jean Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has toured to Washington DC, Silver Springs, MD, NYC and Port Au Prince, Haiti. JAE has also performed at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater, John Hancock Hall and Silver Spring MD Civic Center, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, American Universtiy, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Central Square Theater CityPop Egleston and the Irish Immigration Center of Boston.

    Facebook: Jean Appolon Expressions

    Website: https://jeanappolonexpressions.org/

    The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance: https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/grant-making-initiatives/next-steps-for-boston-dance

    The Boston Foundation’s General arts and culture site: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas/arts

    The Boston Foundation’s research and study about funding for Boston and 10 Other Cities (from 2016): https://www.tbf.org/-/media/tbforg/files/reports/arts-report_jan-7-2016.pdf?la=en

    The New England Foundation for the Arts study: https://www.nefa.org/moving-dance-forward

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artists of Color Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2019

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences. This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today.

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     About this Webinar

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

    In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences.

    This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • The importance of incorporating the respective community’s guidance throughout all three phases of a program (planning, implementation, and evaluation)
    • How programs designed for artists of color can be used as entry points for deeper engagement
    • How branding is important in making your organization relevant to new stakeholders (artists and audiences)



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Rishard Allen

    Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Rishard Allen is arts and culture professional serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. His administrative practice supports the artistic work of people from marginalized communities, acknowledging their contributions as worthy of being commissioned, exhibited, performed, published, studied, and funded. Allen currently serves as the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, assisting with the administration of arts education initiatives and grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations. In 2017, he received his B.S. in Arts Management from Indiana University with a specialization in music history and culture. Prior to working at the Arts Council, he was the Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and was an Emerging Field Leader with WolfBrown, providing assistance for a nationwide evaluation of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative. Rishard also serves on the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee for Americans for the Arts.

    Website: https://indyarts.org/

    Twitter: @artscouncilindy and @RishardDAllen

    Instagram: @artscouncilindy

    Facebook: @indyarts

    Shamira Wilson

    Interdisciplinary Artist

    Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, has studied Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art, and attended a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited in Indianapolis at venues including the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Contemporary.

    Website: https://shamirawilson.com/

    Instagram: @shamirawilson

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/12/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked. Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions.

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    December 12, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will rethink their understandings of the national (and international) teaching artist field.
    • They will encounter with a wider variety of tools to support the growth in size, diversity and quality of local teaching artist talent pools, tools they may use in their home settings.
    • They will discover new ways in which teaching artists are employed to accomplish seven different purposes—which invites new ways to assess impact, develop productive partnerships, and create greater visibility for the field. 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

    In 2015 Eric Booth was given Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Leadership Award, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent are Playing for Their Lives (about the global El Sistema Movement) and Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion and The Music Teaching Artist's Bible.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 40 years, where now he is a leader of their Teaching Artist Development Labs). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S.. A frequent keynote speaker, he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference, and he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and founded the Teaching Artist Journal, and is the only recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry. 

    Websites:

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

    Victor Sawyer

    Teaching Artist

    Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble and as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of ten professional music Teaching Artists serving in traditionally underserved communities. 

    As a performer he has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. Sawyer has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more. 

    Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, While in NYC Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy. 

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Literary Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2019

    How can organizations support literary artists as they strive to advance their work? Join Carla Du Pree, fiction author and Executive Director of CityLit Project, as well as artists Andrew Simonet and Christina Chiu, for a webinar as we explore ways that organizations can offer support and opportunities to literary artists, as well as how artists can engage with the larger literary community, and what resources are available to them.

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    September 25, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Throughout the Maryland region, CityLit Project creates enthusiasm for the literary arts by connecting a community of avid readers and writers, creating opportunities for diverse audiences and by crafting experiences. Events produced throughout the year are designed to advance the cause of empowering language and writing skills in light of a changing publishing industry, and advancing and amplifying voices of people of color, as well as those not necessarily affiliated with a learning institution. 

    Join Carla Du Pree, an author of fiction and the executive director of CityLit Project, to learn how to navigate methods of support within cultural institutions and beyond. This webinar is designed to suggest the many ways an independent artist can engage with a larger literary community, seek resources that will advance their work and partake in opportunities that are within and outside of the region. It is also for organizations looking for ways to broaden their scope where it concerns writers, and to extend opportunities to support writers in their direct and regional communities in a myriad of ways. Carla will be joined by two working literary artists, applauded for their meaningful work, who will discuss their roles within their affiliated organizations, and the support systems they have in place and have generated over the years for their own work. Novelists Andrew Simonet, founder of Artists U and Christina Chiu, curator and co-host of Pen Parentis Literary Salon share their insights and collective wisdoms from living as artists helping artists. The outcome will be to enrich the concept of support specifically designed for writers while providing new ways to connect with the larger literary community, and to broaden the number of resources both regional and national for supporting the professional development of writers.

    Participants will learn

    • How literary artists can increase their efforts in designing a creative life for themselves and look for various pathways outside the norm.
    • To create ways for literary artists to thrive in a creative way of being, even when they’re not actively engaged in the act of writing.
    • How to build a stronger, writing network
    • How to engage literary artists in their work, to take risks, and to apply and submit.



    This Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    CityLit Project is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, T. Rowe Price, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Maryland Humanities, and Insight 180.

    Carla Du Pree

    Author, Executive Director, CityLit Project

    Carla Du Pree is a literary artist and consultant, a national and state arts ambassador, and an advocate for the arts. She’s featured regional and transnational authors at festivals and workshops and has produced award-winning programs: the daylong CityLit Festival and HoCoPoLitSo’s The Writing Life. Her literary work appeared on the debut of “Words” on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks. Her short stories and excerpts from her novel have appeared in The Pierian Literary Journal, Callaloo, Potomac Review, a Special Fiction and Poetry edition of City Paper - Baltimore, and anthologies The Spirit of Pregnancy and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience. She was also a contributor of Women in Clothes.

    She’s the recipient of a Rubys Artist Award, a Maryland State Arts Council Award for fiction, and fellowships with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Rhode Island Writers Colony for writers of color and the prestigious Hedgebrook, along with Whiting and Poetry Foundation fellowships for Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa and The Living Truth: The Life and Work of Nikki Giovanni, for her novel in progress. She’s written and produced two plays, served on the One Maryland One Book Selection Committee, as a county/state judge for the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Poetry Out Loud competition, and on the NEA’s Big Read Committee.

    With a Masters from the Johns Hopkins University - Writing Seminars, she’s a former adjunct professor, active on four boards, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She serves as an advisor with Modell Lyric Education Advisory Council, Baltimore Cultural Alliance Network, Arts Administrators of Color - DMV, mentors regional poets and writers, and most recently joined NASAA’s People of Color Affinity Group.

    Website: citylitproject.org

    Twitter: @citylitproject and @darkndifferent

    Instagram: @citylitproject and @darkndifferent

    Andrew Simonet

    Founder, Artists U

    Andrew Simonet is writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. From 1993 to 2013, he co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2013, he left Headlong to focus on writing. His debut novel, Wilder, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2018.

    In 2006, Andrew founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives with programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. He wrote Making Your Life as an Artist, an open source guide to living as an artist. He is on the leadership team for the Tremaine Foundation’s Artists Thrive initiative, the Artist Parent Residencies Working Group, and Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.

    He has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, and residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, The Studios of Key West, and Hambidge. His performance work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, and produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, theater director K. Elizabeth Stevens, and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

    Website: http://www.artistsu.org and https://www.andrewsimonet.com

    Twitter: @andrewSimonet

    Christine Chiu

    Curator and Co-Host, Pen Parentis Literary Salon

    Christina Chiu is the winner of the James Alan McPherson Award. Her novel, Beauty, is available for pre-order, with a publication date of May 2020. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2001, Troublemaker was the alternate selection for BOMC and QPB, a nominee for a BOMC First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. 

    Chiu has published in magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, World Wide Writers, The MacGuffin, the Asian Pacific American Journal, Acorn, Grandmothers: Granddaughters Remember, and Not the Only One. Her stories have won awards and honorable mention in literary contests such as Playboy, Glimmer Train, New Millennium, New York Stories, World Wide Writers, Explorations, and El Dorado Writers’ Guild.

    The recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, Chiu also received the Robert Simpson Fellowship, the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Van Lier Fellowship; she won the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest, won second place in the Playboy Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. She has been a Wiepersdorf Fellow and a Claire Woolrich Scholar. 

    Chiu curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salons in New York City. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University.

    Website: www.christinachiu.org and www.penparentis.org

    Twitter: @chrischiu13

  • Supporting Individual Artists: LGBTQ Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/10/2019

    The LGBTQ community is experiencing a moment of unprecedented visibility, and yet there remain many challenges and barriers to entry for LGBTQ artists. The City of West Hollywood has made a strong commitment to all artists and developed new programs focusing on the most underserved segments of the LGBTQ community. At the same time, the City has heard from the community that the Pride parade is becoming too commercial, and strove to balance that by creating a 40-day long LGBTQ Arts Festival which celebrates the history, art and culture of the LGBTQ community. Come hear from the City of West Hollywood regarding their specific efforts around individual LGBTQ artists, as well as from some of the grantees to hear what challenges are specific to the LGBTQ community and how best to support them.

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     About this Webinar

    The LGBTQ community is experiencing a moment of unprecedented visibility, and yet there remain many challenges and barriers to entry for LGBTQ artists. The City of West Hollywood has made a strong commitment to all artists and developed new programs focusing on the most underserved segments of the LGBTQ community. At the same time, the City has heard from the community that the Pride parade is becoming too commercial, and strove to balance that by creating a 40-day long LGBTQ Arts Festival which celebrates the history, art and culture of the LGBTQ community. Come hear from the City of West Hollywood regarding their specific efforts around individual LGBTQ artists, as well as from some of the grantees to hear what challenges are specific to the LGBTQ community and how best to support them.


    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Mike Che

    Arts Coordinator, City of West Hollywood

    Mike Che is the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator. He spearheaded the program design and launch of the City’s Transgender Arts Initiative grant, the only grant of its kind in the country. He also manages the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, a 40-day long celebration of the LGBTQ community through the arts. He is currently a member of the ONE Archives Culture Series Advisory Committee; the LA County Department of Arts and Culture’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee; and AftA’s Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee.

    Websites: www.weho.org/arts, www.weho.org/pride

    Social Media

    Twitter: @wehoarts  

    Instagram: @wehoarts

    Facebook: @wehoarts  

    Brian Sonia-Wallace

    Artist

    Brian Sonia-Wallace is the founder and convener of #PridePoets, started in conjunction with the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride initiative, and grown from Brian’s business RENT Poet, which brings poets on typewriters to events to write custom poems. Brian has written for tech companies and governments, toured nationally and internationally, and been the Writer-in-Residence for everyone from the Mall of America to Amtrak to the Boston Harbor Islands. His first book of essays, Dust Bowl Nation, tracks his journey to find humanity at the margins of America through poetry, and is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. Brian lives in Los Angeles, and believes that typewriter poetry is inherently queer, blurring the lines between public and private, intimacy and stranger, permanence and ephemerality.

    Websites: rentpoet.com and pridepoets.com

    Social Media

    Instagram: @rentpoet and @pridepoets 

    Twitter:@rentpoet and @pridepoets

    Yozmit

    Artist

    The self-given name Yozmit means 'myth about one’s self' : Through her ritualistic performance art, Yozmit combines theater, dance, pop culture, fashion, gender identity, mythology, and shamanism onto a single canvas. She is currently working on DoYou project - an awareness-based performance art campaign. DoYou means 'Do'ing 'You' – a process of becoming fully self-realized and acting upon by balancing the Sacred Feminine and The Sacred Masculine, using gender and identity as a subject.

    Yozmit is a international headliner at The Box in New York City and London. She has shown her work at Hollywood Fringe Festival, One City One Pride Arts Festival, Coachella Music Festival, Burning Man, Lucent Dossier, Joyce Soho, Redcat (Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater), Movement Research at The Judson Church, St. Marks Church, Lincoln Center, Art Basel, ChunCheon International Mime Festival, Life Ball, Doma International Art Festival, Joe's Pub, Santos Party House, Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place, Supper Club, Webster Hall, Sleep No More, Hotel Americano, Standard Hotel, Mondrian Hotel and various other venues in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Ibiza, Berlin, Vienna, Sofia and Seoul. In 2010, Yozmit performed in Marina Abramović’s “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC. 

    Websitehttp://www.yozmit.com/

    Instagram: @Yozmit

    YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/yozmitube