Archive for the ‘Reading Room’ Category

Reading Room: Presentations from the 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat

A central part of the Creative Capital Award, the retreat is an intensive week-long gathering designed to help artists develop their ambitious and forward-thinking new work. The retreat centers around artists presenting their works in progress to a group of experts and supporters from all creative disciplines who can help make their visions a reality. These presentations cover a broad range of genres and subjects, from poetry dedicated to extinct species, a puppet installation imagining the legacy of plastic, to a performance exploring a personal connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade — all representing a diversity of work by some of the most groundbreaking artists in the country.

Source: Creative Capital
Link: creative-capital.org/2019/10/01/watch-presentations-from-the-2019-creative-capital-artist-retreat/

Reading Room: MAP Fund Grantees 2019

Reading Room: MAP Fund Grantees 2019

This exceptional group of grantees is grappling with the most difficult and joyous aspects of creating and living in the United States today. At a time of deep division, the grantees propose to interrogate marginalizing structures in the United States while asserting new possibilities for thriving interdependence. Each approach is distinctive. Some will employ performance practices like processions as a strategy for transforming spaces with racist histories, such as contentious borders, waterways, or landmarks. Others will consider collective and individual rebuilding by generating shared rituals, dances, and songs in celebration of life. From exploring the mental health of firefighters in Detroit, to surfacing larger psychological ramifications of border politics for immigrants, each grantee asks: What does meaningful care for people and the environment look like?

Source: MAP Fund
Link: mapfundblog.org/2019-map-fund-grantees/

Reading Room: Creative Capital On Our Radar

Reading Room: Creative Capital On Our Radar

On Our Radar 2019 features noteworthy projects in all disciplines that advanced to the final round in the competitive selection process for the Creative Capital Award. During each award cycle, Creative Capital has the great privilege of learning about a wealth of exciting artists’ projects. By promoting projects “on our radar” to our community of people who are passionate about the arts, we can forge connections that lead to new support and collaborative opportunities.

Source: Creative Capital
Link: creative-capital.org/on-our-radar/

Reading Room: Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity

Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity

This paper examines critical needs or opportunities to help the Creative Placemaking field continue taking root in community planning, and to better contribute to expanded opportunity and equity in low-income communities. Several years into the advancement of Creative Placemaking, the language and general premise are taking hold. The term is now widespread in the arts and culture field, and increasingly in community development and urban planning. Yet critical gaps in the field must be addressed if Creative Placemaking is to flourish and be an integral part of community development.

Source: The Kresge Foundation
Link: kresge.org/library/creative-placemaking-and-expansion-opportunity

Reading Room: What is Research?

What is research? Practices in the arts, research, and curricula

Because faculty and students have so many wide-ranging experiences, academic trajectories, and disciplinary backgrounds, they don’t necessarily have the same set of concepts in mind when it comes to talking about research, what it means, or how it’s done. For many, “research” is an abstract, culturally constructed concept. With many different definitions and experiences, it can be critical to build a shared foundation for understanding — especially when issues of “what counts” as knowledge, tenure and promotion, and research process are at stake.

Source: Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
Link: www.a2ru.org/projects/research-brief-what-is-research/

Reading Room: Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture

Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action

Efforts to integrate arts and culture into the water sector have been sparse to date. But there are some exciting examples of how water and wastewater utilities, conservation organizations, and water reliant businesses—including US Water Alliance members—are making invisible water systems visible, engaging and educating the public in new ways, taking a creative approach to planning, and transforming communities through art. To accelerate these innovative and promising efforts, the US Water Alliance partnered with ArtPlace America to catalogue the best and brightest models and partnerships that are utilizing arts and culture to advance sustainable, integrated and equitable water management.

Source: US Water Alliance Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture