Introducing Hatch – A New C4 Training Program

C4 Atlanta, a nonprofit incubator for artists and arts organizations, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) in support of its Ignite and Hatch professional development programs for artists. The grant to C4 Atlanta is under EHTF’s Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) program.

The money will go toward our current Ignite, business planning class for artists AND it will also fund Hatch.

What is Hatch, you ask?

Hatch is a new program designed for artists working in community. Under the program, participants will learn the legal, financial and “soft” skills necessary to effectively lead community-based art projects. Hatch will connect artists to vital information about how to approach collaborative projects outside a traditional studio practice. The first Hatch cohort, to begin in October, will serve as a pilot offering.

C4 has been working on building partnerships and designing the Hatch framework for a few years now. The funding from Tremaine will allow us to design Hatch, pilot the program with working artists, and implement. Our primary purpose as an organization is to connect artists to the resources and skills they need to be successful. Hatch will not focus on the creation of art; rather, the program will cover the ‘behind-the-scenes’ functions of working in community.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation is proud to support C4 Atlanta’s ongoing mission to provide affordable and quality professional practice education to Atlanta’s artists. Expanding on the success of Ignite, C4’s new program, Hatch, will further their mission by supporting artists working beyond the studio and the business marketplace.  Hatch will provide the foundational support of knowledge and resources crucial for success of community-driven work.  C4’s history of fostering artists careers is ideally suited to create and launch this new program that has the potential to influence and support artists not only in Atlanta, but all across the country.

– Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

C4 Atlanta will work with both local and national collaborators on the curriculum design of Hatch. Among the collaborators:

  • Emily Hopkins, Consultant and Executive Director, Side Street Projects in Pasadena, CA
  • Heather Alhadeff, President, Center Forward, an Atlanta based transportation and land-use planning firm
  • Jim Grace, Attorney and Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
  • McKenzie Wren, a community arts consultant and Executive Director of Clarkston Community Center

Eddie Granderson, Program Manager of Public Art Services at the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is also serving as an advisor.

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