Tag: Atlanta Contemporary

5 Places All Artists Can Find Support for Their Work

So…you’re looking for some places to find money/jobs/grants/work? Where can you even go to research and get started?

It can be confusing to find calls, auditions and other spots for artists’ work. And like many young performers, in my early days of working I wrote off looking for grants and residencies because I didn’t think the accepted applications from artists like me. That simply isn’t true. There are opportunities to fund your work in every artistic discipline, if you know where to look.

Here’s some of our favorite places for artists to find more work (or ways to fund it!):

  1. Opportunity Arts: A local platform for artists in the Greater Atlanta area.

    Opportunity Arts – If you haven’t already checked out C4 Atlanta’s new opportunity board, you add it to your bookmarks immediately. Listings change daily, with upcoming jobs, contract work, RFPs, auditions, grants and more. Listings are also referenced by artistic discipline and opportunity type. Currently free to list and always free for artists to browse. Looking for a space for an upcoming show? Check out the “Spaces” button, which links to Spacefinder Georgia, where you can search for spaces by location, size, event type and budget.

  2.  Foundation Center AtlantaThe Foundation Center Directory Online is an incredible database of grant opportunities. If you search their database from your house, you have to pay a fee. However, Atlantans are incredibly fortunate to have a local chapter of the Foundation Center in Downtown. If you visit the Center, you can use the Directory for free from their office, as well as access other available online fundraising tools. Additionally, the Foundation Center offers classes and training about fundraising, so it’s worth checking out their training calendar of upcoming programs, too.
  3. CAFE (Call for Entries) – CAFE lists calls from all over the world. You can find lots of listings for awards, upcoming grants, and public art in particular. Though the platform is probably already familiar to those looking to find opportunities for public visual art, performing artists and artists of other disciplines can also find plenty of opportunities for grants, residencies and other opportunities to make or fund work. CAFE allows you to upload your own artist portfolio and submit to opportunities directly through the platform. This makes it easier to submit to more opportunities.
  4. Creative Capital – Creative Capital publishes a new list of artist opportunity deadlines every two months. Additionally, there are links to other directories of artist residencies and opportunity boards. There’s always a wide variety of listings among all artist genres, with hyper local opportunities to international calls.  Creative Capital also provides training for artists through in person and online opportunities. Creative Capital also awards their own grant every two years with awards up to $50,000 of support.
  5. Your Local Municipality’s Facebook (or other social media) Page – Ok, this is a little vague. But depending on where you live, your local arts council may be sharing lots of other calls online through Facebook. Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and many others all share calls for artists on their Facebook pages regularly. Often, calls are also shared through their monthly email newsletters, too. Like and Follow your town, county or other local arts council’s social media to get access to what their sharing.

There are other spots you can look to for finding funds. Feel free to share you favorites with us!

Lastly, if you’re looking for grant support for the first time, check out our upcoming program with Atlanta Contemporary on Saturday, January 26 from 10-12 AM called Grant Writing 101. During this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of getting started looking for grant support including gathering and preparing your grant materials, finding grantors, building a case for support and more. This is a great introduction to the grant writing process for folks who are working on their very first grant or with limited grant experience. Register Online Here.

Veronica Kessenich Believes Art Transcends Time and Space

Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.

For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions. 

We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2018 : Veronica Kessenich 

Where do you work and what do you do? 
I proudly work at Atlanta Contemporary as the Executive Director. I also teach as an adjunct instructor at Agnes Scott College.

When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
For as long as I can remember, the arts have been a part of my life – with ballet classes starting at age 3, to summer art camps, to falling in love with theater in high school – I have always included arts and culture in my life. My parents firmly believe that the arts enrich life and we always attended shows, performances, and gallery openings and on all family trips we ventured through the museums and cultural heritage sights to learn about cities, people, and places. With an undergraduate and graduate degree in Art History, I have been working as a dealer, art historian, and arts administrator for over fifteen years.

What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?
When I was dancing, I had only one dream: to dance at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes. Not being tall enough – and frankly also wanting to have fun as a teenager – I stopped dancing. That’s when my world truly opened up. Mind you, every Macy’s Day Parade, I stop and watch The Rockettes secretly dreaming that I am one of them.

If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
Lunch. With any one woman. Such a good & tough question! (I actually do this exercise with my students when I talk about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party.) But to choose just one? Mary Shelley. The mythic story of how a competition between friends birthed the infamous monster and crisis-torn Doctor Frankenstein is just as much occult legend as the novel itself. I find it compelling how it was out of courtesy for the lady, that Lord Byron, Percy, and their friend let Mary read from her writing first. Shocked, horrified, and dare-I-say, a little awakened and aroused – the men all threw their own manuscripts into the fire and compelled Mary to finish her tale. I would want to talk about her dream – not only of the story but of her dream to be a writer, artist, and 19th century woman.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
It would be wrong of me to say that any one person has been the biggest influence on my life but it would not be wrong to say that women have been the biggest influences in my life. From my mother and grandmothers, to women who taught me at school, to the fact that I went to an all women’s college and currently teach at a women’s college – there’s truth that women are consequential, commanding, intelligent, innovative, dynamic and courageous. The women in my life been the ‘firsts’ in attending college, in raising a million dollars, and in standing up for their beliefs. I realize that it’s unfair to not fully answer and say just one ‘who’ but that would be like selecting a favorite memory – so many feelings, experiences, and truths come from how these women wove the fabric of my life and I would not be who I am today without any one of them being a part of it.

How is art a passion for you?
To quote de Kooning (the artist whose paintings seduced me into becoming an art historian): “Art is a language”. Art transcends time and place. It speaks to any and all of us – even when we’re not listening. It’s what gets me out of bed and what keeps me up at night. It’s something worth sharing with students and protecting through advocacy. It’s that which opens doors and encircles communities.

What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
I believe that all people should be equally represented in any workforce regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, mental or physical abilities, or race.

What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
The thing that excites me the most is the thing that has always been the case about the arts in Atlanta: if you can dream it, you can do it. You just have to put in the work.

What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?
If I may indulge you in a manifesto of sorts :: I believe in the power of the arts to transform lives. I believe that the arts should be accessible. I believe that art centers and museums should be free (and fully supported by the communities they serve). I believe that ‘I like it’ is just as important as ‘I don’t like it’ – because it’s nougat middle is the sweet spot of conversation. I believe that the people are what make the places (staff, artists, boards, members, patrons, and audiences). And I hope that all of this amounts to the fact that one day – when all of us no longer work at the places where time, talent, treasure and passions hold us currently – that the work we’ve done transcends time and space; that people will pick up the baton and continue on our marathon to increase awareness and capacity for the arts in Atlanta.

Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.)?


Arts Advocacy Survey – Preliminary Findings

City SkylineBack in December, C4 Atlanta launched an arts advocacy survey in order to inform our Advocacy Committee about the needs of individual arts workers in the metro Atlanta area. In September of 2015, our Board of Directors identified a need to advocate on behalf of individuals, as other groups existed already to advocate on behalf of organizations. However, arts professionals sometimes feel different pressures and are affected by different catalysts than larger organizations. Therefore, in the interest of transparency and due diligence, our committee wished to take action only after taking the temperature of the community at large.

Today, I am pleased to release to you a preliminary look at some of the data that we have uncovered during this process. The PDF available below is a summary of the raw data that has been presented to the committee. Each question posed to the survey respondents is listed at the top, with accompanying data visualizations and key points detailed below.  We are nowhere near finished crunching numbers, and some of the means we have used in this preliminary release of data were not so much used for accuracy as much as trying to identify key patterns quickly. Therefore, some of the short answer questions have been represented as Word Clouds in order to give a quick impression of reoccurring words and phrases. Please note that these visuals only account for the frequency of single words, not phrases or groups of words such as names.

Over the coming weeks, we will work harder to delve deeper into the numbers and answers in order to make more comprehensive correlations. Of particular interest to us is the data regarding wage vs. other expenses paid by artists for living and working. We intend to take a closer look at these numbers on and individual by individual basis. In order to better understand the implication of some of the data included regarding wage, we have included some government benchmarks for reference.

For those who took part in the survey, we thank you for your participation. Special shout outs go out our friends at Burnaway and Atlanta Contemporary for helping us to get the word out about this initiative! Thanks for helping us to reach deeper into the arts community.

For additional questions regarding our advocacy committee, survey data or our advocacy platform, please reach out to actionteam@c4atlanta.org.

Advocacy Survey Preliminary Data