Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
The Pepsi Refresh Project is designed to solicit creative ideas that will positively impact communities. Ideas are submitted in the categories of health, the arts/culture, food and shelter, environment, education, and neighborhoods. Ideas and votes are submitted online, with funding for top-rated projects generated from a fund of $1,300,00. With voting closing at the end of the month, ideas in the arts/culture category are widely varied- ranging from requests for instruments and music for low income schools, to “painting from memory” art projects for Alzheimers’ patients, and starting a company to provide free promotion to musical artists. This seems like an excellent manner in which to tap unlimited creative ideas for future projects. Even some of the projects for this course would be good candidates for submission…
Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I know I've pointed out this book before, but I wanted to mention it again as we discuss business plans in class. This book was a great tool for me in putting together the business plan for the baroque ensemble because it is specifically geared towards nonprofits, and planning is very mission-centric. While the format they suggest for the plan is slightly different than the Harvard Business Publishing packet, I still found it incredibly useful, and Wolf is able to pose questions in a clear and concise way that help you to really think out your plan and get it down on paper. I would highly recommend it to all of you the section on "Planning".
The term "angel" comes from the practice in the early 1900's of wealthy businessmen investing in Broadway productions. Today "angels" typically offer expertise, experience and contacts in addition to money.It doesn't quite seem to fit with what Gary and Adam were saying, and I was wondering if anyone else found better information than I did!
Here's a couple of the sites I visited:
Small Business Notes
New Mexico Angels
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday June 3 - Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center
5:00-6:00 Dance instruction with Jill Beck & Meleé Dance Troupe
No dance experience necessary!
6:30-7:30 Chamber Concert & Dancing with live music
7:30-8:30 Reception & Refreshments in the Mead-Witter Room
Free & Open to the Public
The one concept which struck me most from David Cutler's talk was the idea of "selling out." On the one hand, I have always wanted to be a classical figure artist...on the other, I realize that in this modern age, such a profession is somewhat futile. It's not as if this is a new reality-check. Of course, as a figure artist, one must question who wants non-sexual nude portraits of strangers in their house. Granted, I've always thought I would make money off of large scale portraits commissioned by the sitee's doting parents or art enthusiasts, but Cutler's talk got me thinking.
What can a figure artist do if they're really, really talented that one might consider as 'selling out'? Some say graphic novels (which I definitely DO NOT consider to be selling out) because they employ the figure artist skill set without the certain prestige of classical art. But what would I consider to be selling out?
Two words: Romance Novels. What takes immense technical artistic skill, pays a lot of money, is a steady job, allows your work to be seen by people from all walks of life, and is something that most classically trained figure artists would never even consider? Well, it's something that I might consider after hearing Cutler talk. Perhaps doing the cover art for books such as these is akin to a classically trained pianist playing in a costume with his nose. If it pays the bills, it allows one to focus on what they love – and certainly, doing something you like to do to make money to do something you love is, in my eyes, better than doing something you hate in order to support doing what you love.
Note:: the painting on the left is by Bouguereau, one of the highly regarded figure artists of the 19th century, the painting on the left is the cover illustration of a romance novel.
Monday, May 24, 2010
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As the video description says, Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. I think this is exactly the kind of social change David was talking about--using the arts to inspire and solve problems. In fact, the TED talks are all about how to solve major world problems through a variety of ways, and there are many related to the importance of the arts.
It was interesting to listen to the perspective that David Cutler brought to his view on the "savvy musician" or entrepreneurial artist. What I found most interesting was that, while I haven't know David Cutler as a person, I have been familiar with some of his works and compositions for quite a while. Professor Fred Sturm loaned me a few of his scores and recordings that he composed as a student a Eastman. Besides being exceptional works, Culter often seems to take a very "entrepreneurial" approach towards writing. For one of his larger works, Concerto for Studio Orchestra, he based many of the motivic materials off of themes by Stravinsky, (who was, himself, very innovative) and combined these themes into a very interesting amalgamation of sounds for orchestra and jazz ensemble. I think the point I am trying to make is that, thinking innovatively almost becomes a way of life, and will carry itself over not only as a business plan for success, but also in every artistic thing we do. (in this case, music composition)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
And it is the same for those designer’s bags. Who is going pay $2000 for something looks the same but you only need to pay $200? I know it is not the same, I know. But in that Silk Road Market next to the US embassy in Beijing, 80% of the customers were foreigners. And those vendors knew at least 5 different languages, but all about selling and bargaining. They started to switch languages when they saw me not responding to their Chinese.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I spoke with the folks at the Post-Crescent today and they are more than happy to publish community events in their paper free of charge! This is a great way to get information out to the greater Fox Valley area.
All you need to do is email your event info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take advantage of this great local advertising resource!
I found this great article from a few years ago explaining different artists and their attempts to use their art as a means of work. There is a heavy emphasis on marketing your talents online through stores and blogs. One of the specific examples, Claudine Hellmuth, talks about how liscensing her work paid off better than custom creations since she only had a set amount of time to create her art.
Also, there are mentions of various art schools that offer minors in art business to their students. The most surprising entrepreneurial idea I found when reading this article was and idea from a student named Tristan Hummel. He started showing artist's work on the El trains in Chicago.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We spoke with many musicians last week and recieved very positive feedback from the crowd. Everyone thought our ideas was great and I even heard one senior say about our booth...."oh finally something I can actually use."
We will be hosting another event in the conservatory, so if you didn't make our booth last week be sure to stop by!
Subsequently, Kristin's blogging has provided a venue for her ideas, interests and artmaking in Minneapolis. She wrote us recently that her blogging gave her a way to pursue her art after school when she was away from all the rich resources a college campus can provide. She makes felted cozies for technology items (iPods, laptops, cameras) which she sells on etsy while pursuing grander knitted public sculpture projects.
We plan to explore the possibilities of Web 2.0 for artists in our ART 340/540 Intermediate/Advanced Digital Processes course Winter Term 2011. Students will work to define their "online identity as an artist" through a WordPress blog connected to a self-designed art project. We hope to bring Kristin to campus as a "visiting artist" so she can tell her story and offer advice to students based on her real life experiences. As of this writing, she reports that her blog and her art are self-sustaining and on the verge of generating enough energy and income to keep her active in art as well as cover the rent!
This article outlines the hottest 500 growing companies! It's definitely worth looking at, since the ideas rage from individuals tackling the computer market, wowing the fashion market, and even challenging the big prescription drug companies! Maybe you'll get some cool ideas of your own!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
My eldest sister gave me and my other siblings this book for Christmas, and it's been very helpful for me. Personally, I have a lot of fear connected to my artmaking! The different ideas we've talked about in class have strongly reminded me of this book, and I would recommend it highly. It's fairly short too!
One other book that I've flipped through that made me laugh recently is The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style, a satirical look at the contemporary world of art. This quote in particular made me think about our entrepreneurship class:
"Art is an uncommon profession, one that is best defined as an entrepreneurial religion. This is because it offers the possibility of spiritual fulfillment but at the same time it operates like any other enterprise of our capitalist world. When the novice initiates his relationship with art, he tends to see it as a spiritual calling, but secretly awaits a personal and financial remuneration that goes beyond internal fulfillment. When such remuneration is not received, it is replaced by great perplexity, distress, and bitterness."
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I really would like to point out again this month's Symphony Magazine from the League of American Orchestras. The issue focuses a lot on innovation, which I think directly correlates with this course. The League is releasing a book titled "Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras" which was basically a study to define what innovative behavior orchestras engaged in, and how they were 'entrepreneurial' in working towards solutions for critical problems that orchestras currently face, such as declining audience numbers and an aging consumer base, to name a few.
I have known J&J for three years, they are the greatest advisors and they always inspire me. One of my most important things they ever told me about photography was when I was struggling printing photographs for my solo exhibition. I was about to collapse under the pressure and anything was just not right. I showed them my sample prints and they did not think it right too. Julie looked at me and said: there was no love. I did not get it at that time, not until very later on when I finished using a box of 11x14 fiber paper for one photo, it finally came about right. And I saw love. I remembered that I ran into J&J’s office and cried out “I found love!” And then I understood, it was the passion in it, not just about photography, it was about anything you are working on, even including this project for this class. It is the passion that makes it wonderful and it is the love.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Yesterday’s class mentioned blogging as a means of self-promotion. While people start blogging for a variety of reasons, they can transform their online presence into tangible benefits.
Jessica Schroeder created a blog and began photographing her outfits (almost) everyday. She began to solicit sponsors and now works full-time on her blog and related projects. Not only do readers regard her as a fashion resource; she also gives tips on blogging.
I Wrote This For You is a two-person collaboration with stories about “you”. The writer has a personal blog where he discusses digital spaces and South Africa. Participating in the blog project has given him a platform to bring attention to issues.
Blogging can be entrepreneurial.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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A Cinderella-like transformation of condos into art galleries -- one night only! three weeks only! -- has been going on in Washington's Shaw neighborhood for the better part of the economic downturn. Artists and developers link arms to throw art shows in unsold, high-design 2BR/2BAs along U Street and up 14th.
These pop-up galleries-in-a-condo are such a phenomenon that a new crop of impresarios has emerged to connect the creatives with the capitalists. Some are DIY veterans who aren't in it for the bucks. They might get a little cash, but the bulk of their rewards are notoriety and the satisfaction that their artist friends can pay the rent. Others hail from art consultancy backgrounds and are tweaking their businesses to serve developers.
Newest among these on-call middlemen is Wool, a roving gallery business that debuted on a chilly Thursday last month. It's a collaboration between Billy Colbert and Ryan Hackett, both artists and veteran DIYers. Hackett was a founding member of erstwhile collective Decatur Blue; Colbert has organized a host of artist-run events in the District and Baltimore.
Hackett likens Wool to Temporary Services or No Longer Empty, organizations in Chicago and New York, respectively, that fill fallow, mostly developer-owned spaces with art. The pair embrace the freedom from gallery overheads.
"We were not interested in money, only in throwing a show," Hackett says.
On the December night of Wool's debut, Colbert and Hackett invited the city's grooviest to the Lacey, a 26-unit condominium at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW for an event they called "Bauble."
Guests milled near the Fisher & Paykel stainless fridge in Unit 101 (a 2BR/2BA w/den going for $759,000) and chatted over backbeats pumped from a DJ stationed downstairs. One couple -- she in a Moncler puffy jacket, he in skinny jeans -- attempted a makeshift dance floor. Next door in Unit 102, real estate agent Debi Fox held court among Saarinen knock-offs.
Along the wall (and on pedestals), works by some of Washington's more interesting young artists were installed with all the professionalism of a gallery. Among the artists: Cory Oberndorfer, Kathryn Cornelius and former D.C. artist Jose Ruiz. Each work was priced to sell at $250.
Was "Bauble" an art show or a dance party or an open house? Yes, yes and yes.
Yet for art partisans, it was a strange night. Yes, "Bauble" was one of the best exhibitions of this kind. The art looked good, artists made money and a charity benefited. (Wool designated that $100 from each sale go to Project Create, which offers free art programs for at-risk children. Disclosure: I sit on the board.) But the focus that night was condos.
Though the building's developers deny that the event helped sell Unit 102 (currently under contract), the buzz about the Lacey and its art were clearly part of a larger business plan.
Similar art events are the specialty of the Art Registry, a six-year-old consultancy that specializes in the "excitement of the art world transported to unique marquis properties," its Web site says. The registry recently worked with Ernst Development and Willco Residential.
Co-founded by Erin Mackay, a Washington Project for the Arts board member, and photographer Jill Lubar, the Art Registry works like this: Developers donate space; Mackay and Lubar shoulder marketing and installation expenses. Art Registry clients -- young professionals earning enough to afford both art and real estate -- gather for a party and (it is hoped) pull out their checkbooks.
Mackay puts her group's gross from most events at $15,000 to $80,000. An event last April at Providence lofts on 11th Street yielded $28,650 in art sales. Mackay says the artist "always receives 50 percent or more" of the sale price.
For the Providence project, Mackay called on Philippa Hughes, an art impresario who links collectors with artists working in graffiti and street art. Hughes brought in District artist Decoy. Proceeds were split among Hughes, the Art Registry and the artist.
But who really benefits? The developers, that's for sure -- they get branding, foot traffic and buzz. The marketers behind the Providence were shocked by how many people the Art Registry pulled in.
"We had a tremendous turnout, and I think that we sold at least 50 percent of the building because of that event," says Jeremy Aldridge, an agent for Urban Pace, the sales and marketing firm behind Providence. "It was hard to distinguish who was there looking at the units and who was looking at the art, so it created a kind of urgency. That was brilliant marketing."
Brilliant marketing for developers. But bad PR for art? One-offs forge dicey synaptic connections in the public mind: They reinforce the "art as decor" paradigm, divorcing artists from their highest calling -- creating work that challenges social and political norms. On art event nights, artists become another kind of interior decorator.
Then again, this is real life. Artists need to eat and developers need to sell. Not all art is created equal -- and neither are its venues.
The next Wool event is scheduled for March at an as-yet-named space on Ninth Street NW.
The Art Registry is at http://www.theartregistrygroup.com.
This article is from The Washington Post.
Dawson is a freelance writer.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Just flipping through the May/June issue of Symphony Magazine and noticed an interesting blurb on page four titled "Global Arts Challenge" about a recent arts leadership conference held at Carnegie Hall. The question lodged was "what is the difference between arts and entertainment?". Mike Bishop, NY Bureau chief of The Economist joked that "people pay for entertainment, while art needs to be subsidized."
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Monday, May 3, 2010
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
I personally think that it's great if you can live your artistic life while make a living out of it. But I have no problem with an artist who spend some time doing other stuff to make a living. I don't think that would harm your art practice (unless you are a dancer or a music performer who probably cannot afford to go a few months without practicing)
A person may have lots of interests and maybe one passion in life. In my opinion, you certainly need to maintain a focus and set goals to fulfill your passion, but it doesn't mean you have to devote your entire life doing that one thing in order to excel in that field. I think people get a lot of experience and inspiration while experimenting and trying to a variety of different things. Especially with art, your artistic inspiration might very well come from your wide array of life experience. Who knows, maybe an experience with the up and down of the stock market might give someone an inspiration for a great work of art!!! :)