Announcing a Workshop Program for Spanish-Speaking Artists in New York

Creative Capital announces Taller profesional para artistas (Taller), a free four-month career development program for Spanish-speaking Latinx artists in New York City, made possible by a two-year grant from the New York Community Trust. The program introduces artists of all disciplines to strategic planning and business skills and tools, building the capacity of each artist to reach their creative goals, strengthen their communities, and build thriving careers. Taller addresses the challenges faced by Latinx artists working in multiple cultural and linguistic contexts in New York City, while fostering a supportive peer community of artists advocating for themselves and each other.

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Taller is conducted in Spanish and is open to Spanish-speaking Latinx artists living in the New York City area with priority given to Bronx-based artists. Up to 24 applicants will be chosen to participate for free.

“New York City has such a rich and vibrant community of Latinx artists who share Creative Capital’s values of working collaboratively and pushing aesthetic and cultural boundaries,” said Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital President & Executive Director. “We are so thrilled to partner with Casita Maria and build on the success of previous Taller workshops for a deeper four-month pilot program thanks to the generous support of New York Community Trust, and we plan to expand Taller nationally in the future.”

The program is co-hosted by Casita Maria, and will include workshops at Creative Capital in Lower Manhattan and Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in the South Bronx taking place from October 2018 to January 2019. Taller will also be offered in 2019 in other boroughs; further details will be announced next year.

Taller was conceived and is led by Creative Capital Awardee Ela Troyano. Troyano is an interdisciplinary artist born in Cuba and based in New York City. Throughout her 35-year career, her films and performances have straddled the worlds of documentary and fiction, installation and live action. Troyano has coached artists since 2001 and has led workshops since 2003, and was instrumental in creating artist point-of-view content for Creative Capital’s Strategic Planning curriculum. She also developed Taller and has presented each workshop since 2010.

What will the program cover?

Participating artists will learn:

  • How to use strategic planning and goal-setting in your life and career
  • Strategies for balancing time and money
  • How to create and use a business plan
  • Interpersonal verbal communications for a variety of situations, including negotiations and “elevator pitches”
  • Strategies for fundraising and generating revenue, including how to partner with venues, donors, and funders
  • How to determine and communicate the real cost of your work for budgets and grant proposals
  • How to identify and reach new audiences through targeted marketing and networking
  • Opportunities and tips for navigating international markets and international collaborations
  • Tools for addressing the challenges of working across multiple cultural contexts
  • Strategies for self-advocacy and self-care

What is the program schedule?
Accepted artists agree to participate in all of the following program components:

  • October 10, 2018 6:30pm-9:30pm at Casita Maria (South Bronx) Workshop #1
  • November 7, 2018 6:30pm-9:30pm at Creative Capital (lower Manhattan) Workshop #2
  • December 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm  at Casita Maria (South Bronx) Workshop #3
  • January 23, 2019 6:30pm-9:30pm at Creative Capital (lower Manhattan) Workshop #4
  • Individual and small group work 30 minutes per week for the duration of the program
  • One or two individual consultation session with workshop leaders

All workshops are provided free of charge to accepted artists. Dinner will be provided at each workshop.
In addition, participants will be invited to a final convening to take place in 2020, date to be determined.

Who is eligible?
This program is open to Spanish-speaking Latinx artists living in the New York City area.  Artists of all disciplines including but not limited to performing arts, visual arts, film, literary arts, media, design, social practice, and technology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should:

  • Have a demonstrated history of devoting themselves to meaningful, focused artistic activity outside of a degree-granting program (minimum of 3 years)
  • Create original works of art (not solely perform other’s works, although this may be part of your practice)
  • Demonstrate a readiness and eagerness to actively participate in the program by engaging with fellow artists and facilitators in a meaningful way
  • Be proficient in Spanish, the working language of the program
  • Be at least 18 years or older by October 1, 2018
  • Live in the greater New York City/tri-state area; priority will be given to Bronx-based artists
  • Commit to participating in all of the program components listed above, including four in-person workshops

Artists who will be enrolled in BFA or MFA programs in 2018-19 are not eligible.

Who will be selected?
Up to 24 artists will be chosen based on the quality of their work, a demonstrated readiness to enter a new phase of growth in their artistic careers, and their eagerness to contribute to the workshop group. We are committed to diversity in all of its forms including but not limited to ability, age, education, ethnicity, gender, geography, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and experiences. Priority will be given to Bronx-based artists.

Selections will be made via panel in September and notifications of acceptance will be sent the week of September 24, 2018.
The program will be repeated in 2019 in other boroughs. More details will be available in spring 2019.

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