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Creative Capital Curriculum
We have innovated our approach to artist education by transforming our professional development workshops into a cohesive and current online curriculum. The Creative Capital Curriculum combines evergreen elements of artist professional development with contemporary critical frameworks in cultural discourse to create cohesive, multi-week asynchronous courses. It offers access to exercises from working artists and educators, combining on-demand course modules and live discussions to enhance artists’ professional development.
Course 1: Representing Your Work
Participating artists will learn practical, concrete techniques for writing about, speaking about, and otherwise representing their practice across a variety of professional contexts, including grant applications, artist talks, and social media. Additionally, participants will consider the concepts and many ways artists deal in representation to make meaning, exploring the ways questions of representation are central to both art and politics. The course offers skills applicable to artists working in all disciplines, including visual arts, social practice, film/moving image, performing arts, technology, and literature.
Artist Lab: Live, Online, Peer-to-Peer Discussions
Creative Capital Curriculum course content is activated through the Artist Lab, a series of live online, peer-to-peer, info session-styled discussions. Individuals may tune in from anywhere in the world to hear artists and guests discuss topics related to the curriculum, as well as current developments in the cultural sphere.
Artist Lab: Low-Stress Networking for Artists with Meredith Talusan
Networking can feel stressful for many artists, especially at a time when we feel ever-increasing pressure to pitch and promote our work. How can we as artists build community in ways that utilize our own specific strengths and tendencies, and reframe networking activities in ways that feel good to us? 2023 Creative Capital Awardee Meredith Talusan and Director of Artist Initiatives Aliza Shvarts discuss the ins and outs of low-stress artist networking.
Become an Institutional Member of Curriculum
Help to sustain this resource and foster a more equitable arts ecosystem by becoming an Institutional Member.
Benefits of Institutional Membership
Use our curriculum across your institution. Provide your institution’s faculty, staff, students, grantees, fellows, artist residents, and administrators with access to an ever-expanding collection of professional development programs created by experienced artists, industry professionals, and educators.
Be listed as an institutional member on our website and in our communications. Signal your support for this shared resource for artists by becoming an institutional member. Member names and/or logos will be listed on the Creative Capital website and in Curriculum communications, as well as acknowledged in our annual Impact Report.
Publish jointly-created online content into the platform for artists everywhere to access. Institutional members have the opportunity to co-produce online content with Creative Capital for the Curriculum, which will be visible and accessible to our community of 80,000 artists who access our resources and services.
Institutional Membership dues are $5,000 per year for 2023/2024. Contact [email protected] for more information. We also welcome donations and sponsorships in support of our educational programs, please contact [email protected].
Online Educational Resources
Sundance Collab Advisor Studio
Sundance Collab is the Sundance Institute’s online learning and community platform for independent filmmakers at all stages of their creative journeys. Join Sundance Collab to learn through live events and courses, connect with other filmmakers through the Community Forum, and move your project forward with help from the directory of resources and grants and opportunities.
Financial Planning for Creatives: From Taxes to Retirement
Applying for Grants
Applying for funding can be an opaque process, and artists are often left in the dark about what makes the best application. We have compiled some articles that will help you present yourself in the best possible light to panel reviewers and granting foundations.
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Finding and Securing the Right Grant for Your Work
- How to Craft a Successful Artist Statement
- Inside a Grant or Residency Panel Process
- Applying for Grants: Overview
- How to Write a Grant Proposal with Confidence: First Steps
- How to Write a Grant Proposal with Confidence: Translating Your Ideas on Paper
- Applying for Grants: Choosing Work Samples
- Applying for Grants: Creating A Realistic Budget
- Creating Your Artist Resume
From taxes to funding to budgets, an artist’s finances are often complex and multilayered. Creative Capital helps artists consider all aspects of project funding and financial preparedness across all creative disciplines.
Navigating Current Challenges
In this time of upheaval and unprecedented challenge, artists are adapting to cope with the pandemic and economic shutdown. Our archived series of free online conversations shares resources and expertise for sustainable practices, assisting communities, and more.
Career Documentation and Archiving
Career documentation and archiving are essential components of an artist’s life, practice, and legacy. These resources offer practical and multidisciplinary guidance, tips, and additional resources on how to document and archive your work.
These resources provide artists with a comprehensive understanding of how to use the web to effectively communicate about their practice, exhibitions, and events, whether through email communications or social media.
These resources are from Taller, a Creative Capital program tailored to address 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.