Knight Foundation Invests $537,000 in Macon

 

 

 

 

 

MACON, Ga. – Feb. 7, 2018 – Knight Foundation will invest $537,000 in nine Macon arts organizations to further strengthen the arts ecosystem, offering opportunities for local artists while supporting arts organizations in their efforts to provide accessible and engaging programming, frequently through the integration of technology.

To help individual artists grow, Knight support will provide them with tools they need, from 3-D printers and other high-tech tools to kilns for ceramic arts. In addition, emerging Southern artists will be included in more exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, and will be able to rent studio or performance space from Ampersand Guild downtown.

Arts organizations also are making their programming accessible to residents and visitors alike – including the Tubman Museum’s Pan African Festival, which will expand in a new location and invite another Macon tradition, Praisefest, to become part of the event. Bragg Jam will continue to expand by offering more year-round programming of national and local musical acts.

<p>Bragg Jam brings local and national acts like Charles Davis, pictured here, to Macon year-round, and will be expanding their programming through Knight funding. Photo by Tyler Shores.</p>

“The arts bring us together like little else, helping to form those shared experiences that build community,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “To create vibrancy, cities need a healthy cultural system with organizations that provide a high-level of programming that is accessible, and spaces for individual artists – potters, jazz musicians, painters and writers – to grow and experiment.”

Bragg Jam brings local and national acts like Charles Davis, pictured here, to Macon year-round, and will be expanding their programming through Knight funding. Photo by Tyler Shores.

The recipients of this new Knight support include:

Mercer University ($7,000) – To help the acclaimed Nutcracker of Middle Georgia grow by partnering with the Grand Opera House on marketing and administration

567 Center for Renewal ($20,000) – To develop the careers of Macon artists by building a ceramics and pottery studio where professional artists can rent fully-equipped studio space, take workshops and exhibit their work

Jazz Association of Macon ($10,000) – To increase community access to live jazz performances by bringing in an artist-in-residence and having him or her perform at the association’s Riverdale Festival and at local schools

Macon Arts Alliance ($75,000) –  To help artists develop their skills by creating a “Tech Toolshed,” a space providing access to an array of tools, from saws to software, designed to inspire and strengthen Macon’s creative class

Tubman African American Museum ($75,000) – To expand African Diaspora arts programming in Macon by helping the 2018 Pan African Festival grow into a new larger location in Central City Park, and join with another signature Macon event, PraiseFest.

The acclaimed Nutcracker of Middle Georgia will get a boost from Mercer University and the Grand Opera House who will partner to provide improved marketing and administration for the ballet. Photo courtesy of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.

In addition, four arts organizations will receive multiple-year funding to help expand their capacity to provide high-quality programming:

Otis Redding Foundation ($75,000) – To expand access to music education for Macon’s youth through support for the foundation’s year-round classes

Ampersand Guild ($50,000) – To support the work of individual artists in Macon through the guild, which provides studio, performance space and professional development in downtown Macon

Museum of Art and Sciences ($150,000) – To provide more professional development opportunities for emerging Southern artists by providing funding for exhibitions and for acquiring their work

Bragg Jam ($75,000) – To increase community access to year-round musical performances by local and national acts by helping Bragg Jam expand programming and grow from a volunteer-led organization to one run by professional staff

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

 

<p>Ampersand Guild offers artists&#39; studios, performance space and professional development for artists in downtown Macon. Photo courtesy of Ampersand Guild.</p>
Ampersand Guild offers artists’ studios, performance space and professional development for artists in downtown Macon. Photo courtesy of Ampersand Guild.

Connections Arts & Culture Festival Call for Artists

The Connections Arts and Culture Festival will take place April 21, 2018 at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center and seeks a featured artist.

Connections is putting out a call for artists beginning January 23 and closing February 23, 2018.  The selected artist will receive $1000 to serve as featured artist at the festival.

The 2nd Connections art festival is partially supported by a seed grant by the Downtown Challenge, and primarily serves residents of the East Macon neighborhood adjacent to downtown. The all-day arts festival will be free and open to the public, and will include: tables for artists, arts groups, and community organizations; performances by community arts groups as well as headliners; arts activities; food vendors; and other entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Our goal is to have over 2,000 people participate in this community event. Our belief is that a process of healing long-standing divisions in Macon can be brought about through inclusive arts and cultural activities. We have confidence that the arts can bring people together and creative community building is a key aspect of our mission. The arts community benefits by having an arts festival to showcase their work, and to show their work to communities not typically included in the downtown art gallery scene. Mill Hill/Fort Hawkins are neighborhoods fractured by long standing economic problems. Part of neighborhood revitalization is community building, and this event will literally bring the community together. It will also provide a venue for entertainment and creative expression in a neighborhood that has scarce opportunities for either.

 

Join our Team.

 

 Executive Director Position Description

The Executive Director is the key management leader of Macon Arts Alliance. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

DUTIES:

 Board Governance: Work with Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of Macon Arts Alliance

  • Leading Macon Arts Alliance in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
  • Identification and recruitment of new members for the Board of Directors

Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial stability of the organization

  • Fiscal integrity of Macon Arts Alliance, to include submission to the Board of Directors of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial stability of the organization
  • Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position
  • Generation of revenue for the operations of the organization in order to fulfill the mission of Macon Arts Alliance – such as securing corporate sponsorships, direct fundraising from individuals, and public and private grant programs
  • Ability to sustain present donors and cultivate new donors for financial support
  • Execute all necessary grant fulfillment requirements

Organization Mission and Strategy: Work with Board of Directors and Staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach

  • Implementation of programs that carry out the Macon Arts Alliance mission
  • Strategic planning to ensure that Macon Arts Alliance can successfully fulfill its mission
  • Sustainment of a positive and visible role for Macon Arts Alliance in the community through media, publications, web presence, speaking engagements, and active involvement in community activities by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations

Organization Operations: Overall organization direction by overseeing and implementing appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate

  • Administrative leadership in the development and management of staff of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Supervision of staff and development of policies that ensure an effective and efficient operation
  • Contract negotiations for all services needed

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Effectiveness in generating revenue through community support, corporate sponsorships, and grant programs
  • Grant writing experience
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Macon Arts Alliance’s strategic plan to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board of Directors and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Working with governmental agencies will be preferred, but not required

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and execution of the Macon Arts Alliance annual budget
  • Establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operations of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Serving as Macon Arts Alliance’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance the mission of Macon Arts Alliance
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of Macon Arts Alliance throughout the State of Georgia
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Oversee Organization, Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts
  • Review and approve contracts for services
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

VALUES OF MACON ARTS ALLIANCE:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Efficiency
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Continuous Learning
  • Openness and Inclusiveness
  • Community Spirit
  • Arts and Cultural Advocacy

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Quality benefits package includes health and earned paid time off.

Email resumes to jobs@maconarts.org by January 31,2018 for consideration.

Submissions will also be accepted by mail to:
Director
Macon Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 972 Macon, GA 31202

Macon Arts Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Macon Arts Alliance

 The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. We strive to be an innovative leader of a diverse and thriving arts community as well as a strategic partner in creating an open, inclusive, and vibrant place for artists, arts organizations, residents, businesses, and tourists. Macon Arts Alliance is the designated local arts agency of Macon-Bibb County.

Macon Arts Alliance was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Since then, the arts alliance has worked to support, promote and advocate for the multi-million arts and culture industry in Macon-Bibb County and throughout Central Georgia. We serve more than 50 arts and cultural organizations and the fine arts programs of five universities throughout the mid-state. Macon Arts Alliance is supported by public investments from Macon-Bibb County, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and through generous private support from foundations, corporations and individual contributions.

Macon Arts Alliance fulfills its mission by offering programs and special events in the City of Macon. Programs include: Macon Arts Roundtable, Macon Arts Gallery, and Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village which include the Mill Hill Cultural Arts Center. Special events include: First Fridays at The Gallery at Macon Arts, Arts Advocacy Breakfast, The Cultural Awards, Fired Works – a regional ceramics exhibition and sale, and other fundraising events throughout the fiscal year.

Works on Paper

Join Macon Arts Alliance for Dennis Applebee’s opening reception of Works on Paper in First Friday. The collages will be on exhibit in the gallery January 5-26.

Dennis Applebee Artist Statement

One encounters systems and structures in almost everything they do. From the natural order of the universe (illustrated by such patterns of organization as the periodic table of elements and the mathematically proportioned progression of the nautilus shell), to the human order of the world (artificially imposed systems by which one is able to understand the relationship of the elements found in the periodic table or the golden mean, or allows one to replicate the proportions created by the nautilus shell).

My work explores the relationships between music, language and mathematics. I am interested in how we seamlessly move between these varied systems with little effort. There seems to be some underlying pattern that ties these (and possibly all systems) together.

I work within self-made constraints. I collage old bookend pages to create platonic solids.  I mark letters within a text that look like musical notes (o, p, d, q), to reveal hidden rhythms in language.  I take sheet music and collage it in ways that use harmonic relations and reference art history, such as Soviet Constructivism or Greek decorative art.  I take images out of context and integrate geometric shapes or patterns that reference architectural and mathematical schematics and maps. By building bridges between music, language, and math, I attempt to create something new while providing an air of familiarity, in an attempt to reveal their connecting patterns.

 

Dennis Applebee

Macon, GA

 

Biography

 

Dennis Applebee is a Professor of Art at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA where he teaches drawing, printmaking, and graphic design. He received his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Illinois State University. He works primarily in collage, printmaking, and drawing. (www.dennisapplebee.com)

 

Macon Arts Alliance presents “KOMMA” exhibit for April

Macon Arts Alliance will debut its new exhibit, “KOMMA,” on April 7. The show features paintings by local Macon artist and Wesleyan College Comer Professor of Painting, Frances De La Rosa. Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, April 28th. Admission is always free and open to the public.

In the Exhibition “Komma”, De La Rosa shows a series of paintings that move from representing “tangibles of the landscape, the parts to the whole” to the negative space.

“The silence between the notes became my primary subject as references to a sensual memory of light and shade, of texture, of color, merging background with foreground, in with out – an anticipation of nothing finite. “—Frances De La Rosa

“I am not yet certain by what word I must now refer to my paintings, but landscape has lost its firmament. It has been sucked into the black abyss of the comma to be re-born as a shattered, liquid lens containing particles of experience – vibrating in between the here and there in space and time – wonderfully adrift when punctuation has mutinied.”–Frances De La Rossa

Fragments

by Frances De La Rosa

 

Frances De La Rosa has been a Macon resident since 1998. She received her MFA from Tulane University in 1984. Presently, she is the Comer Professor of Painting at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Through her work she has traveled extensively, completing an artist residency in the Dominican Republic, researching colonial art and architecture in Mexico, and has been awarded many grants from Art Councils in the Southeastern United States. Her paintings have been influenced by her travels, and by her study of Pre-Columbian and contemporary art from Latin America and the Caribbean.

De La Rosa’s work as an artist has been the subject of three documentary films. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in collections at various museums and institutions.

Macon Arts Alliance Continues Installations on East to West Art Walk

The “East to West Art Walk” is activating the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists are creating temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon created the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk last Saturday and Sunday. The team painted a Macon music-themed large format project that measures 10′ x 20′ in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive. The artwork features larger than life images Macon musicians of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman and Otis Redding.

Andrew Patrick Henry of Burnsville, GA icompleted the installation of his 6′ x 90′ chalk, pastel and tempera art project today which covers a major portion of the sidewalk in front of The Macon Centreplex and the Macon City Center Marriott on MLK Jr Blvd. Henry is collaborating with Colorado artist Bart McCune and Ohio artist Kelly Bell. The Henry project also depicts Macon Music legends Little Richard, Otis Redding and Duane Allman along with colorful music notes and directional references.Henry will be available at the installation site at 2 PM for interviews.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.

Macon Arts Alliance Announces East to West Art Walk Installation

Macon Arts Alliance Announces East to West Art Walk Installation

The “East to West Art Walk” will activate the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements.  Commissioned artists will create temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.

Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon will begin creating the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 PM. The team will paint two Macon music-themed large format projects in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive and will be completed on Sunday, March 26th.

Final designs from additional artists are under review and approved projects will continue to be installed over the next few weeks. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.

This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan.

 

Call for Applicants

Call for Applications

Elsewhere, a living museum, residency and creative laboratory inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, is now accepting applications for 2017/18 residencies, fellowships, and internships from artists and organizers working across all media, fields and disciplines. Elsewhere’s three-story museum contains an evolving collection of artworks, cultural and material surplus that provide an experimental context for artists to create new work.

Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere, like many art institutions, is a predominantly white space. In an effort to resist and decolonize systemic cultures of intersectional oppression, we encourage queer and trans artists of color to apply.

RESIDENCIES

SESSIONS STARTING JULY 2017

Elsewhere offers 2-4 week residencies. Each session, six artists live and work in the museum. A team of curators, interns and community members support residents in the creation of new work and regular museum programming.

FELLOWSHIPS:

SOUTHERN CONSTELLATIONS | 7.11-8.8.2017

Southern Constellations offers six fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) for artists raised or based in the Southern United States to participate in a month-long Elsewhere residency to create new works at the museum and participate in dialogues on the conditions of experimental art production in the South. Fellows must be able to attend the month long residency 7.11-8.8.2017. For more information on Southern Constellations, goelsewhere.org/south.

BALTIMORE GOES ELSEWHERE | 8.8 – 9.5.2017

Exchange residencies are dedicated to exploring emerging local ecologies of contemporary art production in key cities. 2015 highlighted Chicago, 2016 focused on Miami and for 2017 we are looking to Baltimore. Elsewhere seeks to curate a dynamic, interdisciplinary artist experience that will generate collaborative formations among local artists from Baltimore and build connectivity between our two cities. The program offers six fellowships(room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) to Baltimore artists to participate in the month-long Elsewhere residency happening 8.8 – 9.5.2017.

Applications are due Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information and to apply visit, goelsewhere.org/residencies.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships offer students and graduates exceptional experiences with learning in action. Interns see the innerworking of a dynamic alternative arts organization run by a small curatorial-team and help support the nonprofit’s organizational, artistic and community-based projects.

Applications due Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information and to apply online visit, goelsewhere.org/internships.

CREATIVE RETREATS

University Retreats welcome university classes in arts, literature and urban design for immersive encounters with contemporary and community art practices in Elsewhere’s museum. Retreats are also open to creative organizations and groups.

For more information please visit, goelsewhere.org/retreats

Rural Placemaking Call for Participants

[bc], with HAC, is excited to announce the launch of the call for participants for Rural Placemaking, a new creative placemaking initiative that will take place in two rural communities (with populations less than 50,000) in the United States. Creative placemaking is a way of working between community developers, housing organizations, artists and local stakeholders to strengthen communities. This initiative will implement two creative actions during summer 2017 that bring people together to share food, stories, art, experiences, and histories as well as enable neighbors to talk, learn, and organize.

Two partnerships between a housing or community development organization and an artist/art organization will be selected to implement a temporary initiative from May to August 2017. [bc] and HAC encourage housing/community development organizations without an existing artist/arts organization partner to submit an application. If successful, [bc] and HAC will facilitate selection of a partner artist/organization.

Successful applicants will receive up to $7,500 to support the development of an arts and community building project in their town. They will also receive training and support from national leaders in creative placemaking and community development on the implementation of their project. Throughout the Rural Placemaking program, [bc] and HAC will provide one in person peer-to-peer training session with other participants to share experience and problem solve, technical training webinars to guide participants through [bc]’s creative placemaking process, Activating Vacancy, and an on-site visit to assist in program implementation. [bc] will provide guidance and feedback to participants on creative placemaking throughout the implementation of Rural Placemaking.  HAC will provide organizational and technical assistance in sustaining long term impact throughout the implementation ofRural Placemaking.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in social justice and desire to work collaboratively with community stakeholders to formulate proposals which unite residents from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Applicants are encouraged to share examples of past work that exhibit community engagement/participation and the organization’s interest in bringing creative placemaking to their community.

More information on Rural Placemaking can be found here. Interested parties should apply via an online application here. We recommend reviewing the application requirements on pages 4-6 on the call for participants to prepare your materials prior to submission. Applicants cannot save and return to their applications.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit outside of peak website traffic time, (8:00pm-11:59pm CST on March 10th, 2017).  Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2017.

This initiative is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Macon Arts Alliance presents “Triple Entendre” exhibit for February

“Triple Entendre” debuts at the Macon Arts Alliance on First Friday, February 3. Experience the diverse work of three Georgia-based artists, whose collections evoke multiple meanings. The exhibition and sale features sculptures by David Baerwalde, ceramics by Bruce Chase, and paintings by David Sutton.  Join Macon Arts Alliance on opening night with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The show will be on display through Friday, February 24. Admission is always free and open to the public.

Atlanta based artist, David Baerwalde, practices art through a variety of mediums including mixed media drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Baerwalde’s work has been exhibited in several prominent collections, including recent acquisitions by the High Museum of Art and the Woodruff Arts Center, both located in Atlanta. A BFA graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University, Baerwalde has lectured and taught at many universities and art schools across the country. His work has garnered great attention and been reviewed in Art in America, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Artsatl.com, Burnaway.org, and Creative Loafing.    

Warner Robins born, Byron raised, and Macon resident, David Sutton is a true Middle Georgia native. Sutton’s influence is drawn from the American Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Artists. Sutton earned his BFA in painting and drawing from the Atlanta College of Art in 1990 and went on to work in the film industry as a scenic artist for over 20 years. For the past 15 years, Sutton has maintained a studio in downtown Macon at the Contemporary Arts Exchange.

Local ceramicist Bruce Chase, teaches classes and works out of his studio space at Macon Mud in Payne City.