|American Vodou Altar Installation at the Loveland Museum, by Laurie Beth Zuckerman|
Laurie Beth Zuckerman was selected to attend the Professional Development Core Weekend Workshop presented by the Creative Capital Foundation in Fort Collins, Colorado this April 1-3. I was thrilled beyond belief to be one of 24 Colorado artists picked from this competition hosted by Beet Street, thanks to large grants from the Kresge Foundation and the Bohemian Foundation.
There were 56 entries from all over Colorado. The jurors included: Ellen Martin, City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places, Merry Hummell, Bohemian Foundation, Director of Music Events, and Stephanie G'Schwind, Colorado State University, Director, Center for Literary Publishing. Emphasis was placed on individuals who are well-established visual artists, writers, musicians, composers, choreographers, and other artists who create original work.
The weekend was intense and informative, leaving my mind inundated with ideas, skills, hopes, and dreams for my future as a professional artist. Each participant made a short presentation of their artwork on the first evening of the event. I shared photographs of my altar installations from my museum and university exhibitions during the past few years. I only knew two people at the conference going in, but came away with many new friendships and potentially future colleagues in the art community.
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization, based in New York City and dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, Performing Arts (including Music), and Visual Arts. The Core Weekend Workshop is the first time Creative Capital’s award-winning programs have been offered in Colorado.
Creative Capital works in long-term partnership with artists, pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,500 artists through its Professional Development Program.
For more information about this program, visit www.creative-capital.org