NEW YORK—The national nonprofit Creative Capital has announced the selection of thirty-five projects, the work of forty-two individual artists, for the 2021 Creative Capital Awards. These projects will receive up to $50,000 in project funding, supplemented by an additional career development services. This announcement comes after a tough year for creatives, one that Creative Capital has navigated with efficiency and care. In April, they joined with six other grantmakers to form Artist Relief, offering $5,000 unrestricted, emergency grants to artists in need.
Award-winning projects include The Black School, an initiative from artists Joseph Cuillier III and Shani Peters, who will turn a twenty-first-century schoolhouse into a community center, providing civic engagement activities for the Cuillier’s hometown, New Orleans’s 7th Ward. In his socially engaged performance The Jumpsuit Project, North Carolina-based artist Sherrill Roland wears the iconic, orange prison jumpsuit and engages people in conversation, disrupting spaces in the art world, higher education, and other places where issues around criminal justice do not normally appear. King Coal, Knoxville-based filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s essayistic documentary, juxtaposes the reality of coal-related identity with a magical realist tale. Read a complete list of awardees here.
Disclaimer: Burnaway editor Jasmine Amussen, editors-at-large Ade J. Omotosho and Kristina Kay Robinson, and translator Raquel Salas Rivera served as reviewers at different points in this granting process. This was done independently from any Burnaway activities.
PARK CITY, UT—The Sundance Institute has announced plans for the seven-day 2021 Sundance Film Festival, offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform alongside drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. The online expression of the Sundance Film Festival will provide global access for storytellers and audiences alike to come together, experience artists new work, connect with one another, and participate in conversation. All films in the program will be available online in the United States, with certain films opting for global availability. The full talks and events program, as well as the New Frontier section for XR and emerging media, will be available globally. The Festival runs January 28 through February 3, 2021.
Programming details for films at these screens will be available when the program is announced later this month, and these plans will evolve in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic health and safety guidelines. Participating U.S. partner organizations and locations include:
Alabama: Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival at Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In
Florida: Key West with Tropic Cinema at Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema at New World Symphony SoundScape Park and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Georgia: Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society at The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In
Macon with Macon Film Festival at Douglass Theatre
Kentucky: Louisville with The Speed Art Museum at Speed Art Museum
Louisiana: New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society at The Broad Theater
Puerto Rico: San Juan with Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico (AdocPR) at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)
South Carolina: Columbia with The Luminal Theater at Spotlight Cinemas Capitol 8
Tennessee: Memphis with Indie Memphis at Malco Summer Drive-In
Nashville with Belcourt Theatre at Belcourt Theatre
ATLANTA—The Bakery is excited to announce its plans for a Studio Residency Program in 2021. The Studio Residency Program will offer private studios, shared spaces, career “hand-holding” classes, and skill-building workshops through a structured program that will be altered to best fit those who apply. Bakery founder and creative director Willow Goldstein will act as the main facilitator with guest appearances by core members of The Bakery team who will share their specialized knowledge with the studio residents. The program is currently structured to accommodate up to twenty-four creatives throughout the year in quarterly cohorts.
KNOXVILLE—Ahead of its presentation of the inaugural Tennessee Triennial next year, Tri-Star Arts is very pleased to announce their new gallery space, artist studios, and main office at the historic Candoro Marble Building in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1923, the Candoro Marble Building originally served as the offices and showroom for the Candoro Marble Company. The Aslan Foundation is in the final stages of restoring the building. In partnership with the Aslan Foundation, Tri-Star Arts will oversee programming at the site. Beginning in early 2021, Tri-Star Arts will open its new main office, present gallery exhibition programming, and host four Knoxville-based artists in their subsidized-rent studios. The gallery will feature four to five exhibitions each year with a local, state-wide, and national focus on contemporary visual art.
ASHEVILLE—The Center for Craft is working to preserve and advance the craft legacy of western North Carolina through the planning and creation of a public art parklet. Located on the ancestral lands of the Anikituwahgi, now known as the Cherokee people, and titled The Basket, the parklet will be a work of public art. The design will reference Cherokee basketry in its concept and will provide public education regarding the significance of Cherokee language and history, including the significance of rivercane. In this notable space, downtown visitors can learn about the Cherokee traditions and culture that still thrive today. In light of the demands for outdoor space brought on by COVID-19, the Cherokee Basketry Public Art Parklet also meets an even greater need and opportunity for engaging thousands of pedestrians through education about indigenous craft traditions.