NEW ORLEANS––The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced the hire of director and producer Kiyoko McCrae as Director of Documentary Programming and Filmmaker Labs, a new full-time position at NOFS where McCrae will be leading the documentary programming for the New Orleans Film Festival and managing the Emerging Voices Mentorship Program and the Southern Producers Lab.
McCrae will also oversee other efforts to support documentary filmmakers, including as part of South Pitch, an annual competition wherein filmmakers from across the American South have three minutes to pitch concept or work-in-progress film to panels of film professionals and industry guests for an opportunity to win cash to seed their next film production.
ATLANTA— Midtown Alliance is expanding its Heart of the Arts initiative with the creation of its first-ever residency program. Applications are now being accepted for year-long residencies to provide artists with dedicated spaces to work inside commercial buildings at various sites throughout the district.
The mission of the multi-pronged program is to support local artists and create an even more exceptional urban experience in Midtown, which is widely recognized for its connection to artistic expression. The district is home to more than 50 public art installations and has the largest concentration of arts and cultural venues in the Southeast.
ATLANTA—B1Contemporary announces its launch as an art gallery and ideas network hub. Functioning as a phygital space, it is designed as a new model for sustainable art practice in a post-Internet age.
NEW YORK—The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation announced the Professional Alliance for Curators of Color (PACC), a new initiative designed to support curators of color around the globe. Leveraging the AAMC Foundation’s experience and networks, the PACC program seeks to address issues of isolationism, racism, inequity, and lack of access that are far too often the experience for BIPOC curators. The community alliance will include 30 curators of color who will have opportunities to engage with advisors, consultants, and liaisons, as well as with each other and the AAMC Foundation, to gain resources, networks, and access to advance their careers.
MIAMI—The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, has appointed Donna Honarpisheh to the newly created position of assistant curator of research for its Knight Foundation Art + Research Center. Honarpisheh is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of comparative literature and designated emphasis in critical theory program at the University of California, Berkeley. The museum has also promoted Stephanie Seidel, who has been with the institution for five years, to the post of curator. Amanda Morgan, who has previously worked as curatorial assistant, curatorial and programs assistant, and research fellow at the ICA Miami, has been promoted to the role of assistant curator.
Greenville County Museum of Art deaccessions Alma Thomas, acquires additional paintings
GREENVILLE–– In an emailed statement, the museum stated that the deaccessioning was unanimously approved in October 2020, and was not related to the temporary guidelines set by AAMD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deaccession and subsequent sale were in keeping with the museum’s, the American Alliance of Museums’, and the American Association of Museum Director’s longtime policy of using funds from deaccessioned works only to support additional art purchases. The funds from the sale of Alma Thomas’ Flower Garden were used to purchase Alma Thomas’ (Composition in Rainbow Colors), along with works by Beauford Delaney, David Drake, Mary Cassatt and John Wilson.