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Showing blog posts written by Susan dePasquale

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cre•a•tiv•i•tyˌkrē-āˈtivitē/noun - the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.

“In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in; it’s the things we choose to leave out.” ― Austin Kleon, “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative”

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Categories: Artists, books, community, connect, creativity, Investing in Creativity, resources | comments

Top Videos from 2013

With the onset of the New Year we are taking the opportunity for a “look back” at some of the “knowledge” or “best practices” that we at CPAC shared with all of you in 2013.  For our purposes here, that knowledge resonates in the videos that we posted to encourage, inform, and inspire all of you in lessons we learned along the way, or resources we believed would benefit and better the arts and culture community that we all share in together.   

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Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius - Pietro Aretino

Winter Garden Robin

With the Winter solstice fast approaching and the calendar  winding down it is not uncommon for our  thoughts to be centered on the end of the year; the taking of inventory for all that has transpired -- a cataloguing of activities, a celebration of successes and a renewed strategy to address ongoing challenges. Just as the soil sleeps in the winter until the spring announces a new time for growth, so too artists, and arts and cultural organizations may find themselves “resting” as the New Year approaches. 

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Categories: Artists, Best Practices, evaluate, management, strategic planning | comments

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Some tips on selecting just the right work samples

With grants deadlines looming, I have been asked by many artists lately how to select the best and most appropriate work samples to include with a grant application.  A lot depends of course on your creative process, discipline and how you choose to document your artwork. While there is no “one size fits all” solution; here are some general tips to help demystify the process:

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Application Narratives, Work Samples and More: What to include, what to skip and how to know the difference

Has this happened to you? You are completing a grant application relieved to find it is easier than anticipated. The first questions ask for contact information and take little time to complete. You are feeling confident and “on your way.”  You answer “yes” and “no” to questions, occasionally finding a drop down box and choosing an answer from one or two options. The minutes fly by – you upload your digital images and label each appropriately. You are feeling a sense of accomplishment; you are applying for a grant! 

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Categories: funding, grant, grants writing | comments

Fund and Follow Creativity

Fund and Follow Creativity

That is the first thing you see when visiting the Kickstarter web page. To those readers who might be unfamiliar with Kickstarter or the other crowdfunding platforms online, I encourage you to visit the Kickstarter website where you will find a plethora of creative projects submitted by artists and entrepreneurs. All of these folks have one goal in common; each needs help from you and other like-minded individuals who are willing to sign on as “backers” to fund a particular dream or vision.

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Categories: crowdfunding, funding, Kickstarter, Money | comments

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