CultureAID NYC

CultureAID will provide information, technical and financial assistance and other resources to the city’s cultural community before, during and after disasters.

This time two years ago, we were in the aftermath of a disaster here on Staten Island. Superstorm Sandy had hit us hard. And the staff of Staten Island Arts was out in the field working with artists and arts organizations who had been hard hit, to help them get grants and services to help them recover.

It was hard work, and it made us realize that we needed to plan better in order to meet the challenges of disaster more effectively in the future.

We weren’t the only ones thinking that way. CultureAID (“Culture Active in Disasters”) was developed in direct response to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Led by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and FEMA, CultureAID is a city-wide coalition of arts groups, who have come together to help arts organizations and artists cope with future disasters. It is a response and recovery network with a goal of reducing redundant communications, pooling available resources and sharing best practices about emergency preparedness.

CultureAID is only as strong as the network is wide, and we invite you now to join.

Joining is FREE and open to any arts organization with a constituency, including nonprofits, fiscally-sponsored groups, and informal entities.

To register, click here to complete the form.

10/3 #FeedbackFriday Notes & Responses

SI Arts is the community of artists and arts organizations on Staten Island. We want to hear from you about the new Culture Lounge and Artist Market Space at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. #FeedbackFriday

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During our “#FeedBackFriday” on Oct. 3, Staten Island Arts took an opportunity to listen to our communities’ ideas and feedback. The focus of the discussion was our new Culture Lounge space in the SI Ferry Terminal. We wanted you all to know that we heard what you had to say and we”re very excited about it! There is a lot of opportunity for this space and the success of “#FeedBackFriday” showed us that. If you missed the session and wanted to know more about it here is a quick rundown of the schedule and comments/recommendations!

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October Art Intersects Meetup Notes

Check out what happened at October’s Art Intersects Meetup!

On October 14th, Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge hosted October’s Art Intersects Meetup!
 
Inspired by the community that formed around Staten Island Arts’ Art Intersects workshop series, this meetup group (established in Jan 2014) seeks to create a space for individual artists, creative businesses, collectives or nonprofit groups to develop independent initiatives, share resources, and deepen professional relationships.
 
It also serves as an open forum for discussion about interest, opportunities, and upcoming events the Culture Lounge Artist Market.
 
After a brief intro and welcome, Staten Island Arts’ Monica Valenzuela shared a few updates addressing the Artist Market and Culture Lounge.

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LUMEN 2014 Artist Spotlights

Meet some of the artists who will be presenting at this year’s LUMEN Festival!

Making use of Staten Island’s under-utilized waterfront and returning to the site that launched its first iteration, LUMEN, will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, performance art, art interventions, and sound art, curated by David C. Terry & Esther Neff.
 
This week we’ll be highlighting some of the artists who will be heading back to the salt mines for LUMEN 2014!
 
Amanda Long

Swings - images courtesy of the artist

Swings – images courtesy of the artist

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LUMEN 2014 Artist Spotlights

Meet some of the artists who will be presenting at this year’s LUMEN Festival!

Making use of Staten Island’s under-utilized waterfront and returning to the site that launched its first iteration, LUMEN, will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, performance art, art interventions, and sound art, curated by David C. Terry & Esther Neff.
 
This week we’ll be highlighting some of the artists who will be heading back to the salt mines for LUMEN 2014!
 
Divya Gadangi

photo courtesy of artist

photo courtesy of artist

Divya Gadangi is an SI-based artist whose multimedia work utilizes a variety of techniques including drawing, digital, photography, installation pieces, and much more. Gadangi was the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in the Arts Award from Staten Island Arts. For LUMEN 2014 Gadangi will be showing a video project entitled “Medical Spaces”. The video is non-linear and has been randomly sliced and rearranged, making each viewing of the film different from the last, creating an interesting and compelling viewing experience.

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LUMEN 2014 Artist Spotlights

Meet some of the artists who will be presenting at this year’s LUMEN Festival!

Making use of Staten Island’s under-utilized waterfront and returning to the site that launched its first iteration, LUMEN, will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, performance art, art interventions, and sound art, curated by David C. Terry & Esther Neff.

This week we’ll be highlighting some of the artists who will be heading back to the salt mines for LUMEN 2014!

Robin George & Willie Chu

'Fable in Bleu' courtesy of the artists

‘Fable in Bleu’ courtesy of the artists

George/Chu Media is an established, full service visual arts company located in Staten Island, NY. Comprised of artists Robin George and Willie Chu, George/Chu Media specializes in photography and videography, covering everything from corporate events and portraits to documentaries and commercials. Additionally, they designate time for personal creative projects, both independently and as a team. They have shown work in both solo and group exhibitions on Staten Island and wider NYC, including such venues as BWAC, The Photo District Gallery, Kevin Barry Gallery, Packwood House Museum, PA, Staten Island Museum, Union and Spotlight Galleries at Wagner College, and New Century Artists. They are also members of the Creative Photographers Guild. George/Chu Media’s new project, entitled “The In-Between” will be featured at LUMEN 2014.

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Things are “going up” for Staten Island filmmaker

‘Going Up?’ has been nominated for three awards at the St. Tropez International Film Festival

“Everyone has a story to tell because we’ve all been in those moments and puppets allow us to find the humor in awkward environments,” notes Dana Morgan, film producer and St. George resident.

Morgan is talking about “GOING UP?,” a comedic TV series based on funny situations in elevators with a twist–puppets who interact with human characters.

The short film series “GOING UP?,” is an official selection of the St. Tropez International Film Festival (France), and has captured three nominations, including Best Short Film, Best Director (Dana Morgan) and Best Hair and Make Up (Kelsey Olafson).

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The concept of “GOING UP?” was based on the personal experiences of Morgan, and she decided to use puppets to assist the comedic flow of each episode.

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How the Nonprofit Revitalization Act Affects Your Arts Organization

Will Your Arts Organization Be Compliant with NYS Law beginning July 1, 2014?

Last year, New York State enacted the Nonprofit Revitalization Act. What does this mean for your arts nonprofit? It means you might need to make some changes to your bylaws and policies by July 1, 2014 in order to remain compliant with New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. The best way to make sure your organization is compliant, is to review your by-laws and policies with a lawyer. Below is a short list of key reforms, as noted by NYCON in a recent webinar. They will be having an upcoming webinar entitled “Part 1: New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act Part- Steps To Compliance – An Overview” that reviews all these changes in more detail.

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13 Stories of 2013: NEW OFFICES!

(13 of 13) Staten Island Arts is on the move and can’t wait to invite you to the Culture Lounge, its new offices at the St. George Ferry Terminal in 2014!

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On September 13th, Staten Island Arts uprooted its offices in Building G (where they had been since 1994) and transplanted into a new temporary, interim location in the basement of Building P, located behind the SI Children’s Museum and by the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm.

We are getting pretty cozy in our new offices, which brought us friendly, new neighbors (Hello Snug Harbor Cultural Center administrative offices and NYC Composting Project!), but they are only a pitstop on our journey to the Culture Lounge, our new offices and art space scheduled to open at the St. George Ferry Terminal in 2014.

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13 Stories of 2013: LEARNING DIVERSE CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS

(12 of 13) Students learn about traditional cultures and each other through music and dance.

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It’s less about what individuals learn and more about how they learn it.

K-5th grade Students at P.S. 20 deepened their relationships with each other and new art forms through traditional cultural expressions from Ireland and Liberia this May during Music & Dance with Tradition Bearers.

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