“How I spent my Summer vacation…”

Find out how our Summerfest Awardees spent their Summer!

With Fall right around the corner, we caught up with some of our 2016 Summerfest awardees and asked them how they spent their Summer –
 
Justine Lordo
“My summer has been super busy. I’m planning on having an art show on October 2nd 2016 at Be Yoga and Dance, 1270 Bay Street from 6-10 pm. The show is about transformation. The show is called Transformation: Visualizations of Concept. The piece I’m sharing is untitled for now. In my eyes it is an ovary with a tree growing from it, but up to interpretation.”
 
Want to attend Justine’s show? RSVP here>
 

Untitled. Justine Lordo, 2016

Untitled. Justine Lordo, 2016


 
Steven Lapcevic
“My animated short, MONSTER V will be featured as a segment of the next episode of “Off the Air” on Adult Swim and my animated short “DRONE” will be screening at this year’s 16th Annual Coney Island Film Festival.”
 
A still from "Monster V". Steven Lapcevic, 2016

A still from “Monster V”. Steven Lapcevic, 2016


 
A still from "Drone". Steven Lapcevic, 2016

A still from “Drone”. Steven Lapcevic, 2016


 
Bueno
“It’s official, we’ve released our new album Illuminate Your Room – Two color vinyl is available via bandcamp!”
 
Listen to Illuminate Your Room on bandcamp>
 
Illuminate Your Room album cover. Bueno, 2016

Illuminate Your Room album cover. Bueno, 2016


 
Sara Jae
“I finished my album right before my Summerfest performance so I spent my Summer working on getting the album out into the world.”
 
Listen to Sara’s album A Closet of Reconstructed Memories:
Apple Music
Spotify
 
A Closet of Reconstructed Memories album cover. Sara Jae, 2016

A Closet of Reconstructed Memories album cover. Sara Jae, 2016


 
Rachel Isaacs
“We enjoyed playing in the ‘Art By The Ferry’ event at the Flagship Brewery as well as at the High Bridge Festival, NJ and are looking forward to WESTFEST, upcoming on Sept 24. I’ve written two new songs and Noel has written a new tune as well and to update and make more compact his guitar synthesizer into an all-in-one travel case. All of us in the band are happy about that!”
 
Catch Rachel and her band All Hands On Deck at WESTFEST in September>
 
Lys Obsidian
“”Performing Gender: A Kala Lolo Sideshow” was a wonderful experience and success at Lumen Festival this year. The Lesbian Under Ground collective has been planning our seasonal LGBTQ+ Clothing Swap, which will now take place at the Pride Center of Staten Island. I am also working on a dance performance for the upcoming Westerleigh Folk Festival, in collaboration with musician Nani FM.”
 
Performing Gender: A Kala Lolo Sideshow at LUMEN 2016. Lys Obsidian, 2016.

Performing Gender: A Kala Lolo Sideshow at LUMEN 2016. Lys Obsidian, 2016.

Connections & Notes from 9/26 Fall SI Arts Conference

Full-day conference specifically designed to help artists, artist educators and organizations grow in their disciplines and in their ability to provide cultural programs and services to the SI community.

In order to stay on the top of your game and excel in your industry it is important to stay up to date and informed on current practices. It is also critical to network with peers to learn from others and grow as a community.

This full-day conference was specifically designed to help artists, artist educators and organizations grow in their disciplines and in their ability to provide cultural programs and services to the Staten Island community.

2015 Staten Island Arts Technical Assistance Fall Conference
Saturday September 26
9am-4pm
Location: Eden II Molinaro Center for Autism
15 Beach Street, Staten Island, NY
FREE ADMISSION

The scoop on the program lineup:
Registration and coffee starts pouring at 9:00am, with the program kicking off at 9:30am with a presentation from Rosamond Fletcher, Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space.
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She shared about a selection of the Design Trust’s citywide projects (Flushing Meadows Corona Park Community Design School, Five Borough Farm, Under the Elevated) and methodology in community-based work and participatory design (i.e. translation and lanugage services, working with fellows already embedded in community, providing tools and resources for citywide network of providers having same challenges at local levels, supporting small pilots to collect data and inform broader policy change).

Three rounds of break-out sessions bookend a 12:00pm lunch, and everything is wrapped up by 4pm. Breakout Session topics are loosely divided into the following tracks, and include:


Grantwriting & Regrant Information

  • From Start to Finish: SI Arts Community Regrant Application Seminar, led by Grants Administrator Gena Mimozo. At this seminar we will go over the DCA Premier Grant and questions can be answered about the DCA Art Fund Grant, NYSCA Encore Grant, and NYSCA Original Work Grant. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar.
  • From Start to Finish: Former Grantees and How they did it! During lunch, chat with past grantees to demystify the application process.
  • From Start to Finish: Work Sample 101. “Please submit a Work Sample.” Do you dread reading those words? If so, this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for. We’ll go over the “do’s” and absolute “don’ts” when it comes to making a great work sample. Learn easy techniques that you can use yourself. The work sample is an important part of the application, don’t rush and throw it together. We’ll show you how investing a little time can help to make a winning work sample. Open to all disciplines.
  • From Start to Finish: Knock out that Budget!! During this session, we will walk through one REAL project budget from start to finish to use this often neglected part of an application to tell the full story of your project. Budget templates will be distributed to all participants.


Arts Education

  • Arts and Common Core Standards: What is Common Core? Learn how the Department of Education uses learning standards to measure growth and impact and the increasing ways in which teaching artists are able to make the case for their programs through understanding which standards your projects meet. Learn how to design arts projects can incorporate city, state, and federal learning standards. Walkthrough a model lesson. Led by Claire Jimenez.
  • Recruitment and Retention in Youth-Based Programming. Quality recruitment and retention efforts are two keep aspects of successful youth programs. This workshop will provide specific recruitment and retention strategies based upon theory related to positive youth development principles. Practitioners will gain insights into key concepts such as youth voice, empowerment, and autonomy and how to incorporate these principles into developing recruitment and retention practices.
  • Creative Classroom Management: Using classroom management strategies can increase participation and your ability to work in a classroom setting. Open to all teaching levels, this workshop will focus on finding creative ways to manage classroom behavior and to develop age appropriate lesson plans that will maximize educational outcomes. It is important to meet students/participants where they are emotionally and to incorporate “current” cultural analogies/references to energize classroom sessions. Led by experienced teaching artist, Jeanine Otis.


Folklife

  • Staten Island Arts Folklife and You: Services, Programmatic Vision, and Local Involvement: Are you a folk artist, community leader, or folk arts programming administrator? Are you fascinated with family stories, heritage and local culture? Are you interested in being a part of the Staten Island Arts Folklife program and benefiting from our myriad of technical resources and support services? Then this workshop may be for you! Join SIA Director of Folklife and Staff Folklorist, Naomi Sturm, for an overview of the organization’s folklife program, the mission it seeks to fulfill within our communities, and learn how to connect with the program this coming year.
  • The State of Folk Arts on Staten Island: Come share your experiences as a folk artist or with folk art programming in this informal discussion session surveying the trajectory of folk and traditional arts activities in our unique borough. Catch up with old friends and colleagues, make new contacts, brainstorm ideas for future events and collaborations. We will consider recent success stories as well as struggles we face in our work to keep local traditions alive and well on Staten Island.
  • New York Folklore Society Mentoring and Professional Development Awards Program: Calling all folk artists and folk arts professionals: monetary awards are there for you—all year round on a rolling deadline! The New York Folklore Society offers many forms of service to traditional artists in New York State, but one of the most immediately gratifying opportunities is its longstanding Mentoring and Professional Development awards program. M&PD awards are the fast track for folk artists to get the funding to take their own artistic practices to the next level by working with a mentor. Led by NYFS’s NYC representative and experienced folklorist Eileen Condon.

Best Practices in Program Development and Community Projects:

  • Living Restoration: Join this presentation by Living Restoration, a collaborative of green roof, environmental, architecture and marketing professionals that specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of urban agricultural spaces. They will share about their projects in Stapleton and St. George
  • Public Art Initiatives Discussion and Working Group: Join this conversation about art as a community development tool. Hear a short presentation about research that was done last fall/winter and the public art initiatives that Staten Island Arts is working on for the coming year. Learn about how to get involved this Fall and Spring on a few specific projects that aim to bring communities together through art in the public sector.

*Admission includes 3 breakout sessions, lunch, refreshments, including coffee and drinks throughout the day.

RSVP Here>

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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