The Creative Fund provides funding to Austin emerging artists enabling them
to further their creative endeavors. Through generous member and donor
support, The Creative Fund supports works that are interesting, cutting edge,
enlightening, life-changing and deserve to be seen by the Austin community.
Our goal is to elevate Austin arts by providing the funding needed to take local
artists and their audiences to the next level.
Due to state and federal regulatory issues, some artists on E.A.S.T.’s unique tour need upgrades to their studios. FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. gives us an opportunity to give them a hand by raising the seed money to fund a microlending program to provide these great artists quick, low-interest loans with forgiving plans to help with specific issues involving their studios. This will allow them to comply with code in time for the East Austin Studio Tour this fall. With your support, the ACA will provide micro-lending, consulting and a resource center to help artists and their studios comply with Federal and State standards.
FRAMEWORKS E.A.S.T. provides a way for you to show your support for E.A.S.T.’s artists, as well as a chance to bid on specially selected works from those artists. Join us for live music by The Pons and the Ron Titter Band, refreshments, good times, and more, June 29th, 7:30 at ND.
Individual tickets are $20, available at AusTIX, also, we invite you to sponsor the event to provide a strong foundation for the lending program. Sponsorship levels are as follows:
In-Kind Donators: Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In
Austin Chamber Music Center
Advanced Watch Group
Hotel St. Ceclia
Spartan & Bows + Arrows
Ann Marie Skincare
Art on 5th
Kendra Scott Earrings
Elements Laser Spa
Moving strongly into the new year, and the precursor to many grand new changes at the Austin Creative Alliance, we’d like to announce our new Interim Executive Director: Marcy Hoen.
Marcy Hoen comes to the Austin Creative Alliance after 7 years as an entrepreneur and passionate advocate of the arts in Austin. She founded Austin Art Start in the fall of 2006 and her work has included consulting with the AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL, GRUBB & ELLIS REALTY INVESTORS’ art installations, private curation of professional art shows with independent artists, business consulting for artists and collection consulting with private collectors. Her volunteer work includes board service for FUSEBOX, volunteer work with RUDE MECHANICALS, CATALYST 8, the BOOTSTRAP NETWORK, and ART ALLIANCE AUSTIN.
Marcy grew up in the Pacific Northwest, however, Austin has long become her home. She earned her BA from the University of Washington where she worked post-graduation as a research specialist studying brain chemistry. She loves food, cooking and two-stepping and she lives with her fiancé, Bijoy Goswami and their two furry children, Fergus and Jelly Bean.
Marcy will be filling the incredibly large shoes of outgoing Executive Director, Latifah Taormina, who officially announced her retirement last Fall at the 2010 B. Iden Payne Awards, and announced Marcy’s coming on during the 2011 Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations Conference, this year held in Austin and hosted by the Austin Creative Alliance.
“Marcy is perfect,” Latifah says. “She’s involved with the creative community on many levels, she’s connected with Austin’s young professionals, she’s action oriented and visionary. I always knew that it would be my job to get Austin Circle of Theaters to become the Creative Alliance and to guide that process forward. I never thought that running the Alliance would be my job to do. So I’m thrilled that we’ve found the right person to lead the organization forward from here.
We held the most wonderful APASO Conference this year in Austin, with an absolutely terrific keynote by Arlene Goldbard. For a transcription of the keynote click here, and for more information on Arlene Goldbard, here.
On Thursday, June 24, 2010, City Council passed a resolution to endorse The CreateAustin Cultural Master Plan.
CreateAustin is a community cultural planning process that will identify Austin’s creative assets and challenges, define goals, and establish recommendations to invigorate Austin’s “culture of creativity.” This public/private collaboration will define specific strategies for community-wide implementation in order to sustain Austin as a magnet for arts, culture, and creativity.
The top 2 recommendations of the plan are:
Establish a CreateAustin leadership task Force to assist in plan implementation
Form a community-based Creative Alliance to provide essential services to individuals and organizations
With the help of the CreateAustin Leadership Task Force and board and staff of the longstanding community-based organization formerly known as Austin Circle of Theaters, and all of the community members who participated in this process, The Greater Austin Creative Alliance is now ready to lead this charge.
Epistrophy Arts, William Parker Quartet at the Victory Grill, trumpet player, Lewis Brown, and alto saxophone player, Rob Brown, 2007. Photography by Pedro Morino.