Monday, December 2, 2019

December 2019 Meet Our Artists: Alicia Foxworth

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


Name, Pronouns:  Alicia Foxworth, she/her/hers

What are you proud of?  I am very grateful for the gift of networking and community. As an artist, I overcome most hurdles through shared resources and in-kind services or donations.

What inspires you?  I love to explore different world cultures and explore where our experiences find common ground and our common humanity.

Pictured: Various productions of Ghost Writer: An Abolitionist’s Tale, written by Alicia Foxworth. Photos by Steven K. Foxworth.
What are your goals?  My goals are to present my original works and to also provide a regular festival for up and coming writers to showcase their work.

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?  Be brave and do not let anyone tell you that you can't do it and most importantly, have fun!

How does The Field help you?  As a member, I have access to counsel, industry information, and affordable services and materials due to my affiliation with a not-for-profit arts organization. Also, the fiscal sponsorship program allows me to accept donations from supporters of my work. It's an invaluable resource.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

The 2019 Field Network Conference

In April 5-7 this year we hosted the third Field Network Conference in Portland, Oregon. Held every other year (leap-frogging with the National Touring Exchange), the Conference gathers Fieldwork facilitators and participants from across the country to further develop the Fieldwork methodology, as well as to discuss other issues impacting artists in their respective communities.

The Conference welcomed Field Network site representatives from all over the country (representing The Field NYC were Executive Director Jennifer Wright Cook, Deputy Director Shawn René Graham, and Fieldwork facilitator Pele Bauch), joined by Portland-based artists, presenters, funders, and audiences for a tightly packed weekend of art-sharing and discussions - on stage and of both the round- and long-table nature.


While feedback forms the foundation of the Fieldwork process, the 2019 Field Network Conference schedule focused particularly on how equity (or lack thereof) shapes feedback in contemporary culture: How are artists using feedback? Is the feedback we’re getting useful or equitable? Who gets to give feedback? Whose feedback counts?

Brett Campbell of Oregon ArtsWatch recently published, "Field of Vision," an in-depth review of the Conference not just summarizing the weekend's programming, but also calling out the challenges in tackling inequity in the arts in collaboration with the very individuals who benefit from said inequities.
"These funders, even those who don’t use public funds (but do get tax breaks for donations), play a vital role in determining what we see and hear on Oregon stages," Cambell writes, "and that role demands scrutiny and constructive feedback from artists, arts lovers, and the rest of the community."
Read the full article here.

Special thanks to then-Network Manager Katherine Longstreth, and to Conference coordinator and current Network Manager Jen Mitas, and conference consultant Subashini Ganesan for organizing such an ambitious event, and for bringing both The Field Network and their local arts community together (in what feels like such an organic way) to engage in these important, pressing discussions.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 2019 Meet Our Artists: Cyndy A. Marion

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


Name, Pronouns:  Cyndy A. Marion, she/her/hers

What inspires you?  Telling brave, bold, stories that reveal human truths. As a director, I write plays that I would want to direct. Plays that I feel are challenging and exciting for both actors and directors to work on. I’m usually inspired by real-life stories that have a sense of mystery or intrigue. My first play, You Are Perfect, was inspired by the story of Manson follower Susan Atkins. My newest play, Broken Story, was inspired by the brutal murder of an LA novelist. I think all plays should have an element of suspense–it moves the story forward and keeps the audience engaged. I love plays that have an “ah-ha” moment.

Photo collage of White Horse Theatre productions. Original photos by John Robert Hoffman and Ruth Albertyn Levan TK
What are you proud of?  Being the Producing Artistic Director of a successful and thriving 16 year-old Off-Off Broadway company that has recently expanded our reach nationally and internationally from New York to LA to Toronto.

What are your goals?  To reach as many people as possible with my new play, Broken Story. Another goal is for the White Horse Theater Company to outlive me.

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?  Work to live. It does not matter how you make a living, as long as you have the time and money to make your art. Don’t be afraid to ask for money. I think artists today have to be entrepreneurs–meaning we have to find a means to an end–a way to support ourselves and the work.

How does The Field help you?  Allows us to solicit and receive tax deductible donations.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 2019 Meet Our Artists: Maud Hixson

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


Name, Pronouns:  Maud Hixson, she/her/hers

What inspires you?  Great songs, ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to the often unsung or forgotten compositions awaiting rediscovery.

What are you proud of?  Being a full-time artist!

What are your goals?  To be an ambassador for the wild country of lesser-known songs.

Maud Hixson with Rex Reed and performers at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a tribute to Sylvia Syms. Photo by Ann Hampton Callaway. (Original photo, above, by Olivia Wilcox.)
Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?  Yes, I feel it's important to listen to your instincts, regardless of your experience. Your senses and your own taste will be unique guides. Starting out, I tended to discount these valuable tools, which I now realize was a mistake.

How does The Field help you?  By leveling the fundraising playing field. I have never been in a position to offer my supporters tax-deductible status for their donations before. Working with The Field puts me on the same page with every nonprofit seeking donations.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 2019 Meet Our Artists: Rachel DeGuzman

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


Name & Pronouns:  Rachel DeGuzman, she/her/hers

What do you do?  Arts administrator, producer, curator, convener and artivist

What inspires you?  I am driven by the belief that art and creativity – the most authentic and soulful expression of humanity – can provide the most effective platform to center the marginalized and bring us together. I want to foster more opportunity and equity for women of color (WOC). I seek to center the histories, voices and narratives of women of color. Together, with other women of color, I hope to harness our collective power to effect change in and through the arts.
Rochester City Newspaper "Power Peers"
cover story featuring WOC Art Collaborative

What are you proud of?  I am very proud of establishing At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice a year ago, and the 20 events it has produced because they were collaborative, inclusive, relevant, and centered the lives and perspectives of women of color. The At the Crossroads Long Table Conversations/ Installations are very meaningful to attendees, some of whom have attended at least half of them. Arts editor of City Newspaper Rebecca Rafferty has attended most of them – acting, in some ways, as a witness (à la James Baldwin) as well as providing critical feedback – and has deemed them (more than once) as some of the most important arts programming in Rochester, New York. 

More recently, I did found and launch WOC Art Collaborative with 10 other WOC creatives. We do have a headquarters and access to a 2,700-capacity rehearsal, performance, exhibition and event space 240 days per year. See more here and here.

What are your goals?  To continue presenting the Long Table Conversations, to deepen the connection to the 20+ collaborators that I worked with in 2017/18, and to establish new collaborative relationships with artists, higher education, presenting organizations, and the Rochester City School District. To establish a collaborative center for real equity in and through art – comprised of a diverse cohort of WOC artists/creatives. All of the aforementioned are in the planning phases or underway.

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?  Follow your vision. When you encounter a roadblock, regroup, and then reroute. Trust your instincts and don't waste precious time on dead ends or regret.

How does The Field help you?  The Field provides my work with critical fiscal sponsorship and some exposure through its website and programs.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 2019 Meet Our Artists: Isabelle Armand

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


What inspires you?
Social issues and the human experience

What are your goals?
To tell stories which need telling and to create a record of anonymous people, who deserve recognition, and whose tales should be preserved for posterity.
My current project takes place in the poorest county of the Mississippi Delta. "Glendora: Sing About Me" is a multimedia project comprising a book of analog photography and in situ interviews, film and community projects. Its aim is twofold: to explore the connection between poverty and memory, and to record a town’s efforts to reclaim its lost heritage.

What are you proud of?
To give visibility, a face and a voice to people mostly vulnerable to silence and oblivion.

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?
Art is a personal commitment and an inexorable need, it's your work every single day.

How does The Field help you?
More visibility and help to fund the projects I work on.


This selection of images is from my last book, Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project, powerHouse Books. Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted of two separate crimes in rural Mississippi, and spent a combined 33 years in prison. They were exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project. This is their story and that of their families.


Cover photo from "Glendora: Sing About Me" 
Thumbnails from Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project
All photographs ©Isabelle Armand
www.isabellearmandphotography.com

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Monday, July 1, 2019

July 2019 Meet Our Artists: Emily Kikta and Peter Walker

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!


What inspires you?
We’re inspired by music and what visuals can be created through different sonic qualities or arrangements. We’re also inspired by the potential created by controlling the perspective of the audience through the camera. Dance for camera gives us complete control over the audiences’ experience in a way that nearly impossible in a large theater. We’re excited about what this can inspire us to create.

What are you proud of?
We’re proud of being able to be the sole creators through every step of our work. On most projects we film, direct, choreograph, edit, produce and even sometimes perform in our own videos. We’re proud that even if it’s only us on board for a project, we can still make it happen.

What are your goals?
We hope to expand what ballet can be through video and how video can impact how audiences experience live performance. We also hope to get more collaborators interested in exploring this other side of ballet creation with us.

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?
Just start making the work. Stop thinking about it and just start figuring out how to make it a reality. Ask all the questions you can of anyone who might be able to answer them.

How does The Field help you?
The Field helps us direct potential donors to a legitimate and reputable site. We find people are more willing to give when they learn we’ve taken the time to set up an established account with The Field.



 Additional Viewing: SPAC Project 2018

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