MISSION: The mission of the Organization is to provide the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
Through our work, we recognize and elevate the position of the Triangle arts community, both for-profit and non-profit, as a business sector that greatly impacts economic development and quality of life in our region and support their sustainability. By collaborating with other arts organizations and small business and economic development support organizations, we can achieve these results more efficiently.
So far, we have already created the following programs to serve this vital community:
Triangle ArtWorks Platform and NetWork – The center of it all is our online and social media network that keeps the community informed and makes it easier to find the resources, education, jobs and news they need to succeed.
Regional arts convener and connector – We form a centerpoint for the Triangle arts community. We create regional networking and educational programs to make it easier for the community to learn, connect, collaborate and communicate. We provide advice, support and connections for artists, arts groups and creative businesses. By virtue of our central position and big-picture view of the regional arts community, and through our leadership on the national arts stage, Triangle ArtWorks is also a resource for Triangle economic development, downtown development and small business leaders. We provide information on regional and national trends in economic development through the arts, and convene and connect these groups to local arts organizations and businesses.
Triangle Emerging Arts Leaders – TEAL is a group of young (and young at heart) arts leaders that comes together regularly for networking, education, mentoring and fun. This program is affiliated with Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders program, which allows this group to connect with other national emerging arts leaders.
Arts Advocacy – Triangle ArtWorks advocates for the arts as a business segment at the local, state and national level, working collaboratively with other advocacy organizations such as Arts NC and Americans for the Arts. We use our network to empower and inform the arts community and to facilitate civic engagement around issues that impact artists and arts businesses.
Discipline Convening – While our region has a incredibly diverse arts community, many disciplines have no central leadership or support. By request from these communities, Triangle ArtWorks is currently working on convening efforts for the regional dance and theatre communities. Led by members of these communities, this work has included research, convening and listening events, as well as workshops and general networking events, with Triangle ArtWorks providing administrative support and use of our platform and network.
Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) – The Research Triangle Park is an important part of what makes the Triangle Region great and RTF is a crucial part of the growth and development of the RTP. The goal of our collaboration with RTF is to develop projects and programs that support the artists that already work in RTP and to further integrate artists from across the Triangle into the work of RTF. RTF supports Triangle ArtWorks with an office at The Frontier in RTP.
Pop-Up ToolKit – Triangle ArtWorks developed a Pop-Up ToolKit in collaboration with a committee of downtown development and arts leaders from across the Region. The ToolKit helps artists and property owners create Pop-up arts events to engage empty or underused spaces, provide more affordable arts venues, and facilitate art in unexpected places.
Law + ArtWorks – A group of lawyers who care about the Triangle’s arts community facilitates a Resource Group to determine the unmet legal needs of this community and develop ways to serve these needs, including monthly practical legal workshops and a growing suite of online legal resources for artists.
SMASH! – SMASH! is our annual event that brings together and celebrates the entire Triangle arts community. It is the only time all year where the entire Triangle arts community comes together in one place – they connect, they hug, they share ideas, learn about resources and simply kick off their New Year together. This event helps them grow and connect as businesses, but also allows this hard working group, many who work alone in studios or in small staffed organizations, feel a part of something bigger.