Four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Creative Individuals to Receive $10K for Career Renewal

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ASC’s new Creative Renewal Fellowships reward mid-career individuals that have made Charlotte-Mecklenburg home. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 1, 2017) – Four creative individuals whose work has strengthened Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community will receive $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowships from ASC in order to refresh their creative energy in the midst of their careers.

The new Creative Renewal Fellowship program supports ASC’s belief that continued investment in creative individuals that make Charlotte-Mecklenburg home benefits the region’s overall cultural climate. Creative Renewal Fellowships provide funds that recipients can use for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel or other experiences that help them explore their creative journey.

Fellowships are awarded to mid-career creative individuals who have been pursuing a career in the creative sector for at least 10 years and have been generating the majority of their incomes over the past three years through their work as a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the creative sector. The fellowship funds can be used for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel or other experiences that help the recipient explore their creative journey.

The inaugural fellowship recipients are:

  • Audrey Baran, founder of Charlotte-based dance troupe Baran Dance. For her creative renewal, Baran will attend workshops in Austin, TX, with world-renowned postmodern dance artist Deborah Hay.
  • Annabel Manning, a visual artist whose work connects the people in the communities with whom she regularly engages and social activism. Her Creative Renewal Fellowship will allow her to travel to Europe to conduct research and participate in symposia, workshops and other art-related experiences.
  • Melissa Salpietra, a video editor, animator and producer of science-based documentaries. She will use her fellowship to build upon her filmmaking and video-editing experience by studying and practicing the art of scriptwriting and narrative story creation.
  • Quentin Talley, founder of OnQ Performing Arts. With the support of the Creative Renewal Fellowship, Talley plans to apprentice under acclaimed jazz percussionist and archivist Warren Smith in New York and assist in organizing Smith’s music archive, which dates back to the 1950s.

ASC is proud to provide the opportunity for these talented individuals to slow down, take a step back and challenge themselves to new ideas, creativity and innovation,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “We all want Charlotte-Mecklenburg to attract the best and brightest to want to live, work and create here. These creative individuals, and thousands more like them, are the foundation of our entire cultural sector.”

About ASC

ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.

ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

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