ASC’s Creative Renewal Fellowships invest in mid-career individuals that have made
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 23, 2019) – Seven 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 Creative Renewal Fellowship program, launched in 2017, 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 income over the past three years through their work as a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the creative sector.
The 2019 fellowship recipients are:
- Nico Amortegui, a mixed-media artist who creates large-scale murals, paintings, sculptures and installations. His fellowship plan is to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to work with indigenous artisans who have been creating ceramics in traditional ways for centuries.
- Paula Martinac, a writer who makes LGBTQ history more accessible through her work. Martinac will use her fellowship to take a sabbatical from her teaching to focus on researching and writing a Young Adult novel.
- Andrew McMillan, a photographer and filmmaker. He will use his fellowship to go to Los Angeles this spring and apprentice with highly regarded director Tracy Droz Tragos and filmmakers Clay Tweel and Tim Grant.
- Timothy Morrison, a drummer, producer and composer who creates music for movie trailers, film, and commercials. His fellowship plan is to learn different recording techniques for the human voice and apply that in classical and choral music settings.
- Boris “Bluz” Rogers, a poet, word-artist and community builder. The three-time National Poetry Slam Champion will use his fellowship to attend workshops in Chapel Hill, Pittsburgh and Columbia, S.C. and visit other U.S. cities to explore how poets are impacting their communities and working collaboratively with other artists.
- Arsena Schroeder, a recording artist, songwriter and producer who founded Dear Soul Music Company to provide resources to emerging musical artists. Her fellowship will help her continue her creative growth by working directly with coaches and mentors in the industry.
- Thomas Thoune, a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist whose work has been featured at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Goodyear Arts. He will use his fellowship to expand his skills in the medium of paper clay by working with an expert in the field and visiting significant sites in Spain.
“ASC is thrilled to celebrate and lift up these talented individuals by providing them the opportunity to step away from their day-to-day lives in order to renew their creative spirits,” said ASC President Robert Bush. “We all want Charlotte-Mecklenburg to have a thriving creative community and we know the way to ensure that happens is to support the creative individuals who are the lifeblood of the cultural sector.”
Fellowship recipients in 2018 were performing artist Kojo Bey, dancer and choreographer Martha Connerton, novelist Jeff Jackson, visual artist Ruth Ava Lyons and visual artist Russell Smith. Inaugural recipients in 2017 were dancer Audrey Baran, visual artist Annabel Manning, filmmaker Melissa Salpietra and performer Quentin Talley.
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.