ArtSake recently caught up with Boston Hip Hop Rap Artist Daniel Laurent, one of this year's Cultural Sector Recovery Grant For Individual awardees to learn more about his work. My artistic process for this piece (Cry for Me) was inspired by two recent tragedies that happened that hit close to home. Both mothers who were killed, the details vary but nonetheless it broke my … [Read more...]
Highlighting the work and voices of individual artists.
What Kinds of Support Are Most Important?
Mass Cultural Council is proud to support artists and creatives with direct funding. But monetary grants are just one of the ways an artist might receive support. Resources like space, professional development, personal/professional networks, and more can be deeply important to an artist's work. We periodically pose questions to artists about issues in their work and lives. … [Read more...]
Studio Views: Beverly Sky
Beverly Sky's work is in the collection of decorative handmade paper/pulp painting at the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. A detail of this pulp painting has been selected as the marquee art for the exhibition Decorative Papers: A Selection of Publications. The exhibition is a selection of treasures from the library's collection that … [Read more...]
How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Creative Practice?
Periodically, we pose questions about issues artists face in their work and lives. This month, we decided to return to a question we first asked in Summer 2020: How has the pandemic impacted your creative practice? Dance artist Swati Biswas, visual artist Audrey Goldstein, composer Ryan Suleiman, and photographer Bruce Wilson reflect on the pandemic's impact, 2+ years after … [Read more...]
Leveraging Local Cultural Council Grants
Guest post by karen Krolak, co-Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse One of my canine collaborators is softly snoring in the predawn darkness as I wrestle with insomnia on the day that addenda: an exercise course from the Dictionary of Negative Space opens at Stove Works. In between obsessing over details that I can tweak in the next 12 hours, I return to reflecting on one … [Read more...]