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Made Here

MADE HERE is a documentary series devoted to the lives of performing artists based in New York City. For more info, go to http://madehereproject.org.

Episodes

  Creative Real Estate - Artistic Homes
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Securing permanent space in New York City changes the work and lives of performing artists. From lobbying congressmen for funding to fixing leaky ceilings, artistic homes require a new set of skills and impact the artistic process in subtle and striking ways.


  Day and Night Jobs - Creating Opportunities
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When the members of Chinese Theatre Works had a hard time juggling jobs and rehearsals, they took matters into their own hands. Now, with one member owning her own small business, the companies’ artists have an understanding boss and the flexibility to balance their work and art.



  Family Balance - Artistic Couples
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Balancing a relationship with an artistic career requires grace under pressure. For these artistic couples, passion and hard work is the key to meeting the dueling demands of love and art.



  Activism - Artist as Activist
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These artists are activists, but they aren’t just signing petitions. By moving their audiences with compelling stories, they build communities, wrestle with important sustainability issues, and make social and political change.


  Technology - Audience
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In a time of 24/7 connectivity, these performing artists are wrestling with how our new participatory culture is affecting the expectations of live audiences. Some embrace the change. Others work against it. What they share is a belief in the lasting importance of live performance and that people will always crave shared experience in a room with other people.


  Identity - Artist
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How does one decide she or he is an artist? For some, it is a natural progression from a creative and expressive childhood, while for others it is a deliberate decision to pursue one’s passion, regardless of the risks. Identifying as an artist is a personal decision, and what that identity means is unique to each individual.


  Identity - Labels
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Whether related to race, gender, or genre, labels play a strong role in determining an artist’s place in the world. Labels affect an artist’s access to opportunities and funding, and how audiences react to them. Some artists find them to be stifling, damaging, or just irrelevant, while others use labels to their advantage.


  Identity - Institutions
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Arts institutions and artists reflect on and benefit each other. For artists, working with companies, troupes and organizations is a way to gain resources and structure. Institutions form their own identities through their choice of artists and material and through their ability to connect artists and audiences. By developing partnerships, artists and institutions carve out space, funding, and support for the creation of new work.



  Creative Practice - Inspiration
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Being an artist requires a consistent outpouring of new ideas and images. Inspiration can come from a moment, relationship, object, vision or observation. It is the artist’s job to allow these influences in, and to harness them for creative work.



  Creative Practice - Collaboration
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Collaboration opens the door for spontaneous, synthesized work to come into existence. The process allows for artists’ strengths and weaknesses to be shared and embraced. In order to balance the stresses of working in close proximity, artists learn to share leadership, and develop their own specific working language and collaborative ethos.



  Creative Practice - Process
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An artistic process is as individual as the work that is created. It reflects personality, fears, inspiration, rigor and tendencies toward procrastination. Artists develop strategies and rituals to help them make their work. Though the artistic process is usually unseen in the final product, it is a major component of an artist’s life.



  Money - Value
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Most performing artists would agree: you don’t go into the arts to make money. But are artists exploiting themselves by accepting low pay and undervaluing their own work? The value of art cannot be measured in dollar signs, but at some point, the artist needs to get paid. How they decide what their art is worth is another story.



  Money - Strategy
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Not only do artists need to be creative with their work – they need to be creative in how they fund it. An artist’s financial strategy is shaped by their personality, preferences, personal philosophies, and by the work itself. Sometimes the strategy is a space – somewhere you can always come back to. And sometimes it is a faith in the bounty of the universe.


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