As 2020 began, the Cultural Alliance rolled out a brand new model of funding  based on 3 years of research and prototyping; including, artist professional development grants, new operational partnerships, and the promise of our best YorVoice event ever.  Like the rest of the country, the Covid-19 Pandemic quickly shifted this view of the future.  Due to the diligence of our solicitors in 2019, and the innovative thinking of our staff and board, we were able to adapt immediately to meet our communities urgent needs.

Terri Yacovelli received one of the very first Artist Professional Development Grants from the Cultural Alliance in January of 2020.  Created to provide easily accessible funding to local artists to move their careers forward, Terri was granted funds to travel to an encaustic (hot wax) painting workshop in NYC.  When the in-person class was cancelled due to the pandemic, she found an online master class to attend instead, and came to find this unexpected change was in fact a better opportunity for her artistic practice.

“While I was disappointed not to travel to RF Encaustic and work in their studio, this opportunity actually met my goals better.  I have two expert artists in the field to teach the course, and more students participating (20 as opposed to 8 if we were live and in person).  Most of whom do encaustic or large format abstract works and show their work across the United States.  This is excellent for networking. I also will have a portfolio review with a Chicago Gallery owner.”

Terri Yacovelli

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