Town Stages Announces the Second Annual Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellows

Town Stages Announces the Second Annual Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellows

Town Stages announces the 2019 slate of recipients of the annual Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellowship: Charlotte Arnoux & Alex Parrish, Nikko Benson, Éamon Boylan, Maximus DeFrancesco, Molly Powers Gallagher, Tess Howsam, Rachel Lin, Anna Lublina, Lacy Marie Meyer, Ben Moniz, Marina Montesanti, Zach Morris, Mark Murray, Tara O'Con, Noah Reece, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Alex Spieth, Jeff Tang, Greg Taubman, The Mother Line Story Project, Will Thomason, Isaac L. Thompson Jr, Rebecca Vineyard, and Emma Rosa Went.

Town Stages is home to this unique Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. The 2019 Arts Fellows receive access to Sokoloff Arts' executive staff and community of collaborators for development and execution; free work space to host meetings, develop, write, practice and collaborate; subsidized presentation and performance space; and a cohort of contemporaries to provide support and feedback.

Since 2012, Sokoloff Arts has been dedicated to telling artists' stories and sharing their passions. In collaboration with Town Stages, TriBeCa's premier cultural arts space and event venue, Sokoloff Arts is excited to continue to offer artists a home for the life cycle of their projects, a platform for their next phases of development, and an ultimate pipeline to success.

In its inaugural year, Town Stages supported 28 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship recipients, representing 59 creative members. Fellows have taken advantage of approximately 1000 hours of subsidized space - more than half of which was provided for free. These Fellowships helped create 125 job opportunities throughout the year.

A female-driven cultural arts institution, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space with a stunning 10,000 square foot storefront facility. With a Main Hall, a Cocktail Lounge and Bar, a Gallery, and many multi-use rooms with a total capacity of 299, Town Stages offers much needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, producers, and families. Creative Fellowship recipients are encouraged to immerse themselves in the bustling energy of Town by working in shared spaces when the venue is partially booked, take advantage of underutilized space between large bookings, and enjoy generous space subsidies for all kinds of projects

"We were so lucky to have such an incredible group of makers go on this journey with us in our first year," said Chie Morita, Deputy Director at Town Stages and Coordinator of the Fellowship Program. "Although we had some structure in place, we were building the program from the ground up, piece by piece, and Town was still covered in sawdust! I will never stop learning from each year of Fellows, but 2018 taught me tremendous things about how people congregate, build creative rituals, and make space for their arts. I'm thrilled to start 2019 off with a renewed dedication to creative space-making, the promotion of collaborative asking, and a bigger and brighter program. I believe in art that asks us to empathize and be vulnerable, and I am certain that this group is going to encourage thinking and feeling at a whole new level."

"The Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship is dedicated to providing space, perspective, and opportunity. We foster a community where all are welcome and everyone's biases are challenged," said Robin Sokoloff, executive director of Town Stages. "We encourage those who feel silenced, marginalized, and otherwise 'othered' to share their experiences, and remain dedicated to conversation and community. In our inaugural year, we were thrilled to support more than two dozen projects in a wide range of endeavors and disciplines!"

Part residency, part incubator, and part home base, a Creative Fellowship with Sokoloff Arts offers the ultimate creative freedom to grow within the walls of Town Stages, and beyond.

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