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BOOTSTRAP ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Month Long Series of Performing, Literary, Visual and Media Arts Events Presented By Artspire and New York Foundation for the Arts

NEW YORK, NYC - The Bootstrap Arts Festival, the month long series of arts events presented by Artspire and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), has released its preliminary schedule of exhibits and performances. Set to take place throughout February and across the five boroughs, the Bootstrap Festival includes performing, literary, visual and media arts events.

The Festival kicks off with an opening night reception at NYFA on February 3. The kick-off event features works and performances across a spectrum of media by a number of Artspire affiliated artists. The accompanying Boot Camp exhibition at NYFA runs from now through May, 2012.

The Bootstrap Arts Festival has emerged out of NYFA's on-going Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a program for arts professionals in all fields looking to focus on the business side of their creative practice. NYFA's Boot Camp is designed to help define concrete steps to building a business plan that can lead to greater financial security.

The first Bootstrap Arts Festival was held in November, 2010 and featured artists who had attended NYFA's Boot Camp. The 2012 festival continues and expands on that theme as it offers Boot Camp graduates venues and opportunities for exhibiting and/or performing their work.

Both Bootstrap and Boot Camp are key elements within NYFA's broad-based effort to provide a template for arts professionals that enables them to develop as entrepreneurs by offering support, education and resources. The most prominent tent pole initiatives within this ambitious plan are the recently launched Artspire.org and the new book The Profitable Artist (Skyhorse Publishing/Allworth Press).

Artspire.org is the new community website that empowers individual arts professionals and organizations anywhere in the country to support their work with tax-deductible contributions while building entrepreneurship and creating a robust social network of supporters. With Artspire, artists can leverage the dynamic power of crowdsourced funding to galvanize, tap into and expand their roster of followers, thus building sustained financial backing for their work.

The Profitable Artist is the first complete "how-to" guide to being a professional and profitable working artist. This handbook features techniques in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, marketing, fundraising, and legal rights and obligations, aimed to assist all arts professionals. Further closing the circle, many of the lessons in The Profitable Artist were first developed during NYFA Boot Camp. Some of the artists who have taken part in Boot Camp are also in the book.

The schedule of events to date include:

February 2 - 15
Tue - Fri, 3:30 pm - 8:30pm; Sat & Sun, 12 pm - 6 pm, or by appointment

Bootstrap Exhibition
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, Inc, Abrazo Gallery
107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002

Featuring the works of 21 visual artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers, and video artists. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 6pm - 9pm.

Admission: Free


February 4
5:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Joyce SoHo,
155 Mercer Street
New York 10012

An Evening of Dance Featuring: Ephrat Asherie Dance, Trainor Dance (Caitlin Trainor), Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, SAWTOOTH dancers (Cristina Jasen), Shandoah Goldman. Reception to follow after 7:30pm performance.

Admission Price: $15
For tickets/reservations go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2735821917.


February 5, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Baruch Performing Arts Center,
Engelman Hall
55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

An Evening of Original Music Featuring: Gretchen Farrar, John Kamfonas, Eugene Marlow, Judith Sainte Croix. Reception to follow.

Admission Price: $10
For tickets, visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=774, or call the box office at (646) 312-5073.


February 7, 2012
7:30 pm

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, Inc.
107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor (Los Kabayitos Theater)
New York, NY 10002

Two Evenings of Dramatic Works (Night One) Featuring Laura Pruden, Rosanna Plasencia, Frances Lozada. Reception to follow.

Admission: Free
For reservations go to http://bootstraptheater1.eventbrite.com

February 9, 2012
7:00 pm

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, Inc.
107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor (Los KabayitosTheater)
New York, NY 10002

Two Evenings of Dramatic Works (Night Two) Featuring Katy Rubin, Craig Nobbs, LuAnn Adams, Michelle Chai. Reception to follow.

Admission: Free
For reservations go to http://bootstraptheater2.eventbrite.com


February 10 & 11, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm

UnionDocs
322 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 395-7902

Two Evenings of Entrepreneurs in Film. Includes a discussion with the filmmakers regarding entrepreneurial practices in filmmaking.
http://www.uniondocs.org/2012-02-10-nyfa-bootstrap-art-festival-1/

Night One (February 10, 2012): Featuring filmmakers Frances Lozada, Melissa Hacker, Michelle Chai and Isabel Sadurni.

Night Two (February 11, 2012): Featuring filmmakers Yunah Hong, Ama Birch, Lisa Crafts, Dempsey Rice and Melissa Hacker.
http://www.uniondocs.org/2012-02-11-nyfa-art-festival-2/

Admission Price: $9 suggested donation
For tickets/reservations go to www.uniondocs.org.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

NYFA
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Artist Talk and Tour: Visual artists in the NYFA exhibition speak about their work.

Admission: Free
For reservations go to http://bootstrapartist.eventbrite.com


Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 7:30pm

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

An Evening of Literature featuring Katy Rubin (Concrete Justice), Ama Birch, Jennifer CendaƱa Armas, and Hossannah Asuncion.

Admission Price: Free
For reservations go to http://bootstrapliterary.eventbrite.com


Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

EFA Project Space, a Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street 3rd floor
NY, NY 10018
(212) 563-5855

An Evening of Interdisciplinary Work featuring John Kelly and Nora Ryan.

Admission Price: Free
For tickets/reservations go to http://bootstrapinterdisciplinary.eventbrite.com


February 18, 2012
7:30pm

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

A Celebration of Movement and Interdisciplinary Art featuring Nicola Iervasi, Artistic Director, Mare Nostrum Elements, Kayoko Nakajima, and Clark Jackson.

Admission Price: Donations gratefully accepted
For reservations go to http://bootstrapcelebration.eventbrite.com
The above schedule is subject to change.

Funding for this program is provided, in part, by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Special thanks to Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Education Center, Inc., The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and LaunchPad, for the generous donation of their space.

For more information on the participants and their contributions, go to their website at www.bootstrapfestival.com, or see NYFA's webpage, www.nyfa.org.

About the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year it provides over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. The NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and the website, http://www.nyfa.org, received over 1 million unique visitors last year and features information about more than 8,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

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