Creative Standard

Creative Standard

Big Medium is pleased to introduce Creative Standard as its newest partner program. Creative Standard is partnering with Big Medium to carry out its mission to fortify and promote the creative, professional, and economic success of local artists.

The focus of Creative Standard is to convene artists regularly; provide information, opportunities, and resources through a digital hub; and to create and maintain standards of professionalism and integrity for the creative community to adhere to and uphold. Creative Standard will offer monthly programming, ranging from networking opportunities, to workshops, to panel discussions, and the standards will be an ongoing set of public documents informed by the artists and the community they serve.


2018 Events

April 18, 6:30–8pm The first Creative Standard gathering of 2018 invites artists to meet with fellow creatives, discuss their artistic practice, opportunities, personal and professional growth, and contribute to the creation of the Creative Standards. Following the meet up there is a Fusebox Festival performance by AKIRASH in the Big Medium Gallery.

June 6, 6:30–8pm Artist Jieun Beth gives an artist talk on her current exhibition, Innocence in Silence, in the Big Medium Gallery.

June 20, 6:30–8pm Calder Kamin, Artist Liaison for City of Austin Small Business Program, speaks about her own practice as an Austin artist and presents about professional development opportunities available through the City of Austin Small Business Program.

July 11, 9–10am Coffee Chat featured speaker John Riedie of Austin Creative Alliance speaks about the current state of Austin's creative community and how to address the issues at hand.

July 25, 6:30–8pm Learn best practices for the East Austin Studio Tour from Big Medium Director of Programming Jordan Gentry.

August 8, 9–10am Arnoldo Hurtado is a social practice artist, performer, and painter who aims to educate audiences of their systemic and social impacts on communities of color, through performance, storytelling, and community forums.

August 22, 6:30–8pm Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) and Big Medium present a workshop to find out when visual artists should collect and remit sales taxes here in Texas, led by attorney Kevin Oldham.

September 5, 9–10am Ashland Viscosi connects people and ideas, bringing lively energy to all of her endeavors and empowering Austin's creative community.

October 3, 9–10am Writer and editor of Sightlines Magazine, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin has covered visual art, performance, theater, dance, music, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof in Austin for over 18 years.

October 10, 6–10pm Creative Standard’s 2018 programming will culminate with a professional arts summit. The event will feature a variety of presentations, activities, and networking opportunities for personal and professional growth.

October 24, 6:30–8pm Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Contemporary Austin; Dennis Nance, Curator at the Galveston Arts Center and artist; and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, discuss their curatorial process in selecting Tito's Prize winner, Steve Parker.


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