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2017 Year in Review

 

Casey Droege and Johanna Lasner officially started CDCP this past January in Droege's living room and ended the year at 937 Liberty Ave, a project space of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  

 

We're thrilled at what we've been able to accomplish in just 12 months and want to share some of the highlights with you.

 

 

 

 

2017 CDCP programming would not have been possible without the support of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Opportunity Fund, PNC Charitable Trusts, The Lois Tack Thompson Fund, Katharine C. McCormick Fund No. 2, Walter and Merriam Modell Memorial Fund, Alice G. and D. Halsey Donaldson Fund, and Arthur Ebert Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

 

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We rethought everything.

CDCP was created to house our ongoing programs (SIX x ATE, CSA PGH, PGH Photo Fair), and to launch an experiment in remodeling the arts economy. Droege and Lasner took what works about the traditional economic relationships between artist, gallery, patron and audience and adapted it to create a sustainable, for-profit arts business that continues to be community-centric.

 

 


We paid artists.

Solely through our keystone programs and art consulting, we paid a total of $120,000 to 75 local artists. Outside of that, CDCP launched opportunities for artists to sell their own work, like CSA PGH's Small Mall arts market in Space Gallery and direct sales at CDCP events.

 

We also believe that collaboration among arts organizations and galleries are important to a healthy arts ecosystem. When we partner up with orgs for events, we encourage our attendees to support them financially. In our art consulting, we buy art directly from artists and from local galleries to encourage their stability in the region.

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We connected Pittsburgh. 

CDCP hosted gallerists, curators, and collectors from across the North America. At PGH Photo Fair, they gave lectures, they showed artwork, and the public was invited to enjoy it for free. We continued our own curatorial residency in partnership with Radiant Hall, which brought in several curators and cultural producers to meet with regional artists and deliver free speaking event.

 

 


We formed unexpected collaborations.

No artist is an island. We could never accomplish the amount that we do without the wildly enthusiastic network of collaborators we've found this year. For SIX x ATE in particular, we tend to bring in the widest array of partners - from chefs to historical sites to educational facilities. And we haven't even begun to talk about our audience, who we truly see as collaborators as well. They engage in fruitful dialogues with us, pay for events, bring in new friends to learn about CDCP- what else could a girl ask for? 

 

Money... I guess we could always ask for more money. Or a tiny horse, that's been on our list lately as well. 


We demonstrated strength in diversity.

We believe in strength in numbers. Our focus on diversity means we actively track and review how we’re doing and look for ways to improve. Every year we push ourselves to find incredible artists in Pittsburgh. We strive to work with a diverse population of artists, across all demographics, and while we tend to focus on the visual arts we also like to include artists from the performing and literary worlds. 

 

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We had a good time.

Our 2017 artists named their favorite songs and we made them into a playlist. 

 

Spotify channel here.

 

Our 2017 Advisors

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Our accomplishments were made possible by our artists, funders, audiences, volunteers, staff and advisors. Thank you to all of you for all your enthusiasm and talent. 

 

Special thanks to our advisors, whose support and guidance helped shape our first year of business. 

 

In order of appearance: Vicky A. Clark, Janine Jelks-Seale, Tereneh Mosley, and John Rhoades.

 

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We would also like to remember our friend and advisor Alexandra Oliver. 


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