Out of gratitude and in consideration to all who have contributed to this project, it would be disrespectful to not mention of the organization who has provided space for this exhibition in the first place. The Carrack Modern Art is a project based in Durham, North Carolina, that focused on supporting contemporary and emerging artists by providing them a space where they can sell work, and raise awareness of their artwork free of charge. The organization is physically sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization stationed in New York called Fractured Atlas. As mentioned before, what makes the Carrack special is its 0% commission for the sale of artists’ sale of artwork. The organization has survived the past six years off the donations of the community and the fiscal sponsorship of fractured Atlas which is allowed the communities who donate to this project to receive the tax benefits they need. As a result, the generosity of the community then has its reinvestments given back to it in return, which some may argue will help the local economy in the door I’m area.
The owner of the project, Laura Ritchi, is also someone to keep her mind of. Ritchie is currently getting her masters in liberal studies with a concentration in gentrification and it’s impact on the communities. Her focus has been on community engagement and activating it take action in restoring and growing its local economy. Part of this process is also keeping in mind of the issues that matter to the communities. And her current location in Durham, the community that her gallery directly serves are often on the represented and are suffering the negative aspects of gentrification in the Durham area as it is developing expanding its inner city areas.
The Carrack empowers local artists to forge productive cultural and Socio economic ties with their community through professional exhibit and performance opportunities in a zero commission art space.
The Carrack, and it’s team, have strived and persisted on being an essential part for Jews in aiding the local area and the arts community. They have exhibited work by over 500 visual artists and hosted over 100 exhibitions in addition to numerous blood forming arts events since 2011, their inception. They are often offering their space for artists:
- Who are emerging and seeking an exhibition space.
- Were experimenting with new media and concepts that are not typically classified by the traditional disciplines and forms of artistic practice.
- Producing work with radical content and/or imagery.
- Seeking for an open space for all.
- Producing new, contemporary, artwork as it’s time.
This project is organized by volunteers, advisors, and stakeholders in the community who assist Ritchie in the day-to-day operations of the gallery space and the project itself. In addition to the artists who are invited to make exhibitions out of the space, local curators and organizers can use the space for a variety of events, projects, and productions that our art and non-Art related. The main goal of this organization is to be a place to facilitate community and building a healthy local society.
As a current resident in North Carolina, I had the pleasure and honor of being excepted as one of the exhibition it’s in this projects current year of artistic programming. How their programming works is that The winter is populated with programming that staff already has, from workshops to exhibitions. During this time, they do an open call for curators and artists to send Submissions and proposals in for exhibitions for the entire year. Each proposal an exhibition is allotted two weeks at maximum and depending on the time of submission are than scheduled for certain seasons of the year if they get excepted. All the submissions go through the panel of jurors who review the details of each proposal and excepts or rejects it. everyone who is excepted for the years programming will be the jurors for the next panel for the following year.
One of the remarkable things about this organization, to me, is not only its inclusion of nearly all marginalize group of Americans and Americans, but it’s a tent to build the argument in conversation that communal prosperity is based on The notions of loving their neighbor as they self but also embracing change as they come.