Strategic Collaborations with Creative Organizations

Our Monicats are discovering data management & research for creative organizations holds many parallels to origami.

Complex patterns, alternative approaches, phase designs.

Each creative project requires strategic vision planning and  collaboration. Providing actionable data insights to our client organizations; and the creative audiences they serve.

We are continually motivated to sharpen our strategies--building even greater solution based projects and collaborative conversations, both locally and nationally.

Thank you for motivating Monicat Data to become stronger in serving the creative economy through project collaborations, community talks, table discussions and shared knowledge of creative industry trends/needs.

#thankyou 🌕🌕🌕

Upcoming Monicat Data Community Trainings & Presentations


May 26, 2017 New Sector Alliance: Evaluation Training with Monicat Data

June 7, 2017: MinneAnalytics Conference (Big Data Tech 2017) 'Art & Data' Monicat Data Presentation

What is Art Tech? Vol. 3 "Image Tech"

This week's topic: Art Image Technology


Throughout the month of April we've been highlighting trending topics within the field of art technology. You may be asking yourself as a creator, or art collaborator: What are some examples of successful/building Art Technology programs? Where can I receive art-tech education? How do I build community within the art-tech space?
 

Art Image Technology


Art Image Technology has provided new openings for both creators and appreciators of art. Art image data technologies have been utilized by Museums to archive small to expansive sources of data--for image exploration and documentation. Image data technologies have provided 3D and VR experiences for those unable to physically attend exhibits, in addition to explorative utilization within higher education for research purposes.

We've highlighted a few notable image technology developments below--there are many more worth recognizing within this visual space.

On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)  implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks within the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.

The Met Welcomes users may utilize, research and explore artwork images they classify as within the 'Public Domain"--with waived copyright. Images marked with copyright, restricted or holding unavailable access are available by request from the Museum.

The Met Welcomes users may utilize, research and explore artwork images they classify as within the 'Public Domain"--with waived copyright. Images marked with copyright, restricted or holding unavailable access are available by request from the Museum.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN) has developed a series of 3D art object experiences, built in PhotoScan providing art admirers and in-depth viewing experience--capturing granular details of each scanned artistic object. 

The experience spans across 3D viewings of sculpture art objects, as shown with the Double Owl You (wine vessel), 11th C. BCE to Photogrammetry scans of Ernest Lawson's "Raking Light" 'Segovia', c.1916.

Art Library Students and New ARLIS* Professionals (ArLiSNAP) developed out of the need to have a formalized group that caters to the needs of art library students and new professionals. 

ArLiSNAP provides guides and resources for Art Librarian students to explore concepts and trends of the art field in addition to data resources and art databases. 

Art Image Database Resource Mentionables:

Digital Public Library of America

Visual Resource Association

(End of What is Art Tech? Vol. 3)

Monicat Data in the Community

Monicat Data joined the Mia and Nerdery this past Thursday (4/20) in an energizing panel discussion--highlighting the intersection of Art & Technology. Be sure to connect with us via Social Media for news of up-to-date art trends in addition to Monicat Data involvement in community art events.

Monicat Data joined the Mia and Nerdery this past Thursday (4/20) in an energizing panel discussion--highlighting the intersection of Art & Technology. Be sure to connect with us via Social Media for news of up-to-date art trends in addition to Monicat Data involvement in community art events.

You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

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What is Art Tech? Vol. 2 | Monicat Data

This week's topic: Supporting Programs for Art Technology

Throughout the month of April we've been highlighting trending topics within the field of art technology. You may be asking yourself as a creator, or collaborator: What are some examples of successful/building Art Technology programs? Where can I receive art-tech education? How do I build community within the art-tech space?

Art Technology Labs


Art Technology labs are community based organizations allowing tech-artists the opportunity to experiment, develop and collaborate. These spaces are not only utilized as makers spaces around the country, but also as hubs for funding and shared conceptual tech-art development.

We've highlighted a few notable organizations below--but there are many more worth recognizing within this space.

Eyebeam: Tech By Artists

Eyebeam is a Brooklyn, NY nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology toward a more imaginative and just world. By providing generous support to artists for research, production and education, Eyebeam makes ideas real.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Art Technology Lab

Art Technology Education Programs


As with highlighted Art + Technology labs, these educational resources are just a handful of budding programs within this evolving space. These sources should be used as an example of what is possible, where art tech is moving, and how we can continue to develop strong community and collaboration to the artists within this space.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Department of Art and Technology Studies)

Faculty and students in SAIC's art and technology graduate programs not only create new aesthetic experiences, but often the very tools and processes with which they are achieved. Through the department’s innovative curriculum, creating and manipulating objects, images, sound, text, music, voice, and movement are explored in tandem with custom-written software, emerging materials, unconventional processes, and new methods of integration with other technologies and fields of practice.

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AMT Lab provides current and future arts managers, technologists, and researchers with existing best practices and emerging technologies that allow for a direct impact on their work and their organization. Through online and off-line  engagement, AMT Lab is a resource that leads to innovative, effective and   efficient integration of technology in the cultural and creative enterprise space.

Monicat Data in the Community (March Update)

Monicat Data's | Data for Art Workshop 1 took place Saturday March 25, 2017 at The Third Place Gallery. Attendees walked away with greater data insights, data confidence and data terminology to aid their creative work and organizations.

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Art Work of Wing Young Huie. Artist and Owner of The Third Place Gallery.
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Monicat Data Workshop 1 Location at The Third Place Gallery.

Monicat Data participated as a representing judging organization for MUDAC(Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytic Competition) in Winona, MN April 2, 2017, at Winona State Universtiy. Learn more about MUDAC.

What is Art Tech? Vol. 1 | Monicat Data

What's your definition?
Art Technology is a field requiring flexible balances between freedom of artistic creativity; working seamlessly with the structured build and problem solving nature of technology. Art Technology is a budding niche--a field Monicat Data is proud to join in its growing recognition.

During the month of April we'll be highlighting trending art technologies aiding the field for both strategy and creation. We will additionally highlight voices of local leaders within art technology.

This week's topic: Art Tech Insight Tools

Arthena, founded in 2013, is a New York, NY based art investment technology--the brain child of Madelaine D'Angelo and Michael D'Angelo. Arthena raised over $1 million in seed funding after graduating from the AngelPad accelerator in 2014. Arthena's platform gives individual curators and professional curating organizations access to collect art with world experts.

Data Arts(formerly Cultural Data) is a Philadelphia, PA based insight platform providing: Analytics, Insight and Impact to--Arts & Cultural Organizations, Grantmakers and Researchers & Advocates. Art Data currently offers art organizations the ability to build Cultural Data Profiles (in Beta), tracking changes in activity, via Data Art analysis, over-time. The Data Arts platform is being utilized more frequently by grant providing organizations as a method of organizing the progress of their grant gifting. 

The Creative Vitality Suite is a Denver, CO based insight platform fromWESTAF (Western States Art Federation)--utilized as a research based, economic tool--providing high-quality creative economy and data reporting. CVI's approach and technology continues to build its credibility as a basis of measurement; from independent researchers to supporting state creative economy reporting.

Educate yourself on these trending tools within the Art Tech (Insights) space along with Monicat Data's growing list of public resources for artists and creative organizations.

#SaveTheArts National Budget Cuts & Needed Support

 

Over the past week, we've observed proposed FY18 government budget cuts for national supporting arts organizations including: National Endowment for the ArtsInstitute of Museum and Library Services, and National Endowment for The Humanities.

Monicat Data stands with creative organizations in building awareness regarding the necessity of these funds to support their daily operations, artistic exploration and community impact.

Reach out to your local, regional and national government officials to share the impact art has on your community; aiding in the activism of continued funding for these long standing national art organizations.

Want to help, but not sure where to start? Take a look at recent press statements from National Arts Supporting Organizations in need of your support:


You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

Monicat Data | Data Management & Research for Artists | monicatdata.com

Don't Miss Your Creative Opportunity To...

...To Register and attend Monicat Data's: Data for Art Workshop I next week at Third Place Gallery to build your strategic approach to art management--Saturday March 25, 2017. Learn more about our Creative Strategy speaker line-up here...

...To listen to our most recent podcast interview, moderated by Shannon Forney of Next in Non-Profits--for a conversation about what is measured now, what categories of measurement are possible, and how both art and data influence each other:

Open Ears. You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft. Monicat Data | Data Management & Research for Artists and Creative Organizations | monicatdata.com

Open Ears.

You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

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Art Data Workshop Speaker Announcement | Register Today | March 25, 2017

Independent Artists, Art Non-Profits, Art Funders, Art Curators, Art Strategist & Art Supporters...

We Welcome You.

Monicat Data's Data for Art Workshop I is the first of an ongoing series of 'Data for Art' workshops in 2017 hosted by Monicat Data--connecting strategy to the needs of the creative community. Monicat Data seeks to not only assist, but connect artists, art supporting organizations and art funders with strategic art minds--better enhancing their craft and measured impact.

Workshop Ticket Register: www.monicatdata.com/dataforartworkshops/

  We're excited to announce our speaker line-up of creatives and art strategists, providing thought leadership throughout our workshop session presentations and discussions.
 

Meet our speakers:

(1) Renae Youngs, Director of Research and Evaluation | Minnesota State Arts Board
 

" (1) Renae Youngs will be leading an insightful presentation for Rotating Session 1: Applications of Data for Artists. Introduction and Q&A Moderation by (2) Jasmine Russell, Head Founder of Monicat Data."

(3) Arlene Birt, Founder & Information Designer and Visual Storyteller of Background Stories, MCAD Visiting Faculty

(4) Irv Briscoe, Founder of Von91 

(5) Janie Hanson, Founder + CEO of Connect the Grey

"The above speakers will be leading the panel conversation of Rotating Session 2: Bridging Art & Data Panel Discussionmoderated by (6) Cassie Utt, Artistic Gravitator of Monicat Data." 
 

(7) Teeko Yang, Founder of My Token Friend Podcast, Northern Lights Outreach, Impact Hub Artist Impact Program Lead

"(7) Teeko Yang and (8) Kurt Blomberg, Co-Founder of Monicat Data will walk attendees through an Interactive Presentation and Art Impact Case Walk-Through for Rotating Session 3: Art Planning: Creating a Plan for Impactful Art."

Time & Location:

The venue: The Third Place Gallery (www.wingyounghuie.com)

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Workshop Ticket Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monicat-data-data-for-art-workshop-1-tickets-30823168928

You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

See you there, March 25, 2017.

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The Heart of An Artist

(Heart Thud. Heart Thud. Heart Thud.) 

In a time of uncertainty and confusion domestically, we have observed great strength among artists and creatives. Reignited collective purpose, shared visions, creative resistance, outspoken mind-share...

Creatives are fully utilizing their platforms to be central vessels in exposing truth & constant outlets for hope, uplifting the minds of our community.

This loving holiday can be as wholesome as you desire it to be. From Monicat Data, we encourage you to share your gifts and warmth of creativity with others--not only today, but intentionally in your daily interactions.

Current and upcoming local heart focused art exhibits:

Monicat Data in the Community:

We had an incredible time last week presenting and speaking with Minneapolis College of Art and Design students of Arlene Birt's Data Visualization class, highlighting case studies in applying data for artists and art supporting organizations. Learn more about  MCAD and Arlene Birt's data visualization organization centered around stories of sustainability and art at backgroundstories.com.

We had an incredible time last week presenting and speaking with Minneapolis College of Art and Design students of Arlene Birt's Data Visualization class, highlighting case studies in applying data for artists and art supporting organizations. Learn more about  MCAD and Arlene Birt's data visualization organization centered around stories of sustainability and art at backgroundstories.com.

Upcoming Monicat Data Community Talks:


You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

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What is a Monicat? | Our Team | Monicat Data

In our community conversations, we're often asked:

"What is a Monicat?"

 

"Last December, the Monicat leadership trio had quite the planning session setting our 2017 Goals, Values & Plans. We're steadily making progress. Are you preparing your craft for the upcoming year effectively?"


A Monicat Data team member (Monicats as we like to call ourselves) are your first connection points to becoming a more informed artist, creator or art supporting organization. A team comprised of individuals that are not only appreciators of the arts; but a unique formation of practicing artists, tech minds, and educationally focused researchers.

Artists, Creators & Art Supporting Organizations: Monicat Data is here for you.
You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

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#J20 Art Strike

J20ArtStrike.org

The call reads:

"#J20 Art Strike
An Act of Noncompliance on Inauguration Day.
No Work, No School, No Business.
Museums. Galleries. Theaters. Concert Halls. Studios. Nonprofits. Art Schools.
Close For The Day.
Hit The Streets. Bring Your Friends. Fight Back.

This call concerns more than the art field. It is made in solidarity with the nation-wide demand that on January 20 and beyond, business should not proceed as usual in any realm. We consider Art Strike to be one tactic among others to combat the normalization of Trumpism—a toxic mix of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, militarism, and oligarchic rule. Like any tactic, it is not an end in itself, but rather an intervention that will ramify into the future. It is not a strike against art, theater, or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced.

We address ourselves to the people who make our cultural institutions run on a daily basis, including many of our own friends and colleagues. Those who work at the institutions are divided in multiple and unequal ways, and any action taken must prioritize the voices, needs and concerns of those with the most to lose. However you choose to respond to this call, Art Strike is an occasion for public accountability, an opportunity to affirm and enact the values that our cultural institutions claim to embody..."

 (Read more at j20artstrike.org)

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Values for Art Data

Values drive the mind of an artist, their eye of inspiration and will to create.

We realize, even within the creative industry, there are strong difference in data usage and awareness; differing between individual artists, art supporting organizations and art funders.

Each hold different levels of access or usage of data on a daily or weekly basis, but each deserve data support to enhance their craft and measured impact.


At Monicat Data, we seek to bridge these differences in providing research and data management to all levels of creatives within this beautiful, inspiring art industry.

 

Monicat Data Workshop 1, March 25, 2017

Saturday March 25, 2017 Register Here

Independent Artists, Art Non-Profits, Art Funders, Art Curators, Art Strategist & Art Supporters...

We Welcome You.

Monicat Data is a Data Management & Research group specifically focused in bringing strategic data to Visual, Design, and Performance Artists.  Monicat Data supports artists with Custom Research, Monthly Analytic Sessions and Report Validation & Creation.

www.monicatdata.com

This event is the first of an ongoing series of 'Data for Art' workshops in 2017 hosted by Monicat Data--connecting strategy to the needs of the creative community. Monicat Data seeks to bridge and connect artists, art supporting organizations and art funders with analytics--better enhancing their craft and measured impact.

Register Here
You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

Make 2017 Impactful.

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The Home of an Artist is Wherever they reside...

We realized November wasn't enough.

 Monicat Data is making our Artist Lifelines series, focusing on vital tools to artists or artistic groups, to the community once a month.

December's Lifeline: Artist Residencies


Monicat Data had the opportunity to connect with artist Sara Dittrich, gathering her opinion on Artist Residencies as a vital lifeline to the growth of her art and creative discipline.

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Monicat: Who are you?

Sara: I am an interdisciplinary artist who often uses elements of sculpture and performance to investigate the dynamic acts of listening, communicating and moving.

Monicat: Where can people find examples of your work?

Sara: www.saradittrich.com

Monicat: How do artist residencies impact your work as an artist?

Sara: For me, artist residencies are amazing because they roll a bunch of lifelines into one.  Residencies have given me time, space, and financial support to make art.  They have also given me the opportunity to meet new people (extend my network) and travel to new places, leading to new inspirations.  

After I went on a string of residencies, I settled down and got a full time day job. Now I am learning the challenges of balancing a day job with time/energy in the studio.  If you’re in a situation like this, and can take the time off work, residencies are a great solution because they really let you focus on your art for a chunk of time without having any other commitments.

Monicat Data thoughts on Artist Residencies: From a data perspective, Monicat Data has the ability to aid artists in organizing compelling dialogues of artistic performance and impact through data. Organizing your story as an artist with grounded community impact/reach data can be the extra push to help supporting community organizations understand your vision, directing you toward your next funding and/or artist residence opportunity.

 

Aware of (an) artist(s) we should feature in coming months for this series? Contact us here with the subject line 'Artist Lifelines'. 

Find your home.


You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

Inspiration is Vital to the Lifeline of an Artist | November Community Series

What are artistic lifelines?

Tools, Vision, Context, Time, Passion, Grants, Materials, Labor--all of these are vital to the creation of art.

Each week in November Monicat Data will highlight Artist Lifelines featuring opinions from community artists or artistic groups. Monicat will discuss tips of how artists can sustain these lifelines through data, better serving their communities.

This series will be distributed via our weekly newsletter, be sure to sign-up on our homepage.

We have a few voices lined up. Interested in being featured? Contact us here with the subject line 'Artist Lifelines'. 

Still breathing?


You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

That simple.

Monicat Data | Data Management & Research for Artists | monicatdata.com

Where Are You?

Its a real question.

Where do you flock to get your artistic fix in the city? There are a few creative outlets we've seen over the past week.

Sally Awards at the Ordway

St. Paul Art Crawl

MIMA Summit

There are a few upcoming events we're looking forward to this week:

Thursday October 20, MIA Artoberfest

Friday October 21, TEDxMinneapolis, Reverb

Friday October 21, Versatility: ICEHOUSE

We understand and know there's more, but we have to start somewhere right?

Keep us up to date.

You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

That simple.

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Monicat Creative Work & Program Evaluations: How Do These Aid Creators?

To grow your creative work, you must understand your creative process.

We've all seen standard evaluations: Quarterly, Bi-annual or Yearly measurements our ability to hit a particular goal.

We get it. We're researchers. Benchmarks are necessary.


But, what are you learning about your creative process?
Your program impact on the creative community? 
Time-of-day insights of when yourself and/or team is most effective?
Which creative projects are you most productive? 


Monicat Data believes its time evaluations speak to the core of artists and creative organizations.

Monicat Data provides three core evaluation types:
 

Monicat Creative Work Flow Analysis
Monicat Program Planning
Monicat Program & Creative Work Estimations


Each of these are customized to your needs and sought time-frame to begin placing insights into measurable action.

Ask us more about Monicat Data's Creative Work & Program Evaluations.

You're a creator. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

That simple.

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Where Are The Creative Hubs In Your City?

Why did Monicat Data specifically choose to tailor its Data Management and Research to artists?

Because we understand the power of data focus.

With time, having a central data focus allows us to quickly understand and identify data benefits for artistic creation--better aiding the artists we serve.

Where are the creative hubs in your city? Do you need more public data resources? Start here. Our public data resource list will build, be sure to check back on a regular basis.

Also connect with us via our Social Media links above.  We speak of our data measurement capabilities from time-to-time. 


You're an artist. We're researchers. We provide you with understandable strategic data to build your craft.

That simple.

Monicat Data | Data Management & Research for Artists.

 

Bring the Juice. Bring the Art Data.

We were proud to be part of the Minnesota creative community last week.

 Between Twin Cities Startup Week, Fashion Week MN, and theIvey Awards--we are completely blown away by the creative momentum of Minnesota.

Last week provided us humbling inspiration to serve our creative communities with strategic data for Visual Artists, Design Artists, Theaters and Galleries/Museums.

We see your work. Keep us in mind for research before, and after, your next creative project.

Last week brought the creative juice. We'll handle the data.

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There's Something About Finding the Muse of Your Craft.

Your relaxed. Your mind is clearer. Your more prepared for unexpected changes--because your mind is inspired by the freedom of exploration.

We want to take a moment to say thank you for supporting the vision of our work.

Monicat Data understands the creative community has more experimental needs outside of standard research data; and we're working hard to develop unique data solutions for Monicat's data companies of Visual ArtistsDesign ArtistsPerformance Artists.

Contact us today to understand our creative thoughts on developing Analytics in Art.

Chat with us. Tell a friend.

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