114: Serving the arts as a business segment with Beth Yerxa of Triangle ArtWorks

Do you think of your art as a business? More broadly, do you think of the arts community as a business sector? In this episode, I’m speaking with Beth Yerxa, the Executive Director of Triangle ArtWorks.

In this episode, Beth talks about the origin, purpose and programming of Triangle ArtWorks, in particular their newest professional development program, Artswell and Artswell TV (located on YouTube).

Beth Yerxa, Executive Director of Triangle Art Works, in her home in Raleigh, July, 2010.

Beth Yerxa  is Executive Director of Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit serving the arts as a business segment in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. In this role, Yerxa works with other economic development, small business, and arts service organizations to ensure that Triangle artists have the resources they need to thrive, and to increase the visibility and power of the arts community as a business segment. Through her work, Beth is helping the broader community – as well as the arts community itself – to shift their view of the arts from “charity” to business sector.

This interview was recorded on March 28, 2020; we do discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.


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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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