Arizona State University’s Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship presents its 5th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration on May 5-6, 2017. The theme of the 2017 symposium is: “Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities.” Participants will explore the nature of arts entrepreneurial action in community settings and modes of interaction between artists and their communities. Framed by an interactive workshop on Critical Response Process led by Liz Lerman and John Borstel, and anchored by a keynote speech by Carlton Turner, founding executive director of Alternate Roots, the symposium will also include concurrent sessions on theory, practice, and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship in, with, and for communities.
Until we reimagine the way we capitalize the cultural life of communities, we will not realize its transformative potential. Low-income and communities of color receive a disproportional amount of the capital deployed across the cultural sector annually. Practitioners in rural and native contexts experience this inequity acutely as a result of the comparably weak fiscal capacity of public institutions and sparse philanthropic investment. These forces combine to exacerbate the vulnerability of rural and native cultural ecologies, limiting their potential to affect positive social change. Join me to learn about the Alternative Capital Working Group’s efforts to reimagine the way we resource cultural development work by adopting and adapting innovative investment strategies.