I write from Nashville, TN, a nationally recognized music city and a burgeoning arts town.
As an actor, community arts project manager, theatre producer, and staff member of an arts service organization, my days bustle with arts leaders, new and seasoned. They provide the spark for the city’s growth. And those stepping forward as new leaders will define the future of the creative sector.
When I look around at my ensemble and community, I see common characteristics that will weave through our individual impact as emerging leaders.
In this blog series I will explore three of those characteristics: who we are, how we will work in the arts and why we will dedicate so much of our hearts to it.
Who are we?
We are artists first and manager-janitors out of necessity. We are arts entrepreneurs.
From crowdfunding to self-publishing, it is becoming increasingly easy to take this do-it-yourself approach to making art.
“Film is an ever more do it yourself word,” said Coke Sams at a recent Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville seminar on alternative funding options for art projects. Coke is a producer at Nashville-based Ruckus Films and part of the team for the Blue Like Jazz film, the most successful film project in Kickstarter history raising over $345,000. Read the rest of this entry »