Carnegie Mellon's Creative Entrepreneurs Project
Proposes Five Initiatives To Strengthen Local Artist Base
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts has completed an intensive six-month research effort studying opportunities for individual artists to develop their careers in the local arts community. Titled "Creative Entrepreneurs," the study, supported by The Heinz Endowments, proposes five initiatives aimed at strengthening economic, professional, creative and networking support structures for Pittsburgh artists.
"This comprehensive study is the first phase of addressing critical issues facing local Pittsburgh artists," said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon, who initiated this study. "When implemented, the five proposed initiatives will lead to new opportunities for local artists and build a sustainable cultural support system for years to come."
The study proposes five initiatives: utilizing the skilled labor of artists as a vehicle toward home and studio ownership; equipping artists with the tools to sustain growth and momentum in the creative industries; mapping the resources and opportunities within the arts ecosystem to increase legibility and accessibility while decreasing complexity; enhancing critical discourse and increasing national recognition; and building bridges between industries, developing mutually beneficial partnerships and pioneering hybrid economies.
The initiatives were developed from an in-depth study of the local arts scene, interviews with 70 arts professionals and researching good practice models from around the world. Researcher Courtney Ehrlichman executed the Creative Entrepreneurs Project, supported by an advisory committee of practicing artists and members of local arts organizations, including the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Sprout Fund.