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Aug. 14: Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts "Creative Entrepreneurs" Project Receives NEA Grant


Eric Sloss   

Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts "Creative
Entrepreneurs" Project Receives NEA Grant

hilarycourtneyPITTSBURGH—"Creative Entrepreneurs," a research effort at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the retention of individual artists and to develop their careers in the local arts community. The grant, part of the economic stimulus funding released by the United States government, will help implement the findings of the study, led by researcher Courtney Ehrlichman.
The study proposes five initiatives: to help create affordable homeownership; to foster professional development; to coordinate community resources; to enhance critical discourse; and to promote industry crossover. Only two other arts organizations in the Pittsburgh region received NEA stimulus funding.
The initiatives were developed from an in-depth study of the local arts scene, interviews with 70 arts professionals and research of good practice models from around the world. Ehrlichman executed the Creative Entrepreneurs project with support from 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. 


Pictured above are (L to R) Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Dean of the College of Fine Arts, who initiated the Creative Entrepreneurs study, and Researcher Courtney Ehrlichman.