Find out how Katy Rubin, Founder of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, was able to marry her artistic side with her entrepreneurial side by enrolling in and graduating from NYCEDC and NYFA’s Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. It’s a fascinating story of how, with training and mentoring, art and business can live hand-in-hand, and make it in New York City.
NYCEDC’s social media presence reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of economic development.
NYCEDC at the 2011 Social Good Summit
NYCEDC visited the 2011 Social Good Summit at the 92nd St Y on Tuesday to discover how some of the world’s leading nonprofits are using social media to relay news about their latest initiatives.
Academy Award winner Geena Davis, whose institute provides much-needed research on gender stereotyping in media, took the stage to talk about why we need more positive female role models on and off screen. View the full conversation from the 2011 Social Good Summit above via YouTube.
UNICEF announced that tennis star Serena Williams is their newest goodwill ambassador. She plans to leverage her Twitter audience of 2 million+ followers to spread the word about international development initiatives. Says UNICEF, “As a Goodwill Ambassador she will support UNICEF”s mission to provide a quality education for the most vulnerable children through the Schools for Africa programme and the upcoming Schools for Asia initiatives.”
A “Groundbreaking” Groundbreaking
Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and officials broke ground on the new Whitney Museum at the High Line in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The ceremony included an astounding performance by artist Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company, which involved people hurling themselves through glass panes. (Watch the video above! We watched it several times ourselves.)
The Whitney Museum’s new home will be the latest addition to the thriving cultural community that is growing in the Meatpacking District. The new nine-floor, 200,000-square-foot building, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, will be built on former City-owned property at the southern entrance to the High Line and is scheduled to open in 2015. Learn more about the building’s features and the role of the City in the Whitney Museum’s expansion project, which also helped ensure that the Gansevoort Meat Market—a celebrated local business and Manhattan’s only meat cooperative—stays in the neighborhood for the next 20 years.
View renderings and read more about the museum’s future at whitney.org.
Artist as Entrepreneur Summer Institute: Apply Now
By Lushi Li, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation
First class of Artists Summer Institute artists on the ferry. Photo courtesy of LMCC.
We’re continuing to recruit for this summer’s Artist as Entrepreneur program, an initiative from our Center for Economic Transformation, which equips New York City-based visual and performing artists with business and management skills to successfully market themselves and their work. Though we’ve just wrapped up registration for New York Foundation for the Arts’ boot camp, we are now starting the registration process for the free, five-day Artists Summer Institute, offered through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in partnership with Creative Capital.
Keren Moscovitch, artist and participant of last year’s program, said this about her experience:
My ASI experience was a turning point in the way I think of myself as a professional artist. I was introduced to several useful tools for money management, and got a better sense of control over my finances. Since last summer, I gained the motivation and confidence to grow my freelance business and reduced my credit card debt by 30%. Creatively, I improved the ways I talk about my work and have felt more focused professionally. I cherish the friendships I made last summer and have been moved by the level of support that ASI alumni have shown for each other’s projects, and how we still are in touch almost a year later. Overall, I am so impressed by the high quality coaching that we received from LMCC and Creative Capital staff. The service they provide is generous and on point, identifying key areas that will improve artists’ lives. ASI gave me tools I can always go back to as I move forward in my career.