Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs In The Arts

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Presented live on Zoom

Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Arts is a pitch competition featuring University of Kentucky arts administration students sharing their ideas for new nonprofit arts ventures. Pitches will be judged by accomplished entrepreneurs and arts professionals who will give expert feedback to our new entrepreneurs about the feasibility and sustainability of their projects.

Panel of judges:

  • Adanma Onyedike Barton is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Berea College. Professor Barton was the first African-American President of the Kentucky Theatre Association.
  • Nan Plummer is a former art museum director and the former President and CEO of LexArts, Lexington’s arts council and united arts fund. She has also worked as a fundraiser and is currently executive director of the Treeline Conservancy in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Jaleesa Renee Wells is an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Wells’ research and practice explores areas such as social enterprise and hybrid organizational development in the arts and culture sector, as well as investigating racial and social justice issues in cultural institutions.

Emcee: Keith McMunn, Entrepreneur in Residence for AAD 410 Arts Entrepreneurship and Fellowship Director at Awesome, Inc.


 

Arts organizations have found new ways to connect with audiences in 2020. University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration students have been challenged to take this one step further by creating alternative methods of delivery without a dependence on technology. The challenge is the basis for the third annual Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Arts, presented by theLAB, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Fish Tank features six groups of UK arts administration students in AAD 410 Arts Entrepreneurship who have innovative ideas for a better future for arts organizations and will pitch them to a panel of expert judges. The event will be hosted by Keith McMunn, Fellowship Director at Awesome, Inc. And Entrepreneur in Residence for the class. Jill Schinberg, assistant professor of arts administration, explains the event. 

“The global pandemic has challenged the ways in which we have historically engaged with arts and culture in society,” Schinberg explains. “Many organizations have adapted their programming by relying heavily on technological solutions, but not everyone has access to technology. Arts administrators striving to create inclusive organizations must ensure access to the arts for economically disadvantaged, rural, or other populations that may not have consistent/reliable internet access or who lack the equipment or tech savvy to engage. The students participating in this competition are building solutions and will come away with a fully-formed and viable business plan.” 

Competitors will be judged on the feasibility and sustainability of their projects by esteemed business owners and arts professionals including: 

  • Adanma Onyedike Barton, associate professor of theatre at Berea College. Barton was the first African-American President of the Kentucky Theatre Association.  

  • Nan Plummer, former art museum director and former President and CEO of LexArts, Lexington’s arts council and united arts fund. She is currently executive director of the Treeline Conservancy in Ann Arbor, MI. 

  • Jaleesa Wells, assistant professor of arts administration at the University of Kentucky.  Wells’ research and practice explores areas such as social enterprise and hybrid organizational development in the arts and culture sector, as well as investigating racial and social justice issues in cultural institutions. 

For the second time, this year there will be an audience favorite winner. Register for your free ticket now so you can vote for your favorite. 

theLAB is a laboratory for creative and applied research in arts administration that focuses on producing, presenting, and consulting on projects from vision to fruition. Addressing equitable practices through planning, staffing, policy and procedure is a hallmark of our work as collaborative researchers. Created in the image of the clinical services and extension models for applied research across university campuses around the world, theLAB was conceived and is directed by Schinberg. 

Founded in 1987, the Department of Arts Administration at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curricula in the country including the only PhD in Arts Administration. Dynamic and innovative, the department leads national and international initiatives in teaching, research, professional and community service to educate and inspire responsible arts leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.

 

Nov 17 2020, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Free and Online
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