Innovating Through Artistry

Chicago Arts Incubator Anyone?

In Author: Lisa Canning, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, Entrepreneurial Evolution, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Fashion, The Idea, WEBSITES & BLOGS on November 29, 2007 at 7:17 am

Today I went to Atlanta to visit The Beehive Co-Op. I went there with the sole objective of hoping to find a partner, in this franchise concept, to potentially build an arts incubator here in Chicago. My wildest dream is to create an entrepreneurial arts incubator that has an educational component for artists to develop their business ideas, that I will design, build and initially run, as well as a place to perform and sell the products and services the artists create–like The Beehive Co-Op— but instead with all of these components under one roof. My ultimate dream is to build a number of arts incubators in communities around The United States.

I may have found the perfect partner in The Beehive Co-Op to begin to develop the first one here in Chicago in 2008. Not only will this offer The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble a regular performing venue, but will also offer many other fine artists a regular performing venue and classes and workshops to help them along their own journey to make their dreams become real.

Sure, Chicago already has Columbia College that offers a very well established artistic entrepreneurship major, great performing space, as many other schools do in Chicago, and of course, they also offer lots of other classes too– but I still believe I can make a difference. I want to help all those artist that are out of school- in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond. All of you that are facing the real world and not doing what you love because you simply need help to learn how you can.

I want to create a community-based experience for both artist and audience to begin to build a new kind of relationship focused on the creative evolution for each. For the artist to become financially able and for the audience to become more creative using the gifts artists have to offer through the development of their business concepts. I want to help artists learn what healthy self-esteem is and what it offers that, once you have it, you will never again live without.

I am following my heart and trusting the net will appear by showing up and following up with anyone and everyone who falls in my path. Making the trip to Atlanta was yet another way for me to show up and trust that my net will appear.

There are many things I need to make this work. I need to help find the right person to buy into The Beehive Co-Op as a franchisee in Chicago. I would like to find the right affordable building to buy- along with a couple of real estate investors who believe in the power of the arts- to house the project and make it permanent. I will also need to find the funding sources to support the not-for-profit educational work with grants. So many things must appear to make the net real and provide the safety this dream needs.

But regardless of if my dream is realized in this exact way, I am turning over every stone until I find a way to create the perfect enviornment for my work and my passion. I am relentless–but then again so is my nagging passion that I simply cannot ignore. I love blogging for all of you who stop by and pay me a visit, but it is simply not enough. The silence offers me no glory or joy or awe of witnessing, again and again and again, what I know inside of you can burn an eternal bright light filled with your passionate dreams and the financial worth you deserve.

Sooner or later, I, myself, will find my perfect groove and be able to fly effortlessly in the light of my vision. There will come a day when it appears. Today, it feels as if it is not far off- maybe even just right around the corner.

And even on those days when I am less than sure it is, I believe that day will come if I just keep going. How about you?


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