Innovating Through Artistry

About ETA

I like using the word entrepreneur as a verb. If you think about it for a moment, it works. Entrepreneur is a French word. ‘Entre’ means Enter while ‘Preneur’ comes from the verb ‘Prendre’, which means To Take.

Enter– to Take– the Arts ( someplace you want them to go):

Despite the fact that you might want to say Entrepreneur OF the Arts, choose to think differently. Turn your art into action instead. And if by chance you are not an artist, let us help you use the arts to take your life or organization where you want to go!

Welcome to Entrepreneur The Arts! We tap into the power of creative artistry to innovate lives, bottom lines, and the communities we live in. We serve artists, corporations, universities and government.

The world needs your gifts. Your creativity and powers of perception can change the world. The forms and products that you give life to, the experiences that you create can reach far beyond your studio, the concert hall, theater or museum. It is time to think outside the paint-box of your possibilities up to now. What if your artistry, your thought processes and disciplines, could serve as a catalyst for others’ innovative thinking? What if you and your work could help uplift and energize thinkers, learners and leaders across your community? There are many opportunities to grow creatively and financially if you are willing to become more innovative, more entrepreneurial, in your own thinking. Let us show you how. Read our Blog, log into The Entrepreneurial Artists Resource Center or sign up for individual or ensemble training.

Innovate – there is no second option for survival in today’s world. No matter how fabulous and timely your present offering, tomorrow it will be just yesterday’s fare. Innovation is the current into the future that keeps us current with the demands of the present. It starts with creativity and work environments that support and cultivate imagination, risk-taking and break-through thinking. Whether you are just getting started or are already deeply committed to your culture of innovation, our custom services can take you farther. Find out what innovation feels like when it is in your blood, when it is your passion and your life’s work.

Are you ready for the 21st century? Are you organized for imagination and social change, for creativity, connectivity, leadership and entrepreneurship? Is your faculty teaching and thinking across disciplinary boundaries? Have you seeded a culture of innovation responsive to both the global economy and the needs of the young people coming to your door? What is your vision? What will distinguish your university as a seat of excellence, innovation and caring? The pressures of change are upon us all. Good ideas abound but are not reconciled with practice and policy. How to plant the first seeds of change? How to nurture dialogue, catalyze transformation and grow the culture that you seek? You have allies ready to work with you to further your vision. Contact us.

Leadership, integrity, compassion, resilience, creativity, perseverance, courage… We ask a great deal of those human beings we have chosen to lead us or who serve as career civil servants at every level of government. Complexity, doing more with less, reconciling differences, seeking justice, building, healing and restoring communities… The work is daunting and consuming of everyone’s best efforts. Professional training and renewal has never been at a higher premium in our government workforce. Together, we must deepen critical, intuitive and creative capacities, rebuild trust and restore values. We must build cultures of innovation and excellence within every agency, bureau, department and task force and re-charge each individual’s will and passion to serve. If you share in these priorities, we can work with you to realize them creatively step by step.

  1. Ms.Canning,

    I work at an innovative visual art & entrepreneurial program at Florida State University called Master Craftsman Studios. Our program is based upon suppling FSUs needs for creative objects, using that revenue to fund our program, and teach sculptural technique with respect to business. We operate best as a post-graduate apprentice program where employees already have desire, aesthetic, competent skills, and a need for the understanding of business in art. You can check out our sthick at

    I am quite interested in generating a dialog about the need for business education in the visual arts. I have been combing the internet and found your site to be up to date. There are others, but they mostly seem to have lost their go-jo. Yours, on the other hand, has a lot of the mo-jo we constantly discuss, especially the “no more starving artists.”

    I would very much like to start a dialog with you concerning these ideas and others. Our program is growing and it is important for us to gather a clear understanding of the national movement so we may participate and contribute.

    I look forward to your correspondence,

  2. Brava, Ira, on both your current work, desire for more and perseverance! I welcome you into this online community and will send you an email to begin a dialogue between us.


  3. Hi Lisa, Brava for supporting this critical development in thinking for artists. I am a coach for artist entrepreneurs and help them create many financial streams from their work that support them, help them to grow and change their lives for the better. I am so glad for artists that they are accepting this thinking. Years ago artists and arts education groups would recoil from the topic as commericial, I see a change now and you are right on target helping it to grow.

    Dianne Legro

  4. Lisa,

    I found your blog while conducting research on leadership and the arts. I am chair for a community college art department in Southern California. I’m very interested in the work you are doing and feel fortunate to have found your site.

    Mandi Batalo

  5. Thanks Mandi for your comment. Would love to connect. Lisa

  6. Collaboration is Key
    glad to know you are out there. I am educating artists and collectors daily through my site:
    check me out and let’s be of mutual benefit. Love-Light, Nova Cynthia

  7. Hi Nova Cynthia!
    Thanks for your love of collaboration. Your work looks terrific! Thanks for connecting. Lisa

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