Welcome to Art Opening(s), the podcast where there are no gatekeepers, no stupid questions, and art for all. Hosted by Courtney Jordan and Samantha Sanders and sponsored by Artists Network.
Soooo, Sup with Art Incubators?
What’s an incubator anyway let alone an art one? If this phrase calls to mind baby chickens heated to hatch and weird egg-centric space pods, we are here to add a coat of paint to the sitch. That means giving you an artistic perspective on this 21st century phenonmenon of the art incubator.
We will delve into why creative entrepreneurs might seek them out. We clarify why the gallery world might be threatened by art incubators because of what they mean for creatives, makers and artists. We will give you the details what to look for in an art incubator if you are so inclined. We will also welcome special guest, multi-award winning entrepreneur, product designer and animator Todd Wahnish, who in his current guise helps creative, non-technical founders launch profitable businesses.
What Are Art Incubators and Do We Need Them?
Incubators are best known as part of the tech world. These organizations are geared toward speeding up the growth and success of a startup and early stage companies. In a variety of ways they help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Swap the word startup for artist or creative entrepreneur and you’ve got the equivalent of an art incubator for artists. So the next question is, what do artists need to grow?
Helping Artists Get Independent
In this episode, we go at all the reasons why art incubators are a hot topic right now:
+Whether or not artists need to learn to run creative businesses if they want to make a true livelihood out of their work…
+If incubators teach artists how to better “get in the game”…
+The key components of an incubator…
+A critique of the present state of art incubators…
+What’s next in incubation or creative entrepreneurship…
Give a listen if you are at all interested in bring the business and the art of your career together. And if you wonder about being a truly independent artist who commands knowledge of your individual art market as both a business person and a creative person.
And if you are interested in learning more about the art incubators that you could participate in, learn more with the National Business Incubatian Association, NASAA (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies) and AFTA (Americans for the Arts).
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Special Guest Todd Wahnish
Todd Wahnish helps creative, non-technical founders launch profitable businesses.
An entrepreneur and award winning product specialist, Todd has extensive experience building online companies and intellectual properties for large, Fortune 500 companies and major entertainment entities. His clients include Marvel Entertainment, Cartoon Network, and Jeff Koons.
Todd has successfully worked with entrepreneurs from many of the world’s top startup institutions, incubators and accelerators. These include the Thiel fellowship, Techstars, The Startup Leadership Program, Columbia University and NYU.
Todd has led and contributed to every aspect of product development, and his industry recognition includes a Design 100 Award, 10 Broadcast Design Awards, a Telly Award, and a nomination for a MTV Music Video Award.