New Course: Art Entrepreneurship Community ENT 198

Two programs at Lehigh University are joining to offer a pilot course in the Spring 2012 semester. The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation is offering a course being taught by ArtsLehigh director, Dr. Silagh White:

ENT 198: Art Entrpreneurship Community (3 credits) T/R 2:30-4pm

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The course will focus on art as an economic driver in community building. Topics include: understanding community arts districts, entrepreneurial contributions to venues and networks, new arts venture creation, management approaches inherent in the entrepreneurial mindset. Activities may include: positioning of arts events, determining target audiences, marketing, arts based business models and resource needs, development of preliminary action plan to execute an arts related event.

Note: “arts” activities here are broadly conceived, including visual, performing, technical and literary arts.

Reading from Richard Florida’s theory of the “Creative Class”, and from a course pack of blogs, articles (local and national) about the conditions that connect issues with urban communities through a vibrant arts culture. Finally, we’ll have some speakers throughout the semester come in and talk about their entrepreneurial ventures in the Lehigh Valley; long term, and newly emerging.

Contact Silagh White if you have any other questions.

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