Program for Black Creatives and Artists Aims to Promote Success in Business

Program for Black Creatives and Artists Aims to Promote Success in Business

ArtUp, a Memphis-based art and creative enterprise aims to add more value to the community by investing in creative entrepreneurs and empowering those who are in disinvested communities. The startup also seeks the advancement of the racial equity of the community. This award-winning enterprise just announced their Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program to further enhance creatives to achieve success in business.

ArtUp, a Memphis-based art and creative enterprise aims to add more value to the community by investing in creative entrepreneurs and empowering those who are in disinvested communities. The startup also seeks the advancement of the racial equity of the community. This award-winning enterprise just announced their Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program to further enhance creatives to achieve success in business.

The program provides artists and creatives with education and tools they need for their business including mentorship. All these are made to support their sustainability in the long-term. According to Linda Steele, the CEO of ArtUp, their company reimagines the creative economy while their program aims to transform the way the artists work. The program supports and molds them into becoming business owners and creative entrepreneurs.

They want to be able to elevate the artists and creatives who are working in the art, entertainment, and media industries in Memphis. The program also aims to promote creatives specifically people of color in order to become successful entrepreneurs. The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program kicked off two events this month.

The ArtUp Open House unveiled artist Paul Thomas’ creation which was a provocative installation called “Imagined and Real: Threads of Life.” The event acted as an opportunity for creative entrepreneurs and artists to network with each other.

Meanwhile, the other event called the Creative Entrepreneur’s Panel featured the business hub ambassadors along with Memphis business leaders, innovators, and Newark Hub alumni. According to Steele, the organization envisions a progressive program that combines business skills and creative talents. When it comes to creativity, there is no limit, she adds.

The program was patterned after the success of the Newark Business Hub which was created by Rutgers Business School in 2016. The participants of the Memphis program will be given access to coaches, mentors, classes, education, and professional services. The program is seeking participants across Memphis.

Meanwhile, in Newark, creatives are continuously participating in various business ventures. They are also part of the economic growth initiatives while helping them have their own properties.

ArtUp also has another initiative called the Fellowship which received the Robert E. Gard award as well as a grant from the Natl. Endowment for the Arts. In 2017, ArtUp was established and was sponsored by the Community LIFT. It operates the Orange Mound Gallery in the African American neighborhood. 

By Kathrina Tiangco

  

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