Last week, I got to do the thing that I enjoy most in my job (I also got to do some things I enjoy least, but discussing those would be digressive).Â My colleagues and I made six seed grants to student arts entrepreneurs.Â If I ever feel down about arts education, I can go back and read the 24 letters of intent and 8 full submissions to our p.a.v.e. program in arts entrepreneurship.Â Reading through these proposals makes me feel that the arts are relevant, vibrant, vital, and sustainable.
Students have some of the coolest ideas.Â With their permission, Iâ€™m sharing some information about the six awardees with you all.Â Yes, itâ€™s a little bit of bragging, but itâ€™s also sharing some of the interesting ideas that weâ€™ll be mentoring and supporting in the months to come.Â (And, yes, there were a few proposals that just made you roll your eyes, but those were very few.) A lot of proposals were for projects that could be termed â€œsocial entrepreneurshipâ€ as much as â€œarts entrepreneurship,â€ a combination I find both interesting, and hopeful.
With that, I bring you the Fall 2009 p.a.v.e. awardees:
Join and Cast Ventures: Two Art (Intermedia) students, Jennifer C. and Catherine A., are producing a field guide to the downtown Phoenix arts scene that is itself a work of art.
Radio Healer: Led by Arts, Media Engineering (AME) graduate student Christopher M., Radio Healer presents mediated performances that foster intercultural dialogue in Native communities.
Dance and Health Together Awards: Led by undergraduate Dance major Mary P., the DaHT Awards is a combination of dance recognition award and fundraising enterprise benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Co-op Film Productions â€“ Film and Media Production/Marketing student Chelsea R. and her team are creating a support infrastructure for student collaboration across arts and design disciplines.
Different from What? Film Festival â€“ AME graduate student Lisa T. in collaboration with Education student Federico W. is producing a film festival focused on films by, for, and about adults with disabilities.
Scratch Theory â€“ Filmmaking Practices major Chris G. and his collaborators are developing a software/hardware interface that will first notate and then play back via synthesizer DJ scratching.