Class Prep

Spring semester classes begin next week. One of my courses is an undergraduate course in arts entrepreneurship that I teach every semester. Each time I teach it, I try to look at the topic and the way I teach it with fresh eyes. I’m always on the lookout for new texts and materials to use, interesting assignments that can be adapted for my ASU students, or new means of exercising student creativity and meeting the course objectives.  Ultimately, I chose to use the same books I used last semester (although I gave a lot of thought to a few others). I adore Anne Bogart’s book, And Then, You Act.  Although she would probably not call it an arts entrepreneurship textbook, her structured reflection on the role(s) of artists in society and the actions they take to advance culture is just that.  Many students (a bit more than half) find it to be truly inspiring.  I complement Anne’s inspiration text with NYFA’s how-to guide The Profitable Artist.  Many students (a bit more than half) find it to be truly useful.  As one might expect, students who can synthesize the material together are the ones that most fully engage with the concept of the “arts entrepreneur.”

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About lindaessig

Linda Essig is director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, including its award-winning arts entrepreneurship program, Pave: The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of ASU. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix and "like" the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Find Pave's journal, Artivate, at
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4 Responses to Class Prep

  1. Pingback: Passion and Action | Creative Infrastructure

  2. I wish that a course like this had existed when I was a student! (Can I audit remotely?)

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