"At the start of the class my 3 learning goals were:
*strategies for introducing an entrepreneurial mindset early in the BFA students educational path
*how to help the students access and recognize their own entrepreneurial impulses
* the tools they need to act on those impulses
I absolutely know that those learning goals were accomplished. I am now able to embed some of these practices into my curriculums and guide my faculty toward best teaching practices especially using tools for critical thinking and evaluation/ assessment."
~ Ellen McCartney, Director of Design and Production, School of Theater,
California Institute of the Arts
Who should take this course: ARTS EDUCATORS
We know that there are fewer jobs in the arts that pay a living wage. Students are freaked out, as are their parents. Educators are feeling pressure to add entrepreneurship to their curricula. By the way, what is entrepreneurship again? Like art-making, entrepreneurship is responsive, iterative, creative and in dialogue with society.
"Embed Entrepreneurial Practice into Arts-Based Curricula" is designed to first unpack and explore the ideas and concepts of entrepreneurship as applied to the arts and then guide you through integrating these approaches into your classes. The course contains 12 lessons (plus and introduction and course evaluation), that you can take at your own pace and on your own schedule. The course is delivered through an easy to use, integrated educational platform via recorded lessons, prompts and process-driven worksheets, plus a forum where you will share your ideas and questions and get feedback from Jennifer and the other participants.
The content for this course comes from six years of designing and teaching semester-long courses for Skidmore College and Point Park University in Entrepreneurship and the Arts, as well as bootcamps and workshops on entrepreneurial thinking for NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Slippery Rock University and at The Juilliard School. Jennifer recently completed an engagement as the Facilitator for Creative Entrepreneurship at The New Museum's incubator, NEW INC, where she taught her approaches to 80 teams launching ventures that sit at the intersection of art, design, and technology.
Testimonials from a past participants:
"This course is a first-step in understanding entrepreneurial thinking and how to insert it into college-level curricula. You will gain a better understanding of educational models and personal assessment tools that you can utilize in your own class(es) as a way of inserting entrepreneurial thinking into any curriculum."
~Matt Pardo, Assistant Professor of Dance, Elon University
"I highly recommend this course. Jennifer is an amazing facilitator and has an uncannily intuitive way of asking the right guiding questions. My soul "got fed" in all the right ways - so much information and so many tools to process and use going forward. It's a new way of thinking about pedagogy and how we prepare our students to anticipate and meet the needs of a changing field. A few weeks ago, I asked former grad students what they would like to see in my Graduate Pedagogy course based on their real world experience. The first piece of info I received was to add the entrepreneurial component: how to market/ present selves in this new economy. I'm already revamping my Grad Pedagogy fall course to embed some entrepreneurial practices. Additionally, the course is set up in ways I haven't run across in Dance before. Just experiencing that structural model was an education in itself."
~Missy Beck, MFA, Lecturer, Department of Dance,
University of Michigan
"I definitely feel prepared to integrate this material into classes, guide students in the right direction, and more than anything, use these tools in my own career and artistic endeavors!
I have already been recommending this course to friends and colleagues, because of the process oriented learning, course pacing, and dual focus of educating students and applying this material to our own lives."
~Teena Marie Custer