What I’m Teaching – March 28

There’s not much record of what I teach except the courses listed on the Baker Institute website. During registration time, I often get emails from students wanting to know more about the course. I usually give them a copy of the previous syllabus with a huge note: all topics and schedule subject to change. This post is to try to describe the course; perhaps in a series of reflective posts.

I started teaching ENTP123 Art Entrepreneurship Community in 2012. Each semester has the same foundation, but topics shift with the issues of the year.

The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida.
Non-profit (cultural or social entrepreneurship) vs. Profit enterprise, Business Models, Fundraising, Audience Building, Competition, Social Value of the Arts, and Case studies of local artists and arts venues in the community. We visit Banana Factory, Godfrey Daniels, Touchstone, Steelstacks.

More importantly, we’ve connected to the Spring on the Southside Festival (formerly known as the Spring on 4th) each year.

The first year I taught the class, ArtsQuest was open for one year. In 2013, the class went to Washington, DC to participate in the annual Arts Advocacy Day. 2014-16, the class did more hands-on experience with intensive work in the festival. 2016, I added the book, Culture Crash: What’s Killing the Creative Class by Scott Timberg.

This year, I’m focusing more pedagogy on forming questions and problem identification. I was inspired by this commencement speech:

For their practical experience with the spring festival, we actually have two festivals to work with. This year, ArtsQuest will launch a new two-day Southside Music and Arts Festival. Having a second festival will give the students more choices for engagement. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate a second festival option into the course.

In future reflections on this course, I’ll share more details on articles, student response and other pedagogical things I’m working on. This post is intended to lay foundations of the course, and to open questions readers may want to ask about it.


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