Louisville earns NEA grant to create an artist-in-corporate-residence program

Grant is for $50,000

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 16, 2014) — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Louisville a $50,000 “Our Town” grant to place artists on project teams inside corporations. The Louisville initiative, referred to as “The Accelerator”, is designed to make Louisville businesses more dynamic and profitable.

LouisvilleSkyline Moberly PhotographyThe grant provides seed funds to create an artist-in-corporate-residence program in Louisville. Over a twelve-month period beginning in Fall 2014, select artists with specialized skills will be systematically placed within corporations across Louisville’s major industry clusters such as Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare/Wellness, Food/Beverage and Tourism.

“As a lifelong supporter of the arts, I see this effort as an important part of thinking creatively about the future,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher. “An artist-developed entrepreneurial initiative introduced across Louisville’s economic spectrum through a high-caliber artist residency program, will add to the vibrancy of both our arts and business communities.”

The first artist-in-corporate-residence will work with XLerateHealth, a Louisville-based healthcare industry business accelerator, and their affiliate corporation Thrive365 – a proprietary mobile health platform addressing a world-wide market of 385 million individuals living with diabetes.

Additionally, for each artist residency in Louisville, GE FirstBuild will provide materials, equipment, technological supervision and “maker space” for production of any artwork that may be generated in tandem with the corporate operational and business outcomes of each residency.

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