The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship
Arts Venture Incubator
The Pave Arts Venture Incubator provides an experiential learning opportunity for self-motivated student teams with big ideas. Students learn principles of entrepreneurship by participating in a granting competition. Students accepted into the incubator develop a project of their own with program guidance. The incubator activities include: pre-proposal workshops; review and feedback on preliminary proposals and final proposals; financial management workshops; mentorship; and grant administration.
Pave seeks to encourage creativity and innovation in the arts by helping self-motivated student teams develop and grow new projects that:
- Advance innovative forms of creative expression in the arts.
- Combine existing disciplinary knowledge in original ways.
- Make innovative use of existing technologies to support the creation of artistic work.
- Develop new technology for the creation, delivery or dissemination of creative work in the arts.
- Initiate the creation of new business models to advance and support the arts.
- Create and develop innovative arts education concepts and programs,either within ASU or in the broader community.
Letters of intent to apply to enter the incubator are solicited each spring.
View the 2013 call for proposals
There are four to eight projects in development by students at any one time. Projects currently in development include:
- Pop Music Academy
- Empress Fiber Arts Studio
- Scratch Theory LLC
- Volt 4D
- Block Light stage management software
The incubator has launched more than a dozen student-initiated ventures. Many of these are going concerns that have become part of the cultural fabric of Arizona and beyond. These include:
Join and Cast Ventures – Two Art (Intermedia) students, Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins, produced a field guide to the downtown Phoenix arts scene that is itself a work of art.
Dance and Health Together (DaHt, Inc) – Initated by undergraduate ASU School of Dance student Mary Porter, DaHT presents opportunities that develop awareness of the mind and body connection through dance. DaHT is now a self-sustaining 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in its third year of operation.
- Different from What? Film Festival – ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering graduate student Lisa Tolentino, in collaboration with education student Federico Waitoller, produced a film festival focused on films by, for, and about adults with disabilities. The project was so successful, it eventually became part of an ongoing program at ASU.
- Phoenix Fringe Festival – Now in its fifth year, the Phoenix Fringe Festival was started by two students pursuing their Master of Fine Arts in theatre. The 2008 festival featured 13 performing artists/companies. The festival doubled in size in 2009 and incorporated multiple venues. It now boasts more than two dozen artists and groups in a hundred performances annually.
- Progressive Theatre Workshop – Founded by an undergraduate theatre major and his creative collaborators, Progressive Theatre Workshop is an independent 501(c)3 corporation that develops new work created by the group. Progressive Theatre Workshop’s production of Shots: A Love Story was presented locally and at the New York International Fringe Festival. Its second season featured three original works. The company has relocated to New York City, where it recently produced a workshop of “Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert.”
For more information, contact the School of Theatre and Film at 480.965.5337 or Professor Linda Essig at email@example.com.