Build a Corps of Artists for DeSoto

Identify a cohort of mid-career artists through an application process to engage in a year-long arts management training program – The DeSoto Artists Lab. 2 Participants for this experimental, 10-month learning opportunity would commit to monthly learning activities, strengthen their arts management skills, develop arts programs for the public and work in tandem with the Arts Commission to develop arts programs that align with the Commission’s vision for the arts in the city. Participants in the Artists Lab will receive a stipend for their participation and a one-year membership to Americans for the Arts allowing them to build a national network of their peers. The DeSoto Artists Lab roster (six to eight participants) should consist of no more than 50% out-of-city artists and include artists working in the visual and performing arts disciplines. STRATEGIES

1. Hire a Project Manager to design a curriculum for the cohort. 2. Identify funding from city, state and private sector sources.

CASE STUDY The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute is an innovative program offered by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. The CAT Institute provides professional development, workshops and networking opportunities for a limited cohort group. Since its inception, the CAT Institute has trained over 400 artists of all disciplines. The CAT Institute alumni continue to create relevant, impactful arts programs that are facilitated in a variety of settings, including neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, churches and schools, as well as development initiatives. CAT Institute alumni create a powerful network of creative leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, all focused on building a stronger, more vibrant St. Louis.

2 Case Study II – THRIVE, a program of the Nashville Metro Art’s Commission designed to build, strengthen and cultivate communities in Nashville and Davidson County by supporting artist-led projects that encourage: artistic and cultural experiences, community investment, neighborhood transformation.


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