Public Display of Invention

Monday, September 21, 7:30pm
WNYC’s The Greene Space

This fall, after nine months of entrepreneurial investigations, seven artists present their models for economic and financial sustainability. Join us to witness the fruits of their labor and hear how individual artists and arts organizations plan to revitalize their own economy…

Kahlil Almustafa,
Nick Brooke,
Rachel Chavkin / The TEAM,
Connie Hall / Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant,
JoAnna Mendl Shaw / The Equus Projects,
Jon Stancato / Stolen Chair,
Caroline Woolard / Our Goods

Each artist will have 15 minutes to show off their wares and field questions from a discerning public audience. This event is free, but space is limited.


This program is presented as part of The Field’s Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists program, made possible by the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists (ERPA – pronounced ur·pah) tackles tough economic realities on two fronts: inventive public dialogues and an ambitious entrepreneurial lab. Since 2008, ERPA dialogues have engaged more than 500 artists and cultural stakeholders in topics ranging from alternative fundraising tactics, to the romanticization of the starving artist paradigm, to a smackdown exposé on the ‘new’ economy.

These Invention Sessions helped set the stage for a competitive application process in November 2008, from which seven artists (out of 116 applicants) were selected to receive cash, tools, and resources from The Field. With the aim to revitalize the economic lives of performing artists, ERPA projects were selected by a panel of arts and business leaders based on their potential impact and replicability.

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