Design/Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities: How to Apply

Important Dates

Online Application due: November 6, 2017, Noon

Finalists Notified: November 15, 2017

Finalist Interviews scheduled for late November

Design/Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities supports student design/arts entrepreneurs with a vision to make community change through creative enterprise development. Your venture idea must be developed in collaboration with a specific ethnic community or community of color to which you belong and whose goal is to make positive change in that community. Two student teams will be selected to receive venture seed funding up to $2500 and a project mentor. Accepted students must commit to taking THP598/494 Arts Venture Incubation during the spring 2018 semester to find a sustainable business model for their enterprise and a Design and Arts Corps course to develop community engagement strategies. 

The online application asks for the following information, answers to which can be pasted in from Word or another text editor. 

  1. What is your Herberger Institute major:
  2. Describe your community and your relationship to it [100 words]:
  3. Choose the impact your enterprise will have in your community, based on this “Continuum of Impact” developed by Americans for the Arts:
    1. Change in knowledge (what people know)
    2. Change in discourse (how people communicate)
    3. Change in attitudes (what people think and feel)
    4. Change in capacity (what people have and can do)
    5. Change in action (what people do)
    6. Change in policies (what change is sustained)
  4. Describe your design- or arts-based creative enterprise: How will your enterprise create value and for whom? (100 words)
  5. Describe your design- or arts-based creative enterprise: How will your enterprise create change in your community based on your answer to question 4? (100 words)
  6. Describe your design- or arts-based creative enterprise: How will you partner with groups or organizations already working in your community?
  7. Describe your design- or arts-based creative enterprise: How will your enterprise be financially sustainable? (50 words: you do not need to go into great detail, but should have a preliminary sense of the business model of your enterprise)
  8. Identify community partnering organization(s) [note that finalists will be asked to have a letter of support from community partner(s) in hand at their meeting with committee members]
  9. Who is on your team? Provide brief narrative biographies of yourself and your key collaborators (100 word maximum per person)

Venture and Team Eligibility Guidelines

  • Design/Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities supports student created, managed and owned projects.
  • The enterprise founder(s) must be an enrolled Herberger Institute graduate student, undergraduate major or minor who plays a major role in the conceptualization of the project and has a key management role in the enterprise.
  • All team members must be in good standing and enrolled in at least one ASU course during the award period (November 2017-May 2018).
  • If the applying team leader graduates during the award year, the team leader must register for the venture incubation course as either a non-degree seeking student or through continuing education.
  • All teams are required to submit formative and summative reports on a predetermined schedule, usually the end of each month during the incubation period.
  • A letter of support from the partnering community organization must be submitted at the time of the finalist interview

There is no restriction on team size. However, three to five people per team is suggested. Multi-disciplinary teams are highly encouraged.

All applications submitted on time that meet qualifications will be reviewed. Emails will be sent to team leaders regarding the status of team's advancement to each round.

Students accepted into the incubator will be required to take a one credit "Venture Incubation" course THP494/598 during the spring 2018 semester and a “Design and Arts Corps” course, if they have not already done so.

Please contact program manager Nyomi Gruber with any questions.

Nyomi Gruber
480-727-6639
Nyomi.Gruber@asu.edu