For our event we have a multitude of key partners in the mix helping us cultivate this event. The first would be the venue, the Found:re, which provides the location of our event. We have our financial backers who have helped us secure funds to pay the artists, venue, and event expenses. These are from USG at ASU and sponsorships from Galvanize, Blackhawk, & Nuebox. There are also the artist that will be performing within our event. All together these partners aide in the creation of our event, hopefully creating a successful and memorable night to those who attend.
For No Vacancy we were looking to create value to two separate groups of individuals. In the first we wanted to give artists an unconventional space to create work and allow them to network themselves by getting them out into the community. It is important to create an environment where artists have the opportunity to showcase their talents and expose them to broader communities by encompassing multiple art forms within one event. In the model of interdisciplinary art making it helps cultivate a stronger sense of community in the arts across disciplines. The other was to create cultural capital within the ASU & and Phoenix valley communities bring people to come experience multiple forms of art. We knew we wanted to create an environment where the community had the opportunity experience the breadth of work the valley has to offer them with a venue that would create an eclectic and exciting ambience.
I think that in getting out and conducting research in the public is a smart way to understand individual’s opinions and to gain feedback in the process of creating an event. This is something that helps you cultivate an understanding of peoples’ perceptions that are not necessarily in your personal network. The most challenging part to this was actually building the courage to talk to these stingers in the community. In this situation you can’t always predict how individuals may react to your ideas. This puts me in a slightly vulnerable position as an artist, but it also is important in seeing how you can shift gears or change your process to remain flexible and open to outside opinion.
When thinking back to out inventory of means I feel that each member had a unique skill set and networks that has brought so much diversity to this project. The people we each know and the communities we exist in have been a big component in the creation of No Vacancy. Because our networks are so diverse we have been able to provide tangible assets, a multitude of creative artists, and a broader ideology that encompasses so many areas. I think that in being an entrepreneur it is important to assess everyone’s means and utilize each persons abilities and strengths to empower the whole. Each of us had something that we could bring to the table that was unique to our own experiences and that is what helped make this event come into fruition.
In terms of my original idea of arts entrepreneurship my ideas did not necessarily change, but rather expanded through this process of creating No Vacancy. Having gotten a physical hands-on experience of seeing all the moving parts and what it takes to create an event has been truly eye opening. It also has shown me how innovative and creative one must be to be an entrepreneur that has the ability to face difficult decisions and compromises. There were so many road blocks that we needed to traverse in order to get to our end goal. I think that arts entrepreneurship is a creative vehicle to bring creative capital to the public as well as a way for artists to innovate within many other facets besides their creative work.
“We value the growth of entrepreneurial thinking within the arts. When artists nd designers have the opportunity to connect with strong networks and entrepreneurial resources, they can create and innovate at their full potential.”
The above value proposition has been me guiding force throughout this event as well in the lifestyle I live. This value proposition has intersected into this event through the networking opportunities the artist and entrepreneurs have. We also spoke as a team about valuing accessibility and opportunity for artists to present their work. I believe No Vacancy is the perfect pair of opportunity for artists to present their work along with networking as entrepreneurs with entrepreneurs.
“No Vacancy will be a one-night-only unique opportunity to experience art with the artist present in the unique aesthetic of a boutique hotel. HADES values entrepreneurial thinking within the arts and will enable artists and entrepreneurs to connect, create and innovate.”
When it comes down to cultivating true success, it is all about who you surround yourself with. Who are you taking to coffee? Who are you emailing at 3 am because it can’t wait till tomorrow? Who is it that you are investing your time into because those are the people who will be investing their time into you. The greatest way to achieve anything is being genuine with the people who share similar values as you. The old saying, it’s not what you know, but rather who you know. This is very true in a sense, but if you aren’t investing genuine time with the people you know, there will never be a genuine collaboration or partnerships, it will just be a vicious cycle of giving and taking. From my experience, the best ways to make things happen and generate partners are through in-person interaction, genuine conversation, and a cup of coffee.