Upstart Co-Lab CATALYZES change, translating jargon, fostering relationships, and aligning systems. It CONNECTS artists, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, social enterprises, and sustainable companies. And it CONVENES, bringing creativity and investment together to deliver social impact.
Artists Are Social Entrepreneurs
Artists are the original social entrepreneurs. They strengthen their society precisely because of who they are, how they encounter the world, and the risks they are willing to take. Creative agency is their greatest asset: artists speak out, act up, remind us of their history, and strip life down to its essentials. They inspire, excite, and dream in a way that enables the rest of the world to face challenges and embrace changes they cannot yet imagine.
Artists are making social impact in diverse fields—youth development, environmental conservation, healthy eating, social cohesion, community outreach, a better criminal justice system, more sustainable food, equity and access, and a better end of life. See these profiles of Artist-Innovators to learn more.
Arts Organizations Are Social Enterprises
Arts organizations—nonprofit galleries, museums, theaters, dance companies, orchestras—are the original social enterprises. They earn 60% of their revenue. They successfully compete and partner with commercial companies that offer similar products and services. They manage the tension between a financial bottom line and an artistic vision. They use the market to scale. They are a significant driver of the national economy.
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