What were the specific goals of this creative economy project? Describe the community development challenge or opportunity that your project was designed to address:
To provide ambitious Fairmount Corridor-based artists, creative entrepreneurs and residents with access to a shared incubator space, inspiration, business development methodology, mentors, subject matter experts, networking, seed funding and other resources for advancing creative practices and launching start-ups in creative industries.
If the goals change over time, please describe how:
We are in the planning stages at this time but will have a lot of information to share by June when the first cycle of Lab & Accelerator will be near completion . Thus far, we have secured the space, held informational community meetings and are about to release the application.
Who was involved in this project and what did they do? (be sure to include the partners from outside of the creative sector and how local voices were included):
Project partners thus far include: Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the Design Studio for Social Intervention, Uphams Corner Main Street, Four Corners Main Street, Four Corners Action Coalition and the Dorchester Arts Collaborative,
Stakeholders include: ArtPlace America, the Boston Foundation, the Barr Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Kresge Foundation
How does this project relate to a larger community development strategy?
The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is a creative placemaking initiative that combines collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Fairmount Commuter Line, made stronger through an active local creative economy. The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is designed to advance a vision that draws upon the local cultural assets and ethnic traditions of the Corridor’s residents.
What projects or places, if any, inspired your approach to this creative economy project?
I was inspired to launch this project by my experience working with creative residents in the Fairmount Corridor and by my experience creating a social enterprise and becoming a MassChallenge Finalist. Since that time, I have been investigating several accelerator models but haven't found one that has a Lab and Accelerator in which artists and entrepreneurs can cross-pollinate.