Residency Unlimited, Inc.
The NEA grant will support the establishment of the Artist + Entrepreneur Co-Innovation Accelerator in Louisville, Kentucky. The Accelerator will develop a model for integrating artists into the for-profit corporate sector. Residency Unlimited will identify and engage host entrepreneurial businesses from Louisville's leading industry clusters and implement a national call for artists for review by a juried cross-disciplinary panel. Artists that have demonstrated exceptional skill, capacity to work in another skill or knowledge-based field, and engagement with current issues of contemporary art will be given a residency in for-profit businesses for as many as six months. A formal analysis of the influence of the artist residency will be developed into a report, a database, and an interactive website, and then presented at a symposium along with best practices and lessons learned. Partners in this effort include the Louisville Metro Government's Department of Economic Growth and Innovation, I.D.E.A.S. 40203, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, XLerateHealth, Seed Capital KY, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the University of Louisville. Approximately 1,000 individuals are expected to participate in the project and public events.