On November 2-3, 2016, the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) convened professionals from higher education and other fields in Denver, Colorado around the subjects of arts entrepreneurship and arts + health. These half-day sandbox sessions preceded the 2016 a2ru national conference, ArtsRx: Creative Venture, Wellbeing, and the New Humanities, hosted by the University of Colorado Denver.
Dr. Linda Essig and research assistant Joanna Guevara delivered a2ru-commissioned findings on the topic of arts entrepreneurship; and Sarah Cunningham, Salem Tsegaye, and Eliza Lamb shared preliminary a2ru survey findings and led a session on arts + health. Attendees shared best practices and challenges, and everyone participated in an intensive working session to apply field knowledge to their own work, exchange ideas, and collaborate.
Materials from the workshops are available on the a2ru Research website.