About the Program
The On-Ramp program teaches entrepreneurship to artists and creative professionals by focusing on a portfolio career, 10 key business concepts, and a community-engaged artistic practice.
- Creative Entrepreneur Course: A three-day intensive entrepreneurship and community engagement workshop
- One-to-One Coaching: A follow up session with an arts business pro
- Fellowship: Up to $2,000 to put the lessons into action
Cohorts become incredible networks of support and collaboration. Don't be surprised if you leave feeling like you've just met your long lost family. Read more stories about the On-Ramp community in the "Cohort" tab.
The IAC is seeking teams of artists and community leaders to launch On-Ramp in their hometown. Teams will be fully equipped and compensated to teach the curriculum, host the event, and manage the fellowships. Learn more about how to become a Local On-Ramp Team here.
Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager
On-Ramp is not accepting applications right now.
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- Must be an individual. Organizations may not apply.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Must be a US citizen.
- Must be an Indiana resident and remain a full time Indiana resident through the end of the fellowship period.
- Must not have been a past On-Ramp participant.
- Artist's primary discipline must be one of the following
Applications are reviewed and recommended by a conflict-free admissions committee of peers and professionals. A strong applicant is self-motivated, ready for a career in one or more of the disciplines above, and open-minded to how their creative skills can be applied. Further, the committee will ensure the cohort represents:
- Variety of artistic career experience
- Statewide geographic representation
- Variety of creative disciplines
- Diverse racial/ethnic representation
- Representation of underserved populations
Like finding family.
- Who are you?
- Defining value
- Whom do you serve?
- Identifying customers
- Communicating with customers (marketing strategy)
- What do you need?
- Identifying allies and partners
- Communicating with allies and partners
- Identifying key resources
- Protecting assets and creativity
- What does it cost?
- Managing expenses
- How do you monetize it?
- Generating revenue
- Talking the talk.
- Planning for uncertainty
- grant writing skills
- community engagement practices
- mentor relationships
- connections with local small business resources
- On-Ramp cohorts experience see massive increases that sustain over time. Even a year after the workshop, they have much more confidence in business skills, are more likely to take action in business, believe they have much more control and are able to see their own growth.
- Artists who participated in On-Ramp have been more resilient through the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to artists across the nation.
- Through their fellowship projects, cohorts make progress on their career goals, secure new or bigger opportunities and expand their reach and deepen their validity as a professional.
This research has been peer-reviewed by academics and received a national award from the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education.
"I can’t express enough, this weekend was life changing and I have so much gratitude because it was exactly what I’ve been looking for. I knew this was the next step in my creative career that I needed to take, but I had NO CLUE how. After this weekend I can say… ‘I empower individuals to find themselves through the art of dancing.’ Moving forward, I have an even bigger vision for myself and I’m so ready to embrace it and tackle it with all the knowledge I have now!” (Jacob Drummer, Muncie, 2019 Cohort)
I have gained the knowledge necessary to run my own website and reach clients all over the world. I have made new partnerships and turned clients into allies. Most importantly, I can now point to a professional online presence that will help with local leadership to create a more vibrant arts community in Warsaw. (Stephanie McDairmant, Warsaw, 2019 Cohort)