What We Believe:
Through their professional training artists develop the essential, albeit under-developed, traits of a social entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas and access their success in terms of the impact they have on society, as do artists. Both social entrepreneurship and artistry embrace common ground in their philosophical roots. Almost like a religion, both desire to spread the “good word” through the integrity and thoughtful reflection of their creative ideas and passion to share them as the basis for how they prosper.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. Whereas business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs assess their success in terms of the impact they have on society.
Social entrepreneurs commit their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are both visionaries and ultimate realists, concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.
Now that you more clearly understand social entrepreneurship, if you did not already, please re-read the last two paragraphs. But this time read them and replace the word social entrepreneur(s) with artist(s).The artist as social entrepreneur is almost as natural an expression of artistry and entrepreneurship as it gets. As such, The IAE believes that entrepreneurship training is essential training to the sustainable career path of a devoted professional artist.
What impact can artists as social entrepreneurs make to society?
Small businesses play a major role in the vitality of our economic landscape because they account for half of the United States private gross domestic product and employ more than half of all workers in the U.S alone. More importantly, over the past decade, small firms have provided 60 to 80 percent of the new jobs in the economy, and according to a U.S. Bureau of the Census working paper, almost all of these new jobs stem from start-ups in the first two years of operations.
There is simply no reason that the arts cannot be a vibrant part of the development of rebuilding the future of America, as they should be for all the value they hold.
To learn more about our philosophy, please read our vision/mission statement.