The foundation’s team of three accomplished the following in 2016…

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 1800+ West Virginian artists from all 55 counties directly benefited from foundation services in total
  • 330+ artists representing 44 counties served through 10 specialized creative business training courses  
  • 700+ people utilized online creative business Resource Library
  • 1200+ people connected with artists through the West Virginia Creative Network
  • 475 people accessed the Artist Emergency Funding Flooding Resource Guide
  • 400+ people took part in the virtual discussion around the West Virginia Creative Entrepreneur study results
  • 16 emerging, mid-career, and established individual artists were provided with intensive-level (greater than 25 hours) business support
  • 30,000+ miles were traveled to listen to the needs of artists and to learn how to improve upon mission and services
FOUNDATION FIRSTS
  • Released WV Creative Entrepreneur Study results + complementary discussion event
  • Launched Emerging Artist Fellowship program
  • Launched hand-picked online Resource Library, featuring more than 100 articles and videos
  • Launched West Virginia Creative Network virtual artist connectivity platform
  • Established Reduced Rate Service Provider network for creative businesses
  • Produced training e-book Facebook Best Practices for West Virginia Artists
  • Launched new foundation media platform, including 7 creative business profiles
  • Formalized relationship and referrals system with the WV Small Business Development Center
  • Curated “Emerge” exhibit at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, featuring 17 emerging artists from across West Virginia
  • Repositioned organization’s mission to speak to timely artist needs and remain competitive at the national level
LEGACY INITIATIVES
  • Linked 14 business to national buyers through Rural to Urban Markets program
  • Revamped Master Artist Fellowship program
  • Provided grants to creative businesses impacted by the 2016 flooding
  • Provided 1-on-1 technical assistance on business planning and marketing strategies
  • Communicated monthly market opportunities with creative businesses statewide
  • Produced three videos showcasing artist business in West Virginia
  • Advocated for pro-small creative business policies during the 2016 legislative session
  • Provided cash awards for “Best of West Virginia” exhibition
  • Partnered with organizations statewide to increase reach and impact