Creative Entrepreneurs to complete Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement Workshop

INDIANA – The Indiana Arts Commission announced today that 34 Hoosier creative entrepreneurs will participate in the annual On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator. On-Ramp is a national award-winning program designed to educate artists and creative professionals in ten key areas of entrepreneurship and finance and to provide ongoing mentorship and development of arts-based small businesses. 

Over the course of three days, participants will follow a curriculum designed and led by Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts. The programming will take place in Noblesville, Indiana, with Noblesville-based Nickel Plate Arts serving as co-host for On-Ramp. Nickel Plate Arts is also a Regional Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission. 

“We are excited to once again offer the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator in support of this critical economic sector,” said Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director Miah Michaelsen. “This year’s participants are a testament to the rich creative economy of the Hoosier State, and we are proud to play a role in accelerating their careers here in Indiana.” 

Participating creative entrepreneurs include: 

Aja Essex (Bloomington) Katie Lee (Mishawaka) 
Austin Day (Indianapolis) Kierra Ready (Indianapolis) 
Bandy Russell (Morgantown) Lavinia Hale (Greencastle) 
Beatriz Vasquez (Indianapolis) Leanne McGiveron (West Lafayette) 
Cecily Terhune (Carmel) Leslie Noel Jr. (Fort Wayne) 
Celeste Lengerich (Fort Wayne) Lyndy Bazile (Fort Wayne) 
Charles Gillespie (Bloomington) Marcie Couet (Franklin) 
Christopher Box (Indianapolis) Margaret Beeler (Michigan City) 
Cynthia Frank (Anderson) Matt Scutchfield (Plymouth) 
Daniel Swartz (Poneto) Michael Shannon (Indianapolis) 
Emily Bennett (Terre Haute) Ngozi Rogers (Fort Wayne) 
Emily Franks (Indianapolis) Norah Amstutz (South Bend) 
Erica Coffing (Rochester) Tammeron Jonesfrancis (Muncie) 
Hilary Cannon Anderson (Bloomington) Tania Wineglass (Indianapolis) 
Joanne Roeder (Carmel) Timothy Stephenson (Indianapolis) 
Jonathan Southern (Indianapolis) Tracy Burns (Connersville) 
Kathaleen L Wessel (Anderson) Victoria Williams Steen (Indianapolis) 

At the conclusion of the three-day training, the entrepreneurs will submit proposals for a $2,000 fellowship to directly apply course lessons to their creative career and small business development. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of mentor creative entrepreneurs who will provide feedback based upon their individual and collective expertise. 

Learn more about the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator.