Indiana Arts Commission Empowers Creative Entrepreneurs

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that 40 Hoosier artists have been selected to participate in the third annual On-Ramp accelerator program for early-career creative entrepreneurs.

On-Ramp is a three-day course workshop accelerator for Indiana creative entrepreneurs to foster their business skills, followed by a funded fellowship. According to new research performed by the Indiana Arts Commission and course leader Elaine Grogan-Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts, individuals from the inaugural cohort built business knowledge and skills that were sustained for the year following the workshop. This research assessed the progress of the cohort four times over the course of one year.

In the report, participants report increased knowledge of key areas of entrepreneurship and increased action taken in those areas. They also reported higher feelings of control over those areas of entrepreneurship and increased their use of metrics to track results in each area.

Click here to read the full program report. 

“Because of this research, we know that the On-Ramp program has a lasting impact on participants. The knowledge, skills, and sense of control they’ve acquired when it comes to the business side of their creativity means they are poised to succeed in good times and in bad,” said Grogan-Luttrull. “The support they provide to each other and the resources and reminders they share underscores how wonderful it can be to be a creator in Indiana.”

“These creatives have naturally continued to collaborate and support each other. Because of the IAC’s commitment to community engagement as part of the artistic practice, On-Ramp alumni have built sustaining relationships within their own home community, too,” said IAC Artist and Community Services Manager Anna Tragesser.

The 2021 group of entrepreneurs will be the largest cohort to date with 40 participants representing all corners of the state and a variety of creative disciplines. To learn more about them and their careers, visit:

These entrepreneurs applied for the program