SMU Meadows’ Angie Reisch & The Catalyst Arts Movement

“Catalyst: a person or thing that precipitates change.”

The Catalyst Arts Movement is changing the way the diverse population of Dallas connects and thrives through the power of public art – one mural at a time. For Catalyst, the mission is simple: to inspire people to connect to art in order to ignite resilience and self-worth. Catalyst was founded by UCLA student, Cristina Girod ’17 and University of Texas at Austin student, Katherine Allen, ’18 in 2012 and quickly joined by SMU Meadows student, Angie Reisch ’18. While all three women have varied interests and are located across the country, they share a common goal of Continue reading

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Two-Time Champion: Arts Entrepreneurship Student Sam Lankford

AMAE 3387, Attracting Capital, has two contests as part of the original curriculum. Arts Entrepreneurship student Samuel Lankford won both.

Comments By SMU student Samuel Lankford:

1. Our strategy that enabled us to win The Marble Game was taking the time to sit down and think about the contacts that we had and who we knew would help us. We also realized early on that Continue reading

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Creative Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight, Interviews by Kellam Witherington

Thomas Hoeber 

Kellam: I read in your bio online that you are from NYC originally. Why the move?

Thomas Hoeber: Well yes, I was born and raised in NYC, but I moved to Canada and started working with a phyotographer up there who served as my mentor. I eventually left that business and moved to LA in 2009 to pursue my dream and Continue reading

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Kali Ruppert, Interviewing Creatives: Young, Greene, Petersen

Kali Ruppert, SMU student and creative, speaks with three creative entrepreneurs about what they do.

Interview Analysis by Kali Ruppert:

In interviewing Aaron Young, Vince Greene, and Charlene Petersen, three distinct answers arose. Rather than the three of them converging, they each had a different opinion and they each started their businesses differently. Although this could be attributed to varying personalities, a part of it has to do with their artistic fields: art dealing, architecture and interior design. Each field has different necessities in generating revenue, and as a consequence of this, each field tends to attract different personality types. In terms of Continue reading

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Danielle Deraleau Speaks with Entrepreneurs

In this series, Danielle Deraleau, student of Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, photographer and musician, speaks with three creative entrepreneurs. This series is part of an assignment with the program for Arts Entrepreneurship

Claire Anderson of “Clara Bella Photography”

Did you have a business plan when you started?

I had started several businesses before I decided on this business. At some point I had a business plan, but I didn’t have a specific one, but I had a very clear direction that I wanted to go with photographing high school senior girls.

Do you think business plans are necessary in entrepreneurship?

I do, especially when you’re first starting a business. It’s really important to write it down. I think once Continue reading

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TEDx: Teaching Arts Entrepreneurship via Games

Watch Jim Hart, Director of SMU Meadows’ Arts Entrepreneurship program, give a TEDxSMU talk on teaching arts entrepreneurship through games. Jim Hart TEDx SMU Here is a link to that TEDx speech.

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SMU’s Becca Rothstein Interviews Creative Entrepreneurs

The following analysis and interviews were conducted by Becca Rothstein, Meadows School of the Arts and SMU student. 

Interview Analysis

I conducted three interviews, two with theatre company founding members, and one with the founder of a farmer’s market organization. All three organizations were in different stages of their endeavor: The House Theatre of Chicago was founded in 2001, and continues to be a successful non-profit theatre there, Good Local Markets is going into its seventh season of operation, however has only recently incorporated to become a formal non-profit organization, and Prism Co., an LLC, is a fledgling theatre company on the eve of Continue reading

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