Women Entrepreneurs in Art and Creative Industries
While most artists are by definition entrepreneurs – focused on creating something new and often self-employed, they often do not self-identify as such and seldom receive the training or resources needed to operate as a business enterprise. As this is a field dominated by women, it is particularly relevant to WEKH. In addition, arts are often a pathway to economic inclusion in where there are few opportunities – for example in many indigenous communities and in rural and tourist destinations. The exclusion of arts and cultural industries from many of the discussions of entrepreneurship therefore often has the unintended consequence of excluding women.
Led by the Brookfield Institute, in collaboration with partners including the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will explore the work of creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial practices and labour in creative work, supporting OCAD ‘s initiative on Creative Women in Entrepreneurship.