Arts & Culture

Arts Entrepreneurs Dive In at Fish Tank

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2019) What's next in the arts? Find out for yourself when you #JumpInTheTank at Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Arts, presented by University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Awesome Inc., located at 348 E. Main St. in Lexington. This event is free and open to the public.

Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Fish Tank is a pitch competition that features UK arts administration students who have bold ideas for a better future in the arts in their community, and are ready to jump in the tank and share them with you. Project concepts for new arts-based organizations in Lexington include bike and pedestrian-friendly Sunday afternoon entertainment, repurposing vacant real estate for art exhibition or creation, and an all-ages music venue.

Fish Tank is in its second year. The inaugural event garnered praise from participating students who said that they were “able to apply what they’ve learned in classes and internships to every aspect of their projects.”

Competitors will be judged on the feasibility and sustainability of their projects by esteemed local business owners and arts professionals including: Nan Plummer, president and CEO of LexArts; Sal Sanchez, owner of A Cup of Common Wealth, Chocolate Holler and Magic Beans Coffee Roasters; and Adanma Onyedike Barton, associate professor of theatre at Berea College and the first African American president of the Kentucky Theatre Association. Professor emerita and founder of UK Arts Administration, Geraldine Maschio, will serve as the emcee.

For the first time, this year there will be an audience favorite winner. Register for your free ticket now so you can vote for your favorite.

This event is produced by Jill Schinberg, assistant professor of arts administration, as part of the course AAD 410: Arts Entrepreneurship, which is required curriculum in the Department of Arts Administration at UK.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. on the street or in the Phoenix surface lot located directly behind the Kentucky Theatre on Vine Street.

Founded in 1987, the Department of Arts Administration at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curricula in the country. Dynamic and innovative, the department leads national and international initiatives in teaching, research, professional and community service to educate and inspire responsible arts leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.