Teaching students entrepreneurial skills and the utility of cross-disciplinary teams is difficult if only classroom exercises are employed. In this program, university students worked together with commercial artists and business-persons residing in our declining downtown region to assist in the organization, planning and management of an established regional arts festival and to launch a new feature of the festival based on digital animation. Through experiential learning, students gained an appreciation for “real-life” budgets, deadlines, responsibilities and an appreciation of working on cross-disciplinary teams while the community observed first-hand the benefits of students trained in digital media, entrepreneurship and project management.
Hriso, Peter; Clark, W. Andrew; Maxwell, Tara; and Cornett, Cher. 2006. Linking the University with the Community: An Experiential Learning Project to Promote Arts Entrepreneurship. Proceedings 20th Annual USASBE National Conference, Tuscon, AZ. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9pflhVOKMWBRkVldEREU2RreXM/view