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The SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge

Interdisciplinary Boot Camp to Transform Arts Careers and Organizations

June 1–7, 2019 - Columbia, SC

Performing/Visual Artists • Arts Administrators

 “What I expected was practical advice about making it in the arts. What I got was unparalleled artistic liberation that makes me believe I can conquer the world.”

The SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge (SAVVY) is a revolutionary professional development workshop that helps participants transform careers and organizations by becoming better entrepreneurs, collaborators, change agents, community pillars and dreamers. During this problem-solving challenge, attendees pitch new arts initiatives, vote on favorites, form teams, work with nontraditional partners, build projects from the ground up and compete for awards.

Emphasizing impact, income and innovation, learning opportunities include training sessions, customer interviews, peer-teaching, mentorship, an expert expo, prototyping, reflections and more. Multiple art forms (music, dance, theatre, visual art) are used to teach lessons on business and success.

Whether you want to boost your reputation, expand reach, earn more money, transform an institution or just get more done, SAVVY will prove pivotal.

Tuition Scholarships Available


Top 5 Reasons to attend SAVVY

1. Experiential Education

SAVVY is no lecture fest! Capped at just 75 participants, attendees learn by doing, working on teams to solve a complex, relevant, arts-based challenge.  

2. Transferable Skills
Develop a host of hard- and soft-skills applicable to arts careers and institutions: community impact, financial management, comprehensive marketing, creative collaboration, leadership, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, storytelling, time management.
3. Nontraditional Connections
SAVVY’s unique design process mandates the exploration of nonconventional partnerships and audiences, illuminating untapped opportunity back home.
4. Diverse Network
Innovation is most likely to occur when unlike perspectives intersect. Our notably diverse mosaic of attendees combines performing/visual artists and arts administrators, spanning a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, ages and geographies.
5. Powerhouse Faculty
SAVVY is the brainchild of Dr. David Cutler, an influential voice on arts entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. He is joined by an all-star roster of visionary thought leaders, in addition to a “team doctor” who addresses group dysfunctions, personal challenges and productivity techniques.


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