Diving into a Social Business

Ever wondered how organizations are born, or what an entrepreneur’s creative process is like? Or what the difference really is between a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an company like an LLC? Don’t you need to have a bunch of money before starting a business? Don’t you need a bunch of donations to start a nonprofit?

These are questions that often come up when artists are pondering what projects or organizations they want to start. In this presentation, Starry Night’s founder, Monika Proffitt, talks about the humble beginnings of the Residency program and the organization’s revolutionary Social Business model.

Monika- a working artist herself- gave this presentation at the Alliance of Artist Communities annual conference last October, and it explains how her experiences and passions led her to start Starry Night Programs. If you’re¬†dreaming of a way to give back to the world while sustaining your own practice, Monika’s insightful considerations, resources and her own business model may serve as invaluable tools. And if you’re just curious about the behind the scenes action at Starry Night, this will help explain how the Little Residency that Could came to be. Maybe you’ll even see some new ways in which you can take what you’ve got and execute on your own personal or organizational mission to create more of what you want to see in the world.

Starry Night Arts Related Social Business Presentation from Starry Night Retreat on Vimeo.