The Arts & Business Council’s Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is an intensive program that prepares working artists to manage the business aspects of their creative endeavors. Hosted at the Entrepreneur Center (EC), Periscope offers artists access to professional development, entrepreneurial resources, and mentors.
Limited to twenty-five artists, Periscope includes practitioners of all artistic genres from Nashville and its surrounding counties. This month, Nashville Arts Magazine introduces five more members of this year’s Periscope class. For more information on Periscope, visit www.abcnashville.org.
Danny Broadway | Visual Art
Danny Broadway uses color, composition, line, and form to tell stories about history, nature, and spirituality. Upon graduating from the University of Memphis, Danny started painting full time and subsequently opened his own gallery, Broadway Studios. In addition to being a place for creating and displaying art, the gallery offers Saturday studios. “I teach young people so they can learn new skills. I have a real passion for making art, and I want to share it with everyone I can,” he explained.
Danny has a deep desire to make a larger impact, and Periscope has been beneficial. He says, “The program is geared toward helping you as an entrepreneur, and, as an artist, you are an entrepreneur whether you want to call yourself that or not.” For more information, visit www.dannybroadway.com.
Celine Thackston | Music
Flutist Celine Thackston is the Artistic Director and founder of chatterbird, a newly formed, Nashville-based ensemble dedicated to exploring uniquely orchestrated chamber music through alternative instrumentation and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Celine moved to Nashville a year ago with a desire to create a chamber ensemble, but her idea was not fully refined. “Periscope gave me a chance to talk out my ideas, and it helped me to hear what other people thought. In talking it out, I refined my ideas. The Periscope experience gave me energy and enthusiasm to move forward. It was very validating,” she explained.
The ensemble’s premiere concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. at abrasiveMedia. Contemporary aerial dance company FALL will make a guest appearance. For more information, visit www.chatterbird.org or www.celinethackston.com.
Greg Greene | Theatre and Film
Greg Greene is cofounder and Managing Director of Blackbird Theater, the resident theatre company at Lipscomb University. A playwright, screenwriter, and director, Greg is currently working on Blackbird’s fifth season. He intends to complete and produce the magnum opus MYTH, an original musical by Greg and Blackbird Theater’s Artistic Director, Wes Driver, with music by Michael Slayton, Chair of Composition at Blair.
Greg applied to Periscope because, he says, “I am good at producing shows and running a non–profit, but I want to move things to a larger scale. I’d like to take MYTH to a regional theatre, and that will take investors.” Periscope has helped him define what investors want to see and shown him how to project financials three to five years out. For more information, visit www.Blackbirdnashville.com.
Merry Beth Myrick | Jewelry
Merry Beth Myrick creates custom jewelry using sterling, copper, gold, and brass along with leather and natural stones. Her style combines the unexpected and eclectic, with more emphasis on quality and durability than perfection of lines, wraps, and solder joints.
Myrick wants to expand her Hardwear Merry Original Line into art galleries and select boutiques throughout the US, Europe, and Canada. She is also growing her Hardwear Merry: LITE Line through Internet sales, which she hosts on Wednesday nights at 8:30 CST.
“Periscope made me step out of my own box and think what would a business person do. I have the customer service, and I have the product. I just needed the tools to build my business plan,” Merry explained. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HardwearMerry.
Meredith Edmondson | Visual Art
Native Nashvillian Meredith Edmondson is one of the few glass blowers in Nashville. She has been blowing glass for almost ten years now and is incredibly devoted to her craft. “I love texture and pattern, and glass provides both of those along with a third element, transparency,” says Meredith.
“After participating in the Periscope program, I really got the boost I need to steer my business in a forward-moving direction. My business partner and I are starting a glass design and supply business, REG Design and Supply, which will open soon. We want to work with individuals, designers, and architects to create one-of-a-kind objects for their spaces, from lighting to sculpture to functional pieces.”
For more information, visit www.meredithedmondson.com and read Nashville Arts Magazine’s article on Meredith at http://www.bit.ly/1t5zVyY.