Just two years since its inception, Sacramento’s Flywheel Creative Economy Incubator already is seeing the kinds of organic collaborations that can occur from putting a bunch of artists together to talk business.
During a term in Flywheel, artists receive guidance on putting together business plans, managing business finances, establishing a public image, using the law to their advantage and garnering media attention. They also get to network with each other and with the many experts who provide their training free of charge. The atmosphere, something like a primordial soup, is eliciting tangible results.
“That was one of the more beautiful things that happened with Flywheel, the ability to collaborate,” Burgoon said.
The list of collaborations is so long that it’s hard to remember them all, said Michelle Alexander, executive director of the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento, which runs the incubator. Flywheel will be recruiting its next class of artists in November. At about that same time, Alexander said she expects to be moving into new digs at the Warehouse Artist Lofts, currently under renovation on R Street, between 11th and 12th streets.