Cultural Quarterly
Spring/Summer 2009
Volume XXII, Number 3
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Artist Entrepreneurs

Artist as Entrepreneur Institute
Attracts High-Caliber Participants

By Samantha Rojas

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Bonnie Glover

Sometimes when we are artists, we forget our good business sense.
I used it all the time, years ago; I did not think to apply it with my writing. The business models you study in school, somehow you forget  to apply them to your creative endeavors

Author Bonnie J. Glover considers this statement to be the main point of the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI). Today, with a solid mission statement and a vision statement (which are not the same thing), she is reaching out to make connections and focusing on what she would like to accomplish. “You need to be able to tell people your short-term and long-term goals,” advises Glover. A graduate of the third AEI class, which took place in November and December 2008, this twice-published novelist has started to think about what she could be doing differently.

Glover is no slouch in the world of business, law and publishing, as well as the galaxies of words, mothering and personal adversity. Yet this Random House-published author - who received international recognition as a result of her nomination for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - still needed a boost in the right direction. She chose the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute to do it.

This award nomination arose from an initiative of Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin City, and IMPAC, a productivity improvement company that operates in over 50 countries.  The program involves libraries from all corners of the globe and is open to books written in any language. It is the largest and most internationally diverse prize of its kind. The Middle Sister was nominated by what appears to be a library in Beirut, where someone obviously found something in common with three little ghetto girls.
This award was followed by a national NAACP Image Award nomination for her second novel, Going Down South. As the nation's premier award celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors, the nomination put Glover in the company of four other acclaimed nominees, chosen from thousands of applicants.
In the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, as Glover nestled among the glitterati of Hollywood for the award ceremony with writers, screenwriters, directors and actors, she felt inspired. “The big time,” she laughs, when describing the overwhelming sensations and interactions. “But not for me on a continual basis.”