willing to RISK IT ALL: An Artrepreneurial Spirit

Creative and Equal Opportunities Inc. has been on the ground along with a collective of dedicated Artists in the community for years educating, reaching the community, promoting talent and positive initiatives in the Greater DC Metropolitan Area, New York City and Chicago -- we established ourselves officially as a grassroots organization in January of this year 2020.



After meeting the criteria, finalizing the paperwork, penning fresh ideas for the future This became an exciting indication that we were ready to put forth our efforts in: programming, residencies and projects. At the time of a new beginnings is always such a thrill. And although the foundation of this establishment was built carefully with consideration of both the possibilities and limitations--we had not expected for this kind hit....an economic pitfall that we as a Nation slipped into, due to the Coronavirus and World Pandemic. It has been said, that entrepreneurship is the way to financial freedom, sustainability for one's career and life path and the future for Millennials who aren't willing to yield to unethical practices found in corporate companies, institutions and conventional workspaces.


And while this is an empowering step for a more independent future, it requires GRIT, Time Management, Focus and Faith to weather the unpredictable seasons of running a business and all while balancing personal needs and relationships.






Dance Our Legacy Scholarship Awardee 2019-2020

Ambar Matos Ortiz, First College Tour Temple University Philadelphia, PA


After meeting the criteria, finalizing the paperwork, penning fresh ideas for the future This became an exciting indication that we were ready to put forth our efforts in: programming, residencies and projects. At the time of a new beginnings is always such a thrill. And although the foundation of this establishment was built carefully with consideration of both the possibilities and limitations--we had not expected for this kind hit....an economic pitfall that we as a Nation slipped into, due to the Coronavirus and World Pandemic. It has been said, that entrepreneurship is the way to financial freedom, sustainability for one's career and life path and the future for Millennials who aren't willing to yield to unethical practices found in corporate companies, institutions and conventional workspaces. And while this is an empowering step for a more independent future, it requires GRIT, Time Management, Focus and Faith to weather the unpredictable seasons of running a business and all while balancing personal needs and relationships.


Part of the vision for CEO Inc., is to support independent Artists and Companies where they are. The nature of creatives, is to continually create, build, produce and grow. Now with stay-at-home orders we have had to redirected our focus inwardly in order to pour into our immediate personal and professional needs. Are we okay?


Well....here we are in the month of August. Let us reflect. In March is when closures began, we all had hopeful anticipation that this is something that would not affect us as much or even at all....until it did. Without real insight as to when we would return, many flocked to online teaching for free


class or donation based just to remain relevant and active. The hard truth truly revealed itself to many Performers, Teaching Artist, Part-T


ime Workers and Project-Based Hires who are Contractors without benefits to the non-profit organizations, small

business, school programs, production houses and theater companies they've worked with for years. Silence from Directors, Managerial Staff, and Leadership was deafening for Artists--as it seemed that everyone was lost and suddenly waiting around to receive word from the government. Little to no answers about the possibility of returning to work, alternate work arrangements or pay were provided to them and many did not hear a single word from affiliate organizations, leaving contractors vulnerable, lost and alone wondering what next steps were even within their range. Apart from the legal ramifications, the mishandling and negligence that Artists experienced in this way from trusted institutions became even more hurtful when George Floyd, an innocent Black man who was suffocated to death by a Minnesota Policemen which became nation wide news.


The response, uproar and furiation from Black, Brown, Latino/x, and LGBTQA+ Communities gained the attention of mass media and soon sparked a Global Movement of protest of which Arts Institutions quickly began to maximize on. The banner, "Black LIVES Matter" began to wave across major streets in cities, outside of homes, on T-Shirts, Headliners for the News and Marquees as well as the subject lines of the very institutions, organizations, companies and production houses that when DARK and SILENT on them.


This isn't about racism. It is about humanity and how within the infrastructure and operations, Artists, Contractors and Part-Time Hirees are being seen, heard and valued.

MAKE SPACE. CREATE ROOM. ADJUST. CONSIDER. DO BETTER.


And so as budding organization-- with a heart for the people, a keen interest in community developments, projects, initiatives and as well as startup ventures we continue to ask the questions, pay close attention, take note and take RISKS! When we decided to go into business and service. When we signed up to follow the Artrepreneur route we signed up for a commitment and this ousted us from the pool of government benefits and unemployment that so many were able to tap into in order to sustain them temporarily and/or invest in their future. But what is most important is our footprint and the belief in this business that will carry us other into 2021 and years to come.


Thank You for being our drive and our tribe.

Your presence gives PURPOSE!!!

9 views
 

Subscribe Form

  • Instagram

©2019 by Creative & Equal Opportunities Incorporated Inc.