The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship fosters the movement of artists and designers into systems and situations where their work and ideas can have the most impact. The aim of the Shumka Centre is to establish a place where creative practitioners can find community and knowledge as well as connection to the resources they need to launch, fund, and organize projects across the spectrum of contemporary art and design activities – whether those are products, companies, events, curatorial initiatives, non-profit organizations, or other initiatives.
Artists and designers face major and ongoing socio-economic challenges, as well as a widespread misunderstanding of the practical application of their work. We address the lack of support artists and designers face actualizing work by creating dynamic programs, collaborative partnerships and tactical platforms that are driven by characteristics inherent to art and design.
The Centre will be developed throughout 2018 - 2021 with a grant from the Vancouver Foundation and will ultimately act as a hub for activities relating to creative entrepreneurship at Emily Carr. The Shumka Centre is an ongoing project of Living Labs.