We’re all familiar with the motivating calls of “follow your dream” and “pursue your passion”, and right after we get questions like “can you live off this?” The world is full of talented people who should follow their passion; the brave go and the WISE learn to do so.
Once a hobby, now a life
As the first of its kind, WISE aims to help women artists integrate into the job market by providing them with the new skills needed to start a business and lead a successful career.
“This training aims to give them the entrepreneurial skills to teach them how to open their horizons to modern opportunities, and also, what innovation processes and techniques exist and where they can access them”, Diana Medrea-Mogensen, founder of We are entrepreneurs, said CPH POST.
The material used in the teaching was developed in collaboration with 5 other European organizations (Versli mama and Dailininku from Lithuania, ETN from Italy, ANKA from Greece and Step by Step from Iceland), “We Are Entrepreneurs” is part of the WISE project in Denmark. The project is currently in the pilot phase where the course is being tested with selected local women in arts and crafts. The pilot project is organized in partnership with Art Escape Studios and Café led by Melanie Dawn Smith, and it consists of 12 four-hour sessions in April, May and June 2022.
Participants have recently completed the first module, “Creative Entrepreneurship”, learning new business skills, and they are now preparing to explore “Contemporary Opportunities in the Arts” in May via Module 2. Gallery visits, portfolio building and NFTs are among the topics. covered. In June, artists will explore innovations in their fields during Module 3 through site visits and workshops. In line with adult learning principles, WISE aims to keep training as hands-on and interactive as possible.
What happens afterwards?
In September 2022, We Are Entrepreneurs and Art Escape Studio and Café are organizing a dissemination event to present the results of the project to local stakeholders. During this event, the artists will present their work to the public in NFT format. In October 2022, selected NFTs created by participants from the 5 countries will be exhibited during Wise Woman Week in Vilnius, Lithuania, at Šv. Jono gatvés galerija.
Additionally, We Are Entrepreneurs has started a collaboration with the Danish online learning platform uQualio to reach as many women in the arts as possible. The plan is to put all sessions in e-learning format so that the WISE project can be useful to many others.
Learn more about the project here: https://wise-women.eu/
We Are Entrepreneurs was created by Diana Medrea-Mogensen with the aim of providing courses, coaching and developing free educational programs for integration into the labor market through entrepreneurship. Education focused on problem-solving, financial literacy and service-mindedness is the key to a more inclusive, balanced and sustainable world. Get to know We Are Entrepreneurs here: https://weareentrepreneurs.dk/