LAAs & Creatives in Support of Black- and New American-Owned Businesses: Two Economic Recovery Models

Includes a Live Event on 12/14/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)


About this Member EX(change) 

December 14 at 2:30 PM ET

How can artists, Local Arts Agencies, and nexus organizations boost economic development and recovery for Black-owned, refugee-, and New American-owned businesses?  Exchange with your peers about two creative models that offer ideas and strategies to support neighborhood businesses while putting creatives to work.   

In response to COVID’s dramatic impact on artists and Atlanta’s Black businesses, C4 Atlanta, an artist service organization, is piloting a creative economic recovery program prioritizing Black artists and Black business entrepreneurs. Launched this fall, individual artists are paired with small businesses and paid to bring their creative skills to help those businesses re-engage customers lost during the pandemic. C4 is partnering with a private foundation, a consortium of Black-owned businesses, the Mayor's Office, Atlanta Regional Commission, and a community investment organization.  Get an inside look at how the pilot is unfolding and ideas for future scaling up. 

Over time, Erie Arts & Culture (PA) has been facilitating relationships with neighborhood merchants, community leaders, and culture bearers who are either immigrants or former refugees. Starting as a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (PCA), the arts council built relationships with folk and traditional artists who have historically operated outside of Erie's arts ecosystem, while documenting and archiving their work.  By augmenting PCA funds with private dollars, the arts council expanded attention to New American-owned food markets and businesses. It published an online list of New American owned markets and refugee owned businesses, funded artist-led walking tours of those markets, and has funded placemaking initiatives to enhance the curb appeal of those markets. Learn how efforts raise awareness of Erie's diversity advantage, build bridges between cultures, and combat some of the narratives around Erie's food desserts.  

About the Member EX(change)

Americans for the Arts is organizing free peer dialogues to facilitate member exchange around COVID-19 challenges and recovery strategies. These facilitated peer exchanges are a benefit exclusively for Americans for Arts members.

Patrick Fisher

Executive Director, Erie Arts & Culture

Patrick Fisher is the Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture. He returned to Erie in 2018 to lead the agency. Born and raised in Cochranton, Pennsylvania, Patrick has additionally lived in the states of Alaska and Florida. Prior to returning to Northwestern Pennsylvania, Patrick worked for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, which served as his introduction to working for a cultural non-profit organization. 

Patrick graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2008 with a degree in Business Management. He also holds a dual Associate Degree in Sport and Entertainment Promotional Management and Business Administration from Northwood University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Salutatorian. 

Patrick holds many roles in the Erie community, including serving on the Erie Downtown Partnership's Board of Directors, the City of Erie's Better Together Council and Active Transportation Plan Steering Committee, Erie County's Destination Erie/Emerge 2040 Steering Committee, the Hamot Health Foundation's Board of Corporators, and the Awesome Foundation's Our West Bayfront Chapter as a founding trustee.

Jessyca Holland

Executive Director, C4 Atlanta

Jessyca has worked as an arts administrator for over 15 years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar, BoardSource, named Alumni of the Year by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company in 2013 and received an Achievement Award from her Alma mater, April 2014. She has been on arts panels for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations and serves on the Downtown Master Plan Working Group. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. Jessyca is currently an MPA graduate candidate at GSU with a focus in urban planning & economic development, and is proudly  serving on the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force. 


LAAs & Creatives in Support of Black- and New American-Owned Businesses: Two Economic Recovery Models
Live event: 12/14/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST) You must register to access.