No Starving Artists Here!! A conversation with James Hart: Director of Social Innovation, Creative and Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU, Meadow's School of Art

Season 1 | Episode 27
43m | Aug 22, 2022

Today Lea speaks with James Hart, Director of Social Innovation, Creative and Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU, Meadow's School of Art.

James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. He is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as director of Arts Entrepreneurship and director of the Meadows Artist Bridge. The Meadows Artist Bridge, designed by Hart, facilitates Meadows student entrepreneurship and professional work, and connects students with community members looking to hire talent. In addition to managing two minors in arts entrepreneurship and arts management, Hart is a faculty member in the M.M.I.A.M. master’s program and serves as Faculty-in-Residence of McElvaney Commons at SMU.

Hart taught classes as a guest lecturer at several institutions, including the Yale School of Drama, New York University, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Tufts University, Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among others. Hart has given multiple keynote speeches and regularly advises universities and colleges that are developing arts entrepreneurship programs, and he has served as a guest speaker for the U.S. Department of State. He co-founded the Worldwide Art Collective theatre festival in Taichung, Taiwan.

Artistically, Hart has earned credit and recognition as an actor, director, writer and producer.Hart earned his M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama in 1999 and graduated from SMU with a B.F.A. in theatre in 1996.

In today's episode of The Art Of...

  • Moving toward aligned action around entrepreneurship as a creative
  • Is higher education necessary to become a successful working artist?
  • Paradime shifts in thinking around making a living as a creative
  • The Meadows School of Arts, SMU program: Arts management and entrepreneurship, higher learning to learn the business of artistic pursuits
  • The hero's journey and how it relates to the creative journey
  • Letting go of toxic people in your life to free up creative energy


Joseph Campbell: Power of Myth with Bill Moyers ~ TV Series

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

The Writer's Journey ~ Christopher Vogler

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