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Field Report: The Idea Village

The New Year has started off on a great foot for the EIC! Our tenants, MFrancis Gallery have launched an artist’s collaborative “Ninth Ward Renaissance” that will celebrate local talent and create original art for the community. We also have urban design and architecture students from the Savannah College of Art and Design working with the Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association to design a master plan for the revitalization of the commercial corridor within the Upper Ninth Ward. On Saturday, January 16, 50 students packed into the EIC’s “Idea Room,” a conference space fitted with floor to ceiling white board walls, to discuss the Association’s vision for the plan.

The EIC is transitioning into a creative hub and we have adopted the new tag line: “The EIC where art and entrepreneurship meet.” One of our clients, the Young Fellaz Brass Band is taking the local music scene by storm and has a regular weekly gig at La Maison de la Musique on Frenchman Street. We are working with them to develop their online marketing strategy and to produce a web show.

When the EIC opened last July, the goal was to ignite entrepreneurship and innovation in the Upper Ninth Ward, but it was unclear exactly how that would be accomplished. It is truly wonderful to see a unique organizational identity emerging for the EIC—one that is focused on the creative industries and the potential it has for economic revitalization.” -Jodine Gordon, AmeriCorps VISTA Member

To learn more about The Idea Village, visit their website at: http://ideavillage.org

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