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Two Local Artists Among Participants in Creative Entrepreneur Training Program

Two local artists, Joanne Roeder and Cecily Terhune, both of Carmel, are among those announced by the Indiana Arts Commission today as creative entrepreneur participants in the annual On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator. On-Ramp is a national award-winning program designed to educate artists and creative professionals in ten key areas of entrepreneurship and finance and to provide ongoing mentorship and development of arts-based small businesses.

Over the course of three days, participants will follow a curriculum designed and led by Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts. The programming will take place in Noblesville, Indiana, with Noblesville-based Nickel Plate Arts serving as cohost for On-Ramp. Nickel Plate Arts is also a Regional Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission.

“We are excited to once again offer the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator in support of this critical economic sector,” said Indiana Arts Commission Executive Director Miah Michaelsen. “This year’s participants are a testament to the rich creative economy of the Hoosier State, and we are proud to play a role in accelerating their careers here in Indiana.”

A full list of participating creative entrepreneurs is below:

  • Joanne Roeder (Carmel)
  • Cecily Terhune (Carmel)
  • Norah Amstutz (South Bend)
  • Hilary Cannon Anderson (Bloomington)
  • Lyndy Bazile (Fort Wayne)
  • Margaret Beeler (Michigan City)
  • Emily Bennett (Terre Haute)
  • Christopher Box (Indianapolis)
  • Tracy Burns (Connersville)
  • Erica Coffing (Rochester)
  • Marcie Couet (Franklin)
  • Austin Day (Indianapolis)
  • Aja Essex (Bloomington)
  • Cynthia Frank (Anderson)
  • Emily Franks (Indianapolis)
  • Charles Gillespie (Bloomington)
  • Lavinia Hale (Greencastle)
  • Tammeron Jonesfrancis (Muncie)
  • Katie Lee (Mishawaka)
  • Celeste Lengerich (Fort Wayne)
  • Leanne McGiveron (West Lafayette)
  • Leslie Noel Jr. (Fort Wayne)
  • Kierra Ready (Indianapolis)
  • Ngozi Rogers (Fort Wayne)
  • Bandy Russell (Morgantown)
  • Matt Scutchfield (Plymouth)
  • Michael Shannon (Indianapolis)
  • Jonathan Southern (Indianapolis)
  • Victoria Williams Steen (Indianapolis)
  • Timothy Stephenson (Indianapolis)
  • Daniel Swartz (Poneto)
  • Beatriz Vasquez (Indianapolis)
  • Kathaleen L Wessel (Anderson)
  • Tania Wineglass (Indianapolis)

At the conclusion of the three-day training, the entrepreneurs will submit proposals for a $2,000 fellowship to directly apply course lessons to their creative career and small business development. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of mentor creative entrepreneurs who will provide feedback based upon their individual and collective expertise.