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Have you ever been really excited about an artistic project, just to have that inspiration fizzle out before execution?
In this episode of the Artrenpreneur podcast, we look at what Inspiration and Excitement are and the roles they’re meant to play in our creative lives.

This week’s “Arts Innovator of the Week” is Terry Olson. The self proclaimed “Chief Arts Instigator” of Orange County.
Over the last two and a half decades, Olson has worked tirelessly to build the arts community in Orlando. He moved to Orlando as one of the founding members of SAK Comedy Lab, which he managed for more than 20 years. Soon after arriving, he started the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. Today, that festival is the longest running Fringe Fest in the county. One of his latest initiatives is FusionFest, a multi-cultural festival to be held for the first time in November of this year.
Olson’s actual title is Director of Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs. In this role, Olson oversees a community board that distributes millions of dollars to arts organizations and artists annually. He has held the role since the position was created in 2001.
But Olson isn’t a bureaucrat held up in an office. He attends up to 40 arts events a month, supporting the arts by being present.
In addition to starting many of his own initiatives and festivals, Olson is a champion of up and coming artists and organizations, providing support and advice to new initiatives throughout the region.
Olson embodies several of the attributes of the “Arts Innovator of the Week,” but the ones that stand out the most are “transformative advocacy” and “tireless effort.” Terry’s influence on the arts in Central Florida is undisputed. We’re grateful for his ongoing work to make Orange County a more creative place to live and visit.
"The 'Arts Innovator of the Week' is someone who is working to cultivate a thriving arts community in Central Florida through adventurous creativity, transformative advocacy, tireless effort, or bold generosity."

What's been the most memorable moment of your artistic career?
@OrlandoBallet Artistic Director Robert Hill and Artist in Residence Arcadian Broad share their's and more on our most recent BTS video. See the whole thing on our FB page.

@OrlandoBallet Artistic Director Robert Hill on the first time he met Artist in Residence Arcadian Broad.
See the full video on the two's relationship on our Facebook page and don't miss their interpretation of "Beauty & The Beast" this weekend at @drphillipsctr.

Don't wait for someone to give you a platform. Build your own.
This week's episode of The Artrepreneur Podcast breaks down the long-term investment in becoming an artist. Listen at the link in our bio.

Little snippet from a chat with @colenesmith of @creativecityproject who stopped by @southerncraftbar yesterday for a sneak peek of my show opening tomorrow. You can watch the whole thing on Facebook, find it on my page or the #CreativeCityProject page

This week’s “Arts Innovator of the Week” is Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. She is an internationally recognized performance artist and UCF Assistant Professor.
Her work has been widely recognized in the art world. Most recently, she was a Franklin Furnace grantee in 2016 and a 2015 Semi Finalist for The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. Her work has also appeared at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Her latest multi-sensory experience is The Pietá Project, coming to the UCF Student Union on Wednesday, April 4. During the piece – which is focused on grief, comfort, and healing – Raimundi-Ortiz embraces 33 volunteers of color, each for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. "We live in a world where [people of color] are told to 'get over it' and 'move on' while at the same time we constantly see our brothers and sisters lost to injustice," Raimundi-Ortiz says. "I wanted to create a space for us to be able to stop and feel. To start healing. This is a chance for me to hold my community, let them know I see them and I feel them." We’re honored to recognize Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz for her innovative, high-quality work that brings complicated issues to light in meaningful ways. "The 'Arts Innovator of the Week' is someone who is working to cultivate a thriving arts community in Central Florida through adventurous creativity, transformative advocacy, tireless effort, or bold generosity."

Who likes Thornton Park's new outdoor music venue, Veranda Live?

"The 'Arts Innovator of the Week' is someone who is working to cultivate a thriving arts community in Central Florida through adventurous creativity, transformative advocacy, tireless effort, or bold generosity." This week, we bring you two innovators, Sarah Elger and Ricky Brigante. Together, they are the backbone of Pseudonym Productions — an immersive theater company based in Orlando.
The company has explored the new forms of theater through their three shows, “When Shadows Fall,” “A Study of Dreams” and “The Republic.” Elger is the CEO and Creative Director. And this week, Brigante sold his company, “Inside the Magic,” to become the full time Producer & Technical Director at Pseudonym. It’s a bold leap, as “Inside the Magic” has a huge following through their social media accounts and podcast. The “Inside the Magic” YouTube page has more than 890,000 subscribers.
In a blog post on “Inside the Magic,” Brigante writes, “I am not leaving behind the themed entertainment industry by any means. Instead, I am eager to finally be pursuing a dream, replacing my unplanned career as a journalist with my lifelong desire to be a creator.” Elger and Brigante both embody adventurous creativity in their work and in life. It’s this kind of creativity that will continue to shape the global perception of Central Florida as a place known for creativity and innovation. We wish them well as they press into innovative theater right here in Orlando and beyond!

It's okay to keep your passion a hobby, but if you're ready to take things to the next level, you have to be doing some work.

On this week's episode of Artrepreneur, we look at 4 things you can be doing to develop your creative pursuit into what you dream it can be.

Unbelievable experiences that will make you say "wow!"

1,000 artists. Inspiring you. IMMERSE.
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To celebrate Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, we want to hear your favorite joke. Comment with your joke to win absolutely nothing. #forthelolz

Experience experts of texture like Carrie Sieh tonight at the opening of Art31: Fiber at the Maitland Art & History Museum.

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