In an effort to expand the local creative arts scene, Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe art group, is trying its hand at small business incubation.
Meow Wolf is using its “The House of Eternal Return” exhibit as a springboard for an art business incubation program with one of its artists, Nico Salazar, as a test case.
Starting Sept. 24, Salazar’s art work will be available on clothing, tote bags and other items through his new business co-owned with Meow Wolf, Future Fantasy Delight.
Meow Wolf provides a team to help with business needs, such as legal advice, networking opportunities and tax assistance, but leaves the creation and artistic development to Salazar.
Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubeck said this is part of Meow Wolf’s transition to expand from being just a exhibition site for local artists.
From the Albuquerque Journal:
…Kadlubek said this project is one of many ventures the company is eyeing for the future.
“We want to help launch other creative businesses,” he said. “We want to help an artist who has an idea. We have the supports to make it happen.” Such supports include business advice, legal help, fundraising, and even the ideas and resources from a network of other artists to help flesh out someone’s concept, he said.
“This is an opportunity to launch more creative businesses in Santa Fe and New Mexico,” he said. With a planned $100,000 total investment, Meow Wolf has become a co-owner of Salazar’s business, Future Fantasy Delight.
Two additional projects are already in the works and are seeking investors.