The Corzo Center has established a number of partnerships and collaborations, and has co-sponsored a variety of events and programs.
A few current relationships: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Curtis Institute of Music, Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Empowerment Group, Issue Media Group/ Flying Kite, Philadelphia GameLab, Startup Weekend, Grassroots Game Conference, and Wells Fargo.
These partnerships provide opportunities for members of the University of the Arts community to work with others, meet entrepreneurs, and network with groups throughout the region.
Corzo Center for the Creative Economy
The University of the Arts
211 S Broad St, Room 900
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Who we are
The Corzo Center funds creative arts businesses.
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts links creative arts, business, and innovation.
The Center was formed to keep art where it belongs — central to society and an economy that requires ideas and imagination. Guided by the belief that entrepreneurship is both a form of business innovation and a form of public and social action, the programs are shaped to provide artists, performers, and media makers the tools they need to control their economic lives.
Neil Kleinman is the director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts, where, until recently, he served as dean of the College of Media & Communication and director of the Philadelphia Applied Research Labs. Previously he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, director of the Institute for Publications Design, director of the doctoral program in Communications Design, and co-director of the School of Communication Design – all at the University of Baltimore.
Lauren Ancona is the assistant director of the Center. She manages and coordinates the Knight partnership, helps with business development, and develops a robust online presence for the Center in order to offer programming both at-a-distance and on-demand. She formerly served as manager of marketing technology for Opera Philadelphia, the team that challenged the standard of arts outreach with Random Acts of Culture and Opera on the Mall. Educated as a classical musician (percussion and conducting), she has spent the past seven years in nonprofit marketing, including the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, St. Francis Hospital, and Longwood Gardens.
C. Todd Hestand is the manager of the Center's Incubators where he facilitates the development of the Incubator programs and supports the work of its grantees. He also serves as administrative coordinator for the Center’s Open Office Hours program and its workshop and lecture series. He is the founder of the creative tech business Side Arts. He has been an executive management consultant working with Fortune 1000 clients and a senior project director at a major market research organization. Schedule an appointment at ohours.org/cthestand.