Works in Progress Louisiana is a small, privately-run coalition of business-savvy creative people and seasoned arts professionals who work in various disciplines. Their expertise allows WIPLA to wisely invest in viable creative careers, build business skills among artists, and keep administrative expenses in check.
In contrast, large bureaucratic arts agencies invest their resources in extravagant fundraisers, government-led pet projects, burdensome administrative costs, and outlandish salaries for management & staff - most of whom are not required to be arts professionals.
For example, one NWLA arts council invests only 8.9% of its annual revenue in professional artist fees, but compensates its Executive Director over $160,000 in salary & benefits. (Sources: Guidestar.com; http://www.ktbs.com/story/32705710/closer-look-public-salaries-in-northwest-louisiana) This outdated business model disproportionately benefits bureaucrats, and fails to cultivate our creative economy.
WIPLA is committed to investing donor dollars directly with creative workers via project grants, fiscal sponsorships, low-cost business training & development, and the online Creative Marketplace where creative professionals across North Louisiana can connect with a world market to sell high-quality locally-produced goods & services.