The mission of Works in Progress Louisiana (WIPLA) is to provide financial, educational, and business resources directly to creative professionals who live/work in North Louisiana. In 2016, we fulfilled our mission in the following ways:
We hosted 18 free business development workshops for 177 creative professionals in seven parishes across North Louisiana. Workshop topics included Intellectual Property & Copyright for Creatives, Marketing on a Budget, How to Build a Website, How to Start a Business and Social Media Marketing for Creative Professionals.
We awarded $2,335.00 in grants to North Louisiana creative professionals. To date, we have awarded grants to a total of eight creative professionals. Seven of our grantees have successfully completed their projects, and one project was cancelled.
We retooled our Creative Marketplace in 2016, making it more user-friendly for cultural consumers. This free online directory includes over 100 regional suppliers of creative goods & services, an application form for creative professionals, and sample contracts for buyers and sellers.
In March, we hosted our first fundraiser, Uncensored Louisiana, featuring performances and work from 34 visual artists, 4 performance artists, and one local culinary professional. In one night, artists earned $3,250.00 via direct art sales, and WIPLA received $1,565.00 in contributions.
Several community-based accountants, attorneys, certified social media instructors, and other business professionals partnered with WIPLA to teach business development workshops, and provide follow-up services for workshop attendees.
We cultivated important partnerships in North Louisiana's cultural sector including Northwestern State University, ULM, Tipitina’s Music Co-ops in Shreveport and Monroe, the Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery, the Agora Borealis, Bossier Arts Council, CoHab, the Norsworthy Gallery, the Frank J. Kelley Gallery, and many more.
Our Board of Directors provided hours of project-specific counseling to regional creative professionals including a start-up film school, three authors, a music/concert nonprofit, two musicians, a start-up theatre group, a dance instructor, a chef, a public university art department, two art galleries, a start-up graphic design business, an art collector who wants to travel her collection throughout the United States, and several fine arts painters and photographers.
WIPLA secured our first Economic Development grant from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana to fund the Creative Marketplace (an online listing of 100 cultural goods & services providers in North Louisiana), and our Business Development Workshop Program.
Invest directly in North Louisiana's creative professionals
and our regional cultural economy.
All donations to WIPLA are 100% tax-deductible.
Click here to view our 2015-2016 budget.