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Episode 66 – Giving Voice to Underserved Communities with Aaron Dworkin

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Our paths in life often start with a dream, but they can’t end there. “A lot of times we just sit in the dream without putting the infrastructure in place so that the dream can be realized,” says Aaron Dworkin, author, performance artist and professor of arts leadership and entrepreneurship at University of Michigan.  

Aaron is this week’s guest on the Make Meaning podcast and has built an impressive, multi-faceted career using his talents, passion and unique sense of identity. As founder of the Sphinx Organization, he is dedicated to promoting diversity in the arts. As a professor and author, Aaron passes on practical wisdom to others in his new book, The Entrepreneurial Artist – Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives. Listen as Aaron reads an excerpt from his book and discusses with Lynne how to “architect a life” and build a sustainable career from artistic expression here: 

Aaron Dworkin was President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts. He was also appointed by Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs. He is known nationally and locally as a driving force in arts leadership and entrepreneurship with a dedication to social entrepreneurship in his work, founding the Sphinx Organization, and in his writing. He has produced two CDs, an independent film, a visual digital art project, and has authored several books in a variety of genres. He is currently touring a new spoken word and orchestral performance entitled “American Rhapsody.” 

In this episode, Lynne and Aaron discuss: 

  • Being prepared for opportunities 
  • Aaron’s path to social entrepreneurship 
  • Defining and controlling our own identity 
  • The power of diversity in the arts, historically and now 
  • Architecting a life and building a successful career around a passion 

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