ARTrepreneurs: Designing Bridges for Creative Innovation Public Showcase January 12, 2018

December 22, 2017

ARTrepreneurs: Designing Bridges for Creative Innovation
Artists Working at the Crossroads of Creativity, Science and Business

Public Showcase January 12, 2018

The 2017-2018 cohort of Artists at CIC@CET proudly announce its public showcase to take place on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00pm at CIC St. Louis, 4240 Duncan Avenue at Cortex.

Since 2016, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) has partnered with the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) and CIC St. Louis (CIC@CET) on a pilot project to provide two cohorts of St. Louis artists with a unique professional development experience to gain access to a community of inventive people at the epicenter of entrepreneurship. This pilot opportunity is presented as an extension of RAC’s commitment to support the careers of artists in the St. Louis region.

The 2017-2018 Artists at CIC@CET cohort has leveraged the intersection of art, science, technology, and innovation to support their careers and identify creatively stimulating ways to interact and collaborate with the local movement of big thinkers and risk-takers working outside of the field of traditional arts and in the world of start-ups.

The 2017-18 Artists at CIC@CET cohort includes the following participants:

  • Bianca Fitzpatrick, Singer/Songwriter and Fashion Enthusiast
  • Gina Grafos, Visual Artist
  • Tim Hykes, User Experience Designer
  • Lindsay Obermeyer, Artist and Creative Entrepreneur
  • Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, Animator
  • Kevin Street, Dancer and Musician

 ARTrepreneurs: Designing Bridges for Creative Innovation – Public Showcase EventThe 2017-18 Artists at CIC@CET experience will culminate in an interactive showcase event featuring examples of the artists’ work, live entertainment, and a panel discussion with the artists about their work. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Event Information:

  • When: 5:00pm on Friday January 12, 2018
  • Where: The Havana Room at CIC St. Louis, 4240 Duncan Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110
  • What: Demos of artists’ work, live entertainment, panel discussion, light refreshments

 About the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.

About CIC St. Louis
CIC is creates globally connected networks of coworking communities to allow entrepreneurs and innovators access to the facilities, services providers and amenities they need to be successful. CIC works to ensure their dedicated workspaces fit ever-changing needs of single person companies, growing startups and innovative arms of larger corporations. CIC’s mission is to change the world through innovation by developing ecosystems that allow exceptional entrepreneurs to innovate better and faster. They do this by actively building innovation communities in the centers of future-focused cities. In St. Louis CIC currently operates communities @4240 Duncan and CIC@CET which provides programing for early stage entrepreneurs. In May 2018, CIC3@4260 Duncan will open as a third location in the St. Louis innovation ecosystem. Today CIC houses communities of hundreds of startups and innovative companies around the world. Our locations include Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; St. Louis, Missouri; Miami, Florida; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Philadelphia, PA and Providence, RI will open in the coming year. For more information contact Kim Plank, General Manager at:

About the Center for Emerging Technology
Founded in 1998, the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) is the largest and oldest Innovation Center in Missouri. CET is nationally recognized for providing the infrastructure and resources needed for early-stage, high-growth companies in the fields of information technology, bioscience and manufactured products to innovate and thrive. CET’s signature programs include the Square One (SQ1) Ignite and Boot Camp training programs, workshops and seminars, and other educational programming, often done in partnership with other ecosystem partners. CET is supported by the Missouri Technology Corporation and U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the SBA Regional Innovation Clusters Program. CET is an affiliate of the Cortex Innovation Community since 2012, and is an important program role in the Cortex district and broader St. Louis region. Visit for more information or contact Rikki M. Henry Program Manager at