Why You Should Hire An Artist As Your Next Business Consultant

via Fast Company

More companies are turning to artists when they need a fresh perspective on marketing and branding.

It's easy to put artists in the box of "whimsical creatures that live outside societal norms," so why would business leaders turn to them for guidance and insight about how to make their organizations more profitable and run more efficiently?

Turns out, the leaders in companies such as Capital One, GAP, GE, Mozilla, MTV, and Coca-Cola have done just that, turning to the artist-consultants of Another Limited Rebellion and K-Hole to help solve their innovation and branding problems...

Another Limited Rebellion (ALR), started out as a web design company founded by Noah Scalin. In finding an answer to his own need for a creative outlet outside of the humdrum of work, Noah started Skull-A-Day, which took off as an internet phenomenon. Since then, he has authored five books on design and creativity and traveled the world bringing his message of creative potential and design activism to everyone from incarcerated teenagers to Fortune 500 executives. Noah then teamed up with his sister Mica Scalin to create the new iteration of ALR, which now teaches core creative practices and an art-based training methodology essential to sustained innovation and growth to clients including Capital One, GAP, GE, Mozilla, and Coca- Cola.

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VCU School of Business To Unveil 30-Foot Pop-up Portrait of Maggie Walker

VCU’s School of Business today unveils a 30-foot “pop up portrait” of legendary Richmond banking legend Maggie Walker. It is both art, and commentary on how our minds work.

Noah Scalin’s 30-foot pop up portrait of Maggie Walker will be unveiled in the atrium at VCU’s School of Business Snead Hall today at 1pm. It will be on display through Wednesday.

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What VCU artist in residence Noah Scalin made from donated clothes.

via WTVR

Sometimes all it takes in life is just one new vantage point for something familiar to reveal a new shape.

And if you aren’t sure just how easily life can present two different outcomes based merely on your point of view, then Noah Scalin, the first ever artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, has a demonstration.

On Monday, crowds moved through the Snead Hall atrium, a bright space within the 145,000 square-foot, four-story school of business, to glimpse Scalin’s display.

As they stood at one end, an  accumulation of mismatched, colorful clothes greeted the eye.  But as viewers walked around to the other side,  the pile became a portrait of Maggie Walker.

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VCU School of Business’ renowned artist-in-residence presents first installation

via VCU News

This month, nationally renowned artist Noah Scalin, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business’ first ever artist-in-residence, will present his first pop-up installation at the school.

Scalin will begin “Portrait of Innovation: Maggie Walker” in the Snead Hall Atrium, 301 W. Main St., on Oct. 10. The artist and several VCU School of Business students will arrange clothing donated by students, faculty and staff to create a 30-foot-by-10-foot portrait of Walker based on a photograph provided by The Valentine museum. A reception will be held upon its completion Monday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Walker, a Richmond businesswoman, became the first female African-American bank president in the United States in the early 1900s.

“As a successful businesswoman of color, Maggie Walker represents the diverse students who are currently enrolled at the School of Business,” Scalin said. “As the first woman to charter a bank in America, she was a true pioneer in her time and the embodiment of the values the school wants to instill in its students. She was also a resident of the neighborhood that abuts VCU, so recognizing her importance helps the school show that it is thoughtfully connected to its community.”

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On your mark. Get set. Creative Sprint!

via ArtoberVA

The Richmond arts and culture scene is in Noah Scalin’s DNA.

“I was born into the arts and culture world,” Scalin says. “Both of my parents are artists, and they taught at VCU for many, many years. I grew up at VCU and spent all my time in those buildings as a kid. So I never questioned that I was going to be involved in creating art and being creative.”

After going to school for theater design in New York, Scalin shifted his focus to graphic design and moved back to Richmond to run his design business. Then, in 2007, something happened that would change his life and, ultimately, the local arts community.

“I reached a creative plateau. I hit a point in my career where I wasn’t excited by what I was doing anymore,” Scalin says. “I was stagnating, I wasn’t inspired, and I felt stuck. So I did this really ridiculous project called Skull A Day, where I made a piece of skull art every day for a year, as my way of doing something for myself instead of clients. And that year process really transformed my life and my career. It was a great lesson in how creativity worked in this way that was very profound for me and also for people who came in contact with the project.”

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Q&A with Noah Scalin: VCU’s first business artist-in-residence.

A local artist who for years has worked with Fortune 500 companies on fostering innovation is bringing his approach to creativity to the VCU School of Business, which has named him its inaugural artist-in-residence.

Richmond native Noah Scalin, who gained national attention in 2007 for his yearlong Skull-A-Day project, is working with the school as part of its recently adopted strategic plan to realize its goal of incorporating creativity into its classes and curriculum.

In his new role, Scalin will conduct creative-thinking seminars with students and faculty, guest-lecture courses, create art installations to be displayed prominently in the school, and each semester lead one of the 30-day “Creative Sprint” challenges he developed through his consulting firm, Another Limited Rebellion, which has worked with such clients as Altria, Capital One, GE and Gap.

Results of Scalin’s first-day-of-school challenge for students to create smiley faces with items in their backpacks. (Courtesy Noah Scalin)

VCU senior associate dean Ken Kahn came up with the artist-in-residence program and reached out to Scalin after hearing him speak at this year’s VCU Innovation Summit.

“We want to do something different so students realize we are serious about business and creativity,” Kahn said. “I mean, how many business schools have an artist doing an installation in their school of business?”

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Teachers Make Time for Creativity

Here's how an entire school got a boost from the Creative Sprint 30-day challenge.

Short Pump Middle School is a highly ranked public school in Henrico County, Virginia. Despite the excellent academic performance of the school, the leadership we met with felt a fresh approach was needed to fully prepare students for long-term success. Principal Thomas McAuley explains, “We are in the midst of a culture change, and change doesn’t occur overnight, but each step is moving us toward a culture of creativity, which will lend itself to more student engagement and deeper student understanding of the material being taught.”

In a professional development workshop with Artist Noah Scalin, we introduced Short Pump teachers to the concept of creativity as a practice and invited them to participate our upcoming Creative Sprint.

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Artist Noah Scalin Chats About His New VCU Business Appointment

via Style Weekly

A few weeks ago, it was announced that the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business will host its first ever artist-in-residence during the upcoming 2016­–2017 academic year. That artist is celebrated local Noah Scalin, whom you may remember from his Skull-a-Day project and book, published by Chop Suey.

Scalin's duties will include helping the school institute its new strategic plan, which aims to "drive the future of business through the power of creativity." To that end, he'll be conducting creative-thinking seminars as well as guest lecturing and creating large-scale installations with students; there will also be a 30-day Creative Sprint challenge in October and during the spring semester which he'll have details on soon, he says.

Scalin told Style that he was extremely honored to be selected and he believes it was a forward-thinking move by the school.

"It’s a recognition that fostering creative business cultures leads to more consistent innovations," he says. "This isn’t about adding some creative frosting on a finished cake, this is about recognizing that creativity is an ingredient that needs to be baked into all businesses if they’re to be successful in the 21st century."

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First Artist-In-Residence Announced for Virginia Commonwealth University.

via Americans For The Arts

Noah Scalin, artist and co-founder of Another Limited Rebellion, will be the first ever artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business during the upcoming 2016–2017 academic year.

In this role, Scalin will help the school institute its new strategic plan, which aims to drive the future of business through the power of creativity. Through the process, he will connect with students, faculty, and administration in creative-thinking seminars, lectures, 30-day Creative Sprint challenges, and the creation of art onsite.

Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business, believes that "having an artist-in-residence is unique for a business school and will distinguish VCU as a leader in combining business and creativity.”

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5 Reasons People Love To CreativeSprint

You don’t need to be an artist or even creatively inclined to participate. No special skills required or creative experience needed to participate. You will get one email a day from me starting on October 1 and ending on October 30. All you need to do is set aside 2 minutes a day to respond in any way you like and share what you did online with the #CreativeSprint hashtag. Easy!

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to join CreativeSprint, right now!

1. You’ll get a sense of accomplishment every day

Advertising executive, Bari N. Greenstein felt a unique sense of accomplishment after completing each daily CreativeSprint assignment.

“It is entirely different from the way I feel successful at work. This challenge was entirely self-fulfilling. I wasn't doing it to get paid or recognized, I was doing it to learn something about myself, to test my limits, and to remind myself how important it is for me to have a creative outlet - too often I get lost and forget.” 

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VCU School of Business announces its first artist-in-residence

Via VCU News

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business will host its first ever artist-in-residence during the upcoming 2016­–2017 academic year.

Celebrated artist Noah Scalin will help the school institute its new strategic plan, which aims to drive the future of business through the power of creativity. Scalin will conduct several creative-thinking seminars, guest lecture in courses, create large-scale artwork installations with the students and spearhead a 30-day Creative Sprint challenge in October and during the spring semester. These will connect VCU School of Business students, faculty and staff with elements of the strategic plan through experiential learning, creative problem-solving curricula, innovative research and creative culture.

“Having an artist-in-residence is unique for a business school and will distinguish VCU as a leader in combining business and creativity,” said Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business. “Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills for 21st-century business leaders and VCU is at the cutting edge in recognizing the value artists can bring to the table in this area.”

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How To Discover Unlimited Creativity by Starting Small, with Noah Scalin

Via The Creative Life Show

It’s a thrill to launch Creative LIfe Show interviews with the artist and activist Noah Scalin. On the surface, Noah is a successful artist, consultant and writer. But his story started as a frustrated, bored graphic designer, desperate to get himself out of a rut. On a whim, he decided to commit to making and sharing a new piece of art a day – a Skull a Day. The project became a global, viral hit, and led to a whole new creative business and life.

It’s easy to think about creativity as being about big ideas with big results. What Noah Scalin shows so successfully is that there’s huge power in small starts, tight restrictions and simply showing up regularly. And that, rather than ideas being used up, small ideas lead to much larger ones.

He also has some brilliant advice about building a community to grow creativity. If you’re a solo artist fighting to be heard, Noah’s message about how to move to greater collaboration – with all the natural resistance that goes with it – is essential listening.

Listen to the entire episode HERE

Connecting Art and Business in Practice

via Americans for The Arts

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? We all know the answer to this old chestnut but there’s a reason why the joke persists.

After spending a lot of time considering how we might use our skills as artists to provide something of value beyond amplifying the voices of others (through advocacy, marketing, design, etc.) my brother and I launched a consultancy, Another Limited Rebellion, focused on the creative development of individuals and organizations. What does that mean? We are still figuring it out (and I hope to always be doing so!) but with this purpose, we have been able to bring the arts into some unlikely places (teaching executives collaborative skills through tap dance, using experimental theater to spur innovation, and generating group momentum with the power of skulls). We took the dialog we’d been having with each other and our fellow artists and started having it with clients and others in non-arts fields. The response has been enlightening and incredibly motivating.

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