Artmorpheus strengthens communities and fosters an inclusive innovation ecosystem by connecting artists and creative entrepreneurs with vital resources and knowledge. Through network and entrepreneurial skill building, business model development, and incubation, we help passionate innovators build capacity and sustainable enterprises.
2009 - Planning begins to create a new nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines. Veronique Le Melle, the then CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts, offers to incubate the new organization and a diverse advisory board consisting of artists and arts leaders is formed. Artmorpheus is named and begins providing workshops, individual consulting and online resources.
2010 - The nonprofit Artists Foundation, which existed to support artists in Boston for over 35 years, ceases operating.
2011 - 2012
2011 - Artmorpheus is formally established as a non-profit, and its first board of directors is formed.
2012 - Artmorpheus partners with artist Kelly Sherman to develop New Art Love - an online platform designed to empower art lovers to discover and connect with local art and artists at Open Studio events. The project becomes a MassChallenge finalist in the social enterprise category, and over the course of two years, leverages new technologies and input from Greater Boston artists and cultural organizations to create five wayfinding apps for open studio events and an art festival as well as ArtAppBoston+, a pilot statewide mobile guide to galleries, museums, and artist run spaces.
2013 - 2015
2013 - The Boston Foundation invites Artmorpheus to join the Fairmount Cultural Corridor (FCC) placemaking initiative, which draws upon the local cultural assets and ethnic traditions along the Fairmount Indigo Commuter Line to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Corridor strengthened by an active, sustainable local creative economy.
2015 - With the support of FCC funders, our partner Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and the community, Artmorpheus transforms underutilized commercial space in Uphams Corner, Dorchester to establish the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL), a cross-disciplinary incubator and hub that supports underrepresented artists, creative and social entrepreneurs. FIL launches its 1st accelerator program for artists and entrepreneurs.
2016 - 2017
2016 - Artmorpheus partners with the Boston Center for the Arts to launch Artists Help Desk, a program that provides artists of all disciplines access to experts and art professionals including curators, gallerists, artists, outreach strategists, and other individuals with valuable experience to share through one-on-one consultations.
Artmorpheus relocates the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL) across the street with the support of new partner Dorchester Bay Economic Dev. Corp. Artmorpheus secures a seed grant from MassDevelopment and conducts a feasibility study for FIL. FIL is expanded to offer workshops, events and co-working space, and becomes a gathering space for a wide range of artists, entrepreneurs and social innovators.
2017 - By Artists For Artists - a statewide survey for artists of all disciplines, makers and creative entrepreneurs - is launched in partnership with the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition
Joelle Fontaine is the Program Coordinator of the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL). Joelle is principal designer for the fashion label, Kréyol, a company she founded with family in 2004, which gained her a spot in FIL’s first accelerator for creative entrepreneurs. The Kréyol collection incorporates Joelle’s love of costuming and ancient time periods. Kréyol’s ultimate goal is to leverage the fashion brand as a catalyst for change, beginning with job creation for economically disadvantaged women in the U.S. and eventually in Haiti, a country where Joelle has roots. Kréyol has been featured in the Conde Nast Traveler, AfroPunk, New York Fashion Week, and Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica. Joelle was named one of the top Haitian designers by Teen Vogue and was voted best designer by Boston Magazine in 2017. Kréyol is also a 2017 MassChallenge Finalist.
Anuradha ("Anu") Yadav is the Fairmount Innovation Lab Chief Strategy Officer and Launchpad Facilitator. She is an experienced adviser to social impact and apparel companies. From 2014 to 2016, Anu was the Executive Director of TiE-Boston, a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. During her tenure at TiE-Boston, she led strategic planning, fundraising and co-created and oversaw two cohorts of TiE ScaleUp, a 5 month accelerator program to help companies between seed and Series A financing scale through access to investors, mentorship, workshops and peer-to-peer learning.
As a corporate attorney with ten years of experience practicing law at State Street Bank and Trust Company, Ropes & Gray, LLP, Brown Rudnick, LLP in Boston, MA and DLA Piper LLP in Atlanta, GA, Anu represented start-up companies from initial formation, through venture capital financings, and acquisitions. Anu clerked for the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Anu served as a trustee on the University of Vermont (“UVM”) Board of Trustees and is currently an Emeriti trustee as well as a member of the the Board of Directors of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Anu graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont and received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.