Social enterprise is a sector that can encompass a range of careers, pleasures, hobbies and interests -- and this top list of art-related social enterprises will show you that mission-driven initiatives don't have to sacrifice on creativity and aesthetic pleasure to succeed.
This top list ranges from the technological, like African Cartel, to the dramatic, like 13th Theatre Company. But no matter what the subject, there is no lack of artistic oomph. Some businesses, like the Canadian start-up Moral Fibers, have sourced artwork from so-called fringe art communities in order to create a product that supports said community while at the same time building the portfolio of the artist him or herself -- and not to mention creating a striking piece of clothing.
As social entrepreneurship continues to grow, there will undoubtedly be more and more art-related social enterprises popping up and becoming serious business contenders.
Socially Minded Lifestyle Brands
Haitian Artist Wearables
Floral Fair-Trade Floor Rugs
From African Artist Assist Sites to Human-Oriented Handicrafts
By: Tiana Reid - Published: Jul 22, 2011