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.
From African Artist Assist Sites to Human-Oriented Handicrafts
Dramatic Social Enterprises
13th Theatre Company Uses the Performing Arts to Build Confidence
Museum Social Enterprises
Rainworks Omnimedia Supports Clean Water and Literacy Programs
African Artist Assist Sites
African Cartel Gives Struggling Artists an Online Outlet
Floral Fair-Trade Floor Rugs
The Flower Collection by Armadillo and Co Offers Unassuming Eco Decor
Socially Accessible Artwork
Art-Switch Lets Clients and Businesses Borrow First
At-Risk Teen Tees
Tees at Risk Sells Original Works from Troubled Teenagers
Part Of It Totes & Tees For Charity
Tekoha Promotes Sustainable Development for Brazilian Artisans
Haitian Artist Wearables
Moral Fibers is a Socially Innovative Start-Up Building Human Capital
Socially Minded Lifestyle Brands
Elvis & Kresse Creates Accessories out of Reclaimed Fire Hoses