Graduate Capstone Projects
Creative Enterprise Business Plans
All graduates of Purchase’s Entrepreneurship in the Arts program complete a graduate capstone: a fully realized and usable business plan for a new and original creative enterprise. Past students have created nonprofits, for-profits, and hybrid enterprises that help to sustain, grow, and provide access to the arts. Browse through a selection of past graduate capstones below to find inspiration and learn more about the program.
Step2,3 is a social media platform tailored towards the needs of artists. Step2,3s mission is to help artists elevate their way of life by galvanizing as many resources as possible on the digital platform, and to make artistic career paths financially more sustainable. Read more about Shannon’s graduate capstone.
Arts Financial Collective
Arts Financial Collective is a benefit corporation that empowers arts entrepreneurs to build sustainable careers from college to retirement by connecting them to financial literacy workshops and professionals specializing in the arts. Read more about Rebecca’s graduate capstone.
Re/work is a sustainable and gender-neutral fashion company based in Brooklyn, NY. Re/work sets a new standard of sustainability within the fashion industry while promoting the use of recycled and upcycled fabric in the construction of its clothing. Read more about Dev’s graduate capstone.
Prosceneium is a new streaming media platform that delivers filmed performances from theaters on demand to viewers across the country. It is designed to increase access to performances for audiences and revenue to the theaters that make them possible. Read more about Duke’s graduate capstone.
Flourish Arts (LLC) is an arts network that provides virtual art workshops and resources to female sexual assault survivors to facilitate healing through artistic expression, discussion, and community. The organization provides female survivors with a virtual safe space to creatively express themselves and meet kindred spirits from around the country. Read more about Natalia’s graduate capstone.
PercWorks is a membership-based online learning platform for percussionists and drummers aged 8 to 18. Committed to creating an equitable and accessible future for the percussion community, PercWorks’ innovative education methods provide a more affordable, diverse, and well-rounded educational experience than traditional weekly and in-person lessons. Read more about Lucy’s graduate capstone.
Women of Culture
Women of Culture is a social enterprise that creates art-based experiences, trips, and private group events designed to connect, inspire, and empower women while showcasing the power and necessity of the arts. The company seeks to inspire critical thinking, cultivate curiosity, and help women, in particular, develop a deeper connection to the arts, themselves, and the world around them through all that it does. Read more about Alexandra’s graduate capstone.
The Caravan is a developmental theatre initiative of Macabre Americana, an NYC-based folk fusion band, that seeks untold, unheard stories, hidden across the diverse cultural landscape of the United States. Through the power of music and spoken word, The Caravan reimagines those stories in developmental theatre labs and presents them in a public forum. Read more about Blake’s graduate capstone.
Reframe: Art + Race
Aleta Brown’s Reframe: Art + Race is a video blog and a consulting firm that invites artists to share stories about their racial experiences in the arts and uses those stories to learn how we can create a more equitable art world. Her goal is not simply to share stories; she is using them to generate social movement that matters. Read more about Aleta’s graduate capstone.
The Right Body
The Right Body is a company designed to support the mission of promoting body positivity and encouraging self-care techniques through the digital publication of a quarterly magazine to promote a positive sense of self, encourage self-love, and foster a healthy dialogue on mental health. Read more about Savannah’s graduate capstone.
Haven House International
Haven House International arts and entrepreneurship summer day camp is a fun and affordable summer camp that educates, encourages, and inspires youth through developmentally appropriate activities. Haven House is a community safe space designed to engage and challenge while providing a sanctuary for diverse culture, music, and art representative of our community and world. Read more about Renee’s graduate capstone.
Done Outdoors is a collection of digital stories that celebrate nature, travel, and outdoor recreation. Through online video, photography, and writing, Done Outdoors captures the spirit of the modern outdoor adventurer. By delivering content focused on individuals and small businesses making an impact, it educates and influences audiences to make smart, safe, fun, and environmentally responsible choices while enjoying the outdoors. Read more about Kerry’s graduate capstone.