Cultural Arts and Social Entrepreneurship make two key adjustments to terms that are used often. To call something a cultural art makes the distinction that the work is an out growth and deeply rooted in the culture from which it pushed forth. It is not a distinction of style, although is often confused as such. Nor is it a delineation of industry. Cultural arts can be commercial, modern, and virtuosic. Simply, in participating in their presentation, the audience knows that they come from somewhere deep within the culture. Social entrepreneurship is similar in that it is in the way the entrepreneur relates to the process of entrepreneurship that makes them a Social Entrepreneur. Social entrepreneurs are conscious of the effects of their choices in all aspects of their business. They aim to create solutions for the challenges society faces through creative implementation and innovation in business practices, and the creation of economically viable products and services.
Andrew’s work in this field has been through an ongoing partnership with the Civil Innovation Lab. Through this partnership, Andrew has presented his story to audiences in schools, prisons, theaters, and music venues, across the socio-economic spectrum of the Dominican Republic. Andrew tailors each of his presentations to the audience he is in front of. He often speaks (and dances) to the idea of improvisation in the life of an entrepreneur, the nature of love in the nurturing of an idea to life, and the role of sacrifice in the life of a creator of businesses or works of art.
Both the nature of art as fundamentally related to culture and business as a service to society attempt to re-integrate these fields and reframe their relationships so that they may affect positive change from within the systems they operate.