"I grow my list of ways art, artists, and ARTrepreneurship positively shape our world as often as I change my hair. ...yeah, constantly!"
Stephanie Pruitt never learned that art and business can't mix. She's equally comfortable in her studio and at boardroom tables, but never settles for business as usual at either. Stephanie is an award winning, published poet and visual maker who has taught arts education and creative writing at Vanderbilt University, Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and as a visiting artist in over a hundred k-12 and community settings. Over the past 15 years, while maintaining her creative practice, she's run an event planning company, art gallery, publishing firm, and social science research center. Stephanie is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and Essence Magazine named her one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” These days, the native Nashvillian has opted out of the old 9 to 5 model and lets her creativity lead her. She's combining her backgrounds in marketing and entrepreneurship & fine art in order to help other explorers and dreamers do the same.
The ARTrepreneur and TEDx speaker curates Poems & Pancakes and created a line of poetry vending machines. Stephanie leads Mind Your Creative Business workshops and coaching sessions for organizations, artists, and thought leaders incorporating creativity as a professional strategy.
She is an active part of her local community as a Commissioner for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. Stephanie has volunteered at Magdalene House and Thistle Farms for the past eleven years as a creative writing facilitator and former board member.
Family is her greatest work of art. Stephanie has a teen aged, musician daughter, thespian and chef in training tween, and two furry, tail wagging kiddos. She co-chairs her home life and big bucket list with her husband, Al Gaines. The multi-passionate dot connector is working towards her dream of owning and operating an alpaca farm/arts event center/braintrust retreat/bed and breakfast.