New Ways of Supporting Arts Entrepreneurship

A Case Study of Maniobra


  • Javier J. Hernández Acosta Universidad del Sagrado Corazón



cultural work, cultural policy, arts entrepreneurship, artistic well-being


This research analyses Maniobra, a cultural employment initiative that offers guaranteed income and additional support for three years to selected artists in Puerto Rico. Maniobra’s program design phase and preliminary first year results are analyzed through the author’s personal experience with the project as an arts entrepreneur and scholar. This reflection suggests how to address barriers facing artist initiatives with a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. A conceptual framework analyzes the preliminary impacts through a combination of artistic, personal, and economic well-being. The article also highlights the importance of institutional trust in artists and artistic work, expanding traditional philanthropy models.

Author Biography

Javier J. Hernández Acosta, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

Dr. Javier J. Hernández Acosta is Assistant Professor, Dean of the School of Arts, Design and Creative Industries, and former Director of the Business Department at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. He is also the founder of the Centro de Economía Creativa, a non-profit organization supporting artists and creative industries, and author of the book Creative Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is a musician, creative entrepreneur, and board member of multiple cultural organizations.




How to Cite

Hernández Acosta, J. J. (2023). New Ways of Supporting Arts Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Maniobra. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 11(3).




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