When Benjamin moved to Lakeland in late 2014, he was working as an independent marketing consultant, website designer, and photographer. Shortly after the move, Benjamin found Catapult and took a course called CO.Starters which provided a framework for a non-profit business concept he was in the process of iterating. He dreamt of a live/work/play/learning space for artists and makers inspired by his involvement in the Burning Man community, which has provided a platform for both artists and makers for years. Since then, Benjamin has become the board President of Burnt Oranges, Inc., a non-profit that has served as a source for grant funding and large-scale participatory art since 2008. By following the 10 principles of Burning Man and its mission to cultivate interactive art, Burnt Oranges has been able to provide a number of successful events focused on bringing the artistic community together.
What is your business? Burnt Oranges is a non-profit arts organization that provides artist funding, advocacy, and venues for creating and exhibiting large-scale, participatory art.
Who are your clients? Our clients are our grant recipients who receive funding for art projects, education projects, art transport and community action projects. We work with individuals, small teams, large projects, and other 501(c)3 entities across the state of Florida.
What are some business wins? The largest business win is the privilege of being in a position to affect change through immediate and lasting community action. Burnt Oranges’ community action grants amplify individual efforts and create impactful change in our communities, which is a win for everyone involved.
What are your short-term goals? Our short-term goals are to continue to educate our participants and create opportunities for others to step into leadership roles in our community.
How has Catapult helped you? I believe that Catapult and I share the thought that self-motivated individuals and teams are the key to future success. These new businesses and ideas provide the change that’s necessary in the future. The Catapult staff, mentors, and CO.Starters course have continued to provide knowledge that will allow for our continued success and we couldn’t be more grateful.
What is your Secret Sauce? By putting people first and developing relationships, Burnt Oranges creates a roster of amazing people as we go through our daily lives.
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