Meet Jim Bilodeau, a NAIT instructor with a passion to help artists make money online, and the man behind The Museum Project, an interesting idea to help make that happen.
Jim was one of the people who came in for an interview on 100 in 1 Day back in June, when I took over a studio at the Edmonton Public Library’s Makerspace to talk to Edmontonians about what they are making.
Unlike most of my interviewees, Jim doesn’t write a blog or make a podcast or have a YouTube channel. But he wants to help those who do. “I want every individual artist to be in charge of their own career,” he says. “If you have talent, you can make money at your art now.”
He has an idea that he hopes will kill two birds with one stone: Incubate online artistic ventures by providing a production facility, and save the old Royal Alberta Museum building in Glenora in the process.
The new downtown museum opens in 2017, but it will take until 2019 to empty. After that, anything could happen to the building, including tearing it down. Jim doesn’t want that to happen, and you’ll hear more about his idea in this interview.
Jim recommended a couple of Alberta artists who are making a go of it on Twitch TV:
You can also see some other ideas for uses of the old RAM on this petition to save the building.
Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.