The New Wave of Art Discovery: Sam Bowler Talks Culturalyst

Sam Bowler is a sculptor, technologist, and writer, as well as the founder of Culturalyst. He is passionate about building a future that takes care of artists and believes that art is a pathway that leads to self-discovery and connection with others. Sam's work with Culturalyst focuses on creating digital infrastructure to make it easier to find and support artists in cities across the country.

In this episode, we dive deep into:

  • How Culturalyst's digital platform revolutionizes art discovery and support across cities, connecting audiences with local artists.
  • Delve into the paradox of New Orleans' booming cultural economy juxtaposed with the hardships faced by artists, unearthing the dynamics at play.
  • Join us as we unpack Sam's ambitious mission to interlace artists through a network that amplifies their potential, offering a tapestry of opportunities.
  • Embark on a journey through the profound impact of art on personal expression and human connection, delving into its democratization for all.
  • Uncover the intricate dance between preserving New Orleans' rich cultural heritage and the challenges of progress, sparking a dialogue on the city's evolution.

Sam Bowler, founder of Culturalyst, joins host Rob Lee to discuss his work in reshaping New Orleans' artistic landscape. Sam shares his personal journey as an artist and the inspiration behind Culturalyst. He highlights the challenges faced by artists in New Orleans and the need for a digital infrastructure that connects artists with opportunities and resources. Sam also emphasizes the importance of preserving the unique cultural identity of New Orleans while embracing progress and development.

Join us as we explore the vibrant culture of New Orleans with Sam Bowler, the founder of Culturalyst. We dive into the innovative platform that is reshaping the city's artistic landscape. Don't miss this inspiring conversation!

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Sam Bowler
Sam Bowler
Samuel Bowler is a writer, sculptor, and technologist based in New Orleans, LA. His work is focused on building emotionally-responsible, place-based technology that creates opportunities for equity, community, and art therapy. To that end, Sam founded Culturalyst, an online platform designed to make it easy to discover and directly support local artists and culture bearers. Culturalyst’s vision to enable the creators of local culture to be equitably compensated for their work.
The New Wave of Art Discovery: Sam Bowler Talks Culturalyst
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