Lucas Spivey is a business development expert for the cultural sector. He researches small to medium enterprises (SME) in the creative and cultural industries (CCI). He advocates that culture and commerce are each limited by a lack of the other's natural advantages, and believes in modeling a healthy merger of culture and commerce. He is conducting research to demonstrate that the natural challenges of each sector are complementary to the other, and that the mid to late 21st century world economy will be dominated by cultural products and experiences. Summarily, his research argues that the cultural sector is limited by a lack of access to capital, intellectual property acumen, and marketing budgets, while commercial ventures are the inverse: limited by a lack of mission enthusiasm, product authenticity, and creative incentives. Further research will identify the government policies, sector attitudes, and legal structures that uphold an antagonistic model of commerce versus culture, in order to develop more sensitive models before the merger accelerates past such an investigation.

Lucas Spivey is currently pursuing a PhD and fellowships to research strategies for SMEs in CCI. He received his MBA in Finance at Endicott College and his BFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Art History at the University of Washington. He completed a Masters Certificate in Emerging Markets at Ipade Universidad Panamerican in Mexico City in 2014. Lucas has developed experiential education and academic programming for MIT, Montserrat College of Art, University of Washington and other institutions. He is a Founding Partner in Services Invisible, connecting the creative sector with business services; the founder of the Mobile Incubator, a research program on regional cultural sectors; and the Founding Director of 17 Cox, an experimental arts center. Originally from Minneapolis, a long time resident of Seattle, and currently based in Boston, Lucas travels extensively around the US working intimately with cultural SMEs.



Endicott College, 2014, MBA - Finance
Ipade Universidad Panamerica, 2014, Masters Certificate, Emerging Markets
University of Washington, 2009, BFA - Interdisciplinary Arts & Art History
University of Wisconsin, 2005, Associates of Arts & Science

2016 - present, Mobile Incubator, Founder
2009 - present, Services Invisible, Founding Partner
2010 - 2014, 17 Cox, Founding Director


2013 - 2017, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Producer
2010 - 2013, Montserrat College of Art, Program Manager
2007 – 2009, University of Washington, Associate Director

2014 - 2016, Tieton Arts & Humanities, Executive Director
2011 - 2013, Mass Cultural Council, Council Member
2008 - 2010, The Vera Project, Committee Co-chair
2001 - 2005, S.O.S. Players, Director

2017, Opportunity Fund, City of Boston Arts Commission
2017, Residency, Boston Center for the Arts
2014, Infinite Mile Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2013 - 2014, Dean’s List, Endicott College, Van Loan School of Business
2011, Best Essay, New England Art Awards
2009, Clean Award, Seattle Great City Initiative
2007 - 2009, Dean's List, University of Washington - Seattle, School of Art
2003 - 2005, Dean's List, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
2002 - 2003, Artistic Scholarship, SOS Players
2002, Scholarship, National Art Honor Society

2017, Being Material, Symposium, MIT, Cambridge MA
2016, The PhD Project, Annual Conference - Chicago IL
2015, Washington Non-Profits, Annual Conference - Seattle WA
2014, Culturunners, Workshops and Symposium - Cambridge MA
2014, Public Space: Lost and Found, Symposium - MIT, Cambridge MA
2012, Guerrilla Girls: Art as Activism, Workshops and Symposium, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA
2012, New England Museum Association, Annual Conference - Burlington VT
2010, Google Book Project, Conference - NYU Steinhardt, New York, NY


Sep 2016, San Marcos Arts Commission, Cultural Districting
Jun 2016, Gallery One, Ellensburg WA, Cultural Mash-ups
Jan 2016, BOXX Gallery, Tieton WA, Creative Placemaking
Sep 2015, TedX, Yakima WA, It Happened Here
Jan 2014, Yakima Maker Space, Yakima WA, Collaboration Exhibitions
Mar 2014, Marblehead Art Association, Professional Practice
Aug 2013, Magnolia Community Center, Change Management
Mar 2013, Montserrat College of Art, Career Planning
Sep 2012, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Professional Practice
Fall 2012, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Entrepreneurship
Jun 2012, Arts and Business Council of Boston, Professional Practice
Apr 2012, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA, Career Planning
Apr 2012, Arts and Business Council of Boston, Career Planning
Mar 2012, Kingston Gallery, Idea Factory #3
Oct 2011, Lincoln Arts Project, Idea Factory #2
Sep 2011, Montserrat College of Art, Contemporary Cocktail
Aug 2011, Paul Scott Library, Idea Factory #1
Mar 2011, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA, Career Planning
Feb 2011, North Shore Art Associations, Professional Practice
Mar 2009, ArtsLink, Career Planning