Empathinc., founded in 2001 by artist Tom Schulz, is concerned with art as dialogue. It presents opportunities for the community to engage, both online and in person, in meaningful discourse about the collaborative and transformative qualities of art. It also promotes the idea of specific, fair exchange between artist and audience and explores those areas where art and business overlap. From 2003-2006, Empathinc. operated as a gallery and studio space in Charlotte, NC, where Schulz curated two art shows by Scott Avett, one in 2004 and another in 2005.