keshet ideas and innovation community

What is KIIC?

KIIC is a program operated through Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts providing resources and community mentorship for arts entrepreneurs of all genres, at all stages in their careers and/or organizational development.

KIIC is a business resource center and incubator for emerging and experienced arts entrepreneurs.

KIIC is a community of local and global arts entrepreneurs creating, growing, collaborating, learning, teaching, stumbling, enjoying, exploring, and flourishing.

KIIC is program to support and strengthen arts entrepreneurs on their path of sustainability, championing the value of the artist and the arts economy, by equipping creative industry businesses with the tools for success.

Why use the term “arts entrepreneur” instead of “artist” or “company/organization”?

The focus of KIIC is to support the business entrepreneurship aspects of the artists and arts endeavors.  We know YOU know your art.  We are here to help with the business aspects of developing, supporting, and sustaining your art.

(P.S. For entrepreneurs to flourish, they need creativity and a spirit of risk-taking…and artists already do that! So if you haven’t yet considered yourself an arts entrepreneur, you are already doing the entrepreneurship work! Good job already!)

How do pronounce KIIC?

KICK  (just like “I’m an artist and I kick some *&%^”)

What does KIIC do?

KIIC operates MULTIPLE programs including arts-related business education, makers space, art to market opportunities, and much more!

Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community Program Descriptions

Makers Space Experience
10-day residency cohort periods in which dancemakers have access to daily rehearsal space, technique classes, business training, and peer support as they develop new work. Housing provided next door to Keshet at the Hampton Inn.

Fellowship for Contemporary Dance
4-week paid residency, includes option for final production supported at Keshet Center for the Arts (theater, technical support, marketing support)

Hear Here Festival
musicians/composers are paired with dancers/choreographers to create a collaborative project over the course of a concentrated creation period

Resident Artist/ Company
customized guest artist residency periods ranging from a few months to a few years; unsolicited applications are not accepted

Choreographers’ Showcase
opportunities for emerging and seasoned artists to present their work in a community showcase; no fees to participate, no stipends provided, just a gathering of community work; comp tickets provided to choreographers

Dance Education/ Open Classes
community classes and company classes taught by Keshet faculty; and master classes taught be visiting artists

Business Education/ Open Workshops
business classes provided for Arts Entrepreneurs in any arts genre taught be Keshet faculty, local business educators, and visiting guest instructors; open to public at affordable rates / free for KIIC members

KP3 Post-Grad Program
pre-professional education for students 18 and above; multiple focus areas are available – dance performance; dance education; arts administration, technical theater.

Consignment-based product sales
KIIC members can offer their products for sale within Keshet’s gift shop, for a consistent retail presence. KIIC members can also present “launches” or other sales events/receptions for their new product lines to drive sales.

Office Space/ Tenant Community
below market rate office space available for arts entrepreneurs incubating in any genre at the Keshet Center for the Arts

KIIC Membership
annual membership for individual artists and arts organizations of any genre and/or business model; members receive free access to all business workshops and many other benefits!

Feedback and continued evolution of the KIIC Program

KIIC is a living, breathing, and evolving program (since we are living, breathing, evolving artists and arts organizations)!

What are you missing as an arts entrepreneur?  How can we help?  Please keep us informed of your ideas, needs, challenges, successes, etc!  Thank you!

Don’t Starve!  Make Art!

Become a KIIC Member

Membership dues for KIIC:

  • $120 annually for an arts business or organization
  • $60 for an individual artist.

Membership is available year-round. Download: KIIC Member Registration_Renewal BIZ.ORG Individual_KIIC MEMBERSHIP Registration_Renewal Application KIIC Membership Benefit Info

KIIC Membership Benefits include:


Business Development: FREE ACCESS to KIIC Workshops & Events

  • KIIC Members receive FREE access to all workshops and events within the KIIC Program.
    • Individual Artist Members receive free admission for the single artist member registered
    • Arts Business Members receive free admission for up to 5 people per company, per event

 Mentorship and Resources

    • Access to below-market rate financial services and bookkeeping support
    • Access to supportive environment of arts entrepreneurs
    • Discounts for various community resources as available (consultants, workshops, etc)
    • “Shadow” learning opportunities within existing arts businesses

 Keshet Discounts: Rent, Tickets, Dance

(Advance scheduling/reservations required)

  • Free use of conference room/meeting space at Keshet Center for the Arts for up to 12 hours per year
  • 15%-60% discounts on rental rates (Rehearsal Studios, Black Box Theatre, Soundstage, etc)
  • 25% off tickets to all Keshet Center for the Arts presented/produced events
  • 50% off all Class Packages for any Keshet Dance movement or fitness classes

Application Opportunities…KIIC Members are also eligible to:

  • Apply to become KIIC Tenants.

Tenants receive all of the benefits of KIIC Membership, plus have an office at the Keshet Center for the Arts at a below-market rate, and receive the deepest rental rate discounts for all other Keshet spaces.

  • Apply for the Apprentice Program.

Customized for each Apprentice to align with their individual personal and business goals, the Apprentice Program is made for those who want a more intensive training curriculum leading to a professional career in the arts but are not interested and/or able to pursue this in a university or college setting, and/or is seeking further, pre-professional training. The Apprentice Program has three tracks:

  • Dance Performance
  • Dance Education
  • Arts Administration
Arts Business Workshops

You’ve spent years honing and practicing your art – now learn some of the business skills that could help you to make a career of living your passion.

All KIIC Arts Business Workshops are FREE to KIIC members; any arts entrepreneur is welcome to take advantage of the classes/mentorship and mixers at market rate (as indicated). To learn more about KIIC Membership email

Arts Business Workshops for 2019 – Register HERE

Held during the Makers Space Experience Cohort periods, daily master classes and arts business workshops that are open to the public!

Cohort 1: January 28- February 1 – Download a copy of the schedule HERE
($15 Drop in per class; Free to KIIC members):
Mon, Jan 28; 10:00-11:30am
Working with Contracts, Presenters, Touring, Visas, and more / Juli Hendren, Tricklock Co./Global Corridors
Juli Hendren is a founding member and director of international relations of Tricklock Company. She is the curator of The Revolutions International Theatre Festival, through which she has produced events from over thirty different countries around the world. She is a director, writer, actor, and teacher who has taught and performed across the US, Canada, Europe, Uganda, and Colombia. Hendren was a part of the Theatre Communications Group delegation to Cuba in 2015, Chile in 2017, and Spain in 2017 as a representative for New Mexico in the World Theatre Congress. Juli is a member of Theatre Without Borders and the co-creator of the TWB/Revolutions symposium. She is a member of the Think Tank for the Global Theatre Initiative. She is the co-director of Performance in the Peripheries, which produces encounters between global and local communities through residencies with artists and companies from vulnerable and at-risk communities. She has collaborated with US playwrights Neil LaBute, Mac Wellman, and Idris Goodwin on several projects. She is a critically acclaimed solo performer with eight solo shows that have toured the US and Europe, winning numerous awards. Hendren is also an instructor in acting and physical theatre at the University of New Mexico.
Tues, Jan 29;11-12:30pm
FREE “A Conversation on Dance Legacy” panel & discussion [With Special Dedication of Horton / Lewitzky set pieces at 12:30pm]

Panelists include:

Dr. Mary Anne Newhall, UNM Professor Emeritus of Dance, History and Criticism, Contemporary Dance
Mary Anne Santos Newhall is former Associate Dean for Research, Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Fine Arts. She holds a doctorate in History and teaches modern dance technique, repertory, dance history, dance criticism, dance appreciation and graduate level seminars in dance studies. A “dancing historian”, she is dedicated to exploring, enlivening, and preserving early modernist and expressionist roots of dance, and has recreated and performed historic and contemporary dance works as a guest soloist for the Martha Graham Dance Company, American Repertory Dance Theatre, Ausdruckstanz Dance Theater and other national and international companies. She has also been guest teacher/artist restaging historic works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Compagnie Labkine in Paris, the German Embassy’s Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C., the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the University of California at Irvine, the American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University, and the New York State Summer School for the Arts.
Diana MacNeil, Keshet and Lewitzky Dance Company
Diana MacNeil is a choreographer and teacher dedicated to the movement arts. Her work over the last four decades has included initiating roles at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts and the Lewitzky Dance Company. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, The Cerritos Center for the Arts and the Yorke Dance Project, among others, have commissioned her choreography and her credits include educational projects from elementary to post-graduate levels at home and abroad. She founded the PostHouse Dance Group in Los Angeles which has performed to critical acclaim. In 2017 Diana relocated to Albuquerque to further her work with Keshet.
Dr. Judith Chazin-Bennahum
Judith Chazin-Bennahum is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, and educator. She has collaborated with a range of leading choreographers, including Antony Tudor, Pearl Lang, Alexandra Danilova, Todd Bolender, John Taras, and studied with many teachers, including Margaret Craske and Martha Graham. Chazin-Bennahum became principal soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company during Antony Tudor’s tenure as director of ballet. Recently, she has taken on the co-presidency of the University of Mexico (UNM) Friends of Dance and was appointed to the advisory board of Dance Chronicle, the foremost journal of dance history. Her sixth book, a biography titled René Blum and the Ballets Russes: In Search of a Lost Life, was published in June 2011 by Oxford University Press. In 2018, she served as a Center LOI panelist in Performance.
Wed, Jan 30; 10:00-11:30am
Branding and Marketing in the Performing Arts / Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency
Dovya Friedman, Director of Utility Agency, brings over 20-years of experience in branding and marketing communications, to strategic brand integration for growth companies. Her history includes multidisciplinary work in publishing, public relations, advertising, social media, online presence development and business development. She is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Dovya’s work has been recognized by both the PRSA and AdFed.
Thurs, Jan 31; 10:00-11:30am
Grant Research and Writing / Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director of Keshet, created Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996 following her training and studies with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Interlochen Arts Academy, Ithaca College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As Keshet’s Artistic Director, Ms.Greenberg has been recognized for her work by the New Mexico Governor’s Office, the New Mexico Legislature and the White House. Her multiple honors and accolades include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women; New Mexico Business Weekly’s Top Performing CEO of a non-profit organization, the New Mexico Ethics in Business Award recognizing the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council’s Keep the Dream Alive Award for “creating an environment where the medium of dance is used to build cross cultural and social bridges to every aspect of society.” Through Keshet, she created the Keshet Center for the Arts, a 30,000 square foot facility that educates, entertains and engages; housing and uniting the arts, the artist and the audience; and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community which supports and strengthens arts entrepreneurs on their path of sustainability, championing the value of the artist and the arts economy, by equipping creative industry businesses with the tools for success through which she currently teaches and mentors arts entrepreneurs. Over her 20+ year career in the non-profit sector, Shira has raised approximately $5,000,000 through
successful grant research and proposal writing for the arts.
Fri, Feb 1; 10:00-11:30am
Intellectual Property Law for Choreographers / Justin Muehlmeyer, Peacock Law P.C.
Justin is a Registered Patent Attorney practicing all aspects of intellectual property and litigation.  Justin came to Peacock Law P.C. from the New Mexico Supreme Court, where for two years he practiced the art of legal writing and research as a judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Daniels.  In law school at the University of New Mexico, Justin became known for his classical guitar skills and became the go-to musician for legal and court events around the State. Inspired by a circle of family and friends who were business owners and scientists, Justin earned undergraduate degrees in Physics/Astrophysics and Philosophy of Economics (dual B.A.s), and now makes it his career to assist all creative types in generating value from their great ideas.  Justin is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico and serves on the Board of the IP Section of the State Bar (for which he was elected as chair for 2018).
These workshops are made possible in part with the support of:

Check back for updated schedules.

 Cohort 2: March 3-13 

Cohort 3: April 1-11

“I came because I didn’t know anything about how to do this, but by the time I left I thought ‘Oh hell, I can do that!”-
— Designer & Workshop Participant
“For an hour and half there was a lot of useful information packed in. It provided focus and some goals to better use social media for growing my business.”
– Independent Artist & Workshop Participant
“I’ve sent out one press release and, thanks to the KIIC workshops on those little jewels, am totally delighted with the results!”
— Writer & Workshop Participant

Artist Resources and Opportunities

Artist Resources and Opportunities

Secretary Gonzales and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, commissioned a study, Building on the Past, Facing the Future: Renewing the Creative Economy, ( which further quantifies the economic impact with the following figures; The arts and cultural sector – contribute $5.6 billion to New Mexico’s economy each year; contribute $2.2 billion in wages and salaries annually; and generate $137 million in revenues for state and local governments.

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Connect with KIIC Members

Current Members (as of February 7, 2018)

Member Genre Website
Etkie Jewelry
Albuquerque Circus Arts Dance/Performance/Cirucs
Siren 13 Media Film & Theater
Soiree Entertainment Dance & Performance Arts
Mother Road Productions, Inc. Theatre
Georgianna Pena-Kues Fiber
First Eye Films Film
The NM Inquisition Theatre/Performance/Comedy
Turquoise Trail Performing Arts Performing Arts
Artful Life LLC Multidisciplinary Arts and Community Engagement
Anna Horst Dance and Theater
Betamorph E-Cigs and Recording Music, recording
Maple St Records Music, recording
Devi Piper Dance
Emily Snell Dance, Theater, Costuming
Esteban E Garza Dance
David Lopez Lujan Visual Arts
Vincent Kirby Theater, Dance

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