keshet ideas and innovation community

About KIIC

Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) is a business incubator and resource center for arts entrepreneurs. Housed at Keshet Center for the Arts, Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) was created with support from the Federal Economic Development Administration to expand and enhance strong business foundations for the many dynamic artists and arts organizations in the State of New Mexico. Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) supports and strengthens arts entrepreneurs on their path for sustainability by championing the value of the artist and the arts economy, by equipping creative industry businesses with the tools for success. KIIC creates and shares networks of business resources, convenes industry expertise and provides mentorship to develop the full potential of the New Mexico arts entrepreneur to create jobs in the arts. KIIC works with arts entrepreneurs, including: individual artists; arts organizations; arts presenters and distributors; for-profit and not-for-profit entities; creators of theatre, dance, film, visual arts, music, media arts and more.

KIIC participants can chose from one of three levels of engagement with KIIC.  

  1. KIIC Membership 
  2. KIIC Tenants – have an on-site office at the Keshet Center for the Arts, and receive all KIIC Member benefits in addition to access to appropriate on-site office and development spaces to support their specific business needs, shared business services, equipment and other support services. For inquiries or to apply to be a KIIC Tenant, email or 505.221.5168
  3. Non-member arts entrepreneurs – may also take advantage of any workshops, business consulting and rehearsal or performance space rental at market rate.

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: 2017 KIIC Member Registration_Renewal BIZ.ORG

2017 Individual_KIIC MEMBERSHIP Registration_Renewal Application

KIIC Membership Benefits include:

  • 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
  • FREE Mentorship Mondays group mentorship
  • Discounts for various community resources (consultants, workshops, etc)
  • “Shadow” learning opportunities within existing arts businesses
  • Access to supportive environment of arts entrepreneurs
  • 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) – LEARN MORE on Makers Space/ Rental of Space
  • 25% off tickets to all Keshet Center for the Arts presented/produced events
  • 50% off all Class Packages for any Keshet Dance Community classes or Master 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 and receive the deepest rental rate discounts.

Apply for the Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance. Fellows are selected annually in the field of contemporary dance. In addition to a financial award, Fellows receive rehearsal and production space for a new work, and arts business learning opportunities. – LEARN MORE


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. View or Download KIIC Arts Business Workshops this month – CLICK HERE – 2017 KIIC Workshops_Events THIS MONTH 06_June-July

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 register – click here and scroll down to the workshop you’d like to attend.

Thursday, July 6; 1:30-3:30pm
KIIC Arts Business Workshop: Small Business Lending

Cost: FREE for KIIC Members/ $25 for non-members
Register: CLICK HERE
Join us for our Small Business Lending workshop with Trevor Lewis, from Los Alamos National Bank, and Chris Sharrer with Enchantment Land CDC. We will discuss start up financing, financial projections, business plans construction, and discussing how to take an entrepreneurial idea to the market.

Taught by Trevor Lewis, Commercial Loan Officer, Los Alamos Bank and Chris Scharrer, Business Development Officer, Enchantment Land CDC

KIIC Arts Business Workshops are a resource for any arts entrepreneur or arts enthusiast at an individual workshop rate. ALL Workshops are FREE to KIIC Members. To learn more about KIIC Membership email

Monday, July 24 4:30 – 5:30PM
Mentorship Monday – Learn from multiple mentors covering multiple topics – “speed-dating style”; FREE for KIIC members / $25 for non-members.

Monday, July 24 5:30 – 6:30PM
Mixer – FREE networking to meet other arts entrepreneurs and KIIC members.

July – Sept. KIIC Arts Business Workshops are supported by: Los Alamos National Bank


Thursday, August 3; 11:00-12:30pm
KIIC Arts Business Workshop: Public Art – the who/how/what… your questions answered

Cost: FREE for all
Register: CLICK HERE
Join us to learn all about Public Art! Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) will host the City of Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Division and the Bernalillo County Public Art Program for a discussion about public art in the Albuquerque area and beyond at Keshet Center for the Arts.

This workshop will consist of a joint presentation from the two organizations about public art in general, their public art programs and collections, how public artists work, how to get involved in the field of public art, what qualifies as public art, where the funding for public art comes from, the difference between an RFQ and an RFP (and how to respond to each), and what public art selection committees look for when reviewing proposals.

A question and answer period will follow the workshop, where attendees are encouraged to ask specific questions about the public art process.

Thank you Los Alamos National Bank for your support of arts entrepreneurs in our community!


“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 forgrowing 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

Mentorship Mondays + Mixer

Mentorship Mondays

The 4th Monday of the month from 4:30-5:30pm, KIIC will have open office hours free for KIIC members and $15 for non-members. Bring any questions that are on your mind for a round-robin style mentorship with your choice of several mentors in the same room.

For more information email

Monday Mixer / 5:30 – 6:30pm 

Immediately following Mentorship Monday session, stay or stop-by for a brief Mixer. Network with other arts entrepreneurs and KIIC members; FREE to all

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.

To receive an Arts Resources email each month, sign up for KIIC news at

Makers Space – LEARN MORE

Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance – LEARN MORE

Connect with KIIC Members

Current Members (as of May 1, 2017)

Member Website Social Media Twitter Instagram Other Genre
Etkie Jewelry
Albuquerque Circus Arts Dance/Performance/Cirucs
Central Features Film/Visual aRT
You & Me Productions Film
Phil Naavaasya Jewelry
Sherri Brueggemann All disciplines
Siren 13 Media FIlm & Theater
Deb Bluestone Music
Soiree Entertainment Dance & Performance Arts
Mother Road Productions, Inc. Theatre
Michelle Kassmann Dance/Performance
Billy Stjohns Music
Sarah Ruth Finkel Graphic Design, Written Word, Visual Art, Ceramics
Georgianna Pena-Kues Fiber
Reinhard Lorenz Film
Emily Snell Dance/Costumer
Jen Fox Textile work
TIASO Artist Cooperative All Arts Disciplines
Elaine Muray Performance
Tanya Winters Dance/Writer/Performance
Silva Laukkanen Dance
Suzanne Powell Body Aligment
John Barney Artist/Poet/Visual Arts
Ka La Kapu Polynesian Dance School Dance
Tom Evans Jewelry, wood work & ceramics
Valencia Arts Mixed Media Project Multidisciplinary Arts and Community Engagement
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


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