The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center (KIIC) is New Mexico’s business resource center for arts entrepreneurs. 

Housed at the new Keshet Center for the Arts, the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center (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 Center (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.

Most recently, 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.

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.

Potential KIIC participants can choose from three tracks depending on their needs and maturity.  

  1.              KIIC Members  – have extensive discounts and access to ongoing arts business workshops, management training, technical assistance and business mentorship; Membership dues for the KIIC are $120 annually for an arts business or organization and $60 for an individual artist. KIIC Membership is available year-round. View or Download the 2015_16 KIIC MEMBERSHIP Registration_Renewal.

KIIC Membership Benefits include:

KIIC Classes, Workshops, Events

  • KIIC Members receive FREE access to all classes, 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

  • One FREE hour of personalized, one-on-one business mentorship per membership year.
  • Discounts for various community resources (consultants, workshops, etc)
  •  “Shadow” learning opportunities within existing arts businesses
  • Access to supportive environment of arts entrepreneurs

Keshet Center for the Arts discounts (Advance scheduling/reservations required; subject to availability)

  • 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 K-Lab movement or fitness classes

Application Opportunities…KIIC Members are also eligible to:

KIIC Members can choose to become members of Fractured Atlas through their affiliation with KIIC. As KIIC Members, your first year membership to Fractured Atlas is at no cost and future years are at 50% off.

Fractured Atlas Provides:

  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Insurance
  • Ticket Sales and Donation Tracking platform
  • Fractured U: Additional Business Training Courses           

 2.  KIIC Tenants  – have an on-site office at the Keshet Center for the Arts, and receive all KIIC Arts 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. For Rental of Keshet Center for the Arts rehearsal space, performance space, or lobby, contact: or 505-224-9808.

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

KIIC Arts Business Workshops:

2015_16 KIIC Art Business Workshops – Click HERE

2016/17 KIIC Arts Business Workshops – COMING SOON!


Tuesday, June 14th; 1:30 – 3:00 pm – Becoming an Artist who understands financial statements

Led by: Cheryl D. Silcox, CPA.CITP, Burt & Company CPAs, LLC
Know how to track and talk about “the money” side of your creative business. This presentation is an introduction to three basic financial statements, the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows.It will provide an overview of using financial information reflected on each of the basic financial statements, how to present and read the information on each statement and a short discussion on the different methods of accounting for financial transactions.
COST: FREE for ALL * Sponsored by the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund.
Click HERE to register!  
Ms. Silcox is the Audit & Accounting Department Manager at Burt and Company CPAs, LLC. She has 22 years of experience in the public accounting, including 4 years in which she owned her own accounting consulting firm. She has extensive financial statement and footnote preparation, auditing, accounting, consulting, evaluation of internal controls and forensics experience in the not-for-profit and commercial industries. Ms. Silcox has a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and holds a New Mexico CPA license and is also a Certified Informational Technology Professional through the American Institute of CPAs. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys singing, dancing and performing. She is a member of the Majestic Entertainment Group.

Wednesday, June 22nd; 5:30 – 7:30 pm – MIXER – Artist Collaborations!
Collaboration! Artistic collaboration doesn’t just happen. Come and network with other artists and arts businesses. Learn about your creative intersection with the community and brainstorm next steps to reach your creative and business goals.

*Held at Keshet Center for the Arts – black box theatre space
COST: FREE  – if you pre-register/ or $5 at the door. Click HERE to register!  

KIIC Mentorship Mondays

KIIC is excited to bring you​ Mentorship Mondays starting February 1, 2016Every Monday from 2:00-3:30pm, KIIC will have open office hours free for KIIC members & $25 for non-members.  Bring any questions that are on your mind for one-on-one mentoring in a small group setting. For more information email

“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

 Special Thanks to KIIC partners:FracturedAtlasLogo