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

Housed at the new Keshet Center for the Arts, the 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.

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 2016_17 KIIC Membership Registration or_Renewal-Individual2016_17 KIIC Membership Registration or Renewal-BusinessOrganization or 2016_17 KIIC Membership Benefit Info

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 Keshet Community Dance Class Packages

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.

Call for Artists:

WHO: Singers, musicians, dancers, video artists, actors, comedians, poets, live visual artists, circus performers, magicians or any other artistic performers.  We’re looking for any and all performance artists! and live visual artists are invited to apply for inclusion in the 2017 artSLAM season.

WHAT: Live performance in a fast-paced, engaging adult variety show

WHY: Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) endeavors to see artists and arts entrepreneurs grow and become sustainable, bringing excellence and economic stability to the arts economy here in New Mexico. All artists involved in artSLAM are paid a stipend. Artist Agreements are finalized upon acceptance into the curated season.

Keshet Center for the Arts is a creative community anchor that educates, entertains and engages; housing and uniting the arts, the artist and the audience.

artSLAM: The Ultimate Variety Show 2017 Season


Saturday, March 18 @ 8pm

Saturday, June 24 @ 8pm

Saturday, September 16 @ 8pm

Saturday, December 2 @ 8pm* “The Best of Show”

SUBMISSIONS: Send completed paperwork and work sample to

artSLAM-Artist Submission Form_call-for-artists – PDF DOWNLOAD


KIIC Arts Business Workshops:

2017 KIIC Arts Business Workshops – COMING SOON!


KIIC Mentorship Mondays

KIIC is excited to bring you Mentorship Mondays resuming January 9, 2017Every Monday from 1:00-2:30pm, 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