keshet ideas and innovation community
What is KIIC?
KIIC is a program operated through Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts providing arts
business resources, residencies, and community mentorship for arts entrepreneurs at
all stages in their careers and/or organizational development.
KIIC is a community of local and global artists/entrepreneurs creating, growing,
collaborating, learning, teaching, stumbling, enjoying, exploring, and flourishing.
KIIC is a 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”?
KIIC supports the whole artist and the holistic business endeavor of making a living as
an artist. We know YOU know your art. We are here to help with the business aspects
and resources needed for developing, supporting, and sustaining your art.
(P.S. For any entrepreneur 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 to pronounce KIIC?
KICK (just like “I’m an artist and I kick some *&%^”)
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 is provided.
Hear Here Festival
musicians/composers are paired with dancers/choreographers to create a collaborative project over the course of a concentrated creation period. Currently paused due to COVID-19.
Resident Artist/ Company
customized guest artist residency periods ranging from a few months to a few years; unsolicited applications are not accepted.
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 by Keshet faculty, local business educators, and visiting guest instructors.
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.
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! Info@KeshetArts.org.
Don’t Starve! Make Art!
Thank you to Wells Fargo for their support of the 2021 Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community programming.
Arts Business Workshops
Throughout the year, KIIC offers arts business workshops in a wide range of topics such as marketing/branding, budgeting/finance, grant proposal research and writing, intellectual property law, contract law & contract negotiations, taxes for independent artists, and more.
All KIIC Workshops are offered free of charge.
Most KIIC Workshops are applicable to artists in any/all disciplines/genres, however occasionally some workshops are specific to a particular discipline. When this is the case, you’ll be able to tell (i.e. working with a gallery for visual artists; independent publishing for writers; etc)
Our next round of KIIC workshops is planned for early April 2022, and details will be posted here by late February 2022!
“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, I am totally delighted with the results!”
— Writer & Workshop Participant