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 kiic@KeshetArts.org.

Arts Business Workshops – Register HERE

Headshot Mixer with Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) 
November 16, 10am – 12pm

– register now

Getting a professional portrait for your Linkedin profile or portfolio can be prohibitively expensive. That’s why Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) has joined forces with local photographer Pat Berrett, to provide professional head shots at an accessible price! Join KIIC for coffee, bagels and photos.

Your ticket includes 2-3 professional head shots to be emailed to you after editing (Two looks optional). You must show up at Keshet Center for the Arts before your time slot begins. We may not be able to accommodate late arrivals.

Interested in attending the Mixer but a bit camera shy? Select the “Mixer Only” ticket type if you simply want to eat, drink, and mingle with fellow arts entrepreneurs!

Use the Register Link above – Early Bird Registration Rate:
KIIC members: $10*
Non-KIIC Members: $25
*KIIC Members must sign into their account above to receive discount. 

Day of Registration Rate:
KIIC members: $15*
Non-KIIC Members: $30


For more information on Pat Berrett, visit: Web: patberrett.com Instagram: instagram.com/patberrett If you have any questions about this fun and unique event, reach out to kiic@keshetarts.org

“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, (http://www.newmexicoculture.org/index.php) 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 kiic@KeshetArts.org

Makers Space – LEARN MORE

Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance – LEARN MORE

Connect with KIIC Members

Current Members (as of February, 2019)




Sri Louise Dance, Film, Written Word www.srilouise.com
Veronica Goforth Film Creative Technologies, Graphic Design, Visual Art,
Librada Pictures Film, visual art, theater
Anna Horst Dance, Theater, Film
Marta Lichlyter Dance
Indi Yoga Health & Wellness www.grassrootsyoganm.com
First Eye Films Film, Creative Technologies, and Multidisciplinary www.firsteyefilm.com
Devi Piper Dance and Theater
Rainbow Artists Visual Art www.rainbowartists.com
Arts Network for Youth & Justice Multi-Disciplinary
Emily Snell Multi-Disciplinary, Costume design, visual art, and dance www.facebook.com/emily.snell.100
Audrey McKee Music
Rachel Wiseman Theater, Written Word, Film, Dance
Jesika Ulibarri Dance
Katharsis Media Dance, Theater, Film www.katharsismedia.org
Melyssa Garland/ Garland Studios Music and Film www.garlandstudio.com
Soiree Entertainment Dance www.soireentertainment.com
Jessica Schiffman Jeweler

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