keshet ideas and innovation community
What is KIIC?
Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (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 *&%^”)
KIIC Events & Workshops
Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) Programs
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.
Dance Education/ Open Classes
Community classes and company classes are taught by Keshet faculy; Master classes are taught by visiting artists.
Hear Here Festival (Currently Paused)
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.
Business Education/ Open Workshops
Throughout the year, KIIC offers arts business workshops on a wide range of topics for Arts Entrepreneurs taught by Keshet faculty, local business educators, and visiting guest instructors.
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)
Resident Artist / Company
Customized guest artist residency periods ranging from a few months to a few years; unsolicited applications are not accepted.
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.
Upcoming KIIC Events & Workshops
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!
“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
Thank you to Wells Fargo for their support of the 2021 Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community programming.