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 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

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 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!  Thank you!

Don’t Starve!  Make Art!

Special Thanks

Thank you to Wells Fargo for their support of the 2021 Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community programming.

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 and “Ask an Expert” Open Office Hours are FREE! Any arts entrepreneur is welcome to take advantage of the classes/mentorship opportunity. For questions on rental of space at Keshet Center for the arts, email Rentals@KeshetArts.org

2021 Virtual KIIC Arts Business Workshops:



Date: Thursday, August 12th 9:00am-10:30am MST

Intellectual Property Law for Arts Entrepreneurs
Justin Muehlmeyer, Peacock Law, P.C.

Who has the rights to your work?  How to protect your work?  Are you using others’ work (music, images, texts) without appropriate permissions unknowingly? ALSO – how does IP Law apply to your potentially increased online presence in the times of COVID?

Justin is a Registered Patent Attorney practicing all aspects of intellectual property and litigation.  Justin came to Peacock Law P.C. from the New Mexico Supreme Court, where for two years he practiced the art of legal writing and research as a judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Daniels.  In law school at the University of New Mexico, Justin became known for his classical guitar skills and became the go-to musician for legal and court events around the State.

Inspired by a circle of family and friends who were business owners and scientists, Justin earned undergraduate degrees in Physics/Astrophysics and Philosophy of Economics (dual B.A.s), and now makes it his career to assist all creative types in generating value from their great ideas.  Justin is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico and serves on the Board of the IP Section of the State Bar (for which he was elected as chair for 2018).


“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

Ask An Expert: Open Office Hours

2021 Virtual KIIC “Ask An Expert”:


“Ask An Expert” is a virtual open office hour, typically following a workshop with a particular topic/ presenter. It is a chance to ask questions, further clarify your individual circumstances and be mentored by the workshop presenter!

Friday, August 13th 9:00am-10:00am MST – Topic: Intellectual Property Law – who has the rights to your work?
Available for questions: Justin R. Muehlmeyer, J.D., Peacock Law 

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