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
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
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
Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) Arts Business Workshop Weekend
Come for one class, for two…or the whole weekend to learn business skills designed especially for creatives and arts entrepreneurs – Don’t Starve. Make Art! Free to KIIC members
Non-member pricing: $15 Drop in per class;
$30 for one day/3 classes;
$50 for both days/ all classes;
Saturday, August 24th: 10:30am – 4:30pm
10:30 – 12pm (CHOICE OF 2 workshops)
10:30 – 12pm
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Budgets, Financials, and Cashflow – Oh My! / Joni Thompson, Keshet Finance Director
enjoyable – beginning as a director of a private school for children with learning disabilities and moving
through various experiences of accounting: CPA firm, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit.
Everyone needs someone to ‘run the numbers’! I became familiar with Keshet while at the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and am thrilled to have joined this wildly creative and collaborative adventure where, every day I learn again that “Anything is Possible”! Hobbies include singing in the UNM Chorus (including performances at Carnegie Hall…practice, practice, practice)!
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday, August 25th: 10:30am – 4:30pm
10:30am – 12pm (CHOICE OF 2 workshops)
Traditional Publishing and Self Publishing for Writers / Jacqueline Murray Loring, Author President, Yucca Branch, National League of American Pen Women
Publishing a book with a traditional publishing house or publication through an online publisher (self-publishing) can be a complicated, time-consuming process requiring the author to educate her/himself on the business side of book publication in conjunction with the task of creatively writing. Knowing the options during the writing and research stages diminishes stress, saves time, provides tasks to be accomplished during non-creative time, and allows for a smooth transition between the joy of writing and the end game of publication. This 90-minute workshop includes discussion of:
- Listing publication options and requirements essential to specific authors, researching self-publishing options, agents, publishing houses, university presses, etc. including the tracking processes and/or finding local help with publication.
- Writing the book proposal, query and cover letters, and tracking queries and rejections.
- Researching and reading self-publishing and traditional publishing guidelines and contracts, writing and sending query letters, how to react to rejections and agent suggestions.
- Preparing your manuscript: Whether publishing with a traditional publisher or self-publishing, specific manuscript information is essential while writing including formatting margins, font, spacing, editing, proofs, indexing, as well as other concerns including contract issues, title selection, cover and internal art, marketing and sales, cataloguing, royalties, ordering, and selling.
Jacqueline Murray Loring is an award winning poet, a produced playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker and educator. In 2012, she won the Doire Press Irish International Poetry Prize for her collection The History of Bearing Children, published in Galway. Loring works as an editor and book and script consultant. In 2012, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Cape Cod to begin a career writing and producing short films. In 2017, she was a finalist in the New Mexico Film Foundation’s “Let’s Make a Western”. Since her move to Albuquerque she has written/cowritten eight short scripts that have been filmed. Trains, Tracks & Aliens was shown at the 2017 Indie Q Film Festival in Albuquerque. The House on Normal Street premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2017. In March 2019, KiMo Theatre: Fact & Folklore was published and in June 2019, Vietnam Veterans Unbroken: Conversations on Trauma and Resiliency was published in July 2019 by McFarland & Co, Publishers. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/. Loring was the executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, coordinator of the Eventide Arts Playwriting Competition, and facilitator of the Cape Cod Screenwriters Group. She is the 2019/2020 president of the Yucca branch of the National League of American Pen Women, a member of New Mexico Women in Film and Video, SouthWest Writers, Military Writers Society of America, Sandwich Arts Alliance, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
10:30am – 12pm
Rebecca oversees and coordinates permitting requests for film production within the City of Albuquerque. She also works with productions to ensure compliance of permitting and location agreements to ensure all city property used for filming is restored once filming is complete.
Rebecca was born and raised in Albuquerque and graduated from UNM with a B.B.A. in Marketing and a Minor in Spanish. Before joining the Film Office she worked at KRQE for 6 years both in sales and news. Rebecca has a love for film and is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of the industry in Albuquerque.
This workshop will include how to become involved in local film, how sites are chosen, how film in ABQ benefits us economically, what is currently in the works, how the City and State film offices work together and tips for location scouting.
1:00pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director of Keshet, created Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996 following her training and studies with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Interlochen Arts Academy, Ithaca College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As Keshet’s Artistic Director, Ms. Greenberg has been recognized for her work by the New Mexico Governor’s Office, the New Mexico Legislature and the White House. Her multiple honors and accolades include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women; New Mexico Business Weekly’s Top Performing CEO of a non-profit organization, the New Mexico Ethics in Business Award recognizing the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and civic and social responsibility and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council’s Keep the Dream Alive Award for “creating an environment where the medium of dance is used to build cross cultural and social bridges to every aspect of society.” Through Keshet, she created the Keshet Center for the Arts, a 30,000 square foot facility that educates, entertains and engages; housing and uniting the arts, the artist and the audience; and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community which supports and strengthens 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 through which she currently teaches and mentors arts entrepreneurs. Over her 20+ year career in the non-profit sector, Shira has raised approximately $5,000,000 through successful grant research and proposal writing for the arts.
“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.
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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|
|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|
|Rachel Wiseman||Theater, Written Word, Film, Dance|
|Katharsis Media||Dance, Theater, Film||www.katharsismedia.org|
|Melyssa Garland/ Garland Studios||Music and Film||www.garlandstudio.com|