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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:

ALL WORKSHOPS AND “ASK AN EXPERT” OPEN OFFICE HOURS ARE FREE and on zoom, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Click Here

Date: Wednesday, April 21st 9:00-10:30am MST

Branding and Marketing for Creatives 2.0
Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency & Carolyn Tobias, Keshet Communications Director

Developing and maintaining your brand through global crisis, with messaging tactics that can support authenticity while pivoting as needed.

Dovya Friedman, Director of Utility Agency, brings over 20-years of experience in branding and marketing communications, to strategic brand integration for growth companies. Her history includes multidisciplinary work in publishing, public relations, advertising, social media, online presence development and business development. She is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Dovya’s work has been recognized by both the PRSA and AdFed.

Carolyn Tobias, originally from Brisbane, Australia is a wife, mom to three and a lover of the arts. Carolyn brings over 25 years of public relations and communications experience with non-profits, agency, corporate and freelance sectors to the role of Communications Director with Keshet (since 2014). Carolyn was first introduced to Keshet as a Work Study and committee volunteer for their daughters’ dance classes (2011). Carolyn’s background is in theatre, her husband is a drummer and music producer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and their whole family enjoys all artistic endeavors. Her motivation each day is to value the artist behind the art, first and foremost. Education – Bachelor of Business Communications: Public Relations & Marketing (with Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. 

Date: Tuesday, May 18th 9:00am-10:30am MST

Grant Proposal WRITING
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

Once you have identified the funder, learn how to make your case, create a clear and impactful narrative, develop a realistic budget and create a full proposal package.

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 $6,000,000 through successful grant research and proposal writing for the arts.

 

Date: Tuesday, June 8th 9:00am-10:30am MST

Grant Proposal BUDGETS
Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

Understanding budget expectations within the grant proposal process; tips for creating, managing, and reporting on a grant project budget.

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 $6,000,000 through successful grant research and proposal writing for the arts.

 

Date: Wednesday, July 21st 9:00am-10:30am MST

Community Conversations about the Intersection of Arts & Social Justice
Facilitator: Shira Greenberg, Keshet Founder and Artistic Director

Open conversation for artists engaged at the intersections of Arts & Social Justice

 

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

Intellectual Property Law for Arts Entreprenuers
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”:

ALL WORKSHOPS AND “ASK AN EXPERT” OPEN OFFICE HOURS ARE FREE and held via zoom – REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Registration opens February 1st, 2021.

“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!

Thursday, April 22nd 9:00am-10:00am MST –  Topic: Branding!
Available for questions: Carolyn Tobias, Keshet Communications Director & Dovya Friedman, Owner/CEO Utility Agency

Wednesday, May 19th 9:00am-10:00am MST – Topic: Grant/Funding WRITING
Available for questions: Shira Greenberg, Keshet Founder and Artistic Director

Wednesday, June 9th 9:00am-10:00am MST – Topic: Grant/Funding BUDGETS
Available for questions: Shira Greenberg, Keshet Founder and Artistic Director

Community Conversations about the Intersection of Arts & Social Justice*
Wednesday, July 21st 9:00am-10:30am MST
Open conversation for artists engaged at the intersections of Arts & Social Justice
Facilitator: Shira Greenberg, Keshet Founder and Artistic Director
 * This is listed as a workshop for registration purposes.

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 

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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