Artist INC: FY19 in Review

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Celebrating 10 years!

On January 1, 2019, Artist INC marked ten years of serving individual artists. From its beginning in 2009, Artist INC has been investing in the creativity of communities, starting in Kansas City with Artist INC Live and growing to encompass What Works workshops as well as Artist INC Advance and Artist INC Express in all six M-AAA states. As of June 2019, the program has 1,491 total fellows who together are Pushing the Flywheel: engaging the energy and momentum that come as artists take control of their careers. The program was honored in February with the Arts KC 2019 Collaborator Award, recognizing ten years of bringing artists together for training and professional growth.

Artist INC’s effective and inspiring peer-led training model provides the tools artists need to grow their business acumen as they further their artistic practice. This year, we debuted an updated curriculum using past feedback and the rich data that Artist INC has collected over the years. Participants report overwhelmingly positive results. From artist Danielle Anderson, Kansas City Spring: “I loved the program and getting to meet the kind and talented artists of Kansas City. I learned a lot and left with many new ideas, and ways to change and transform old ideas and things I was already doing. The best thing Artist INC has given me is connections, friends, and inspiration to continue on with my practice.”

As we look back on ten amazing years, we look forward to continued growth in new communities, making a difference for artists throughout the region.