Professional Development

Make your passion your career

Mid-America Arts Alliance helps communities flourish culturally and economically by providing training for artists and arts organizations to develop professional and entrepreneurial skills. Artist INC is a collaborative project supporting individual artists in Kansas City and throughout our region. ENGAGE is a comprehensive training program that provides arts and culture organizations with the tools to govern more capably, become more fiscally responsible, and address community needs with innovation that contributes to the dynamic cultural fabric of their community.

Artist Inc Professional Development Program

Artist INC

Artist INC is a program of the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Innovation Center (UMKC Innovation Center) that delivers cutting edge training seminars that address the business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to 25 participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

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M-AAA created the ENGAGE program to provide locally focused leadership development training for arts and culture organizations in a single urban area. ENGAGE advances the governance, fundraising and financial management, and community engagement capacities of small and midsize organizations in order to increase institutional efficiency and ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

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