Artist INC

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is proud to offer a unique professional development opportunity for artists working in all disciplines: Artist INC Live.

Artist INC is a program of the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Innovation Center (UMKC Innovation Center). Artist INC provides cutting edge training seminars that address the specific daily 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.

In a collaborative effort between M-AAA, our state art agency partners and Artist INC, these training sessions are now being offered in host communities across our region.

Artist INC Objectives and Criteria

Artist INC seminars provide a host of benefits to artists of all disciplines through mentorship opportunities, expert presentations, and peer networks to develop their entrepreneurial skill and strengthen their artistic practice. Artists gain:

  • Skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law, and technology;
  • Increased knowledge and the ability to access local and national art business resources;
  • Strategic planning for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and a
  • Long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.

Artist INC is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging through established careers. Applicants should communicate how the Artist INC program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.

2016–17 Communities

Artist INC is currently being hosted in the following M-AAA communities in 2016–17
Austin, Texas
Omaha, Nebraska
Lawrence, Kansas
Houston, Texas
Springdale, Arkansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Artist INC seminars in the M-AAA region are supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, our six state arts organizations, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Get in Touch

Have Questions? Want to bring Artist INC to your community?
Contact us at artistinc (at) or (816) 421-1388 ext. #211 or #227