About Us

Career resources, for artists

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council, Charlotte Street Foundation, the UMKC Innovation Center, and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Originally launched in 2007 as KCArtistLink, Artist INC connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice. 

Artist INC programs include the original Artist INC Live eight-week seminar that focuses on professional development and business training for emerging and mid-career artists; two speakers’ series that connect artists with national and local experts in arts entrepreneurship; the Artist INC website where artists can find the resources they need to shape their careers and grow their businesses; Artist INC Online, a web version of the live training seminar that significantly broadens geographic access to the groundbreaking program;  Artist INC’s official blog PushingTheFlywheel, a digital resource destination for the  local artist community; and Artist INC Advance (formerly Artist INC II), a project-based seminar available to all Artist INC Live alumni. Through a partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, in 2013 Artist INC expanded its reach to communities throughout the Midwest, serving artists in Argenta, Arkansas; Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Omaha, Nebraska.  

Artist INC programming is made possible through grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the innovative collaboration of Kansas City’s arts service organizations, and generous support from the Kansas City creative community and arts supporters, including the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; Francis Family Foundation;  Hallmark Cards; the Richard J. Stern Foundation  for the Arts; the Missouri Arts Council; and the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee. Artist INC also receives program support and guidance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Kansas City Art Institute, the UMKC Small Business Technology & Development Center and numerous local area artists involved in the community planning process.


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