About Us

Empowering Artists

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the UMKC Innovation Center, and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Originally launched in 2007 as KCArtistLink, in partnership with ArtsKC and Charlotte Street Foundation, Artist INC empowers individual artists all all disciplines by connecting them 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; a 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’s official blog PushingTheFlywheel, a digital resource destination for artists throughout the Midwest; 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 and Springdale, Arkansas; Austin and Houston, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska, and Lawrence, Kansas.

Artist INC programming is made possible through grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 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; Hallmark Cards; the Richard J. Stern Foundation  for the Arts; and the Missouri Arts Council.


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