Mid-America Arts Alliance Partnership

Bringing the Artist INC Program to New Communities

In a joint venture with Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), Artist INC trains organizations in the M-AAA region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas) to present their own community's Artist INC Live seminars. Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock, Arkansas and the Oklahoma Visual Artist Coalition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were the inaugural communities launching Artist INC Live Live Argenta and Artist INC Live OKC in the fall of 2013. Omaha Creative Institute in Omaha, Nebraska and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division in Austin, Texas launched the Artist INC Live seminar in their communities in the fall of 2014.  The Artist INC Live seminar was offered for a second year in Argenta in the fall 2014 and for a third year in Oklahoma City in 2015. Artist INC Live has now expanded to include Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma (2016) and Springdale, AR and Houston, TX (2017). 

Similar to Kansas City, the programs are limited to 25 participants. Each cohort is competetively selected with a panel review process. Through the program, artists gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.  Artist INC Live is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging to established.  

The Argenta Arts District, the Oklahoma Visual Artist Coalition, Omaha Creative Institute, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the Lawrence Art Center, Fresh Arts Houston, and Arts Center of the Ozarks were selected based on their communities’ capacity and the organization's project management experience; existing community engagement and partnerships, and the potential for community impact.

Each community's administrator and peer facilitators are trained in Kansas City prior to hosting the program. The community training is guided by Lisa Cordes the Director of Artist INC and Sarah Hearn, the Professional Development Program Manager of Artist INC in conjunction with Kansas City Facilitators and M-AAA staff, who work with the extension communities to identify local artist facilitators and topic area experts to jointly conduct the program. Through mentorship, expert presentations, and peer networks artists will gain:

  • Tools and skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law and technology; 

  • An increased knowledge of and ability to access local and national art business resources; 

  • A strategic artist’s plan 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 Extension Communities

For additional information on each community's Artist INC Live sessions including application materials, please click on the links below.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance brings more art to more people by annually producing and managing more than 450 exhibition, performance, and professional development opportunities in more than 175 communities with more than 1,500 related educational programs. Each year our programs reach more than one million people regionally, nationally, and internationally.  www.maaa.org/artistinc