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Artist INC is a cutting edge training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Limited to 25 participants per session, 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. Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lecture.

DATES Artist INC Des Moines session will be in the Spring of 2021. This session will run on eight consecutive Monday evenings via Zoom from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm from March 8, 2021 - April 26, 2021.

  1. Monday, March 8, 2021
  2. Monday, March 15, 2021
  3. Monday, March 22, 2021
  4. Monday, March 29, 2021
  5. Monday, April 5, 2021
  6. Monday, April 12, 2021
  7. Monday, April 19, 2021
  8. Monday, April 26, 2021

now accepting applications!

Applicants must complete the online application form, answer the narrative questions and submit a resume/CV and digital work samples. All applications must be made online through Submittable.com during the open application period. The application deadline is Monday, January 15, 2021 at midnight. Applicants facing difficulties completing online submissions should contact Puce Fellings, Mid-America Arts Alliance Artist Services Assistant at puce@maaa.org

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in Central Iowa. Students are ineligible to apply. If you are selected to participate in Artist INC, there is a $150 fee. Even with the participant fee, the program is heavily subsidized. As a result of this subsidization, participants are required to attend all sessions of the workshop, barring illness or emergency. Please review the schedule to be sure that you are available for all of the sessions. Applicants will be notified by February 5, 2021. Each Artist INC Application should include:

  • Completed online application form--found below
  • Artist Resume/CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • 4 artwork samples (images - 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files)
  • File description list
Apply online here.

Applications are reviewed by five panelists who are well respected artists and arts leaders in the region. Accepted applicants will be notified on February 5. Spring session begins Monday, March 8.

Questions? Contact Stephen King, sking@desmoinesartsfestival.org or Daphne Dickens, ddickens@desmoinesartsfestival.org.

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Are you interested in learning more about the Artist INC program? We invite you to join us at an upcoming What Works Workshop - Monday, December 7 or Wednesday, January 6 at 6:30pm over Zoom. Sign up to join!

At the What Works Workshop, Artist INC Peer Facilitators share the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs as well as their own personal/professional examples. You'll leave with ideas to grow and expand your art business, in whatever capacity you're currently working in.

These working artists come from a variety of disciplines and have demonstrated success in the business end of their artistic career and speak directly to artists’ concerns in building sustainable careers. This workshop is just a small bit of what is shared during the Artist INC Live 8 week program.

Artist INC Des Moines is made possible because of the generous support from Nationwide, Bravo Greater Des Moines, MidAmerican Energy Company, G. David and Trudy Holman Hurd Fund, Iowa Arts Council and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Artist INC is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), a nonprofit regional arts organization that strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout a six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) and beyond.
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