Artist INC, a collaborative partnership of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Innovation Center and Mid – America Art Alliance announces the artists selected for the spring 2016 session of the Artist INC Live seminar. With this roster of 25 Kansas City – based artists, Artist INC has now reached more than 500 artists in Kansas City and throughout the region since 2009 with its nationally – recognized arts entrepreneurship program, designed to give artists from all disciplines the business training and support needed to strengthen their art practice and grow their arts business. Kansas City area artists selected for the 8 – week session that begins March 7 include visual artists Benjamin Parks, Gary Cadwallader, John Daniels, Genevieve Flynn, Megan Gallant, Neil Goss, Alison Greene, Erica Iman, Kathy Liao, Katrina Revenaugh, Gary Rockhold, Lauren Sobchak, Karen Steen, Gemma Tornero, and Brittany Vega; musicians Brad Cunningham and Sean Mawhirter; theater/performing artist Kevin King; literary artists Kelly Hams-Pearson and J.P. McNamara; and film/video artists Bruce Branit, Jefferson Donald, Matthew Dunehoo, Elizabeth Stehling, and Kevin McKinney.
Artists are selected for the program through a competitive application process and panel comprised of the leadership of local arts organizations and Artist INC alumni, representing a range of artistic disciplines. Criteria for acceptance are focused on the quality of artistic work, with consideration given for an artist’s career goals and overall readiness for the program.
Artist INC Director Lisa Cordes explains: “ The spring 2016 Artist INC class reflects the rich diversity of artists and disciplines that comprise our dynamic cultural community. We know from experience that the 25 artists selected will finish the seminar with the skills necessary to sustain their arts practice and grow their arts business and will identify Kansas City as a supportive community in which to purse their art.”
The Artist INC Live workshop addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and work to hone 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.