Arts Festival Creates Development Program

“I’ve got good news to share. Yes, I said good news.”

That’s how Stephen King, executive director of the Des Moines Arts Festival, started his email to us last week. We’re all about welcoming good news these days, and King provided some: “Many artists and creative entrepreneurs are looking for new opportunities and ways to adapt their practice. After months of planning,  approvals, and funding successes, we are officially launching Artist INC Des Moines.”

Artist INC, established in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, is a professional development program that will provide an opportunity for Central Iowa artists in all disciplines to learn more about the business side of the industry. Starting March 8, 2021, 25 participants will take part in training seminars that address the business needs and challenges artists face.

The program is “a game-changer for Iowa’s creative sector and answers the call from the Capital Crossroads Vision Plan and the Regional Cultural Assessment to strengthen the creative economy,” King told us. “It also marks the formalized step toward advancing our organization’s strategic priority to serve as a cross-discipline artist service organization.”  

Mid-America Arts Alliance is a nonprofit regional arts organization that supports artists, cultural organizations and communities throughout a six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas). Des Moines is the first community delivering Artist INC outside of that region.

More information and details about the program can be found here. Applications will be available Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan.15, 2021.

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