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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. Artists engage in an eight-week training seminar led by a team of five trained peer facilitators, and designed for up to 25 participants who are selected through a competitive panel process that looks at quality of work, readiness for the program, and diversity of the seminar cohort  to ensure diversity and inclusion in all its definitions including  demographics (gender, age, and ethnicity) and artistic discipline  (including visual, performing, literary, and film). Artists learn and  grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, large group discussions and multi-media lectures. Participating artists learn business skills relevant to their  art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with the peers. Now in its eleventh year, the Artist INC workshop has been completed by more than 1,400 regional artists. 

Artist INC is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance and brought to you locally by Des Moines Arts Festival®.  Artist INC is generously supported by the National Endowment  for the Arts and individuals throughout the region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Texas) and beyond. Des Moines will be the first community delivering Artist INC outside M-AAA's region.

Artist INC Des Moines session will be in the Spring of 2021. This session will run on eight consecutive Monday evenings 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

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, Artist Services Assistant at puce@maaa.org

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within an 80 mile radius of Des Moines. 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:

  • Filled in 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)
  • Image description list

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.