Monday, September 5 through Monday, November 7, 2023

Mid-America Arts Alliance is relaunching Artist INC Live in Kansas City in a new partnership with Charlotte Street.

Artist INC Live is an eight-week training program that connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and the opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and to strengthen their artistic practice.

Led by a team of seven trained peer facilitators, and designed for up to 25 participants, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group activities, large group discussions, multi-media lectures, and the opportunity to network with artists across all disciplines. One-on-One Coaching is embedded in the core Artist INC program. Utilizing the Artist INC staff and Peer Facilitator team, in-depth arts business counseling sessions are provided to all Artist INC Fellows first as a part of the seminar experiences and then by request post seminar.

Now in its twelfth year, Artist INC has been completed by more than 1,500 artists. Artist INC is supported in part by grants from the Windgate Foundation, the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Artist INC at

Sessions take place over the course of eight Tuesday evenings September 5-November 7, 2023 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Applications open on May 1.


Event Details

Monday, September 5 through Monday, November 7, 2023


Charlotte Street Kemper Library (3333 Wyoming)



Artists are selected for Artist INC through a competitive panel process that looks at quality of work and readiness for the program. The selection process also looks at the diversity of the seminar cohort to ensure diversity in all its definitions including demographics (gender, age, and ethnicity) and artistic discipline.

M-AAA encourages those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); LGBTQ+; and/or disabled to apply.

To make the online application form and program more accessible and equitable M-AAA has provided a PDF of the applicationProgram Overview and Application Guidelines, and Application Support Information. An Application Checklist, Application Example, and Application Rubric are also available for those who would like to review it before applying.

Applications open May 1 and close June 20, 2023.

Upon acceptance, participants will be expected to pay a fee of $150 to attend eight weeks of programming. Scholarships are available on a need-basis. 



Make Art Work. Learn What Works.


Artists interested in learning more about Artist INC may sign up for What Works, a free, one and a half hour-long introductory session held at Charlotte Street.

Led by professional artist facilitators, the short workshop addresses the specific professional needs and challenges that artists of all disciplines face. The format includes a presentation as well as time for questions and discussions.


What Works: Tuesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 PM | Charlotte Street Kemper Library
Presented by Artist INC Peer Facilitators Summer Brooks and José Faus

Register now


What Works: Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30-7:00 PM | Charlotte Street Kemper Library

Presented by Artist INC Peer Facilitators Kendell Harbin and Phil Shafer

Register now



Vanessa Aricco (Multimedia poet, Co-host of  Confessing Animals podcast)

Summer Brooks (Multimedia sculpture artist, Studio Resident at the Belger Crane Yard Studios)

José Faus (Artist and poet, Founder of Latino Writers Collective)

Kendell Harbin (Artist, Lead instructor for Build Trybe)

Cory Imig (Artist and arts administrator) 

Chico Sierra (Artist)

Phil Shafer (Artist, Founder of Sike Style Industries)


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