Center for Cultural Innovation
knowledge + networks + financial independence for artists
CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION promotes KNOWLEDGE SHARING, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and INCUBATING INNOVATIVE PROJECTS that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.


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Announcing the Bay Area Performing Arts and Media Arts Investing in Artists grantees. 

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) today announced seven recipients in the Performing Arts and Media Arts round of funding under its Investing in Artists grants program, which is designed to build the personal and creative capacity of Bay Area’s artists working in these mediums.


An Update from CCI President and CEO Angie Kim: Conducting New Research on What Artists Need Today

I am excited to share that CCI is undertaking a major, national research project, Expanding Investments in Creatives, to understand the current state of support systems for artists and the varied ecosystems in which artists and creatives operate. This study is in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


CCI selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management

The Center for Cultural Innovation has been selected to join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Devos's investment in CCI enables us to be more supportive of artists! For more information, click below.


Angie Kim
CCI's new President and CEO

The Center for Cultural Innovation is pleased to announce that Angie Kim is our new President and CEO as of August, 2015. She recently served as the Interim President and CEO, and previously was a board member from 2009–2014. For a full description, please click below.


CCI and DCA Announce Inaugural Recipients of the Creative Economic Development Fund—An Investment Pool for Creative, Social Impact Businesses

With support from the Surdna Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announced the 8 Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF) grantees’ funded projects today.

The CEDF is a newly launched program that provides funding for projects that will help launch startup ventures; enable temporary, pop-up activities; and expand micro-sized creative enterprises with five or fewer employees.







Show Me the Money!

If only it were that easy. At CCI, we understand that whether you are well established or just starting out, all artists need access to financial resources.


NextGen Grants





Emerging arts leaders throughout California between the ages 18 to 35 may be eligible to apply for up $1,000 in funding for professional development activities. 


Quick Grant Program






The Creative Capacity Fund's Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area for professional development activities.



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2015 Workshops

Get your career on track with our Professional Development workshops for artists of all disciplines!

The Art of Negotiation: Making Better Deals - SF 

Are you uncomfortable putting a financial value on your work and talking with clients, vendors and suppliers? This two-part workshop will give you tools and tactics to use when negotiating for yourself. You’ll explore various methods and tactics through interactive exercises and role-plays where you’ll learn what, when, how, and with whom to negotiate. 


Social Media Strategies - SF 

In 2015, social media needs to be an element of every artist's toolkit for promotion and fundraising – but by golly, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to represent oneself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! This workshop will show you effective techniques to promote you and your work. 


Grantwriting Basics for Individual Artists - SF

Now, more than ever, artists are looking for grant opportunities to support their artistic endeavors. Writing your first grant proposal can be a daunting experience and there are few resources for individual artists when it comes to grantwriting. By breaking down local individual artist applications into manageable components, this 3-hour workshop will improve your overall ability to write grants and help you to create skeleton language you’ll be able to adapt to any grant proposal. 


Where Did The Time Go? Time Management for Artists- LA 

During this workshop you will gain a clear understanding of how you currently use your time in order to best determine how you really want to spend those hours available within any given day.  You will receive practical management methods, skills and techniques for identifying key time wasters, setting boundaries, managing frequent distractions and interruptions, and prioritizing yourself and your artwork. The workshop will led by Judith Teitelman on December 9th.



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