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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Investing in Artists 2014 Visual Art, Craft & Literary Arts Grantees Announced

The Center for Cultural Innovation is pleased to announce the twenty-three California artists who are recipients of the Investing in Artists 2014 Visual Art, Craft & Literary Arts Round. Twelve artists were awarded grants in the Artistic Equipment & Tools category and eleven artists were awarded grants in the Artistic Innovation category. 



Guidelines Released for CIIF Round Three

The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs’ Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts. With matching support from the Surdna Foundation, Incentive awards can be provided for creative industries of all types such as manufacturers, service providers, presenters, and designers, among others. 


New Blog Features Empire 7 Studios

CCI has redesigned and re-launched it's blog which will feature the career stories of artists and art professionals in the field. Check out our latest contribution from Juan Carlos Arujo of Empire 7 Studios in San Jose! 






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.



Click here to learn about the Creative Capacity Fund.



Professional Development Workshops for Artists

Fall Workshops

Take your arts business to the next level! Check out our Fall Workshops in LA and San Francisco, sign up, and start getting the business and management skills you need to grow in your artistic career!

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Learn How to Get What You Want: The Art of Negotiation - Making Better Deals in your Career

Coming to San Francisco & LA!

Are you uncomfortable putting a financial value on your work? Do you have trouble 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. Participants will leave the sessions with the confidence to ask for what they want and the skills to get it!

San Francisco Workshop: Oct 20 & 22
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Los Angeles Workshop: Oct 29 & Nov 5:
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