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.




Announcing California Art Leaders Investment (CALI) for emerging arts professionals!

CCI is please to announce our continued commitment to arts leaders in California. CALI (formerly Next Gen Arts Grants) provides scholarship up to $1,000 to nonprofit arts administrators to advance their professional skills and showcase their leadership capacity. 


End-of-the-year President's Message

It’s an exciting time to be an artist in America. Under my leadership, CCI is committed more than ever to promoting support for individual artists as they directly contribute to producing cultural meaning and catalyzing change. In addition, we will continue to support a widening spectrum of artistic activities without judgement. We will work to ensure that popularity of certain types of artistic practices don’t crowd out support for all types of artists and arts workers—studio artists, community-based and social practice artists, cultural producers, and independent creative entrepreneurs...


Updated address for San Francisco office of Center for Cultural Innovation

The Center for Cultural Innovation's San Francisco office is moving. Please update your records and address all future correspondence for this office to:
Center for Cultural Innovation
901 Mission Street, Suite 306
San Francisco, CA 94103
Our phone number, 415-288-0530, will remain the same. The address for our Los Angeles headquarters will remain the same as well:
Center for Cultural Innovation
244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 401
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.






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.


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.



BofA breakout session


Upcoming Workshops

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

Social Media Strategies for Artists- LA 

In 2016, 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! As a participant in this workshop you will learn to increase your visibility by capitalizing on sharable elements of your artistic process and you will begin formulating a plan that will help you build an engaged online audience. The workshop will be led by Ryan Crowder on February 17th.


Tax Tips for Artists- LA 

We know how overwhelming and confusing tax time can be- especially as a self-employed artist! That is why our Tax Tips for Artists workshop is specifically geared towards artists, writers, and performers like you. This workshop will provide you with important information and tools to help you better understand your taxes. Learn how to take advantage of deductions, including entertainment, research, automobile, and other expenses unique to artists. The workshop will be led by Stephen Benjamin on February 24th.


The Business of Art™ - Entrepreneurial Training for Artists-LA

CCI’s signature program, the Business of Art, is designed to enhance the business skills of artists and creative entrepreneurs. As a Business of Art student, you will learn key skills that will provide you with the knowledge and resources to help advance your art career, develop your ideas, and increase your financial independence. Business of Art workshop sessions are taught by arts and business leaders with both commercial and nonprofit experience. Over eight workshops, you will learn key concepts involved in goal-setting, marketing and self-promotion, money management, legal issues, strategic planning and project financing. Sessions begin March 2nd.


Producing for Perfomance: An Introductory Workshop- LA 

Whether you are working as a producer with collaborative artists, or self-producing your own work, the role of producer is one of the most misunderstood in performance. Producers (and artists) must be responsive to the unique needs and challenges of individual projects. In this workshop, we will identify the various environments in which producers operate, the skills and capacities needed to do the job, and to put on THE SHOW. The workshop will be led by Miranda Wright on March 10th.


Time Management for Artists- SF 

Keep missing deadlines? Have a serious problem with procrastination? Time Management is designed to help you recognize and perhaps reconsider your personal concept of time.  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, and prioritizing yourself and your artwork. The workshop will be led by Morrie Warshawski on March 22nd.


The Inner & Outer Game of Selling Your Art- SF 

Is it hard for you to sell your art? Do you think that being a good sales person requires you to be pushy or manipulative? Are you confused about what to do or say when someone walks into your studio to look at your work? Do you frequently wonder how the art sales process works and how to do it right? Then this is the workshop for you! Many artists find the sales process difficult and daunting and most do not take the time to learn how to sell. The workshop will be led by Martha Zlatar on April 19th.




© 2016 Center For Cultural Innovation. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy | Mailing List | Site Map | Contact Us