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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Upcoming Workshops

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

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.


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 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 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.





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