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.




The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Releases Arts Leadership Report

Moving Arts Leadership Forward describes the ways that the arts field needs to support its future leaders, workers, artists, and administrators. CCI is proud to be a partner with the Hewlett Foundation to invest in the development of and opportunities for the inheritors of the field. Read more about the report, here; read more about what Hewlett Foundation and CCI are doing together, here.

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...


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.



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Upcoming Workshops

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

The Art of Negotiation: Making Better Deals - LA

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. Participants will leave the sessions with the confidence to ask for what they want and the skills to get it. The workshop will be led by Nancy James Fox on May 18th and 19th.


2016 Dance Assembly

Grants 101: Writing and Strategy Fundamentals - SF

Intimidated by grant applications? We are going to demystify the world of grant-seeking and grantwriting, and teach you what funders really want to know.In this workshop, we will walk you through the major components of grant applications including: budgets, work samples, project narrative and more and how to best represent yourself in a grant proposal. The workshop will be led by Kevin Seaman and Beatrice Thomas on May 31st.



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