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.


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: Los Angeles

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

Tax Tips for Artists

Tax time is just around the corner! If you are self-employed now is a great time to brush up on your understanding of taxes with our Tax Tips for Artists workshop, coming up on February 11, 2015.


The Business of Art Workshop Series

Our signature workshop series The Business of Art: Entrepreneurial Training for Artists begins March 7.  During this 8-session course, you'll learn about goal setting, marketing, legal issues, financial wellness, fundraising and strategic planning with arts and business experts with commercial and non-profit experience.


Social Media Strategies for Artists

Interested in making social media work for your career? Our Social Media Strategies for Artists workshop on April 7 will give you tactics and tools to build an engaged audience on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 






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