CBCA’s new Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) program is a six-module curriculum designed to be a launch pad for creative professionals and entrepreneurs who want to articulate and take practical steps to achieve their business goals.

ACI is focused on tangible business growth and planning for artistic careers, as well as building business skills like marketing and grant writing. The curriculum includes goal and career planning, portfolios, promotions, funding, legal issues and business plan essentials. The cohort-based approach incorporates peer learning, networking and accountability. ACI will enable artists of all kinds to see their work through an entrepreneurial lens and employ tools to organize, plan and sustain their creative career.

By completing the program, participants will be eligible and prepared to apply for a Career Advancement Grant, funded by Colorado Creative Industries, to support their ongoing work.

ACI APPLICANTS MUST BE:
  • Residents of Colorado who are able to attend all in-person training sessions in the Denver metro area
  • Practicing artists who are currently working professionally and/or are looking to make their artistic and creative endeavors into a sustainable business venture
  • Working in the arts and creative industries, including visual arts, music, performing arts, dance, design, fashion, film/TV, literary arts, crafts and creative placemaking.
  • Willing to participate in ongoing program evaluation to assess the short- and long-term impact of the Intensive

CBCA will prioritize an inaugural Advancing Creatives Intensive cohort that includes diverse creative practices, expressions and backgrounds in Colorado.

TIME COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATIONS

Sessions will be held every other Monday in April, May and June from 5:30 – 7:30 pm (subject to change). The six sessions are currently scheduled for April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20. Sessions will be hosted in person at relevant venues across the seven-county Denver metro area.

All sessions will feature knowledgeable speakers, practical activities and networking opportunities. Participants will complete various worksheets, exercises and occasional homework assignments to help maximize the impact of the program.

Participants are expected to make every effort to attend all program sessions in person.

PROGRAM FEES

Inaugural tuition is $195 per participant. CBCA is able to offer this discounted rate for this pilot year thanks to our generous sponsors. CBCA offers flexible payment plans. Tuition is non-refundable once remitted and enrollment in the Advancing Creative Intensive in non-transferable.

Additional financial assistance is available. Please contact Meredith Badler at mbadler@cbca.org or 267-337-0196 to discuss.

TO APPLY

Complete and submit the online application below, including short-answer questions.  Your application must be accompanied by your resume/CV or bio.

All application materials must be received by end-of-day Monday, March 21. Candidates will be notified of their status no later than March 31. The program begins on April 11.

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If you have any issues with this application or uploading attachments, please contact Rachael Henney at rhenney@cbca.org.

2022 Advancing Creatives Intensive

  • If you do not have a website or social media that demonstrates your creative work, please submit up to three relevant work samples (i.e., video links, images, music files) that illustrate your creative practice. Contact rhenney@cbca.org regarding work sample submissions.
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  • DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION & ACCESSIBILITY

    All of the demographic and accessibility questions are optional. CBCA is committed to our equity, inclusion, diversity and accessibility (EIDA) work. This information helps to assess our progress and inform ongoing outreach and program changes. Responses are for internal-use only and won’t be shared publicly.
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  • Sessions will be hosted in person at various venues across the seven-county Denver metro areas. Is there anything we need to know or accommodate to ensure you can easily and comfortably travel to and participate in those in-person sessions?
  • YOUR CREATIVE PRACTICE AND GOALS

    These questions are to assess a baseline for the cohort and get a sense of your personal goals for the Intensive and professional goals for your creative career. You cannot save and return to this application. Be ready to submit your answers all at once.
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