Creative workers and small businesses are the powerhouse behind Colorado’s economy and community development. Every artist, regardless of discipline, has their own definition of success for their creative work.  It takes a combination of business savvy, focus, investment and a community of support to achieve that vision.

Organized by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), the Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) is designed to be a launch pad for creative professionals and entrepreneurs who want to articulate and take practical steps to achieve their business goals. The cohort-based approach incorporates peer learning and accountability.

The ACI 2024: Denver Metro program is a six-session program from April – June 2024, hosted at 40 West Arts, 6501 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214.

ACI 2024: Denver Metro is ideal for artists of all disciplines who are emerging in their creative career and arts business. Topics include goal setting and business planning, branding and marketing, legal issues and financial management. The program incorporates various speakers, practical exercises, toolkits, and networking activities.

By completing the Intensive, participants will be eligible to apply for a limited number of Career Advancement Grants, supported by Colorado Creative Industries, up to $500 to further their ongoing arts business. This cannot be used to reimburse your program tuition.

  • Residents of Colorado who are able to attend all in-person ACI sessions in the Denver metro area
  • Practicing artists who are currently working professionally and/or are looking to make their creative endeavors into a business venture. ACI is ideal for artists who are emerging in their creative career and arts business
  • Working in the creative industries, including visual arts, music, theatre, 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 Advancing Creatives Intensive cohort that includes diverse creative practices, expressions, and backgrounds in Colorado. The ideal cohort size is 20-25 people.


Sessions will be held twice a month on Monday evenings in April, May, and June. Schedule is subject to change. The current schedule is:

  • April 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • April 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • May 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • May 20 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • June 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • June 17 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

All sessions will be hosted at 40 West Arts, 6501 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214. A light dinner will be provided at each session.

There will also be informal cohort meet-ups and homework assignments in between sessions to help maximize the impact of the program.

Participants are expected to make every effort to attend the entire Intensive. There will not be a virtual or hybrid option.


Tuition for this Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI 2024: Denver Metro) is $250 per participant.

Tuition covers all associated program materials and a light dinner at each session. Tuition does not cover any travel costs or parking.

CBCA offers flexible payment plans. Partial scholarships are available. If you are interested in applying for a partial scholarship, please contact Meredith Badler at in advance of the application deadline on March 25.

Tuition is non-refundable once remitted and enrollment in the ACI 2024: Denver Metro program is non-transferable.


All application materials must be received by end-of-day Monday, March 25. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than March 29.

If you have any issues with this application or uploading attachments, please contact Lindsey Bell at 

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ACI 2024: Denver Metro Application

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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 regarding work sample submissions.
What is your primary creative genre(s)?
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How long have you been working in your primary creative genre?
How did you hear about the Advancing Creatives Intensive?


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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