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 the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), the Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) is a 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. The cohort-based approach incorporates peer learning and accountability.
The ACI 2024: Northern Colorado program will be a condensed, weekend-long version of the ACI curriculum in Loveland from February 23-25.
ACI 2024: Northern Colorado is ideal for artists of all disciplines who are emerging in their creative career and arts business. Topics include goal setting and planning, marketing and promotions, 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.
APPLICANTS SHOULD BE:
- Residents of Colorado who are able to attend the full in-person, weekend-long program in Loveland
- 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 10-20 people.
TIME COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATIONS
The ACI 2024: Northern Colorado program will be over the weekend of February 23-25 at the Devereaux/Hach Room at the Rialto Theater in Loveland, CO. The tentative schedule below includes meals and breaks.
- Friday, February 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Sunday, February 25 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Sessions will be hosted in person in the Loveland region. Participants are expected to make every effort to attend the entire Intensive. There will not be a virtual or hybrid option.
Tuition is for this weekend Intensive is $250 per participant.
Tuition covers all program materials and meals, including two breakfasts, two dinners, and one lunch. Overnight lodging and travel expenses (such as parking and mileage) are not included.
CBCA offers flexible payment plans. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact Meredith Badler at email@example.com in advance of the application deadline on January 19 to discuss a potential scholarship.
Tuition is non-refundable once remitted and enrollment in the Advancing Creative Intensive in non-transferable.
All application materials must be received by end-of-day Friday, January 19. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than January 26.
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