Advancing Creatives is CBCA’s artist professional development and business skills education programming. Through Advancing Creatives, CBCA hosts, coordinates and partners with speakers and organizations to build the entrepreneurial skills, business know-how, and professional capacity of Colorado’s creative workforce.

Check out upcoming events for future opportunities and CBCA’s resource library for recordings of past workshops.

Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI)

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.

Launched April 2022, 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.

ACI is focused on tangible business growth and planning for artistic careers, as well as building business skills like marketing and financial management. The cohort-based approach incorporates peer learning, networking and accountability. The Intensive 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.

2024 Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) Cohorts:

ACI 2024: Northern Colorado: February 23-25, 2024 in Loveland, CO
ACI 2024: Denver Metro: Six sessions on Monday evenings, April-June, 2024
ACI 2024: Location TBD: One weekend, Fall 2024

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.

TIME COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATIONS: 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.

PROGRAM FEES: 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.

Past Advancing Creatives Intensives

ACI 2022: Denver Metro

ACI 2023: Colorado Springs

ACI 2023: Denver Metro

ACI 2024: Northern Colorado

Upcoming Events

View All

Advancing Creatives Resources


Tools for the Creative Life – Keeping Your Books Clean When Art is Messy: Tax & Accounting Basics for Artists

Led by Kaleigh Canavan, EA with CSA Accounting

How to Price Your Artwork

Speakers: Samantha Johnston, Colorado Photographic Arts Center; Doug Kacena, K Contemporary; Chris Roth, CR Projects

Thank You for Supporting Advancing Creatives