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.

The new Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI), launched April 2022, is a multi-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 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.

Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) 2023: Colorado Springs

The ACI 2023: Colorado Springs program will be a condensed, weekend-long pilot of the ACI curriculum in the Colorado Springs region from February 10-12.

ACI 2023: Colorado Springs 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. The weekend will be hosted at Anthem Music Enterprises, 975 Garden of the Gods Rd suite i, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

By completing the Intensive, participants will be eligible to apply for a limited number of Career Advancement Stipends up to $500 to support their ongoing work.

The application period for ACI 2023: Colorado Springs is now closed. 

ACI 2023: Colorado Springs is produced in partnership with the Anthem Music Enterprises and Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), with support from Colorado Creative Industries, Kenneth King Foundation and Telluray Foundation.

Advancing Creatives Intensive (ACI) 2023

The next multi-session ACI cohort will take place in the Denver metro area in spring 2023. Applications will open in late February and the program will run April – June 2023. More details to come!

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