Artist INC Live Comes to St. Louis

May 1, 2023

Discover opportunities to build your art career and make art work

Building a business or career around an art practice isn’t like building any other small business. Artists face different challenges: how to manage goals, write about art, plan a budget, speak in public, and build a personal brand.

Artist INC, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, addresses the challenges, helping artists and creatives take control of their art careers. Now, in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis for the first time, Artist INC and Mid-America Arts Alliance are bringing that training to St. Louis to help artists learn business skills relevant to their work and turn their art practices into sustainable art careers. 

Unlike other entrepreneur- and business-focused classes, Artist INC is tailored for the needs and challenges of working artists of any discipline. Artists learn and grow together in small groups led by peer facilitators.

So worth it. I feel so empowered, seen, supported, hopeful and ready to launch what I learned. The difference in me from before to after is palpable.
– Artist INC program participant

Artist INC, eight-week, in-person sessions

Who it’s for: Artist INC is open to artists and creatives of all disciplines. AIL has a competitive application process, a substantial time commitment, and requires participants to be within a specific community. Artists should reside within a 60-mile commute from these program locations. All sessions are in person. 

Gathering for one evening a week for eight weeks, participants learn strategic business skills specific to their art practice and how to apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Using a groundbreaking class design, Artist INC Live guides artists as they learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multimedia lecture.

Sessions take place over the course of eight  Tuesday evenings,  September 12-November 24, 2023, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Applications are open from May 1, to June 20, 2023. 

Location: Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, 6128 Delmar, Saint Louis, MO 63112

Cost: $150. 

Facilitators: JerMarco Britton, con christeson, Luisa Otero-Prada, Zenique Gardner Perry, Sarah Paulsen, Mariah Richardson

Apply: Applications open May 1 and close June 20, 2023. 

Interested in learning more before applying for the full, eight-week course? Sign up for What Works, a short, one and a half hour-long introductory session.

Make Art Work. Learn What Works

What Works, a free short workshop, immediately activates a network of artists in their community leading to additional peer-to-peer resource sharing and support, long after the workshop concludes.

What Works, one and a half hour, virtual and in-person, free

Who it’s for: What Works is open to artists and creatives of all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. 

Led by professional artist facilitators, the short workshop addresses the specific professional needs and challenges that artists of all disciplines face.

What Works is open to artists and creatives of all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. In a non-competitive atmosphere, the goal of What Works is to provide an introduction to the Artist INC trainings and resources. The format includes a presentation as well as time for questions and discussions. 

What Works: Tuesday, May 17, 2023 – 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Presented by Artist INC Peer Facilitators, JerMarco Britton, and Chris Dahlquist
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What Works: Wednesday, June 13, 2023 – Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: In-person, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, 6128 Delmar, Saint Louis, MO 63112
Presented by Artist INC Peer Facilitators TBA
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Cost: Free

Now in its twelfth year, Artist INC has been completed by more than 1,500 artists. Artist INC is supported in part by grants from the Windgate Foundation, the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Artist INC at

About Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our six-state region and beyond. Additional information can be found at