Not your typical business class.

The Artist INC Houston application for the 2024 cohort is now CLOSED!

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Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and the opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and to strengthen their artistic practice.

Artist INC is an eight-week seminar designed to address the specific professional and entrepreneurial challenges that artists of all disciplines face in their practices.  Led by a team of five trained peer facilitators, and designed for up to 25 participants, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group activities, large group discussions, multi-media lectures, and is a remarkable opportunity for networking with other artists.

Artists are selected for Artist INC through a competitive panel process that looks at quality of work and readiness for the program. The selection process also looks at the diversity of the seminar cohort to ensure diversity in all its definitions including demographics (gender, age, and ethnicity), and artistic discipline.

The seminars are most effective when the artists reflect a rich mix of art forms that includes visual, performing, literary, and film. In most cities, artists are commonly siloed by discipline and Artist INC is often the only opportunity they have to learn and collaborate with each other.

Building a strong, supportive community of artists is, in fact, one of the goals of the program. One-on-One Coaching is embedded in the core Artist INC program. Utilizing the Artist INC staff and Peer Facilitator team, in-depth arts business counseling sessions are provided to all Artist INC Fellows first as a part of the seminar experiences and then by request post seminar. 

M-AAA encourages those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); LGBTQ+; and/or disabled to apply.

To make the application and program more accessible and equitable M-AAA has provided a PDF of the applicationProgram Overview and Application Guidelines, AND Application Support Information. An Application Checklist, an Application Example, and Application Rubric are also available for those who would like to review it before applying.


  • Your Map: Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
  • Your Story: Strategic Communications and Building a Personal Brand
  • Your Public: Writing About Your Work
  • Your Money: Budgets and Financial Planning
  • Your Value: How to Fund Your Practice
  • Your Plan: Artist as Solopreneur
  • Your Presence: Public Speaking and Online Presence
  • Your Work: Sharing your Work with the Public


  • Your Map:  March 20, 4-7pm
  • Your Story: March 27, 4-7pm
  • Your Public: April 3, 4-7pm
  • Your Money: April 10, 4-7pm
  • No class April 17 
  • Your Value: April 24, 4-7pm
  • Your Plan: May 1, 4-7pm
  • Your Presence: May 8, 4-7pm
  • Rehearsal night: May 15, 4-7pm
  • Your Work / Presentation Night at MATCH: May 22, 6 – 9 PM 


Special thanks to our incredible venue sponsor Sesh Coworking, a co-working space who’s mission is “to provide creative women and genderqueer people with a workspace that nurtures personal and professional growth, supports their natural lifestyle and working habits and fosters community through collaboration, learning and advocacy”. Give them a follow on social media (@seshcoworking) and check out their beautiful spaces! (MAP)

Sesh Coworking is located at 2808 Caroline St #100, Houston, TX 77004


Artist INC Houston, powered by Fresh Arts, is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The program is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.