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The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa has partnered with the Mid-America Arts Alliance to offer a unique professional development opportunity for Tulsa-area artists working in all disciplines: Artist INC.

Artist INC provides cutting-edge training seminars that address the specific daily business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to twenty-five participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

Lesson topics covered in the eight weekly sessions of Artist INC include planning; marketing; financial management; writing; legal issues; grants; technology; and public presenting. This training changes the way artists think about business, giving them the practical tools and peer feedback they need to strengthen their art practice, seize opportunities, and shape their creative and financial futures. As artists leave Artist INC, they connect with one another in a variety of ways to share ideas, funding opportunities, and more.

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Locally, this project has received support from the Kathleen Patton Westby Foundation.


Artist INC seminars provide a host of benefits to artists of all disciplines through mentorship opportunities, expert presentations, and peer networks to develop their entrepreneurial skill and strengthen their artistic practice. Artists gain:

  • Skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law, and technology;
  • Increased knowledge and the ability to access local and national art business resources;
  • Strategic planning for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and a
  • A long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.

Artist INC is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging through established careers. Applicants should communicate how the Artist INC program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.



Applications Open November 6, 2017
Applications Close January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM
**Deadline EXTENDED to Monday, January 8**
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Ari Christopher, Dance

Ari Christopher makes original dance productions and site-specific work, teaches Modern Dance Techniques & Contact Improv, and provides k-12 teacher development in art infusion. She is the founding Executive Director of Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM). Her choreography has been commissioned by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Living Arts of Tulsa, and The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, among others. Ari was engaged in all arts disciplines from ballet to jazz violin until she found her place in the Modern Dance studio. She attended the BFA program in Modern Dance and Choreography at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, where she trained with Merle Holloman (Jose Limon Company), Lone Larsen (Martha Graham Co.), and Gerald Otte (Nikolais Dance Theatre). Ms. Christopher was the Associate Director of Project CREATES, as art infusion organization that delivered art-infused curriculum and teacher professional developments in Tulsa area schools. She is an Oklahoma A+ Schools Fellow and teaching artist at the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Tulsa.


Adrienne Dawes, Theater

Adrienne Dawes is an award-winning playwright and producer from Austin, TX. Her full length plays include: Denim Doves (2016), Am I White (2014, B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Script; David Mark Cohen New Play Award; Kilroys honorable mention), and You Are Pretty (2004, Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting). Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild and company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.  Adrienne is currently based in Tulsa, OK as part of the first writing cohort of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.



Noam Faingold, Music

Noam Faingold’s music has been described as “…lyrical…” and “…exhilarating…” by sources like the New York Times, The BBC, and Downbeat Magazine. Performance highlights include members of the NY Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and Alarm Will Sound, music festivals like Aspen, Bowdoin and OK Mozart, and podcasts like WQXR’s “Q2,”LSO Soundhub and Studio Tulsa. Commissions include TEDx, International Double Reed Society, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Sound Energy, and Pentatone records, among others.   Currently teaching at The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College, Faingold is also the Director of Barthelmes Conservatory’s pre-college program, TU’s summer Composition Seminar, the Burning City Orchestra, and the OK Electric Festival, also having been Artistic Director of London’s i = u festival. He currently holds a Ph.D. and MM in composition from King’s College London and New York University respectively, funded by a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship.


Grace Grothaus, Visual Arts

Grace Grothaus: A new media sculptor focused on potential futures and the rapid reshaping of our environs. She holds a bachelor of fine art from the Kansas City Art Institute and has been curated into the 2012 International Creativity Biennale in Rio de Janeiro, awarded an Art 365 fellowship, and had her sculpture featured on the cover of Art Focus magazine.



Laurie Thomas, Film

Laurie Thomas is a screenwriter and filmmaker of Jamaican-descent raised in Miami, New Orleans, and the San Francisco Bay area.  Her work explores themes of racial and gender violence, home and displacement.  As a filmmaker, her films have screened at several festivals including the Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival among others.  Her commissioned documentary short, Black Girl Magic was nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award. Laurie has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Cine Qua Non Lab, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.  She is writing a feature script, and a collection of short stories. She received her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University.



Jave Yoshimoto, Visual Arts

Jave Yoshimoto has received his Bachelors of Art from University of California Santa Barbara in Studio Art, his Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing and Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Syracuse University. He is a recipient of the 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painter’s and Sculptor’s grant, which he used to travel overseas to research topics on humanitarian crisis.  Yoshimoto has been an artist-in-residence in residencies across the U.S. He has been featured in numerous publications such as Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, New American Paintings, and Guernica Magazine. He received a letter of recognition from the United Nations, and exhibited his works nationally and internationally.  Yoshimoto had solo exhibitions in New York City, Tulsa, OK, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Lincoln, NE, Omaha, NE, Eureka, CA, Fort Worth, TX and Chicago, IL.