Exchange Arts Incubator

Do you need a professional kickstart to your creative career? Tired of working in a basement/coffee shop and want a real, yet affordable office space? Do you need support and direction with the business side of your art? Feel a need to connect with peers facing similar challenges? Exchange Arts Incubator may be for you!

Guided by Team Leaders Ashley Au and Ashley Bieniarz, this program will provide artists with access to a professional co-work space and business skills training delivered by seasoned industry professionals. Participants will also get access to coaching from industry experts in business planning, finance and tax management, marketing and social media, and work-life balance. This program is open to artists of all disciplines running their own creative practice.

Participants will attend alternating weekly professional development and peer networking sessions every Tuesday evening at Creative Manitoba. Outside of this time, participants will have access to Creative Manitoba’s Exchange co-working space to continue developing their arts business practices. Participants will also receive coaching from subject matter experts in various fields and be able to drop in for Team Lead office hours!

And because life in the arts shouldn’t all be serious, there will be social sharing nights and showcase opportunities. Artists will be able to participate in First Friday events and showcase their work.

Class Dates:

The program runs every Tuesday evening from October 17, 2023, to March 26, 2024.

Participants Get:

  • Access to a hot desk with fast WiFi
  • Entrepreneurial training – business planning, marketing, financial management, grant writing, work-life balance
  • Discipline-specific business coaching
  • Peer networking opportunities
  • Group showcases (First Fridays, etc)

The cost for the five-month, weekly incubator is $300 per participant ($150 upon acceptance, and $150 in January). A flexible payment plan can be arranged. The All Access Inclusion Bursary is open to completely subsidize a select number of spots. We believe that cost should not be a barrier to accessing our programming and would like to work with participants. Please contact us at [email protected].


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