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Taking Your Art to the Next Level.

The International Arts Incubator is a competitive incubation program, conference, and year-round research lab. Its mission is to improve the quality and efficiency of market activity in the arts through researching and testing methodology, preparing the next generation for tomorrow's marketplace, and evaluating long-held truths within the industry.

OU Arts Management and Entrepreneurship title, with International Arts Incubator in block letters, over a colorful, abstract mural.

Conference and Incubator -- originally slated for May 10-16, 2020 -- has been postponed to:

May 17-22, 2021

In light of the ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID 19), we have made the difficult decision to postpone the International Arts Incubator Conference, set for May 10th-16th, for the safety of the university community and visiting guests.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our priority.

We would like to thank our Senior Fellows, conference organizers, artists, and participants for their understanding and continued interest in the work of the Arts Management and Entrepreneurship initiatives at the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

The conference will be held May 17-22, 2021. We will continue to update all stakeholders as we navigate these unprecedented events.

Please visit for regular University updates regarding COVID-19.

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Join The Program

Artists and artrepreneurs: This is more than a professional development workshop. This is an efficient ecosystem for professional artrepreneurs and artists who have high potential ideas on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The chosen participants are eligible for year-round business services, offices, and support.

Artrepreneurs Application

Attend The Conference

Industry professionals and stakeholders who are looking to learn new perspectives and approaches in a series of workshops, lectures from leading industry professionals, network sessions with other arts leaders, and public incubation rounds in an innovative structure and schedule are welcome to attend.

Conference Attendee Registration

2019 Inaugural Winners

Inaugural class: International Arts Incubator

MAY 2019: Congratulations to our two winners (in alphabetical order): Andrew Yee (Attacca Quartet) and Ruby Chou (Mundi Project)! Splitting the $10,000 Artrepreneur Award, the International Arts Incubator's jury made of expert Senior Fellows spent an intensive three days working alongside the 8 Artrepreneurs, professional artists who hailed from all over North America. (L-R: Idris Mootee, Ryhna Thompson, Kim Noltemy, Ruby Chou, Andrew Yee, Shanta Thake, Raymond Bisha, Max Weitzenhoffer.)

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