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AmbitioUS is an initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation to act as an experimental arm of the artist-support sector. Throughout the initiative, Angie Kim, President and CEO, will share her observations and reflections related to this cross-sector, experimental, and systems level work.

As the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) moves into the third year of AmbitioUS, we finally feel that we are more attuned to, and developing in alignment with, the nascent, alternative infrastructures that we’re helping to grow. Our research and funding experience has given us a better grasp of the state of play in the various fields…


This essay was originally published as part of the Ford Foundation’s CREATIVE FUTURES, a series of provocations by thinkers across the arts, documentary, and journalism on how to reimagine their sectors.

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In 2019, CCI launched a national effort called AmbitioUS to fund alternative, equitable support systems for artists and cultural communities to achieve financial freedom. We acknowledge that we are working within the problematic nonprofit system, but we are actively incubating what it will look like to invest in new systems created by and for those most dispossessed. Our goal is to help a diversity of artists — fine artists…


“Water bird” by Ray Muzyka

AmbitioUS is a new initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation to act as an experimental arm of the artist-support sector. Throughout the initiative’s launch, Angie Kim, President and CEO, will share her observations and reflections related to this cross-sector, experimental, and systems level work.

In the past few days, Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) has been working to provide regranted emergency relief support to the arts sector. Regranting is our specialty, but our AmbitioUS work has uniquely prepared us for this moment. AmbitioUS was meant to be the nonprofit sector’s R&D to shape a better future, and it began…


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AmbitioUS is a new initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation to act as an experimental arm of the artist-support sector. Throughout the initiative’s launch, Angie Kim, President and CEO, will share her observations and reflections related to this cross-sector, experimental, and systems level work.

2019 was the launch year of Center for Cultural Innovation’s AmbitioUS initiative. This initiative is about sharing what we learn and being transparent about what we are doing and where we are going.

In our first year, AmbitioUS realized the following activities:

  1. Operationalized. CCI hired a dedicated Program Director and converted a part-time Program Assistant…

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AmbitioUS is a new initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation to act as an experimental arm of the artist-support sector. Throughout the initiative’s launch, Angie Kim, President and CEO, will share her observations and reflections related to this cross-sector, experimental, and systems level work.

When we started AmbitioUS, I expected to confront alternative economy trailblazers who needed convincing that artists and culture matter. I have yet to make that case to them. …


by Angie Kim, Center for Cultural Innovation, President and CEO

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AmbitioUS is a new initiative of CCI to act as an experimental arm of the artist-support sector. As we launch AmbitioUS, Angie Kim, President and CEO, will share her observations and reflections related to this cross-sector, experimental, and systems level work.

I promised that you would be part of an iterative, ongoing learning process, so I’m sharing my observations and reflections. To start, I’ve changed my thinking about CCI’s role in the shifting of the nation’s economic paradigm. I never envisioned us having enough resources or being the right platform…

Center for Cultural Innovation- AmbitioUS

President & CEO of @CCI_ARTS. Influencing financial self determination for artists and cultural anchors by investing in alternative, just, and new economies.

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