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Upcoming Professional Opportunities for February 2014

Arts Council is all about taking it to the next level, that’s why we want to share some opportunities to take advantage of events going on, both nationally and locally, to be at the top of your game.

Arts Council is all about taking it to the next level, that’s why we want to share some opportunities to take advantage of events going on, both nationally and locally, to be at the top of your game.

Feel the need for a pat on the back? We understand. See some upcoming professional opportunities for reviews and competitions this February.

BCA 2014 Business-Arts Award | February 14, 2014 [National]

The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies set the standard for others to follow. Winning companies will be honored at the 2014 BCA 10 Gala in New York City. The deadline for nominations (February 14) will be here sooner than you think, so nominate now, and celebrate those outstanding arts-business partnerships in your own community! For more information, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/1idPTlY. For nomination guidelines, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/197IkVm

Want to work on professional development in the New Year? Connect and learn with other industry members to engage and develop in your industry!

StreetSmARTS Informational Meeting for Artists | February 5th, 2014 [San Francisco, CA]

Are you a property owner who would like a mural painted on your wall? Are you an urban artist looking for opportunities to create more murals? Attend this informational session to learn how you can get involved with StreetSmARTS.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street

RSVP: Tyra Fennell at 415-25-2597 or tyra.fennell@sfgov.org

About StreetSmARTS

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have continued to join forces in combating vandalism in the City with an innovative program called StreetSmARTS. The program connects established urban artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals, a proven and effective strategy for making property less vulnerable to graffiti vandalism. StreetSmARTS also aims to restore San Francisco’s stature as a recognized, international destination for mural art.

Music Business Seminar | February 8, 2014 | UC Berkeley Law School

21st Century Musician: Making A Living Making Music

Key note speaker: Thomas R. Leavens is a partner in Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, LLC. Tom’s career as an attorney has involved transactions, counseling, and litigation in all areas of performing, visual, and literary expression, new media, intellectual property, and technology. For more details on the Music Business Seminar, visit: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/Music_Business_Seminar_2014

Visual Thinking Strategies: A Two-Day Practicum | February 20-21, 2014  [Napa, CA]

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a unique research-based school program that develops students’ critical thinking and literacy skills through collaborative discussions of carefully chosen visual images. The two-day VTS Practicum is an intensive introduction to VTS for those with little to no experience. Although some time is allotted to examining theoretical underpinnings of VTS, the focus is helping participants learn to do VTS well.

Benefits for teachers:     

• Learn a student-centered teaching method, which provides a unique vantage point into student’s learning process

• Re-engages educators and ensures their continued professional development and vitality in the classroom

Benefits for students:

• Enjoyable discussion-based lessons that encourage self- expression and develop confidence

• Jumpstarts and ingrains the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and a range of language skills

When: Thursday and Friday, February 20-21, 2014 at 9:30-4:00pm

Location: Thursday, February 20 at di Rosa

                Friday, February 21 at The Hess Collection

Cost: $290 per person (includes lunches)

To register, visit: http://www.vtshome.org/news-events/events

“Banner Moments” Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers |March 4, 2014 [College Park, MD]

From June 30th to July 25th, the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute, with support from the Star Spangled Music Foundation, will be hosting the national “Banner Moments” Summer Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During these four weeks, thirty K-12 school teachers will explore topics in American history and culture through the lens of the Star-Spangled Banner and related American music. Participants will receive a $3300 stipend.

Please see the “Banner Moments” website for contact information and application instructions for the Institute. Applications are due by March 4.

TedX Napa Valley | March 30, 2014 [Napa, CA]

Join us on March 30, 2014, as we explore “Going Against the Grain – Embracing the Unconventional”. Featuring a line-up of intellectual leaders, pioneers and innovators from all professions, TEDxNapaValley 2014 is designed to spark conversation and insight debate about when and why we should ignore the status quo. Sometimes a venture into uncharted territory is fueled by a hardship that must be overcome. Other times, it’s driven by a vision – a conviction to take goals and dreams to the next level. To learn more, visit: http://www.tedxnapavalley.org/

VietNam 2014: A Photographic Travel Workshop | April 1, 2014 [Napa, CA – Vietnam]

When: 16 days and 14 nights, from August 12 to Aug 27.

Where: Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Sapa.

Travel in VietNam with a tour guide who speaks the language and learn how to take better pictures from an Artist/Professional Photographer, Vi Bottaro. As a participant, you will photograph the People, the Culture and the Landscapes. You will also be photographing: Ha Noi, the old capital of the North – a city of food and culture; Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site where over 2,000 limestone karsts rising from the ocean to the sky; Ninh Binh, where Vi was born, named the second Ha Long Bay but besides the beautiful limestone karsts, Ninh Binh is dotted with original temples, beautiful rice fields and national parks. Sapa, another UNESCO World Heritage site where the terraced rice fields are of epic proportions and in August, these rice fields will be in full color. Sapa is also the land of the original 5 ethnic tribes. The group will be staying at some unique lodgings that boast some of the best views in the world. There will be discussions about the culture and what to look for when photographing as well as light and camera techniques. Detailed itineraries available upon request.  Beginners as well as intermediate and advanced photo enthusiasts are welcomed.

Deposit: $500 to hold a spot, non-refundable after April 01, 2014. Balance is due by 04-01.

Website: www.vibottaro.com  Email: vi@vibottaro.com  Phone: 707-312-0776


Whether you’re a nonprofit looking to grow and diversify your board of directors, or an individual looking to give back and get involved helping to build a stronger and healthier Napa Valley community this is an event you should not miss.

PICK = Passion – Interest – Commitment – Knowledge

Napa Valley College – Paul Ash Lobby at the Performing Arts Center

April 30, 2014 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Email NVBPICK@gmail.com for additional information.