Upcoming Professional Opportunities for November 2014

Take it to the next level and take advantage of some of these upcoming opportunities.

Upcoming Professional Opportunities for November 2014

It’s time to receive acknowledgement for all that hard work. See some upcoming professional opportunities for reviews and competitions this November.

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards – Over $500,000 Available!

The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. With over $500,000 in awards available, this series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers across the United States. The awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday and were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim frequently attributes his success to the teachers in his life. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22 – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website. Read more.

Be at the top of your game and take advantage of these professional opportunities!

There is something truly satisfying about capturing a likeness in a drawing or painting, but portraiture can be a difficult skill to cultivate. Luckily, Craftsy is offering a free online mini-class, Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness, with guidance from renowned instructor Gary Faigin.

In your video lessons, Gary will discuss how the human brain recognizes people based on large shapes and patterns, rather than the detail of their features. Once you understand the human face as abstract puzzle pieces rather than individual features, you’ll create a simple block-in to quickly replicate your subject’s resemblance.

Together, you’ll create “placeholders” for each feature, so that you understand their position, size, and shape in regard to each other, then bring your portrait to life with Gary’s tips for sketching facial features, taking special care with the eyes — the most challenging area to duplicate. Finally, six models will sit for you as you become comfortable picking out distinctive facial shapes and recreating their one-of-a-kind features in your own portraits.

Craftsy’s innovative virtual classroom allows you to watch your class whenever, wherever, and upload your work for feedback from your fellow classmates. Enjoy all the advantages of an in-person seminar with the freedom and flexibility to learn at your own place, rewatch lessons or specific techniques, and work from the comfort of home.

Visit Craftsy for lifetime access to Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness, and create portraits that bear an unmistakable resemblance to your subject.

Studio Space Available!
Unfurnished Studio/Office/Gallery space shared with interior designer 
  • $1000 to $1500 a month depending on space requirements.
  • Artists, designers, makers encouraged. 
  • On the Napa River with view.
  • Shared conference area and kitchenette, includes utilities, internet and Alhambra water service.
  • (Furniture in photos with blue wall belongs to the most recent tenant, a graphic designer.)
  • 10 x 15 raised office space of your own, with window view of river. See photo with blue wall. 12′ ceilings over this space. With separate entrance and mailbox.
  • 10 x 10 storage space in loft
  • 16 x 20 Shared conference Space or your can rent this space to make it your own Gallery. 15′ to 18′ ceilings overall.
To learn more, email Julie at julie@acmeworkroominc.com
Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco
November 5, 2014
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Want to crowdfund your next project? Learn the art of the Kickstarter Campaign in this workshop! November 5. Learn more and register here
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
California Lawyers for the Arts
2015 J Street Suite 204
Sacramento, 95811
Embarking on a new project? Unsure about whether you have a trademark and what you can do to protect it? Planning on using someone else’s trademark in your art? This workshop will provide an overview of trademarks, including selecting trademarks, how to search for potentially conflicting trademarks, registering and maintaining trademarks, and more. A question and answer session will follow. 
Mondays at 11:00am
November 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8, 15
Have questions or need help enrolling in a Covered California Health plan?
Don’t miss free drop-in workshops every Monday at 11am from November 10th – Dec 15th, 2014. These workshops will:
    • Walk you through your Covered California options and requirements;
    • Provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed;
    • Help you figure you how to get affordable health insurance with the help of tax credits and federal subsidies;
    • Help you with enrollment!
This event is open to everyone in the visual and performing arts, and entertainment industry. Guests are welcome.
Presented by The Actors Fund, Intersection for the Arts, and Center for Cultural Innovation.   
Date: Mondays; November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 8, & 15.
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, Suite 109, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: Free  
Applicants sought for Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. 
One opening for City of St. Helena representative to expire September 30, 2016. To qualify for the City of St. Helena opening, the applicant must be a resident of the City of St. Helena.
One opening for City of Calistoga representative with the terms of office to commence upon appointment and expire September 30, 2018. To qualify for the City of Calistoga opening, the applicant must be a resident of the City of Calistoga. 
Thursday, November 20 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Want to learn more what the post-election results mean for the arts community? Register now for a complimentary webinar and join the political experts at Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund as they provide their post-election analysis of how the federal, state and local elections, including ballot initiatives, will impact the arts and arts education in America. Presenters include Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch, Nina Ozlu Tunceli (Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund), Narric Rome (Vice President of Government Affairs), Jay Dick (Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs), and Kate McClanahan (Director of Federal Affairs). Sign up now today
With Cristina Lopez
Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
California Lawyers for the Arts
2015 J Street Suite 204
Sacramento, 95811

Get your finances and paperwork in order before the New Year and the upcoming tax season!

This basic bookkeeping class will explain and simplify accounting terms for the practical life of a creative artist. The class will help you understand accounting theories and will provide a step-by-step guide to the bookkeeping process. Creative artists will leave with the skills they need to manage their personal books and finances to ensure their arts business is profitable and sustainable. Get your bookkeeping records ready for our “Relax with Tax” tax-prep seminars coming soon in early 2015!
Etching Workshop with Stephen Thomas via Oxbow School
January 2 – 7, 2015
Limited to 12 Participants (almost full so register now!)

Stephen will introduce intaglio printing to beginners and provide advanced printmakers the opportunity to refine their skills. Participants work on copper plates in all the traditional techniques: drypoint, hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, and multi-plate color printing. Class is conducted through demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

Email info@oxbowschool.org for details on the workshop and registration information.