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Upcoming Professional Opportunities for December 2014

Nov. 25, 2014 | Arts Council Napa Valley

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


Nominations Open for 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards

"We are thrilled to honor the innovators and risk-takers who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and bring the same extraordinary creativity to the office as they do to the studio. Five winners will be chosen who have developed new approaches to age-old challenges in the arts field by experimenting and challenging conventional wisdom that can serve as models and inspiration for artists everywhere."
Recipients of the Arts Entrepreneurship Award will have:
  • innovated new business practices or paradigms;
  • developed novel solutions to old problems.
Artists and arts organizations from all parts of the arts and culture sector are eligible for nomination, regardless of budget and staff size, geographic location, or discipline. Award recipients will receive:
  • A free lifetime membership to Fractured Atlas
  • A specially commissioned and fabricated award
  • Public exposure on Fractured Atlas’s blog and any accompanying media attention
Nominations Close Monday, December 15th at 11:59 pm Eastern time


Limited space, register early!
Three Sunday morning workshops that will take your work from inspiration to publication, focusing on crafting your best work and launching it into the world!
Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and ending March 8
9:30am -12:30 pm.
For more information, please see


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.


The foundation, in partnership with the Herb Alpert Foundation, is accepting applications for its Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Through the annual program, a total of $40,000 will be awarded to encourage talented young jazz composers. To be considered, applicants must submit an original score or chart of one composition accompanied by a CD indicating proper track (if applicable). Read more.
Apply now for the National Association of Business Economics/Americans for the Arts Scholarship awarded to a college or graduate student studying economics and the arts. The scholarship encourages the integration of the arts into the economic education process and is presented to recent high school graduates and college undergraduates who are majoring in economics and/or the arts. The award recipient must come from an economically disadvantaged household, have attended a public school, have participated in arts, have excelled academically, and have formally declared the intent to study economics. This $5,000 scholarship will be presented in March 2015 at the NABE conference in Washington DC. For more details and to apply, http://bit.ly/1ydqFc0.

The 4th annual Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education Competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. The competition is the joint project of CAM and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Two to six awards will be selected at the discretion of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and at least one third of the awards will be given to eligible organizations with annual operating budgets less than $2 million.
Past award recipients demonstrate the vibrant contributions museums make to California’s K-12 educational system. Past winners are posted online at www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2014 and www.calmuseums.org/superintendentsawards2013.  LEARN MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
at the Lincoln Theater
Calling all young musicians in grades 10 - 12 with a classical music repertoire! Do you know a student playing one of the following instruments and striving to achieve the highest musical standard?
* Violin * Viola * Cello * Bass * Flute * Oboe *
* Clarinet * Bassoon * Trumpet * Trombone * Piano *
Join us for our annual competition on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville to compete for one of these fabulous prizes:
1st place - $1,000     2nd place - $750     3rd place - $500
In addition, all three winners will be invited to perform in a pre-concert recital on Friday, August 21 as part of the 2015 Music in the Vineyards Festival. Every August for the past twenty years, MITV has been performing fine chamber music throughout the Napa Valley.Applications must be received no later than Monday, March 2, 2015. For more information, to download the application, or to apply online, click here.

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


Workshop Intesives on Digital Fabrication for Artists, Designers and Artisans

Digital Fabrication Residency
Online workshop
Date: 01-24-2015 thru 01-25-2015
Website: http://www.digitalfabricationresidency.com/workshop-intensives/

Do you want to have a better understanding of what digital fabrication is about and the workflows that produce physical output of great ideas?

The Digital Fabrication Residency program hosts Workshop Intensives for any artist, designer or creative to enroll in for professional development to learn more about digital fabrication technology and workflows.  Whether you are interested in creating CAD models for project proposals, or are interested in integrating 3D printing, CNC routing, laser cutting, digital textile printing or digital embroidery into your current body of work, these workshops are an affordable jump-start with us for real time learning online from your studio, kitchen or favorite coffee shop.  We are artists with experience working with artists and designers to take great ideas into real world results. This workshop series is a great opportunity for emerging and established artist, designers and artisans to gain invaluable insights into digital fabrication technology.

Join us online for any of our scheduled 2-day weekend Intensive Workshops. Workshops are limited to 24 participants per workshop and are presented by utilizing online learning technology used in education and industry to create a learning environment that provides a close-up view of working in the software and showcasing the resources critical to the creative process.  In addition to all the material presented on the workshop topic, there is also time for Q&A and engaging with other attendees.

We are currently offering the following Workshop Intensives:

3D Printing

Location: Online
Dates & Times:
Saturday, January 24, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Sunday January 25, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Enrollment $275

To learn more and enroll in any of our Workshop Intensives, please visit http://www.digitalfabricationresidency.com/workshop-intensives/

Enrollment in a Workshop Intensive is $275 with special combo enrollment discounts for enrolling in more than one of our Workshop Intensives outlined on the webpage noted above.

A link to the Workshop Intensive is emailed to the participant after enrollment. If you have questions, email us at digitalfabricationresidency@gmail.com.


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.


The Artist as Philanthropist: Artist-Endowed Foundations as a New Force in Cultural Philanthropy

December 6, 2014 – 2:00–3:30 PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco http://deyoung.famsf.org/
Golden Gate Park – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
FREE -- no reservations required
For information contact: publicprograms@famsf.org or call: 415-750-7694
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and The Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist- Endowed Foundations present a panel discussion exploring the emerging role of artist- endowed foundations as a force in cultural philanthropy and in the stewardship of America’s artistic heritage. The panel discussion highlights pioneering research documenting the rise in private foundations created in the US by visual artists.
Mondays at 11:00am
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; 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. 
With Cristina Lopez
When: 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.

With Amitai Schwartz, Esq.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Please join CLA as they present Bay Area Attorney and photographer Amitai Schwartz. This workshop will address legal issues in connection with the creation, use, and sale of photographic images, including ownership, reproduction and manipulation, copyright, invasion of privacy, and First Amendment rights. Special attention will be given to internet related issues for photographers.
Presenter: Amitai Schwartz is a lawyer in private practice with over 40 years experience. He previously worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California. He is an active photographer and has led this workshop on behalf of CLA since 2006.
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

Volunteer Opportunities



The next work day for the Creative Work Fund Rain Garden project with  Mark Brest van Kempen is this Sunday, November 23. We are starting at11am at Arts Benicia. We'll have a fun filled, productive time with coffee in the morning and pizza when we are done.

Call 707-747-0131 for more information. Also, check out the blog at http://artsbeniciablog.blogspot.com to follow this project's progress.


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