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Upcoming Professional Opportunities for March 2015

Feb. 26, 2015 | Arts Council Napa Valley

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

The Merch Table: Licensing & Merchandising for Creative Artists 
California Lawyers for the Arts
Oakland, CA
Date: 04-16-2015
SAVE $5 - Register Online 

SAVE $10 - Join CLA BEFORE registration for Member Price

Join Dawn Newton and Daniel Schacht of Donahue Fitzgerald LLP for a discussion of the essential legal and business concerns that creative artists need to consider when entering into a licensing agreement. This workshop will cover legal questions and common deal points for merchandising agreements for clothing, souvenirs, and the like. 
Dawn Newton is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Business & Corporate Transactions Practice Groups . Her practice focuses on intellectual property and franchise matters, and she is a certified as a legal specialist by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Franchise and Distribution Law.

Daniel J. Schacht is an attorney at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, specializing in intellectual property, technology, and music law. He handles a variety of copyright, trademark, licensing, employment and general business matters for artists such as Carlos Santana, Journey, and Amon Tobin. He currently serves as co-counsel in Good Morning to You Productions Corp. et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the "Happy Birthday" class action lawsuit described by the New York Times as "a lawsuit for the ages." Before law school, Mr. Schacht worked ten years in the Bay Area music scene as a bassist, sound engineer, studio owner, and producer.


Creative Sonoma's professional development workshops for artists and non-profit arts organizations!
These complementary sessions are an educational opportunity to learn about the different aspects of creative enterprises.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
This workshop is directed toward both board and staff members of nonprofit arts organizations. Nancy Glaze, Interim Director of Creative Sonoma, will take you through the process of board development and engagement, roles of staff and board and the fundamentals of good governance.
April 2nd, 2015
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Led by Cathy Kimball, Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, this workshop will help visual artists learn how to present their work to attract more attention and sales.
Friday, April 24th, 2015
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
This workshop will present a panel of Foundation leaders representing funders of the arts and creative activities in Sonoma County. It will be moderated by John McGuirk, Program Director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
These workshops are free of charge and open to anybody who might be interested. Please select a sign up option*:
Workshop #3: Governance Basics - Register HERE
Workshop #4: How to Build a Strong Portfolio - Register HERE
Workshop#5: Meet the Funder - Register HERE
*Due to limited seating, spaces will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis until filled.
CompassPoint workshop participant Kad Smith's attendance in Communicating Across Differences: Why Culture, Power, and Privilege Matter prompted him to reflect on power and privilege and how sightlines on these issues can shift depending on the lens you place on your personal experience. We're pleased to share Kad's first-person account "A Sense of Self & My Low-Income / Black Privilege" here. His viewpoint may surprise and challenge you.
Register for our next workshop on Communicating Across Differences: Why Culture, Power, and Privilege Matter (March 5 in Redwood City). Learn and practice a set of communication skills that you can use to work more effectively across differences of race, class, gender, and positional power in your organization.
Monday, March 16th | 7 – 9 pm
The Foundation Center - San Francisco
312 Sutter Street (accessible by Muni and BART)
Admission is free
In partnership with The Foundation Center - San Francisco, we invite you to bring your marketing issues and let our community of Northern California non-profit arts marketing experts “hack” at ‘em and give you solutions and feedback.
No problem is too large or small to hack at. For instance:
-       How can I use social media to promote our company?
-       How can I get the press to cover us?
-       How can I attract a diverse audience?
-       Do you know a good printer? Caterer? Designer?
-       Why is no one reading my eblasts?
-       Should I still make posters for every production?
-       Can you loan me $50,000?  OK. Not this question. Hey…we’re non-profits!
Your question can be very specific or broad. Participants will sit at tables and each person will have 5 minutes to ask one question and have the rest of the table hack at it. Then, we’re on to the next problem, and so on.  At the end, we’ll talk about some of the problems and the whole room can participate.
You’ll leave this meet up with answers to your question plus lots of other ideas.  You do not want to miss this opportunity.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm   Marketing #Hack 2015
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Social time (nibbles and beverages) to meet fellow arts marketers
While our meetups are usually limited to marketing staff, we are opening this meeting to include non-marketing staff of performing or fine arts organizations. Due to limited seating, an organization can have up to three representatives attend (each will sit at a different table).
To RSVP, please email me at ArtsMarketingBA@gmail.com. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Each individual must email a separate RSVP request. Please do not send more than one name per email. Each request should be sent from each individual’s email address.
You may even find answers to some of your questions with the fantastic classes and resources at The Foundation Center. Click here and see the amazing things they offer (most of them free!).
For more information, follow Arts Marketing Bay Area on Facebook here.
March 30 - 31, 2015
San Francisco, CA
The Fort Mason Center
Building C, Room C205
2 Marina Blvd.     
Early-bird tuition fee through Friday March 6, 2015 : $300.00
Standard tuition fee: $350.00
The Healing Children through Creativity: Art Therapy Training Workshops introduce counselors, educators, mental health and medical professionals to the basic principles and practice of art therapy with emotionally, behaviorally, developmentally and medically challenged children and adolescents. These two-day workshops blend theories and experiential exercises offering a thorough introduction in the therapeutic use of visual art as a powerful treatment modality.

Artistic ability is not necessary to participate fully in this workshop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here
Explore the realm of leadership development and learn about cultivating emerging arts leaders, maximizing the capacity of your staff and volunteers, planning for changes in organizational leadership, and developing your own leadership skills. Target audience: arts and community organizations.
Presenters include:
  • Laura Zucker, Director, LA County Arts Commission and Claremont Graduate University Arts Management Program
  • Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director, Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
  • Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council
March 24

Wondering how to link the arts to the Common Core State Standards?

Come explore equitable, engaging facilitation strategies through this workshop centered on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). Learn more about this upcoming workshop on Tuesday, March 24, 4 - 7 p.m.

The Tournesol Award recognizes one local painter each year and supports them in taking the first major steps toward establishing a career in the Bay Area within five years of having received an MFA. The award provides the chosen artist a $10,000 cash stipend, a private studio, and access to Headlands’ creative community. The award year culminates in a funded final project of the artist’s choice, typically in the form of an exhibition or a publication.
Application Period: March 23 – May 1, 2015
Program Dates: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Learn more about how and when to apply at
Program Highlights
  • Fully sponsored year-long residency with $10,000 stipend
  • 24/7 access to private 850- sq.-foot studio
  • Chef-prepared dinners in our Mess Hall
  • Final project, typically in the form of an exhibition or publication, at the conclusion of the 12-month period
  • Participation in monthly peer-artist “Show and Tell” nights
  • Public presentation opportunities including participation in seasonal Open Houses
Facilities Access Includes
  • Communal kitchen and meeting space in studio building

  • Basic woodshop

  • Artists’ library with computers, scanner, printer, and Wifi
Eligible Applicants
  • Live in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Work primarily in painting
  • Have graduated from an accredited MFA program in the last five years
  • Will not be enrolled in a degree-granting academic program during the residency period


Apply: Bridges Fellowship

Calling 18-26 year-olds! Impact your life, career and community for the better. Apply to Next Gen's Bridges Fellowship.

Investigate how artists and start-up innovators have succeeded in their fields while exploring the connection between media-making and social justice. Sessions start this summer. Applications due April 1.


2015 CP Next Gen All CA Leadership Diversity Program Deadline April 10

Free Professional Development Program for Emerging Arts Leaders Seeks Applicants

California Presenters (CP) is seeking applicants for its 2015-16 Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program.  Now in its second year, this free year-long intensive professional development program is aimed at preparing the next generation of arts presenters and promising newcomers representing California’s diversity to develop the skills and relationships necessary to succeed as leaders in the arts presenting field.

The CP Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program is open to applicants under the age of 35 working in underserved communities and/or ethnically-specific presenting organizations that are not California Presenters members.  

Applications are available at www.calpresenters.org/prodev. The deadline to apply online is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5pm PST.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here
Ask any organization, large or small, about its greatest need and you’ll almost always get the same answer: cash. Hear from experts on ways your organization can grow its fundraising efforts and achieve greater success in developing funding partnerships and securing support from a wide range of funders. Target audience: arts and community organizations.
Presenters include:
  • Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Judith Smith, Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company
  • Charles Desmarais, President, San Francisco Art Institute
Save the date: EMERGENCE 2015, Saturday May 30, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco
It's going to be that time of year again, when you decide what "conference" you'll attend and to decide what opportunity to connect with others will be the MOST inspiring for the remainder of the year. I recommend you save May 30th for EAP's fifth annual EMERGENCE, a day of uncommon learning filled with calls to action and time to rejuvenate/refresh practice as a Bay Area Arts Administrator.
We will be updating everyone on our annual convening via this newsletter.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to email us at info@emergingsf.org.   

FREE Online Course: Arts and Culture Strategy, from U Penn and National Arts Strategies

Arts and culture leaders have a rewarding but tough task: creating sustainable organizations that deliver real social value. There is a lot of competition out there. Being an effective leader means constantly adapting, cleverly using the best tools to reach as many people as possible. This course is designed to help leaders at any level do just that.


Apply for Leadership Napa Valley Class 29

Applications for Leadership Napa Valley Class 29 are now being accepted. The program offers aspiring leaders in Napa Valley an opportunity to develop leadership skills, be exposed to a broad range of community programs and issues, network with other leaders, and have fun.

Class 29 will meet a total of 14 days from September 2015 to June 2016 to learn about tourism, agriculture, criminal justice, business, government, human services, education, the arts, and much more.

To learn more about the program, attend one of the following informational get-togethers:

Napa: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 at the Bank Café, Westin Hotel, 1314 McKinstry St.

St. Helena: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, Napa Valley Vintners, 1475 Library Lane, St. Helena.

Applications and more information on the program are available at LeadershipNapaValley.com. Applications are due by April 30.


OH LA LA! Path of the Artist Hits the Mediterranean


June 14th to the 24th 2015

Ten nights, eleven days of painting, stellar food and drink in the company of artists.


SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED more info www.nancywillis.com

June 16 to 19, 2015
University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
This conference will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends.  Special features include a one-day training program on Tuesday, June 16 with experienced practitioners for artists who are new to the field, opportunities to build out the structure for a national coalition, and a showcase of the arts at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County on Friday, June 19.

Getting the Most from Your Grant

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here


Funding support can be leveraged with many creative strategies to further benefit your organization or project. Learn expert insight from funders and communications pros as they share the best ways to maximize your grant by telling your story, networking, and measuring impact. Target audience: arts and community organizations, and artists.


Presenters include:

  • Jamie Bennett, Director, Art Place
  • Diem Jones, Executive Director, Voices of Our Nations
  • Kevin Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President, The Metropolitan Group

Self-Promotion for Artists

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here


Attention artists! Here’s your chance to learn about the best techniques for getting your work out into the world. Presenters will explore creative strategies for marketing and self-promotion, with an expanded focus on community partnerships. Target audience: artists.


Presenters include:

  • Quetzal Flores, Grammy Award-Winning musician and Program Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts

  • Jaime Galli, Digital Marketing Manager, SF MOMA


Competitions & Award Opportunities


Nelligan Prize for short fiction

$2,000, and publication in Colorado Review. Deadline for submission: March 14, 2015; $15 entry fee.


The Redwood Writers Genre Contest

$100 / $50 / $25 prizes for  2,500 word Mystery, Thriller, Suspense or Horror stories. Deadline for submission: March 31, 2015.


Narrative Winter 2015 Story Contest 

$2,500 / $1,000/ $500 prizes for fiction or non-fiction less than 15,000 words. Deadline for submission: March 31, 2015; $22 entry fee.


Water Conservation Student Art Contest

Attention teachers, parents, and administrators! We invite you to participate in the Conservation Creativity Challenge Poster Contest. Students are invited to invent fun and unique ways to reduce water use and illustrate their best idea with an original poster design.The contest aims to educate students about the serious matter of California's drought, and to help raise awareness of everyday water conservation practices through the arts and creativity. All California students in 4th and 5th grade are eligible to participate and win prizes! Read More.


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