Conferences and Workshops

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Social Media Boot Camp for Non-profits
Silicon Valley Creates
Online workshop
Date: 02-25-2015 thru 03-25-2015

Silicon Valley Creates, in its effort to help grow audiences and strengthen the arts and culture ecosystem, is partnering with social media guru Bryan Kramer to deliver a 5-part social media bootcamp for nonprofits with a focus on the arts. 

Bryan Kramer is a TED speaker and a global social influencer according to Forbes and the Huffington Post. He is also a Silicon Valley guy born and raised.

The 5-part virtual series begins on Wednesday, February 25 and the course curriculum focuses on building your social foundation, social listening, the secrets to content that converts, leveraging relationships and influence, and activating an entire organization. 

Register today and receive $100 off your registration (originally $375). Use the code: CAC; and as an affiliate, you will receive $50 for every registration you generate. 

Email Josh Russell to receive your custom code, web banners and any additional content you need. 

More information on the course can be found at 





2nd Annual STEAMConnect Ascend Conference
San Diego, CA
Date: 03-04-2015 thru 03-05-2015

Hundreds of Cross-Sector Professionals Will Convene on March 4-5 in San Diego for 2nd Annual STEAMConnect Ascend Conference

Highlights include interactive sessions, workshops, spotlight booths, STEAM Awards with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and NewSchool of Architecture & Design installation

STEAMConnect’s 2nd Annual Ascend Conference will bring together more than 500 educators, school administrators, nonprofits, parents, business leaders, funders and policymakers from around the US who share a common interest in bridging the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in education – two often siloed worlds.

On Wednesday, March 4th 5:30-8:00 p.m. attendees, speakers, sponsors and community members will gather for a welcome reception to celebrate the start of STEAMConnect 2015 at SILO, an event space in the new urban center called Makers Quarter at 753 15th St, San Diego, CA. On Thursday, March 5th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Dr., San Diego, CA) attendees of the main conference will hear from 19 speakers, visit 11 spotlight booths featuring STEAM activities and resources, and have the chance to experience three different hands-on workshops. Tickets are available to the public at

Under this year’s theme “Moving from Dialogue to Action,” conference attendees will share practices and new ideas about the impact of the STEAM movement on education policy, funding, industry innovation and the community. A selection of speakers from the welcome reception and main conference follows. The full conference agenda is available at

How To Prepare & Present Your Small Claims Case
California Lawyers for the Arts
Sacramento, CA
Date: 03-11-2015

With Paul Slavit, Esq.

This program will provide practical information concerning the effective use of small claims court. Attendees will learn about the uses and limitations of small claims court and available resources when preparing to file a claim. The program will provide information helpful in filing the claim, such as: preparing the case, developing a case outline, organizing evidence and demonstrative materials for the court and applying best practices for presenting the case at trial. In addition, the presenter will address important pretrial dispute resolution alternatives.

Commissioner Paul Slavit, served as a court commissioner in the San Francisco Superior Court for ten years, and continues to serve on assignment as a retired commissioner in Alameda County. He has more than three years on the bench exclusively as a small claims court commissioner. He will draw on that experience, as well as his 25 years of private law practice, to give a judicial officer’s observations and advice on the most effective methods in small claims cases.

Legal Issues for the Sale and Use of Photography
California Lawyers for the Arts
Berkeley, CA
Date: 03-11-2015


With Amitai Schwartz, Esq.

Please join CLA as we 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.

The Pain-Free Business of Art--Know who you are and Let Your Brand Reflect it!
Blue Line Gallery
Roseville, CA
Date: 03-14-2015
Full-day workshop
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
10am-4pm with half hour lunch break 

This full-day session will focus on creating an authentic, easy art marketing program. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Find your voice and brand yourself as the artist you really are--Get clear on who you are as an artist and craft a 30-second elevator speech to explain what you do when speaking to others.
  • Craft your artist statement and biography--Craft a professional artist statement with support and honest feedback. When that's complete, you'll write a painless biography!
  • Understand the value of statements of work--Tips for helping non-artists understand your work and engaging them in the viewing process.
  • The makings of a portfolio--An art resume along with the artist statement and biography are essential parts of your portfolio. Learn how to compile a portfolio to approach galleries, qualify for art events, or continue your arts education.

Creativity at the Core Conference
Date: 03-17-2015
Learn more about the arts, common core, and 21st century learning.

Online Convening: Maximizing Human Capital
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 03-24-2015

Tue, Mar 24, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

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.

• 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

Anatomy of a Major Gifts "Ask"
Foundation Center
Online webinar
Date: 03-24-2015


TUE, March 24 | 2:00-3:30 pm ET | 11:00 am-12:30 pm PT | $95 per person

When you make a major gifts ask, do you feel prepared and confident? With the right training, planning, and practice, you'll avoid common mistakes and be primed for success when you approach prospective donors.

In this new webinar, we'll break the process down into simple steps that will help you overcome your hesitation and fear of the ask once and for all. You'll hear expert advice on how to:

  • Get the visit
  • Prepare your case for support
  • Make an effective ask
  • Close the deal and follow up

Join us to become skilled in the art of the major gifts appeal.

Basic Mediation Skills Training
California Lawyers for the Arts
Canoga Park, CA
Date: 03-26-2015 thru 03-28-2015
22 hours of MCLE Credit Available

Want to join the AAMS mediator panel?

Need a mediation skills refresher?

Join AAMS for our 25-hour Basic Mediation Skills Training and learn the art of mediation and conflict resolution!

Whether you are involved in human resources, education, legal services or arts administration, wish to develop your interpersonal skills, help your community or are starting out on a new career path, you will find the Basic Mediation Skills Training

Topics covered in our training include:

  • Communication and listening skills,
  • Problem identification and disagreement management skills, Techniques for breaking impasse,
  • How to de-escalate tense interpersonal situations.

Trainers and speakers:

  • AAMS mediator Terri Lubaroff, CLA Executive Director Alma Robinson and AAMS staff Bonnie Kneitel and Christina Duran
  • Darren Held and Viet Hoang of Held2gether Improv for life, will lead a special improv comedy workshop
This training, along with observation of a 3-hour mediation with AAMS or another DRPA provider, meets the classroom and practical portion minimum required to provide services at a DRPA funded program.

Mentorship Program
California Presenters
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 05-15-2016

California Presenters offers a year-long, intensive one-on-one mentorship program aimed to assist arts presenters of diverse levels of experience in developing skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the field. Now in the fourth year of this program, CP will hand-pair promising emerging or established administrators with well-respected, senior CP members who have demonstrated a personal commitment to advancing the professional development of new leaders in the presenting field.

For detail, see

Mentorship Applicant Criteria:

Applicants must be employed by organizations that are members in good standing of California Presenters. There is no age limit or limit on number of years employed as a professional in non-profit arts management. More information on CP membership benefits >>

2015-16 California Presenters Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program
California Presenters
Date: 04-10-2015 thru 03-31-2016

Does your group or organization put on performances, concerts, festivals or performing arts events featuring professional artists other than your own? If so, you are a presenter! Are you new to the presenting field, feel isolated in your community or just want to learn more about booking, marketing, development, strategic planning and getting audiences in the door? California Presenters is a statewide coalition of presenters throughout California whose members have many years of experience and want to share it with the next generation.

CP is offering a year-long, intensive one-on-one Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program designed to develop the professional capacity of emerging leaders in the presenting field who are working in underserved communities and/or ethnically-specific presenting organizations. This program assists the next generation of arts presenters in developing skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the field, pairing promising applicants with well-respected, senior CP members who have demonstrated a personal commitment to advancing the professional development of new and emerging arts leaders.

NOTE: The Next Gen All California Leadership Diversity Program is open to applicants who are NOT current California Presenters members. CP Members are invited to apply to the CP Mentorship Program (see info below) >>

Next Gen Applicant Criteria:

Applicants must be under 35 years of age, working in underserved California communities and/or ethnically-specific organizations that do at least some presenting of professional performers. You must be employed by or be a volunteer for an organization that is not currently a member of California Presenters.

A presenting organization is defined as a civic, non-profit or community-based organization whose primary mission is the public presentation of creative, cultural and performing arts events featuring artists other than its own. This may include: non-profit organizations, College and University-based presenters, City and County presenting organizations, cultural centers, museums, festivals, independent venues and performing arts centers. There is no minimum on the number of years the applicant has been employed as a professional or served as a volunteer in non-profit arts management or with a community-based presenter.

Proposal Writing Workshop
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 04-14-2015

Over 39,000 grantseekers have learned what grantmakers have to say about creating a competitive grant proposal by taking Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Seminar.

Now the Proposal Writing Seminar has been enhanced to give grantseekers hands-on proposal writing experience plus a deeper understanding of the funder's process. This workshop is based on insights collected from foundation and corporate representatives for the 6th edition of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing.

Using group exercises, case studies, and the participant's own proposal outline, the Proposal Writing Workshop will help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal, discover what grantmakers consider "red flags," and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors.


  • The grantseeking process, including the impact of technology
  • Components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Tips from funders to proposal writers
  • The grantmaker's process and criteria for funding decisions

Online Convening: Smart Strategies for Funding Growth
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 04-14-2015

Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Ask any organization, large or small, about their 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

Legwork for Artists--How to Structure your work and Beat the Pavement like a Pro
Blue Line Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Date: 05-02-2015
Half-day workshop
10am-2:30pm with half hour lunch break

In this follow up workshop, you'll learn what to do with that portfolio, how to structure your time, the behaviors expected of an artist, and more! Topics of discussion will include:

  • Working with galleries--Learn to evaluate, approach, and create successful relationships with galleries.
  • Professionalism for artists--We'll explore professional communication, negotiation, how to approach commitments, and how to say "no" in this professional behavior segment.
  • Time management for creatives--Identify time wasters, learn to recognize time "myths," get comfortable with setting priorities and learn tools to overcome procrastination.

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
Foundation Center
San Francisco, CA
Date: 06-16-2015 thru 06-18-2015

This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers. Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. The first two days are devoted to proposal writing exercises, peer review exchanges, and creating sample budgets. On the third day, you'll do actual foundation research and participate in a mock proposal review process that will help you understand the proposal from a grantmaker's perspective.


  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • How to write and frame the components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project's needs and value
  • Translating your organization's needs into research strategies
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit


You will:

  • Refine your project proposal outline
  • Practice writing selected components of the proposal
  • Review a variety of proposal budget formats
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Three comprehensive workbooks
  • Online access to course worksheets
  • A copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Ed.,The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant
  • One month of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Understand the proposal's role in the fundraising process
  • Be prepared to create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package for institutional grantmakers
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to write effective proposals for your organization
  • Understand how to use budgeting tools and formats to meet funders' requirements while providing an accurate representation of the full costs of your project
  • Be ready to approach funders with comprehensive information about their grantmaking interests and activities

Intended audiences:

  • Grantseekers who have some fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who want to begin a career as a grant writer
  • Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal writing and foundation research

Class preparation:

A project outline will be sent to registrants prior to attending the class so they can come prepared with information about their projects. A case study will be included for individuals who are not currently working on a specific project.

Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Check-in and coffee: 8:30 a.m.

Foundation Center - San Francisco, CA
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA

Online Convening: Getting the Most from Your Grant
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 09-15-2015

Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

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

Online Convening: Self-Promotion for Artists
California Arts Council
Online Convening
Date: 11-03-2015

Tue, Nov 3, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST

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, SFMOMA