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CAA Conference 2018
College Art Association
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 02-21-2018 thru 02-24-2018
In 2018, CAA will return to LA for its 106th Annual Conference. The four-day event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24.

CAA's Annual Conference consists of four days and over 300 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, special events, and exhibitions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. As the best-attended international forum in the visual arts, the Annual Conference creates a community of practitioners, scholars, and the general public seeking to learn and connect. Attendees expand their professional networks, meet with potential employers, and strengthen their skills in professional-development workshops. CAA's annual gathering facilitates networking opportunities and enables the exchange of ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe.

Individual CAA members receive discounts on conference registration. Institutional members can register up to ten faculty and staff members at the reduced, individual-member rate during the early registration period.

Beginning this year, CAA launches the Cultural and Academic Network Hall, a new innovation designed to put conference attendees in direct contact with representatives from many of our Institutional Members and cultural institutions. Part exhibition hall, part candidate center, and part meeting place, the Cultural and Academic Network Hall is the new space for candidates, the general public, cultural institutions, and academic departments to meet face-to-face.

Dance Education Forum: Focus on Equity
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 02-24-2018
This community roundtable brings together artists and educators to discuss and share the promises and pitfalls of creating, developing and sustaining high quality dance education practices. Join local artists, educators and activists in this discussion in race, power and privilege in dance, and how we can make our teaching more inclusive and equitable. No prerequisite.

Music Business Seminar
California Lawyers for the Arts
Venice, CA
Date: 02-24-2018

Calling all musicians and music industry professionals! California Lawyers for the Arts' (CLA) 34th Annual Music Business Seminar, "Independent Spirit," will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. This year's featured guest is guitarist Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N Roses and Rock Star Supernova). Gilby will speak about his expansive career as a musician and as a producer. The event will also feature topics such as how to make it as an independent musician; how to get your music into games, apps, and ads; how contracts can help you protect your work; the future of the music business; and a year-in-review of 2017's music legal issues. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from entertainment attorneys, music industry experts, and professional musicians. Local musicians will perform live throughout the day including one of Rolling Stone's 10 New Artists You Need to Know--Sunny War.

This year's acclaimed Keynote Speakers are the talented and successful music industry executives, professors, and authors Jeff Brabec (VP of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management) and Todd Brabec (former EVP and Worldwide Director of Membership for ASCAP). A copy of the Brabecs' book, Music, Money & Success, will be given to every paid attendee (a $29.95 value).

Musicians who register for the seminar will have the chance to meet one-on-one with an entertainment attorney (first come, first serve). Lawyers can earn 3 hours of MCLE credit. Register online today at

The Insider's Guide to Arts Education Planning
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Fresno, CA
Date: 02-26-2018
The Insider's Guide to Arts Education Planning!

This one-day workshop will be sponsored by CCSESA, California Alliance for Arts Education, and CREATE CA.

Participants will:

  • Learn skills on how to develop an arts education plan for a school district and/or county office of education using the newly released 3rd edition of the Insider's Guide to Arts Education;
  • Take away facilitation strategies that can be applied in multiple settings; and
  • Join a professional community that is committed to building capacity for arts education in California.

The program will be led by Peggy Burt, Senior Advisor for the Alliance's Arts Planning Initiative and one of the authors of the new edition of the Insider's Guide. Peggy brings over a decade of experience of working with districts on arts plans as well as training planning coaches for Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Arts for All. She began her work as a planning coach for the California Alliance for Arts Education in 2003, and has served as the VAPA coordinator for the Wiseburn School District. She will be joined by other seasoned coaches from the Arts Planning Initiative who will share first-hand experiences of the work they have accomplished in arts education. We are pleased to partner with the California Alliance for Arts Education's Arts Planning Initiative which offers an opportunity for California districts and counties to complete a planning process using the best tools available: The Insider's Guide to Arts Education Planning, high caliber facilitation and strategic assistance. The initiative also offers a subsidy to help districts and counties fund a planning process.

The Business of Art - Entrepreneurial Training for Artists
Center for Cultural Innovation
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 03-03-2018 thru 04-21-2018
Early Registration: 02-16-2018
CCI's signature program, the Business of Art, is designed to enhance the business skills of artists and creative entrepreneurs.

As a Business of Art student, you will learn key skills that will provide you with the knowledge and resources to help advance your art career, develop your ideas, and increase your financial independence. Business of Art workshop sessions are taught by arts and business leaders with both commercial and nonprofit experience. Over eight workshops, you will learn key concepts involved in goal-setting, marketing and self-promotion, money management, legal issues, strategic planning and project financing. In the final session, all students will have the opportunity to receive feedback and insights in small group Cluster Counseling sessions with leading arts and business professionals. To supplement the program, you will also receive a copy of The Business of Art: An Artist's Guide to Profitable Self-Employment, a CCI publication now in its second edition.

Workshops begin Saturday, March 3, 2018. The sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
The Business of Art: Presenting Yourself as an Artist - NANCY WALCH

Session 2: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where Do I Begin? Setting Your Personal Goals - NANCY WALCH

Session 3: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:30pm-9:30pm
Marketing & Promoting Yourself, Your Art, or Your Arts Business - MARLON FUENTES

Session 4: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Legal Issues for Artists - GREG VICTOROFF

Session 5: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:30pm-9:30pm
Financial Literacy & Money Consciousness for Artists - MARI RIDDLE

Session 6: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:30pm-9:30pm
Financing Your Arts Project or Business - CORBETT BARKLIE

Session 7: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where Do I Go From Here? Strategic Planning - JUDITH TEITELMAN

Session 8: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am - 1:30pm


What former attendees are saying:
"Business of Art has been one of the most crucial experiences I've encountered in my career as an emerging artist. I feel inspired, with renewed vigor, a deeper well of confidence, and an excitement to keep mining my depths!"

"It was so valuable to discuss my personal experiences in my art business and discover commonalities between myself and other artists in the workshop!"

"Business of Art is one of the most vital resources for artists in Los Angeles. I'm so grateful for the experience!"

"I found the course to be excellent. The CCI staff was excellent as were the instructors. I leave with many tools, knowledge and a network of supportive artists. I feel empowered to succeed!"

Dates & Times:
March: Saturday 3/3/18, 3/10/18 - 10:00am - 1:00pm; Tuesdays, 3/13/18, 3/20/18, 3/27/18 - 6:30pm-9:30pm

April: Tuesdays, 4/3/18, 4/10/18 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday, 4/21/18 - 10:00am - 1:30pm

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
5th Floor Cultural Room

$200 (Early Registration through Feb 16th, 2018) or $225 (after Feb 16th, 2018)

2018 State Policy Symposium
Arts Education Partnership
Washington, D.C.
Date: 03-10-2018
The Arts Education Partnership, with generous support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium on March 10 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, in Washington, D.C.

This annual event convenes leaders from across the arts and education sectors for a day-long discussion exploring key policy topics impacting the arts in education. In addition to two timely plenary sessions - one addressing how arts education is faring under the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the other providing insight on how to use data to inform policy decisions - in-depth workshops focused on the priority areas of AEP's 2020 Action Agenda will provide attendees with applicable tools and strategies for increasing access to the arts in education for all students.

Space is limited so make sure to register today!

Join and follow the conversation online with #AEPSPS18.

Exploring Public Art Practices
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Oakland, CA
Date: 03-10-2018
Exploring Public Art Practices
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1-6 PM
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), James Moore Theater, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Free and open to the public. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
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Presenting artists will discuss the unique ways they engage and work in communities, and how they challenge the concept of place. Our goal is to inspire conversations while facilitating meaningful discussions about the opportunities and challenges of working in public space in the Bay Area.

"Exploring Public Art Practices" is part of the Rainin Foundation's Open Spaces Program, which supports temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, support artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. In addition to grantmaking, the program provides capacity building opportunities for artists working in the public realm.

9th annual Creative Edge Lecture
Arts Orange County
Irvine, CA
Date: 03-20-2018
Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents the Creative Edge Lecture to bring together the business, arts, and education communities to learn about and discuss the value of creativity in all endeavors.

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five
Grantmakers in the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 03-27-2018
To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the first Arts Funding benchmark study, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) commissioned arts philanthropy researcher Steven Lawrence to prepare a reflection on changes in arts and culture funding over the past twenty-five years. Released in the Winter 2018 GIA Reader, "Arts Funding at Twenty-Five: What Data and Analysis Continue to Tell Funders about the Field," examines changing sources of support for arts and culture from the 1980s forward and the factors propelling those trends. Steven will review key findings and highlight more recent funding data that suggest the arts are not keeping pace with other sectors, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

For the deaf or hard of hearing, live captioning is available by request. Please contact Sherylynn Sealy, GIA program manager, at least three (3) business days prior to the webinar to request live captioning. You can reach her at

GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture
Grantmakers in the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 04-10-2018 thru 04-10-2019
Tuesday, April 10, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT

Reina Mukai, Knowledge Services Manager, Foundation Center
Ryan Stubbs, Research Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Session 2 of the 2018 Webinar Series.

Published in the Winter 2018 edition of GIA Reader, the latest edition of GIA's annual Arts Funding Snapshot will include "Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2015," based on the most recent completed year of Foundation Center data, and "Public Funding for the Arts, 2017," prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA). Join Reina Mukai, research manager for the Foundation Center, and Ryan Stubbs, research director for NASAA, for a summary of key findings, as well as insight into what these findings reveal about the current arts grantmaking environment.

For the deaf or hard of hearing, live captioning is available by request. Please contact Sherylynn Sealy, GIA program manager, at least three (3) business days prior to the webinar to request live captioning. You can reach her at