California Arts Council

State of California

Conferences and Workshops

Conferences, workshops, webinars and training opportunities for arts administrators, educators and artists in California. To have us include a "Conferences & Workshops" item, please submit information to .


Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (DIDC-B)
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 09-05-2017 thru 12-05-2017
Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (also named Curriculum & Instruction preK-12 Dance-B). Continuing where DIDC-A leaves off, this course investigates the role of the teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing standards-based dance curricula in relevant and authentic ways. Participants learn a process for moving students from exploration through improvisation to composition in a manner that allows for maximum exploration, problem posing and solving, and choice making. In the process, they deepen their understanding of the elements of dance and forming. Course content includes choreographic devices, the principles of design, forms, contemporary learning theories, including constructivism. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DIDC-A. $525. Offered as a semester-long course September 5-December 5, 2017 on Tuesdays 6-9pm. Offered as a week-long intensive August 6-10, 2018, 9am-5pm. $525, $550 for summer 2018. Register

Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization
UMassAmherst Arts Extension Service
Date: 09-06-2017 thru 12-06-2017
Early Registration: 08-30-2017
Instructor: Diana Boyle-Clapp

The arts have always been on the forefront of change, and never has change been more required than today. Whether your organization needs to cut its facility costs, be first in line for donation dollars, wants to go green to fulfill its mission, serve as a community example, or do all of the above, this class is for you. We will determine which changes: are easy to institute, provide the greatest cost saving, really reduce your carbon footprint, and involve and build credibility with your audiences. From organizing your Green Team to evaluating the products you use, creating your energy use survey to conducting a cost-benefit analysis, this class is very hands-on, and concludes with a final Green plan be tailored to the unique needs of your institution. All course work is applied to a case study organization, which may be your own organization or one where you volunteer. See Dee's bio for her greening credentials. Part of the Online Certificate of Arts Management.

Contact the Arts Extension Service at with any questions.

Arts Funding Programs for ALAANA Artists and Arts Organizations
Grantmakers in the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 09-26-2017
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: Online
Tuesday, September 26, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT

Tracie D. Hall, Program Director, Culture, The Joyce Foundation
Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager, Ontario Arts Council
Dana Payne, Program Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Session 11 of the 2017 Webinar Series.

Webinars are free to the staff and board of GIA member organizations. The fee for nonmembers is $35.

The stated goal in Grantmakers in the Arts' statement of purpose on racial equity in arts philanthropy is "to increase arts funding for ALAANA* (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults." This webinar will feature programs by two public funders - one from Canada and one from the US - and one private funder that each direct their funding support to artists and arts organizations from historically underfunded identity groups within their geographic focus areas. Bushra Junaid from Ontario Arts Council, Dana Payne from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Tracie D. Hall from The Joyce Foundation will discuss how their programs developed, who they serve, and how their programs are strategically used to help close the racial gap in arts philanthropy.

*ALAANA is an acronym adopted by the GIA board intended to be inclusive of any artist and arts organization from historically underfunded racial or ethnic identity groups.

The Road Less Traveled Conference
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI
Date: 09-27-2017 thru 09-29-2017
Early Registration: 06-26-2017
Scholars, artists, preservationists, educators, activists, art historians, collectors and devotees will delve into the complex subject of artist-built environments during a three-day conference, September 27-29, 2017, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.

Through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops, attendees will share new ideas and broaden the collective knowledge and appreciation of this unique style of art making that is the focus of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Arts Center.

Please email with any questions regarding this conference.

Creative Conversation: Thriving as an Arts Manager in the Bay Area: Fishbowl Facilitation Session
San Francisco, CA
Date: 10-05-2017
Are you an arts manager in the Bay Area striving to thrive in your career? Please join us in this highly interactive Fishbowl session. Participants craft a vision for sustainable and inspirational arts management career pathways in the Bay Area. Expand your network and your thinking in this solution-focused session. The intention for this creative conversation is to inform programming to be developed by Artsightful in support of your career evolution.

Together we will explore:

  • What it takes to thrive as an arts professional in the Bay Area
  • Which professional development opportunities are needed to excel
  • Where barriers exist and how they can be toppled
  • How professional development opportunities will impact your career
  • Why these opportunities are essential for creating sustainable careers and arts organizations

NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Portland, OR
Date: 10-11-2017 thru 10-13-2017
This semiannual gathering is tailored to the learning and networking needs of top state arts agency leaders, staff and board appointees. Leadership Institutes are retreat-style convenings involving about 150 agency representatives. The smaller scale lends Leadership Institutes to in-depth policy discussions and high quality connections with colleagues from across the nation.

Shakespeare for Social Justice: Instructor Training Workshops
Marin Shakespeare Company
San Rafael, CA
Date: 10-14-2017 thru 10-15-2017
Are you an actor, director or theater teacher who wants to use the power of theater to help others? Join our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshop to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.

October 14 - 15, 2017 at 514 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA

Saturday, January 14 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 15 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $375, partial scholarships available

Join us for this unique training and explore:

What is "social justice" and how can theater and other arts programs support social justice?

Benefits and pitfalls of bringing theater to a prison and/or institutional environment.

How to use Shakespeare in institutionalized settings to awaken self-expression, self-esteem and pro-social skills

How Shakespeare can be used as an inspiration for exploring, sharing and performing one's own life stories.

The Workshop will be facilitated by Lesley Currier and Suraya Keating, directors of Shakespeare at San Quentin, Shakespeare at Solano, and other programs.

National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference
Arts Reach
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 10-17-2017 thru 10-18-2017
Now is the time for us to come together and gather our collective strength to set the course for greater audiences and donors to enjoy and be inspired by the fantastic work that we do. To facilitate your entire team being able to attend the conference, we have created a pricing structure that makes it easy for you to bring your colleagues.

The National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference will focus on the myriad ways your organization can benefit from the latest research, resources and strategies that others are using to increase ticket sales and donations. The conference will include a Special Digital Marketing Track geared toward helping solve the complex challenges you are tackling in the digital world. Delegates at the conference will return to their office with a cohesive plan for bringing the disparate parts of their campaigns together into one coordinated effort.

Apply for a professional development grant to get your registration fee covered for the National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference in Los Angeles, October 17-18! Arts Reach is working with the Center for Cultural Innovation to help you attend the conference and bring your team.

Earned Income for Artists
Intersection for the Arts and Artsightful
San Francisco, CA
Date: 10-17-2017
In this hands-on session, discover the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design tools to craft earned income opportunities for your arts business. Begin by identifying the unique selling points that give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Then dive into identification of target markets that want access to what you have to offer. From here, articulate your value proposition in the language of the audience/customer so that it passes the "I got to have it!" test. Complete the session with a SMART goal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the Business Model Canvas to brainstorm business models.
  • Identify target markets and the "pain points" that you can solve.
  • Articulate your Value Proposition based in the language of your target market.
  • Craft a next step SMART goal to move into action.

Creative Conversation: Discover What it Takes to Join an Arts Board of Directors!
Artsightul and C2Arts: Consultants and Coaches for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Date: 10-25-2017
Explore how you can play a leadership role in the arts by joining an arts board of directors. Meet Bay Area professionals who are passionate about arts leadership. Arts insight networking circles facilitated by C2Arts coaches and consultants. This is your opportunity to ask candid questions, receive expert guidance and connect with creatives who are passionate about the arts.

Who should attend:
Aspiring board members, new board members, business professionals, community leaders, human resource managers.

2017 GIA Conference: Legacy and Leadership
Grantmakers in the Arts
Detroit, MI
Date: 10-28-2017 thru 10-31-2017
Early Registration: 08-31-2017
The GIA Conference is the annual national convening for arts grantmakers. Conference attendance is open to staff or board members of foundations, public funding agencies, and corporate giving programs.

Nonprofit organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking must meet eligibility criteria outlined on our Membership page and may only be represented by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming, and/or policy. Board members of National Partner organizations and any fundraising or development staff are not eligible to attend.

To preserve the capacity for open discussion, all attendees must refrain from fundraising or solicitation at the conference.

Contact with questions regarding conference eligibility.

Get Evolved : Navigate the Lifestages on the Creative-Business-Career Lifecycle
San Francisco, CA
Date: 11-01-2017
Evolve your creative project, business or career using the Lifecycle. Chart your current Lifestage - Idea, Start-up, Ground & Grow, Maturity, Decline, Turnaround, or Dissolution. Identify pathways for advancing your development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover characteristics of lifestages on the lifecycle
  • Practice the language of creative, business and career development
  • Utilize knowledge to craft pathways and solutions

Who Are You? Mindful Arts Leadership
San Francisco, CA
Date: 11-08-2017
Leaders have to know themselves before leading others toward a shared vision. Explore your Myers Briggs Personality Type as the foundation for developing your Emotional and Social Intelligence. Build your leadership toolkit for effectively partnering and leading a creative venture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the 16 unique Myers Briggs Personality Types
  • Discover the foundations of Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  • Apply the six characteristics of a Socially Intelligent (SI) leader

Who Should Attend:
Artists, Creative Entrepreneurs, Arts Managers, Board Members, Educators, Trainers, Coaches and Consultants

Conference for Community Arts Education
National Guild for Community Arts Education
San Francisco/Oakland, CA
Date: 11-15-2017 thru 11-18-2017
Early Registration: 09-07-2017
The National Guild conference is the annual gathering of the nonprofit arts education community, providing learning, networking, and tools to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. Featuring more than four dozen workshops, roundtables, plenary sessions, site visits, and social events-plus full-day preconference institutes-delegates develop new skills, share effective practices, build relationships with colleagues, and return home inspired with new ideas about how to advance their organization and better serve their community. This year's conference will focus on how arts education can serve as a source of hope, healing, and strength in challenging times.

All arts education stakeholders are encouraged to participate: arts education leaders, funders, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other allies, including those in non-arts sectors (e.g., youth development, health, etc.). Ensuring that all people enjoy access to quality arts learning opportunities throughout their lifespans requires a collective effort.

Innovate Your Arts Strategic Plan Using the Business Model Canvas
San Francisco, CA
Date: 11-15-2017
Utilize the 9 building blocks of the Business Model Canvas to innovate your arts venture. We explore how to customize the canvas for your unique offerings. This powerful brainstorming and innovation tool illustrates your strategic plan. You will identify how to reach and serve your key stakeholders to create a thriving arts business. Enroll multiple people from your arts business in this course to maximize this design thinking tool.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the Business Model Canvas (BMC) and customize for arts non-profits
  • Document your current business model and brainstorm to innovate new models
  • Create an easy-to-share business plan executive summary

Family Dance Institute
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 01-04-2018 thru 01-06-2018
An in-depth exploration of relationship-building through the art of dance. Course content includes attachment theory, early development theory (0-5 year olds), brain research and neurological patterns, play theories, working with parents. Teaching artists, early education teachers, therapists, dance educators, parents and social justice workers learn to create engaging dance curriculum that fosters trust and connection. No prerequisite.

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.