Lisa Kokin’s work in artist’s books, mixed media installation, assemblage and sculpture is about memory, history, and social commentary. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. A recipient of a California Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship and a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, Ms. Kokin’s work is in numerous public and private collections. She is represented by Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, WY, Gail Severn Gallery in Sun Valley, ID and Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX.
Ms. Kokin has a thriving studio teaching practice, which includes one-on-one coaching/mentoring sessions, monthly critique groups, mixed media workshops and six-week classes. Visit www.lisakokin.com to see more of her work. For information about coaching and critique, visit www.lisakokin.com/teaching-coaching.html and www.lisakokin.com/teaching-critique.html
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Facilitation; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Marketing/Communications; Other; Education
Location(s): Central Valley; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; Inland Empire; South Bay Area; San Diego Phone: 510-758-5862 Email: Website: http://www.lisakokin.com
As a maker, writer and teacher, Maria Porges has been working with visual artists at all career levels—from graduate students to well-established practitioners-- since the late ‘90s. Porges’ own studio practice is primarily sculpture and drawing; in addition, she has written nearly 100 catalogue essays for artists working in all media, as well as dozens of reviews and articles on Bay Area exhibitions for both print and electronic media. As one of the lead teachers of a graduate program professional practices curriculum, she has helped many artists launch a career, guiding them through the process of investigating venues/ audiences, developing their portfolios and statements, creating website text and other web content, and by demonstrating how to identify appropriate residency and grant opportunities. She welcomes the opportunity to evaluate and assist, through a process that incorporates studio critiques as well as writing and editing services, research, and website assessment. To read more about her services and writing, please visit www.wordsaboutart.com. To see her work, visit www.mariaporges.com.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Other; Education
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area; South Bay Area Phone: 510-409-9397 x Email:
A Simple Collective
A San Francisco native, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is an independent consultant for artists, small institutions, and budding collectors. Founder/Director of A Simple Collective and former Marketing Director of Catharine Clark Gallery, Rhiannon has over fifteen years experience in the commercial art world, gaining a wide skill-set that ranges from marketing and management to installation and sales. She has worked as a design and brand consultant for artists and small businesses and spent her early days as a performer and creative consultant for a number of folkloric performance companies in the Bay Area and kindergarten art teacher. With a BFA in Fine Art and Commercial Photography, she is also an artist, writer, and curator.
Deeply involved with several community-building, cultural, and arts marketing organizations, she spearheaded the creation and curation of Yerba Buena Night: the free outdoor arts festival in downtown San Francisco, now in its fourth year; is on the Advisory Board for WEAD (Women’s Environmental Artist Directory); and she continually works to promote access and independence in the arts through education and professional development for creative entrepreneurs.
Topic(s): Facilitation; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Other
Angela Johnson Peters has dedicated her professional and personal career to the support of cultural institutions, artists, and community organizations. Angela entered the art world when, as a volunteer, she walked onto a theater backstage for a jazz concert. That was more than 30 years ago. Johnson Peters has been a cultural worker, producer, writer, caterer, fundraiser, planner, facilitator, organizer, trainer, and travel writer. Angela sees her working with artists and arts organization as a calling, and believes passionately in the importance of art in our society.
After spending ten years in the local arts agency field where she developed ways to promote and support the arts communities in the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Berkeley and Oakland; in 1999, Angela founded ALJ Consulting which specializes in developing resources, effectively planning and successfully implementing programs with the non-profit, philanthropic, and government sectors. Over the years, she estimates working with close to 280 organizations and over 135 artists. Some of her formerly clients include dance companies, community arts centers, musicians, playwright festivals, theater groups, film festivals, and museums. Angela has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts as a site visitor and panelist; the California Arts Council, as producer for a statewide arts leaders conference; and served as a panelist for every municiple arts agency in the San Francisco Bay Area and the cities of Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.
Accomplished in the areas of strategic planning, development, special events planning, community outreach, and coaching; Angela is currently one of the coaches for the Los Angeles Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color. Angela is a trained facilitator and has completed programs with the Grassroots Institute of Fundraising Training (GIFT), the National Community Development Institute’s Community Builders Leadership Program, and is a Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Fellow.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Executive Coaching; Networking/Field Learning; Fundraising; Facilitation; Leadership; Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Other; Volunteer Management; Board Development
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions Phone: (310) 597-2526 Email:
Artful coaching provides practical tools and resources, enthusiastic encouragement, support and accountability to non-linear and creative thinkers. Together we target their most challenging areas developing strategies and habits which lead to substantial achievements.
Sydney Metrick has a background in psychology. Her master’s degree is in transpersonal counseling psychology (from JFK University) and her doctorate is in expressive arts therapy. When she discovered coaching she was impressed with the solution-orientation and went on to get certified in the process. That was sixteen years ago.
Since that time, Dr. Metrick has been coaching people in the arts, and those with attention deficit disorder. Her business is called Artful Coaching. She works primarily on the phone.
Dr. Metrick has been involved in the arts as an author--four books on using ritual to support or celebrate life transitions, arts and culture commissioner, and concert producer.
Topic(s): Executive Coaching; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Other; Education
Because China’s mission is to foster relationships, facilitate actionable international collaboration, and promote cultural diplomacy in the arts between China and the United States. Working with arts administrators, independent producers/curators, and those employed in various capacities across the cultural sector, our goal is to provide professional development opportunities, leadership skills, and relevant cultural connections for a new breed of global arts and culture workers.
As we seek to encourage cultural fluency and mobility among creative professionals in the two vibrant creative capitals of Beijing and Los Angeles, on the ground experience and practical interaction are vital. Through spending meaningful time together learning, more nuanced insight and understanding become possible. Rather than just emphasizing senior level Director to Director organizational cooperation, we wish to provide an avenue of connection for those emerging members of various organizations, who are driving programming and changing the definition of what it means to be an arts and culture professional in the global context. Emphasizing interpersonal connections (the all- important guanxi 关系 in Chinese), we believe real innovation and understanding come about at the person-to-person level. It is our belief that shared time and experience will lead to greater efficacy in future US-China arts & culture related joint initiatives.
For calendar year 2015 Because China Arts is planning four public events and two cultural exchange trips.The four public events will include panels and professional development workshops structured around relevant international arts administration topics. The events will include discussions with artists and administrators that are working between the US and China.
In June of 2015, Because China Arts will host an exchange program in Beijing, China, with up to six mid-level arts administrators from Los Angeles. For most this trip will be an introduction to China and the contemporary Chinese arts and culture scene. During their exchange they will visit many cultural organizations, both large and small, and learn about administrative structure and programming priorities in Beijing. They will also have the opportunity to meet with peers, enjoy local food, sightsee and attend cultural events such as concerts and exhibition openings.
In October of 2015, Because China Arts will host an exchange program in Los Angeles. Up to six mid-level arts administrators from Beijing will be paired with a peer (based off their affiliated institution or their targeted areas of professional development) whom they will have the opportunity to "shadow" in the work place. Additionally, during their time together, participants will attend an array of workshops, presentations, site visits and cultural events to gain a broader view of the art scene of the city as a whole.
Jillian Schultz is an independent curator experienced in exhibition/event production, research, translation, editing, public programming and museum education. She is interested in exploring art as a catalyst for international exchange and cooperation. She recently relocated to Los Angeles after five years in Beijing. Currently, she acts as the Managing Director of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and China Country Director for Walking Tree Educational Travel.
Brandon Turner is a musician, culture advocate and arts administrator interested in art and performance as means of cultural diplomacy and soft power. He works as the Administrative Services Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where his work focuses on arts research, grants management and professional development. Brandon is also an accomplished double bassist and has toured internationally playing many genre of music.
For more info please visit www.BecauseChinaArts.com
Because China Arts is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program.
Elizabeth Pickens, M.Ed. is an independent career development and fundraising consultant for artists of all disciplines. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and moved to San Francisco in 2007. Previously she served as Managing Director of RADAR Productions and the Queer Cultural Center and as Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She specializes in supporting individual artists, small arts organizations, and queer arts advocacy.
Topic(s): Fundraising; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Other; Board Development
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area Phone: 415-321-1311 x Email:
J. Alexandra Mathews
Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles
Dance Resource Center is the hub and voice for Greater Los Angeles dance. DRC promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels. DRC welcomes all professional dance companies, makers and stakeholders of all genres, organizational formats, and perspectives. Just as Southern California ranks as the most diverse region of the U.S, DRC represents and includes dance forms and voices reflecting LA’s rich socio-cultural mosaic. www.danceresourcecenter.org
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Facilitation; Non Profit Job Opportunities; Audience Development; Advocacy; Marketing/Communications; Other
If you want a career in the arts, you need to have a Plan A. It’s not about having one goal with a straight arrow to it. It’s about creating an ultimate career goal and a plan to get there so that you know how to articulate it to others so they can see how to use your talent & how to help you. Knowing your skills, resources and assets and being able to express clearly what you want from life will get you jobs.
As a Film & TV music executive at a major record company, I had the pleasure of running our west coast internship program. Through mentoring our valuable interns, I thrived by helping people achieve their goals and break into their career path. I was then a part time opera singer, and decided to use the lessons I was teaching them to apply to my own true career path. Through tangible action steps, guided by a Plan A, I got to my goal of singing full time. Yet, I still had many people contacting me for mentorship to break into the entertainment industry, whether it be in music licensing, singing, acting, or taking the next step in their careers, developing management & leadership skills, work efficiency and marketing strategies. It was then that I started taking on these people as clients. It is joyful work for me to help others get where they are meant to go.
I've worked with countless people as a singer and in the music industry and am so inspired by the unique paths available to us all. A common thread is that we need mentorship. I didn't realize how important it was until years into my career when, for the first time, I became a mentor.
In my one-on-one consultations, I work with people on their specific needs. A few examples of frequent client needs are:
• Create your Plan A -Assess your ultimate career goal -Identify the assets, resources and skills you currently have -Plan to acquire the assets, resources and skills you need -Create action steps & timelines to move your Plan A forward
• Resume and cover letter revisions & interview skills
• Management & Leadership styles
• Educational guidance as to the best courses to take for your specific goals
• Social media development
• Website development
• Demo & Press Kit development
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Marketing/Communications; Other; Education
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding. Please contact the Joan Mitchell Foundation for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy James Fox’s knowledge of negotiating and consensus building is founded upon extensive training and study of the most noted authorities on the subject. However, it is the application of these practices throughout her career that has given her unique insights to the field. Ms. Fox has held top-level management positions with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. From 1982 – 2000 she was U.S. Managing Director for the Swiss luxury watch company, Jaeger-LeCoultre, building that company from a virtual unknown to one of the most prestigious brands in the industry. As CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art from 2000-2007, she led a capital campaign and expansion project that doubled the size of the facility and catapulted the organization to international recognition. She has also served as Executive Director for the Long Beach Symphony. Over the course of her career, her negotiation skills have returned literally millions of dollars to her employers. Her passion for the subject led to the founding of her negotiation workshop business, Negotiation Fox, in 2010 and Negotiation-4-the-Arts in 2011. She has conducted workshops at numerous venues and conferences and has been a guest on popular radio shows.
Ms. Fox earned her B.A. from Macalester College and an advanced degree from the Conservatory of Music in Frankfurt, Germany. She continued her education at Shenandoah University, where she studied business law, finance and marketing. In 2005, she received a fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned the Executive Leadership in Non-Profit Arts Certificate. Ms. Fox served on the California Association of Museums’ Board for ten years.
Topic(s): Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Other
Location(s): Central Valley; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; Inland Empire; South Bay Area; San Diego Phone: 562-716-9559 x Email: Website: http://www.negotiationfox.com
Allison Wyper is an interdisciplinary artist with over a decade of experience providing administrative, marketing, and production support for artists and creative professionals. She founded Rhizomatic Arts in 2014 to provide affordable professional consulting, training, and services to independent artists and small companies in person and online. Allison specializes in 21st century marketing and communications, intuitive website design, publication assistance, and economical administrative systems. Rhizomatic Arts takes a holistic approach to creative sustainability, supporting the cultural eco-system on a grassroots, person-to-person level, empowering artists to take charge of their own careers within a supportive network of peers. Our motto: "work independently, not alone." Rhizomatic Arts is based in Los Angeles, with clients located across the US.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Marketing/Communications; Other; Technology Training
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions Phone: (415) 370-8320 Email: Website: http://rhizomaticarts.com
The Simple Dollar
The Simple Dollar
The Simple Dollar is a place where anyone can come to acquire financial information on finding the best products and services, saving money, making smart investments, and controlling personal finances. Think of the The Simple Dollar as a personal finance platform you can use to make better financial decisions and grow your bank account.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Legal Issues; Other; Education
Location(s): Central Valley; Online Classes/Webinars; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; Inland Empire; South Bay Area; San Diego Phone: x Website: http://www.TheSimpleDollar.com
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