Catherine Nueva Espana is a consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over
fourteen years’ experience in both for-profit and non-profit management, including business
development, marketing, grantwriting, and operations. She was most recently the Managing
Director of MEDIATE Art Group, presenters of San Francisco’s Soundwave Biennial. She was
also recently the Marketing Coordinator at MACLA, a community arts center in San Jose. Her
for-profit experience includes consulting for Bay Area architecture and design firms. She is a
film and art critic (LeonineFilms.com, Droste Effect Magazine) and is currently the Film Series
Curator for the Architecture and The City Festival, presented by the American Institute of
Architects in San Francisco.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Human Resources/Staff Training; Programming; Marketing/Communications
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area Phone: (914) 310 5453 Email:
Angela Johnson Peters
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:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
A national service and advocacy organization with nearly 2,000 members worldwide, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it.
Topic(s): Programming; Facilitation; National Organization
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.
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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:
Daniel Nevers is a conceptual artist, educator, and coach who thinks expansively to change the way people see the world. He is adept at fearlessly generating ideas through structured play, navigating unwieldy processes with transparency and humor, and synthesizing complex information to achieve clarity. He has extensive experience in nonprofit marketing communications with an emphasis on creating resonant message that nurture relationships over the long term, and he is skilled at designing frameworks, delivering eye-opening presentations, and facilitating inclusive discussions. He loves working with artists and nonprofit organizations to help them articulate and get what they want.
Topic(s): Executive Coaching; Facilitation; Leadership; Programming; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Education
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; South Bay Area Phone: x Email: Website: http://www.danielnevers.com
Independent Television Services (ITVS)
Provides outreach, marketing, creative development and production support for independent producers who take creative risks and advance important social issues.
Topic(s): Marketing/Communications; Programming; Non Profit Job Opportunities
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Executive Coaching; Networking/Field Learning; Facilitation; Leadership; Management Training; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Board Development
Location(s): Central Valley; Online Classes/Webinars; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; South Bay Area Phone: 4156064781 Email: Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelwarr/
William Moreno Consulting
As a practiced, visionary leader in the non-profit and corporate sectors, William Moreno possesses substantial executive expertise in the areas of strategic planning, development and fundraising, marketing, public relations and cultural programming. He has held positions as an Executive Director and Board member and has helped establish several non-profit organizations; he leads a fundraising workshop at Loyola-Marymount University. His clients range from the visual to the performing arts and everything in-between. During his corporate career, he worked in a variety of executive marketing, sales, training and senior organizational consultant positions. William is also a curator, writer and art advisor/coach working with individual artists or executive directors/senior staff on organizational issues, career development, personal effectiveness and helping them maneuver the creative world.
Topic(s): Fundraising; Facilitation; Programming; Management/Strategic Planning; Marketing/Communications; Board Development
Location(s): National Phone: 213-804-5901 Email:
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