Online Convening Series:

Artists and arts organizations across California are invited to participate in a series of free online convening-style webinars presented by the California Arts Council.

We're pleased to offer four webinars featuring topics based on feedback from a statewide survey. During each webinar, experts from across the state and nation will present their best insight and ideas, engage in an open dialogue about the topics at hand, and answer your questions.

Registration is free and open to all, though target audiences have been identified in the descriptions below. 

Maximizing Human Capital
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here

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.

Presenters include:

  •  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


Smart Strategies for Funding Growth
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here

Ask any organization, large or small, about its 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


Getting the Most from Your Grant 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here

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


Self-Promotion for Artists
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 am PST | Register here

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, SF MOMA