Free Artist Resource Fair

Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division 

Free Artist Resource Fair at the Camera Obscura Art Lab (1450 Ocean)

Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 11:00am - 2:00pm

Come find out about ways to live and work as an artist in Santa Monica. Info on affordable housing, health care and other resources provided. Light refreshments. All artists welcome!

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11:00-11:20am: Mix and mingle

11:20-11:50am: Every Artist Insured: Finding Affordable Health Insurance with Daniel Kitowski of The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund will present their not-to-be-missed workshop on Covered California, the Affordable Care Act and healthcare for all artists (not only performers). Participants will learn how to sign up for a health care plan and will be able to make appointments for one-on-one enrollment consultations through the Actors Fund Covered California Helpline. Click here for helpline info.

12:00-12:30pm: Affordable Housing for Artists with Sarah Letts and Durinda Abraham of Community Corporation of Santa Monica

Community Corporation of Santa Monica is a locally based, non-profit organization committed to developing and managing affordable housing in the LA area. They will cover tenant selection criteria, checklist of application documentation needed and the typical application timeline. They will be available after for individual questions.

12:40-1:10pm: Social Media Strategies for Artists with Marlon Fuentes of the Center for Nonprofit Management

Marketing is more than just promotion. Everyone benefits from learning what's working and what's not, and how to use analytics to assess your social media efficacy. Learn some strategies and get an overview of what social media ideas are helping artists and arts organizations.

1:20-2pm: Financial Wellness for Artists with Miata Edoga of The Actors Fund

This fun and interactive workshop is designed to give you financial tools you can implement right away, leaving you more confident and in control when it comes to money. Increase your security and productivity - financial wellness lets you focus on your artistic career! You will learn specific, step-by-step strategies to get organized, create a realistic spending plan, develop goals and more. You can pursue your passion without being buried under the weight of constant financial stress, and this is the seminar to show you how.

Information tables:

The Actors Fund: more information on their many programs, including healthcare, retirement and other initiatives,

Center for Cultural Innovation: artist-centered workshops, grants, and incubation programs,

California Lawyers for the Arts: legal aid for art professionals,

City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division: grants, Artist Fellowships and other opportunities with the City,

Directions: 1450 Ocean is on the west side of Ocean Ave just north of Broadway. Parking is $1 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), each 30 min. thereafter $1.50, max $14. At the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr; $5 all day, every day. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 1, 2, 8, and Rapid 10. Visit for more information. Biking to 1450 Ocean is always encouraged!

Sponsor: Cultural Affairs Division: The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division supports the arts and the artists of one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations. A division of the City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department, Cultural Affairs produces, presents and facilitates access to cultural events for residents and millions of annual visitors, helps anchor the diverse creative sector that enriches our cultural and economic base, and promotes Santa Monica as a major cultural destination. This includes managing the City’s extensive collection of public art ranging from murals to interactive installations, with new projects being developed in conjunction with most Santa Monica public works projects, as well as offering four grant programs for Santa Monica-based arts and culture organizations, schools and individual artists.

Site: Camera Obscura Art Lab: Join the community of makers and movers at the Camera Obscura, 1450 Ocean Ave in Palisades Park. It's a place to learn salsa moves, enhance your blogging skills, design a font, mix a perfume, solder a circuitboard or tile a mosaic and much more! It all happens at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park, steps from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. This midcentury building houses the iconic Camera Obscura mechanism and offers lovely views of the ocean as well classes, cultural events, and Artist Residencies. After class check out the plethora of local restaurants, or even take a turn on the ferris wheel down on the Pier! or check our current calendar.

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