Speed Networking for Artists and Arts Organizations

EAP_BlogPost_SpeedNetworkingThursday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.
Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, California 94612

Calling all creatives to connect!

Here’s an opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues in the Bay Area artist and arts nonprofit community. Whether you are an established artist/arts professional, new to the arts community, or just looking to grow your arts network, this is the event for you. All are welcome.

Doors/Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Speed networking: 6–7 p.m.
Open networking: 7–8 p.m.

Business cards are highly encouraged! Light refreshments will be served.

This event is hosted by Foundation Center San FranciscoPro Arts, and Emerging Arts Professionals – SFBA

Space is limited – RSVP NOW

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Meet the 2013-14 EAP Fellows

EAP_Fellows2014_Welcome_bannerMeet the new crop of Emerging Arts Professionals fellows joining us for the 2013/14 session.

A bright bunch with a diversity of interests and affiliations, the fellows will work over the next nine months to fulfill—and shape—EAP’s mission.

For the 2013/14 session, we’ve broken out four key areas of inquiry based on feedback from the network.

  • open systems
  • networked approaches
  • regenerative practices
  • research and development

Working in and across teams, the fellows will dig into these four topics to ask probing questions, produce a body of knowledge, and mine existing resources in the network to uncover information and make connections.

The fellows will also explore a rubric for arts leadership, identifying and sharing the best practices of four distinct types of leaders: connectors, content creators, team leaders, and visionaries.

We’re thrilled to welcome this ambitious, curious group and look forward to all they will accomplish.

2013-14 EAP Fellows

Gina Acebo, (former) Network Coordinator, Applied Research Center; Sheeka Arbuthnot, Curator & Assistant Director, Meridian Gallery; Claire Frost, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Jewish Museum; Adriana Griñó, Curatorial & Special Programs Manager, Galería de la Raza; Jessie Johnston, Development Associate, Quinn Associates; Tossie Long, Musician, Research Associate, PBI Associates; Carrie Leilam Love, Bayview Community Artist in Residence, WritersCorps / SF Arts Commission; Adriana Marcial, Development & Communications Manager, Joe Goode Performance Group; Hannah Merriman, Co-founder, Fortnight Collective; Cultural Agent, US Department of Arts and Culture; Lisa Nowlain, MLiS Candidate, San Jose State University; Learning Commons Intern, Exploratorium; Jen Ontiveros, Development Coordinator, di Rosa; Alex Randall, Operations Manager, Bloomboard; Leah Reisman, Assistant Research Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science; Malia Rose, Education & Public Programs Assistant, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;  Brittney Shepherd, Independent Media Maker; Matt Sussman, Marketing & Development Associate, Bay Area Video Coalition, Associate Editor, Art Practical; Tavia Stewart-Streit, Deput Director, Office of Letters & Light; Founder & Executive Director, Invisible City Audio Tours; Victor Valle, Founder, We Move Against The Tides; Manager, VCV Artist Management; Writer, The Deli SF; Caroline Walthall, Development Associate, ODC/Dance; and Madeleine Wilhite, Operations & Special Events Manager, Headlands Center for the Arts.


They join the Leadership Group of Adam Fong (EAP Director; Founder of Center for New Music );  Arielle Julia Brown, Playwright and Educator at Destiny Arts Center; Kathleen Brennan, Program Coordinator, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek; Michael DeLong,  Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global; Michelle Lynch, Program Director, Dancers’ Group; Virginia Reynolds, Education Manager at San Francisco Performances;  Ernesto Sopprani, Founder Director, THEOFFCENTER, ABC Consortium. and Gregory Stock, Museum Public Programs Educator at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Read more about the Fellows here, and please contact us to suggest future programming and project ideas!

6th Annual Arts Rendezvous Crafting Career Decisions

art rendezvous6th Annual Arts Rendezvous
Crafting Career Decisions

$10 advance registration – $15 at the door
get your tickets here.

Emerging Arts Professionals, genARTS Silicon Valley, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program invite you to join us for an afternoon getaway and fishbowl discussion about crafting career decisions.

Crafting a career in the arts is rife with decisive moments. How do we approach them? Who do we turn to for advice? Join Bay Area arts professionals, administrators, and artists at all stages to discuss the decisions we make affecting our careers.


1 – 3 pm
Hike in small groups through Djerassi’s stunning landscape to see a handful of the almost 40 on-site sculpture installations by past artists-in-residence and use the time to think and share about your career experiences, pivotal moments and transitions. Bring layers and shoes suitable for hiking on steep dirt trails.

2:30 – 5 pm
Replenish with delectable snacks prepared by Djerassi’s Chef, Dan Tosh.

3 – 4:30 pm
Reconvene in the Artists’ Barn for the fishbowl discussion.

We have invited some arts professionals to get the conversation started, but we need you to jump into the fishbowl to keep it going. Come with thoughts in mind or discuss on the fly. Walk away with new inspiration and contact information for that awesome person whose brain you have been dying to pick.

Need a ride or willing to drive? Carpooling is highly recommended. Join the event and post a message here to connect with people in your area who need a lift or are able to provide one.

Bay Area Arts Skyline 2015 Event Recap

The Arts Skyline 2015What will the Bay Area arts skyline look like in 2015? The cultural landscape is constantly evolving in the Bay Area. New openings, closings, and innovations are inevitable in a metropolitan area. On March 27, EAP hosted a panel of leaders in the arts fields at the Center for New Music to discuss the challenges facing local arts institutions, small and large.

The panel featured Barrett Shaver, director of development, SF JAZZ; Christopher Borg, executive director, Community Music Center; Gina Basso, public programs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Jack Carpenter, production director, SF Ethnic Dance Festival.

Though looking towards the future was ultimately on everyone’s minds, the conversation stayed within the current context. Themes of the conversation revolved around staffing, capital campaigns, space, and project-based venues versus an actual building. We wanted to share some kernels of the experience with our larger network. Also, we love to continue the conversation beyond the brick and mortar, so feel free to add your comments.

Adam Fong, executive director of both Emerging Arts Professionals / SFBA and the Center for New Music, took the brave task of navigating the arts skyline with consistency and curiosity.

Some highlights of the current Bay Area Arts Skyline

The Exploratorium closed in Fall 2012 at the Palace of Fine Arts and will re-open on April 17 at Pier 15 with a new building.

The SFMOMA will be closing its doors for three years on June 2 to make way for construction of a 235,000 square foot addition. Until early 2016, the SFMOMA will present new art experiences around the Bay Area as the building is transformed.

SF JAZZ recently opened a brand new facility on the corner of Franklin and Fell streets to wide acclaim, moving from project-based to a cultural institution.

The Community Music Center will be expanding with the purchase of a neighboring house. Christopher Borg says it will make CMC more of a “campus.” CMC has been in the same building in the Mission district since 1921.

World Arts West, the organization hosting the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, continues to have the conversation about finding a permanent home, believing they need to make the move to a more established organization within the city.

There is a light that never goes out

Overall, the tone is continuing to strive to be experimental with space, programming, and money. As we continue to move through the economic recession towards recovery, new spaces can mean new opportunity and hopefully engaging new audiences with a stronger brand than project-based models. Though institutions grow and consolidate, seeking new ways to engage audiences is at the heart of the conversation. And as Ms. Basso said, the SFMOMA is screwing little light bulbs across the city throughout 2016. But, don’t worry the lights won’t go out!

About Gregory Stock

Gregory coordinates public programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco along with a team of four under the direction of Renee Baldocchi. At the de Young, he provides support and logistics of Friday Nights at the de Young, a weekly “art happening” public and free event for all ages themed to the permanent collection and special exhibitions. At the Legion of Honor, he coordinates the Chamber Music Series and special exhibition programming. Other programs include special lectures and academic symposiums for special exhibitions. Interests cross between public art, digital tools, collaboration and social enterprise. He has been in the Bay Area for four years and graduated from Saint Louis University with a BA in American studies and history.

Spring Mixer

Thursday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

FREE! RSVP via Eventbrite

You asked and we answered! We know you love our heady panel discussions and all but, perhaps even more, you love to let your hair down with us.

Come network, mingle, and explore one of Oakland’s leading galleries! Meet fellow Bay Area artists and arts sector workers over drinks and snacks at Pro Arts, and learn more about Emerging Arts Professionals (EAP). See over 400 pieces in Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios Preview Exhibition and enter our business card raffle for some special art prizes. Bring your cards and a desire to meet like-minded folks!

Mixer is FREE but please REGISTER HERE



Thanks to Pro Arts for hosting!

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The Arts Skyline 2015

Skyline2915_emergingsfwebThe Arts Skyline 2015
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 [map]
This Event is free!

Space is limited! RSVP via Eventbrite

With major renovations and new building projects for both longstanding arts institutions and emerging ones underway, the Bay Area’s Arts Skyline is undergoing a significant shift – in philosophy and in practice. Creative placemaking and other trends have begun to inform a reimagined concept of the spaces and places in which we create, exchange, imagine, perform, and present; transient multipurpose projects from pop-ups to reclaimed spaces are transforming the way we think about the arts institution as place.

Join EAP for an enlivening discussion featuring panelists from leading organizations and institutions involved in community practices and capital campaign projects to learn about their contributions to the evolving cultural skyline.

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Panelists include

Barrett ShaverDirector of Development, SFJAZZ
Christopher Borg, Executive Director, Community Music Center
Gina BassoPublic Programs Associate, SFMOMA
Jack Carpenter, Production Director, SF Ethnic Dance Festival


Holiday Mixer

EAP Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 6, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street, San Francisco (map)

Happy Hour refreshments provided
$5 suggested donation

Come meet the 2012-13 Fellows, reconnect with colleagues, and make new friends. Celebrate the year that has passed and the one that is about to begin!

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Hosted by the 2012-13 EAP Fellows

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only
Defining Success in Arts and Culture
Tuesday, August 14
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

hosted by Cartoon Art Museum

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Is it a hit? In the arts we define success in very specific ways. What does it mean for a program to be a hit? Commercial and popular success? Critical acclaim? Earned income? All of the above?

Join the Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals and Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA as we mingle and define success in the creation and presentation of art.

This collaborative conversation and mixer will begin with short presentations from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM featuring:

Jenna Glass, Associate Director of Marketing, ODC
Annie Phillips, Musician / Public Relations Assistant, SF Symphony / Manager, Magik*Magik Orchestra
Rob Ready, Marketing Manager, ODC / Co-Founder, PianoFight
Gregory Stock, Museum Educator-Public Programs, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Brian Wiedenmeier, Institutional Giving Director, ODC

They’ll share their experiences with hit shows, describe how their organizations define success, and talk about the ways emerging arts workers can redefine and better measure success.

We’ll keep the ideas flowing with casual conversations, social media, and an “idea board,” all while enjoying drinks and snacks compliments Emerging Arts Professionals.


6:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Drinks & Networking

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM  Presentations

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Open Discussion & Networking

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Presented by Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals and Emerging Arts Professionals / San Francisco Bay Area, hosted by Cartoon Art Museum

Networking Night for Artists and Art/Cultural Workers

Get to know your fellow artists and arts nonprofit colleagues.

Get connected! Here’s an opportunity to meet your colleagues in the Bay Area artist and arts nonprofit community. Bring your organization’s
promotional materials for our display table and plenty of your business cards. There will be refreshments, networking activities, and door prizes.

Co-sponsored by Emerging Arts Professionals (EAP) and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area (YNPNsfba).

With support from The Foundation Center San Francisco and the Irvine Foundation 


Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Foundation Center-San Francisco | San Francisco, CA





312 Sutter Street, 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
This event is Free.