ArtSpan produces monthly workshops and discussions to aid artists with the professional side of their art practice. Topics include marketing and PR best practices, artwork pricing techniques, best practices for writing artist statements, financial planning tips, and more. Please e-mail [email protected] with suggestions for new topics that you are interested in learning more about! Upcoming workshops will be listed here

All events are held at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, as part of their Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assitance to arts and cultural organizations. Free for all current SF Open Studios Artists, ArtSpan Members, and Friends of SOMArts. General Public: $10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

2018 Workshop Schedule 

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ArtSpan Panel Discussion: International Artist Residency

DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

DESCRIPTION: Hear from ArtSpan Artists who have completed international artist residencies. Learn about the application process, their experiences and suggested best practices. 
Featured Panelists: 
Darren Sears - Residency in Tasmania, Australia
Jeffrey Nemeroff - Residency in Northern Norway
Michele de la Menardiere - Residency in India
RSVP HERE 

 

Taxes For Artists 

DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: Diana Greiner of Treehouse Taxes

DESCRIPTION:  Get organized and prepared for tax season. Diana Greiner of TreehouseTaxes demystifies what tax prep looks like with a special insight into the needs of individual artists. 
RSVP HERE
 

Panel Discussion: Fundraising for independent artists

DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM​

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103 

DESCRIPTION: It has become increasingly difficult for artists to support themselves 
on selling their artwork alone. This panel discussion will present various ways 
for visual artists to seek funding from a variety of alternative sources, 
and will examine the processes and feasibility of each.
Featured Panelist:
Lisa Burger-President of the Board of Directors at Independent Arts & Media and Attorney at Lexington Law Group
Jo Kreiter-Artistic Director at Flyaway Productions and founder of GIRLFLY
Amy Kweskin-Founder of ArtSightful & Arts Management Consultant, Instructor and Coach
Moderator: Artist Brian Singer
RSVP HERE
 

ART MATERIALS & ARCHIVAL CONSERVATION

Date: March 13, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM​

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103 

Presenter: Emilie van der Hoorn of van der Hoorn Art and Archival Conservation

DESCRIPTION: Workshop Outline to include discussion about preservation of Canvas, Boards, Paints and Pigments, Paper, Mixed Media, Prints and more.
RSVP HERE  
 

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR ARTISTS 

DATE: TUESDAY, April 10, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTER: ArtSpan Artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

DESCRIPTION: Learn tips and best practices for promoting your art practice across various social media platforms. More to be announced. 
RSVP HERE


Interview with a Creative Agent 

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTER: Joen Madonna, ArtSpan Executive Director

DESCRIPTION:  Discuss topics relative to professional artists and the current San Francisco Arts Ecosystem. More to be announced. 
RSVP HERE

 

ADVICE FOR ARTIST ENTREPRENEURS - ROUND 2

DATE: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTER: Rebecca Williams, Marketing Coach

DESCRIPTION: Join ArtSpan as creative advisor, Rebecca Williams, shares her marketing knowledge and expertise with artist entrepreneurs of all disciplines. 
RSVP HERE

 

All About SF Open Studios

DATE: TUESDAY, June 19, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: ArtSpan Programs Director Allison Snopek and Programs Asst. Dianne Hoffman

DESCRIPTION: ArtSpan staff will introduce you to the annual SFOS event and answer all of your burning questions from A to Z. 
RSVP HERE

 

ART PRICING Techniques

DATE: TUESDAY, June 26, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: ArtSpan Artist Joshua Coffy

DESCRIPTION: Joshua Coffy presents insights about pros and cons for pricing your artwork.
VIDEO OF FILMED 2017 PRESENTATION: http://bit.ly/2v46xCl
​RSVP HERE

 

NAVIGATING THE SAN FRANCISCO GALLERY SCENE
DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

Panelists include:
Shannon Trimble, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, SF
Andres Guerrero, Guerrero Gallery, SF
Ashley Voss, Art Attack Gallery, SF
Cléa Massiani, Bass and Reiner Gallery, SF


DESCRIPTION: Discussion will be centered around the following topics and more: How can artists get noticed by galleries? What are the current industry trends in the SF/Bay Area gallery scene? How are galleries addressing the needs & interests of a tech-savvy and online/digital audience? How can galleries act as connectors in the art ecosystem? Strategies to serve the community through artists, collectors, collaborations, and public art engagement. How is the SF/Bay Area gallery scene unique in comparison to other large US cities and cities across the globe?

 

Panel Discussion: Preparing for SF Open Studios

DATE: TUESDAY, august 21, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: ArtSpan Artists TBA

DESCRIPTION: Experienced SFOS artists share their expertise with Q&A to help you prepare for SF Open Studios
RSVP HERE

 

The Inner & Outer Game of Selling Your Art

DATE: TUESDAY, september 18, 2018, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: Art Advisor Martha Zlatar

DESCRIPTION: Martha Zlatar provides coaching advice with possibility and potential to jump-start your art career.
RSVP HERE
 

Legal & Business Basics for Artists & Creatives

DATE: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTER: Attorney Jacob Janzen of Start Art Legal

DESCRIPTION: This workshop covers the fundamental business and legal topics artists need to be aware of and seeks to dispel some of the myths 
about the law in relation to Art.
RSVP: HERE

More workshops coming soon...

Pictured above: John Kraft leading an ArtSpan Artist Workshop