California Arts Council

State of California

Conferences and Workshops

Conferences, workshops, webinars and training opportunities for arts administrators, educators and artists in California. To have us include a "Conferences & Workshops" item, please submit information to .


Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (DIDC-B)
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 09-05-2017 thru 12-05-2017
Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (also named Curriculum & Instruction preK-12 Dance-B). Continuing where DIDC-A leaves off, this course investigates the role of the teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing standards-based dance curricula in relevant and authentic ways. Participants learn a process for moving students from exploration through improvisation to composition in a manner that allows for maximum exploration, problem posing and solving, and choice making. In the process, they deepen their understanding of the elements of dance and forming. Course content includes choreographic devices, the principles of design, forms, contemporary learning theories, including constructivism. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DIDC-A. $525. Offered as a semester-long course September 5-December 5, 2017 on Tuesdays 6-9pm. Offered as a week-long intensive August 6-10, 2018, 9am-5pm. $525, $550 for summer 2018. Register

2017 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening
Arts Education Partnership
Washington, D.C.
Date: 09-06-2017 thru 09-07-2017
Early Registration: 08-11-2017

The 2017 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Annual Convening provides a valuable platform for examining research, education policy and effective practices for improved student outcomes. It convenes arts and education leaders from across the nation to share their work supporting the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

AEP Annual Convenings bring together leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, government and philanthropic sectors. Attendees include administrators, advanced practitioners, policymakers, consultants, directors and researchers engaged in and committed to arts learning and education improvement. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening serves to inform participants' decision-making, aid in program development and advance the work of their respective organizations.

The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America's students have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP's 2020 Action Agenda.

Space is limited and there are a restricted number of hotel rooms available at the discounted conference rate, so make sure to register today!

Join the conversation online with #AEPAC17.

Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization
UMassAmherst Arts Extension Service
Date: 09-06-2017 thru 12-06-2017
Early Registration: 08-30-2017
Instructor: Diana Boyle-Clapp

The arts have always been on the forefront of change, and never has change been more required than today. Whether your organization needs to cut its facility costs, be first in line for donation dollars, wants to go green to fulfill its mission, serve as a community example, or do all of the above, this class is for you. We will determine which changes: are easy to institute, provide the greatest cost saving, really reduce your carbon footprint, and involve and build credibility with your audiences. From organizing your Green Team to evaluating the products you use, creating your energy use survey to conducting a cost-benefit analysis, this class is very hands-on, and concludes with a final Green plan be tailored to the unique needs of your institution. All course work is applied to a case study organization, which may be your own organization or one where you volunteer. See Dee's bio for her greening credentials. Part of the Online Certificate of Arts Management.

Contact the Arts Extension Service at with any questions.

Communications Toolbox: The Art of Resolving Conflicts Creatively
California Lawyers for the Arts
Venice, CA
Date: 09-13-2017
Communications Toolbox: The Art of Resolving Conflicts Creatively

With Carole Helfert Aragon & Rebecca Ruschell


Conflict is part of everyday life -- both professionally and personally. How we respond to, and manage conflict, both internally and externally, will often determine how well we function in our personal, professional, and creative lives. In this interactive workshop, you will learn about, and work with, a robust combination of negotiation, de-escalation and communication tools and techniques. The goal is to help provide a platform for more effective and creative methods to resolve a broad variety of disagreements, misunderstandings, and conflicts.

Carole Helfert Aragon, J.D., LL.M., earned her LL.M. in Dispute Resolution, with a Specialty in Mediation, from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law in 2015. She joined the FINRA Roster of Mediators in 2015, became a FINRA Arbitrator in 2010, and has an integrated background as a licensed attorney (State Bar of California, 1975, active), a full-time financial disputes mediator (2009), and was a licensed Financial Advisor, Retirement Planning Specialist, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (1998- 2002).

Rebecca Ruschell is the Associate Director for the Los Angeles office of California Lawyers for the Arts and the Program Director for the Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services program. She is an attorney who received her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati School of Law where she was a Senior Articles Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and holds a certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Ms. Ruschell is a certified mediator from the Center for Dispute Resolution and a member of the Southern California Mediation Association. She is the founder of a small business in the dance industry space and holds a US patent for one of her products. Ms. Ruschell is an artist as well and a former volunteer with CLA in the Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services program.

Wed. Sep 13, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT

Social & Public Art Resource Center
685 N. Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Arts Funding Programs for ALAANA Artists and Arts Organizations
Grantmakers in the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 09-26-2017
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: Online
Tuesday, September 26, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT

Tracie D. Hall, Program Director, Culture, The Joyce Foundation
Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager, Ontario Arts Council
Dana Payne, Program Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Session 11 of the 2017 Webinar Series.

Webinars are free to the staff and board of GIA member organizations. The fee for nonmembers is $35.

The stated goal in Grantmakers in the Arts' statement of purpose on racial equity in arts philanthropy is "to increase arts funding for ALAANA* (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults." This webinar will feature programs by two public funders - one from Canada and one from the US - and one private funder that each direct their funding support to artists and arts organizations from historically underfunded identity groups within their geographic focus areas. Bushra Junaid from Ontario Arts Council, Dana Payne from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Tracie D. Hall from The Joyce Foundation will discuss how their programs developed, who they serve, and how their programs are strategically used to help close the racial gap in arts philanthropy.

*ALAANA is an acronym adopted by the GIA board intended to be inclusive of any artist and arts organization from historically underfunded racial or ethnic identity groups.

The Road Less Traveled Conference
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI
Date: 09-27-2017 thru 09-29-2017
Early Registration: 06-26-2017
Scholars, artists, preservationists, educators, activists, art historians, collectors and devotees will delve into the complex subject of artist-built environments during a three-day conference, September 27-29, 2017, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.

Through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops, attendees will share new ideas and broaden the collective knowledge and appreciation of this unique style of art making that is the focus of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Arts Center.

Please email with any questions regarding this conference.

NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Portland, OR
Date: 10-11-2017 thru 10-13-2017
This semiannual gathering is tailored to the learning and networking needs of top state arts agency leaders, staff and board appointees. Leadership Institutes are retreat-style convenings involving about 150 agency representatives. The smaller scale lends Leadership Institutes to in-depth policy discussions and high quality connections with colleagues from across the nation.

Shakespeare for Social Justice: Instructor Training Workshops
Marin Shakespeare Company
San Rafael, CA
Date: 10-14-2017 thru 10-15-2017
Are you an actor, director or theater teacher who wants to use the power of theater to help others? Join our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshop to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.

October 14 - 15, 2017 at 514 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA

Saturday, January 14 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 15 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $375, partial scholarships available

Join us for this unique training and explore:

What is "social justice" and how can theater and other arts programs support social justice?

Benefits and pitfalls of bringing theater to a prison and/or institutional environment.

How to use Shakespeare in institutionalized settings to awaken self-expression, self-esteem and pro-social skills

How Shakespeare can be used as an inspiration for exploring, sharing and performing one's own life stories.

The Workshop will be facilitated by Lesley Currier and Suraya Keating, directors of Shakespeare at San Quentin, Shakespeare at Solano, and other programs.

National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference
Arts Reach
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 10-17-2017 thru 10-18-2017
Now is the time for us to come together and gather our collective strength to set the course for greater audiences and donors to enjoy and be inspired by the fantastic work that we do. To facilitate your entire team being able to attend the conference, we have created a pricing structure that makes it easy for you to bring your colleagues.

The National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference will focus on the myriad ways your organization can benefit from the latest research, resources and strategies that others are using to increase ticket sales and donations. The conference will include a Special Digital Marketing Track geared toward helping solve the complex challenges you are tackling in the digital world. Delegates at the conference will return to their office with a cohesive plan for bringing the disparate parts of their campaigns together into one coordinated effort.

Apply for a professional development grant to get your registration fee covered for the National Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conference in Los Angeles, October 17-18! Arts Reach is working with the Center for Cultural Innovation to help you attend the conference and bring your team.

2017 GIA Conference: Legacy and Leadership
Grantmakers in the Arts
Detroit, MI
Date: 10-28-2017 thru 10-31-2017
Early Registration: 08-31-2017
The GIA Conference is the annual national convening for arts grantmakers. Conference attendance is open to staff or board members of foundations, public funding agencies, and corporate giving programs.

Nonprofit organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking must meet eligibility criteria outlined on our Membership page and may only be represented by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming, and/or policy. Board members of National Partner organizations and any fundraising or development staff are not eligible to attend.

To preserve the capacity for open discussion, all attendees must refrain from fundraising or solicitation at the conference.

Contact with questions regarding conference eligibility.

Conference for Community Arts Education
National Guild for Community Arts Education
San Francisco/Oakland, CA
Date: 11-15-2017 thru 11-18-2017
Early Registration: 09-07-2017
The National Guild conference is the annual gathering of the nonprofit arts education community, providing learning, networking, and tools to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. Featuring more than four dozen workshops, roundtables, plenary sessions, site visits, and social events-plus full-day preconference institutes-delegates develop new skills, share effective practices, build relationships with colleagues, and return home inspired with new ideas about how to advance their organization and better serve their community. This year's conference will focus on how arts education can serve as a source of hope, healing, and strength in challenging times.

All arts education stakeholders are encouraged to participate: arts education leaders, funders, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other allies, including those in non-arts sectors (e.g., youth development, health, etc.). Ensuring that all people enjoy access to quality arts learning opportunities throughout their lifespans requires a collective effort.

Family Dance Institute
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 01-04-2018 thru 01-06-2018
An in-depth exploration of relationship-building through the art of dance. Course content includes attachment theory, early development theory (0-5 year olds), brain research and neurological patterns, play theories, working with parents. Teaching artists, early education teachers, therapists, dance educators, parents and social justice workers learn to create engaging dance curriculum that fosters trust and connection. No prerequisite.

Dance Education Forum: Focus on Equity
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 02-24-2018
This community roundtable brings together artists and educators to discuss and share the promises and pitfalls of creating, developing and sustaining high quality dance education practices. Join local artists, educators and activists in this discussion in race, power and privilege in dance, and how we can make our teaching more inclusive and equitable. No prerequisite.