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 .


Barrio Writers
Grand Central Art Center
Santa Ana, CA
Date: 07-17-2017 thru 07-26-2017

Barrio Writers @ GCAC!
July 17th through July 26th
Live Reading July 29

Barrio Writers invites all youth between 13-21 years old to participate in a weeklong creative writing program founded by current GCAC artist-in-residence Sarah Rafeal Garcia and led by BW Program Coordinator Joel L. Medina, currently an MAT candidate at the University of California at Irvine School of Education. The FREE workshops provide youth with an opportunity to learn different forms of writing (poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, short stories, essay), a path to college and free cultural arts field trips!1-week Writing Workshops
(participants must attend all 5 days)

1-4pm Monday, July 17, 2017

1-4pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1-4pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1-4pm Thursday, July 20, 2017

1-4pm Friday, July 21, 2017

Field Trip & Rehearsal
1-4pm Wednesday, July 26, 2017
CSUF Grand Central Art Center

Vitality Arts: Impact at the Intersection of Arts and Aging
Grantmakers in the Arts
Online Webinar
Date: 07-25-2017

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Location: Online
Tuesday, July 25, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT

Teresa Bonner, Director of Programs, Aroha Philanthropies
Ellen Michelson, Founder & President, Aroha Philanthropies

Session 10 of the 2017 Webinar Series.

Older adults are actively seeking ways to add joy, purpose and connection to their lives. Arts organizations, long accustomed to worries over "graying" audiences, now have an opportunity to develop meaningful and innovative relationships with this important stakeholder group. This session will share the strategies that Aroha Philanthropies, a small private foundation, is using to engage arts organizations, senior-serving organizations, and state and local agencies in creating arts programs for older adults. Aroha's national demonstration project, Seeding Vitality Arts, generated proposals from more than 200 nonprofits from 42 states, reflecting the breadth of interest in the topic. Teresa Bonner and Ellen Michelson of Aroha Philanthropies share information on the inaugural cohort of grantees, the capacity-building work needed to assure success, and strategies for other funders interested in this rapidly growing field.

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

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 07-31-2017 thru 08-04-2017
DIDC-A is a comprehensive overview of standards-based dance education across age levels. Content covers: structuring discrete lessons aligned with the National Core Arts Standards, integrating dance into curricula, understanding dance elements (H'Doubler and Laban), child development theory, role of the teacher and instructional methods. Invigorate your teaching and learning with DIDC-A this summer.

Curricular Progressions
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 08-07-2017 thru 08-11-2017
The most advanced curriculum course offered in arts education, Curricular Progressions explores the meaning of full scope and sequence in dance learning. Participants will investigate the progression of dance learning from unit to unit and year to year. They will study regional, state and national benchmarks for dance learning and develop their own curricular sequence that takes into account student growth and development as well as cross-curricular topic curriculum design. Students deepen their skills of observation, reflection and assessment as they explore issues such as teaching students with multilevel experience and preparation, school "performance" pressures, teaching expertise and competition for time and space. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DICDC-B. $525, includes Assessment Course. Meets college/university professional standards. Offered August 7-10, 2017 with one follow-up June 2, 2018.

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

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.

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.

Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference
Date: 08-03-2018
Early Registration: 06-30-2017
The 28th annual Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference (MCWC 2017) will be held from August 3 to August 5 at the Mendocino Middle School in Mendocino, California. MCWC 2017 promises to be a vibrant gathering, offering morning workshops in a wide range of genres and relevant to differing experience levels-from a dedicated emerging writers' workshop to a juried-in master class. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, pitch panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of a 2016 participant, "life changing."

MCWC 2017 faculty will include John W. Evans, Shara McCallum, Michael Lukas, Jody Gehrman, Kat Meads, Lewis Buzbee, and Lisa Locascio. April Eberhardt, Elizabeth Kracht, and Jessica Sinsheimer will be the agents participating. Editor Hilary Lawson and book marketer Ann Edwards from HarperOne will lead a one-day, stand-alone or add-on publishing bootcamp on Sunday, August 6. And our keynote speaker will be Michael Krasny: author, scholar, professor of English and American literature, award-winning broadcast journalist, and since 1993, the host of KQED/NPR's "Forum with Michael Krasny."

Registration opens March 1. The registration fee, which includes most meals, is $575 before June 30 and $625 thereafter. One-on-one manuscript consultations are available for an additional $60. Participation in the post-conference publishing bootcamp is $150. Deep discounts are available at area hotels, and a wide range of scholarships is offered (application deadline May 15). General registration is first come, first served. Visit for more information or contact our registrar, Barbara Lee, at 707. 485.4031 or