Expo Symposium for Independent Arts



The Expo Symposium for Independent Arts

Friday, September 25th, 12N - 6:30PM

David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Wy,  Berkeley, CA 94704
Just Steps away from Berkeley BART

Art Works When Artists Work

A Day of Vision, Community & Action


Join us for a day of discussion, panels, workshops and networking

Be part of a growing buzz about the role of art in civic dialogue, a renewed interest in community driven art, and an undeniable inclination for projects that are both innovative and entrepreneurial.


The Expo for Independent Arts Symposium will create a special space for artists to engage in this larger conversation through panel discussions, network opportunities, coaching and of course DIY workshops.


Symposium Schedule Of Events
Booking in progress: Check back for updates

11:00-11:45 a.m.: Registration, Mingling & Networking, B.Y.O. Luncheon

11:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks (Clarisa Morales Roberts, Executive Director, Independent Arts & Media)

12:00-12:55: Keynote Address: "New Creative Community," by Arlene Goldbard, author of "New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development" (New Village Press)

1:00-2:15: VISION BLOCK

"State of the Arts"
• Eilish Cullen (Executive Director, The LAB)
• Erica Gangsei (Board of Directors, Co-President, The LAB)
• San San Wong (SF Arts Commission, Cultural Equity Program)
• Ann Wettrich (Center for Art and Public Life)
other panelists TBA

"Democracy: Empowering Artists as Citizens"
• Sharon Siskin (Artist, University Educator)
• Sunny Angulo (Consultant, Left Coast Communications)
other panelists TBA

"Labor: Artists as Workers"
• Margot Smith (Independent Filmmaker)
• Mona Caron (Muralist, Progressive Artist, Illustrator)
other speakers TBA

2:15-2:45: BREAK
Networking, Refreshments and Human Scavenger Hunt

Working creatively, working for a living, working together -- Resources and ideas for making it work and building a community of relationships!

"Arts Service Providers"
• Brad Erickson (Theatre Bay Area, Executive Director)
• Jennifer Gilomen (Bay Area Video Coalition, Director of Public Media Strategies)
• Emily Sevier (Center for Cultural Innovation in the Arts, Director Bay Area Initiatives)
• Scott Ullman (Foundation Center, Regional Training Coordinator)
other panelists TBA

"Partnerships from Grasstops to Grassroots"
Workshop speakers TBA

"Community 2.0: Social Media, Blogging, Adding Friends and Making Friends"
• Susan Mernit (Public Media Collaborative, Oakland Local)
• Ian Padgham (SFMOMA, Communications & Marketing)

4:00-5:15: ACTION BLOCK

DIY Fund Development
• Holly Million (independent fundraiser extraodinaire)

DIY Marketing on a shoestring from the BEST in the business!
• Johnny Funcheap (funcheapsf.com)

DIY Event Planning
Workshop speakers TBA

"DIY Career Planning: Getting it together for artists and innovators!"
• Audette Sophia (CatalystArts Coaching)
other workshop speakers TBA

"Elevator Evaluations: Moving up!"
Elevator pitch training in a moving elevator!
Pitch trainers and evaluators TBA

Food, Beverages, Reception, Raffle and Live Music


About this Event...

Since the year 2000, Independent Arts & Media, (Indy Arts) has produced an Expo specifically for independent artists and art organizations of all sizes, and genres. What started out as an indoor event with just 80 exhibiting organizations has now grown to fill the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. We couldn't be more excited about this growth, but we had to ask ourselves, is this too much? Sure, Golden Gate Park is a great venue, but how will the new venue effect the artists, organizations and culture makers who come to network? And what about the DIY workshops that have always had a presence at the Expo?

These are good questions indeed, and to answer them we have added a second event to the Expo, specifically for artists:The Expo for Independent Arts Symposium.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Arts & Culture Professional/Executive   Ended $35 $1.86
Arts & Culture Practitioner   Ended $25 $1.61
Emerging Arts & Culture Practitioner   Ended $15 $1.36
Students   Ended $5 $1.11
Sliding Scale   Ended Free
Struggling Artists   Ended Free
Hub Members Ended Free

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