Art Study Hall: Guided Working Group for Artists, August 15

Beatrice Thomas and Kevin Seaman

Working in isolation can be difficult, especially when you’re not sure where to start. In this 2-hour study hall, you will have access to nonprofit arts expert to address your questions in real time, and a community of other artists to work with. Let’s get started on that proposal, let’s write that artist statement, let’s plan that project, let’s create that budget, let’s build that marketing plan, let’s work on those website updates! Make sure to bring your laptop and other materials so we can roll up our sleeves and dig in!

With over 25 years of combined experience in the arts nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, cultural workers Beatrice and Kevin have helped artists to access thousands of dollars of grant monies, secure professional development opportunities like fellowships and residencies, and create easy-to-follow plans resulting in successful creative projects and leadership.

This working group is designed to give you focused time and attention on your creative goals with the support of seasoned arts professionals and like-minded peers. Possible projects to bring with you include:

Artist Statements
Work Samples
Website Updates
Letters of Intent
Project Proposals
Artist Calls
Public Art Applications

Attendees must register and pay in advance.
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Kevin Seaman is an artist, curator and consultant with 11 years experience working with Bay Area arts communities. He was named one of SF Weekly’s 16 Artists To Watch in 2016 and is currently an Association for Performing Arts Presenters’Leadership Fellow. Kevin has been commissioned by RADAR Productions and THEOFFCENTER, been in residence with SAFEhouse for the Arts and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA #162), and has received grants from Endeavor Foundation for the Arts and San Francisco Arts Commission. He has performed/exhibited at artistic venues including Brava, CounterPULSE, de Young Musuem, The LAB, Intersection for the Arts and Victoria Theater (FRAMELINE35); as well as nightlife venues like The Oasis, The Stud, El Rio and The Edge. Kevin formerly worked with San Francisco Foundation’s Art & Culture program and has reviewed applications for San Francisco Arts Commission, City of Berkeley and Endeavor Foundation for the Arts. He has led artist-focused workshops for the National Queer Arts Festival, Intersection for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and brought Bay Area queer arts to the attention of national funders by co-facilitating Queering the Arts: Aesthetics and Economies at the Grantmakers in the Arts annual 2012 conference.

Beatrice Thomas is a multidisciplinary artist, coach and facilitator with over 15 years of experience working in the professional arts. Ms. Thomas spent 5 years learning everything about grantmaking as a Program Officer for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Prior to joining the San Francisco arts community, Ms. Thomas worked in a variety of curatorial, educational and community based positions for the City of Austin, Flatbed Press Gallery, and the Austin Public Art Committee. She has presented at conferences and led workshops for Grantmakers in the Arts, the California College of the Arts, Groundswell Institute, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and the National Queer Arts Festival. An active arts advocate, she promotes equity and inclusion on local and national arts platforms, leading field-building workshops and sitting on the budget committee for Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA), a community led arts advocacy group. She is currently a fellow of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Leadership Fellows Program. She is dedicated to the creation of meaningful experiences and exceptional arts and culture for herself and others.