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Arts Resources

We've gathered over 100 links to resources that will provide you with further enjoyment of the arts. You'll find everything from art classes and artists' resources, to museum and exhibit listings. Enjoy!

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For Artists

Helpful Links:

Art Business: Resources to present, promote, and market your art.
ArtSpan: Offers a series of Artist Professional Development Workshops
Bay Area Art Grind: Resource for artist opportunities in the bay area.
California Lawyers for the Arts: A non-profit whose mission is to establish a bridge between the arts and the legal communities.
MesArt: Services to showcase, advertise, promote and sell your artwork on the Internet. Based in SF, created and designed by artists for artists.
San Francisco Art Forum: A Ning social community site, connect with innovative art professionals, art enthusiasts and possible buyers.
San Francisco Artist Network: Excellent offering of Education Programs, Calls for Artists and more.
San Francisco Arts Commission: FAQ for individual artists.
SCRAP: A non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space.
Sustainable Arts Foundation: A non-profit that provides grants for parents who are artists and writers. Their goal is to present opportunities for talented people feeling the demands of raising a family to continue their creative pursuits.
TechShop: A place to make things that you dream up but don't have the tools, space or skills.
Graphic Arts Workshop: A fine printmaking cooperative.
SOMA Artist Studios: Voted best Art Collective in 2010 by readers of the Bay Guardian.

Arts & Arts Advocacy Groups

(sorted from local to national) 
ArtSeed: Innovative art education program aiding disadvantaged students. 
Creativity Explored aids people with developpment disabilities through artistic expression. 
Independent Arts & Media: This organization supports independent and non-commercial art project while engaging community involvement. 
Intersection for the Arts: Non-profit supporting artists and the art community. 
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts shared vision is to promote, preserve, and develop the Latino cultural arts.
Precita Eyes Mural ArtsInner city, community based mural arts association. 
Root Division: A nonprofit that supports the artist community through education, exhibitions, and studios. 
San Francisco Arts Commission is the city agendy that champions the arts. 
SF Camerawork: First gallery dedicated solely to the print medium, SFC is a nonprofit that supports emerging photographers.  
Southern Exposure: They offer grants to local artists and groups working in the visual arts and are usually considering artist submissions for upcoming exhibits.
SOMArts is is an independent nonprofit that operates the South of Market Cultural Center, part of a network of six cultural centers in San Francisco.
Visual Aid supports the creative production of artists' with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives.
Headlands Center for the Arts: (Marin) is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork.
Arts Council Silicon ValleyIgniting investment and engagement in arts and creativity in Silicon Valley.
Leap, Arts in EducationProviding quality arts education programs to schools in California.
California Arts Council: Government organization advancing California through the arts and creativity. 
California Alliance for Arts Education:promotes, supports, and advocates for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.
Americans for the Artsthe nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.
National Endowment for the Arts: Independent agency of the federal government created to support the arts. 

Art Events in the Bay Area

Guides and Calendars

San Francisco
Art Business: San Francisco Art Gallery Openings & Reviews.
ARTslanT San Francisco: Calendar, reviews, galleries, etc.; a rather comprehensive site.
Flavorpill: Covering cultural events, art, books, music, and news.
San Francisco.com: A calendar listing of gallery events in San Francisco and beyond. Use the calendar drop-down menu to search for museums and much more. Search by district to see what’s in your neighborhood.
San Francisco Arts Quarterly: SFAQ is a free publication dedicated to the artistic community. Grab your issue in our Market Street store.
SFArts.org: A comprehensive guide to San Francisco Arts.
SFStation: Arts events listings.
East Bay
Swee(t)Art: Presenting and promoting Oakland and Bay Area visual art.
East Bay Express Visual Art: Reviews and information on arts & culture and much more.
Oakland.com: A calendar listing of gallery events in the East Bay and beyond. Use the calendar drop-down menu to search for museums and much more.
Marin
Marin.org: A complete listing of what’s happening in the arts in Marin County.

Art Walks

San Francisco
First Thursday Art Walk: A downtown tradition since 1993, on the first Thursday of every month many member galleries of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association are open late for a casual open house. (Many galleries across the City have a adopted first Thursdays.)
Divisadero ArtwalkHappens once a season.
Lower Polk/TL Artwalk: First Thursday of every month.
East Bay
Art Murmur: Oakland's biggest artwalk happens the first Friday of every month 6-9pm.
Second Saturdays: A relaxing afternoon art walk in the golden gate neighborhood of Oakland every second Saturday of the month. 
North Bay
Art Works Downtown: San Rafael, second Friday of every month.
Sausalito Art Walk: Every second Wednesday of the month.
South Bay
South First Fridays: Every first Friday of the month.

Annual Events

ArtMRKT San Francsico: Featuring 70 highly reputable galleries from around the globe, bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists and galleries to San Francisco. ArtMRKT's goal is to create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art. The event is held in May.
Maker Faire: A leading faire promoting the maker and DIY movements.
Renegade Craft Fair: In San Francisco every fall.
The Fort Mason Center hosts more than a thousand cultural events a year.

Open Studios

San Francisco
Bay Area
Marin Open Studios - Every May, with a published directory and map of artists throughout the county.
Bolinas & Stinson Beach Open Studios - For over twenty years every Thanksgiving weekend.
Sausalito Artists Open Studios - In May, and the ICB Annual December Winter Open Studios.
San Anselmo Artists Open Studios - For over twenty years an annual December holiday event.
San Rafael’s Art Works Downtown - Annual Holiday Open Studios in December.
East Bay, ProArts - The first two weekends of June.
Silicon Valley Open Studios - First three weekends of May.
Berkeley Artisans - Their Holiday Open Studios runs four weeks starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Find more California locations at MesArt

Art News

San Francisco Arts Quarterly: SFAQ is a free publication dedicated to the artistic community. Grab your issue in our Market Street store.
Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions.
KQED Arts: Reviews and Information on exhibits and so much more. Be sure to check out their SPARK programs.
Open Space, the SFMOMA blog, is focused on producing an array of critical and personal writings about art, visual culture in general, and issues specific to the Bay Area.
SF Art News: Fabulous resource on the local art scene.

SFArts.org - A comprehensive guide to San Francisco arts.


SF Gate: The San Francisco Chronicle online.


Stretcher: Encouraging dialog about contemporary art and visual culture in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Squarecylinder: An online publication for discerning readers who care about art.

Art Classes

Animation: The Walt Disney Family Museum
Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier: BACAA offers weekly art classes and workshops for artists of all abilities who desire to study drawing and painting in the tradition of Contemporary Classical Realism.
Calligraphy: Friends of Calligraphy
Cartooning: Cartoon Art Museum
City College of San Francisco provides affordable public art education. Coursework includes watercolor, drawing, illustration, design, painting, printmaking, chinese brush painting, metal/jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, and art career and transfer portfolio preparation, and more. They also offer Continuing Education classes.
The Crucible: A non-profit educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community.
Kala Art Institute: Located in Berkeley, Kala offers a full range of classes covering all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts.
Point Reyes Field Institute: In association with the non-profit Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), they offer art classes to help people connect with nature and the outdoors in ways that they may not have before.
San Francisco Center for the Book: As their name implies, SFCB offers workshops for the book arts, and that includes so much! See workshops on gilding, letterpress, calligraphy, linoleum block printing, origami, monotype printing, book binding and more.
Sharon Art Studio: The jewel of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks' Cultural Division, Sharon Art Studios offers affordable arts and crafts classes for everyone.

For Kids

Other Links We Like

Beach Plastic: Two artists making art from beach trash, and making a difference.
Jeepney Projects Worldwide - Art for Conservation
The Living Principles: Creative action for collective good.
San Francisco Mural Arts: Highlights hundreds of murals throughout the city, and includes photos, locations, and details about each piece.
 

 

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