ArtSpan produces workshops and discussions to aid artists with the professional side of their art practice. These events are free for all current ArtSpan Artist Members. A $20 suggested donation is requested of the General Public non-member attendees. No one is turned away for lack of funds.    

Please e-mail [email protected] with suggestions for new topics that you are interested in learning more about! Upcoming workshops will be listed here

Except where otherwise noted, all events are held at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, as part of their Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to arts and cultural organizations. 

2019 Workshop Schedule 

Taxes for artists

DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

DESCRIPTION: Get organized for tax season. Diana from Treehouse Taxes will focus on tax issues for independent artists.

Insuarance 101 for artists 

DATE: TUESDAY, january 29, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: Diana Greiner of Treehouse Taxes

DESCRIPTION:  This workshop, presented by Ambere St. Denis, Founder of Crimson Business Insurance, will tackle some terms and discuss coverage options that are relevant for what you as an artist do. Plenty of time will by allotted for Q&A so feel free to bring your burning questions.

Panel Discussion: Fundraising strategies for independent artists

DATE: WednesDAY, March 13, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103 

Featured PANELISTS: 
Lisa Burger (President & Executive Director of Independent Arts & Media)
Amy Kweskin (Consultant and Coach at ArtSightful )
Ron Moultrie Saunders ( Artist and SFAC Grant Awardee)

Justin Hoover (Co-Founder and Principal of Collective Action Studio)

DESCRIPTION: Join us for a panel discussion on how to raise funds for your artistic practice beyond just selling your art - including how to cultivate direct relationships with local businesses; how to receive public funding from local and state governments; and how to raise charitable donations and grants as a nonprofit or with a fiscal sponsor.

Panel discussion: Social Media Marketing for artists

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM​

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103 

Featured Panelist: 
Dilcia Giron
Kristian Kabuay
Shane Izykowski
MODERATOR: Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

DESCRIPTION: Learn tips and best methods and hear first hand insights for promoting your art practice across various on-line platforms from  social media savvy artists.   This workshop encourages interactive discussion, so please bring your burning questions!

Panel Discussion: Artwork Pricing Techniques 

DATE: TUESDAY, May 21, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

Featured Panelists: 
Philip Hua
Stephen C. Wagner
Rachel Znerold
Moderator: Joshua Coffy

DESCRIPTION: We've invited a panel of ArtSpan Artists to join Joshua Coffy in an exploration of various techniques for pricing and to discuss the pros and cons for each. Attendees are welcome to join the collective art-pricing brainstorm. 

All About SF Open Studios 2019

DATE: monday, June 17, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: ArtSpan Program Assistants Dianne Hoffman & Lee Tulchin 

DESCRIPTION: ArtSpan staff will introduce you to the annual SFOS event and answer all of your burning questions from A to Z. 

Panel Discussion Navigating the SF Gallery Scene

DATE: TUESDAY, July 16, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: Intersection for the Arts, 1448 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Featured Panelists:
James Bacchi of Arthaus Gallery
Phillip Bewley of Dzine Gallery
Bradley Platz of Modern Eden Gallery
Moderator: Matt McKinley of McKinley Art Solutions

DESCRIPTION: ArtSpan presents a panel discussion for artists about navigating the San Francisco gallery scene that will include how can artists get noticed by galleries? What are the current industry trends? How are galleries addressing the needs & interests of a tech-savvy and online/digital audience? How can galleries act as connectors in the art ecosystem? What are strategies to serve the community through artists, collectors, collaborations, and public art engagement? How is the Bay Area gallery scene unique in comparison to other large US cities and cities across the globe?

Panel Discussion: Preparing for SF Open Studios

DATE: TUESDAY, august 2o, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

ArtSpan Artist Panel: 
Stacey Ransom 
Jason Mitchell
Susan Kirshenbaum
Tanya Herrera

DESCRIPTION: Experienced SFOS artists share their experience and expertise with Q&A to help you prepare and know what to expect from SF Open Studios.

The Inner & Outer Game of Selling Your Art

DATE: TUESDAY, september 17, 2019, 6:30PM-8:00PM

LOCATION: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, SF, CA 94103

PRESENTERS: Art Advisor Martha Zlatar

DESCRIPTION: Martha Zlatar provides coaching and advice to selling that feels more authentic, engaging, and fun. Learn the 8 stages of selling art (from meeting buyers to closing the sale) giving you a clear framework on how to handle the sales process and how to speak about your art in a way that is more interesting and engaging so that people are more likely to buy. 

Pictured above: John Kraft leading an ArtSpan Artist Workshop