Artists to gather for conference at Sierra College |

Artists to gather for conference at Sierra College

Arts Convergence 2012 is an amazing collection of presentations designed to inform and inspire artists and arts organizations throughout Nevada County.

This day-long conference set for Nov. 17 at Sierra College, features 15 workshops and two general sessions. Participants will be able to choose from valuable workshops taught by both local and national experts. There are sessions of general interest, such as “The Art of Promotion” with Jesse Locks, and others targeting specific skills such as “Etsy to Success! How to Start an Online Store” with Ruth Chase. There are also workshops geared toward literary artists (“Choosing Self-Publishing: The Savvy Guide to Getting Your Work in Your Readers Hands” with Julie Valin), performing artists (“Art, Inspiration and Consciousness” with David Eby) and visual artists (“A Look in the Mirror: Creating Eye-catching Marketing Materials” with LeeAnn Brook).

Some workshops will enhance specific artistic skills (“Freedom to Write: A Writing Playshop” with Maxima Kahn), while others focus on the business of art (“Taking Artistic License: An Image Worth a Thousand Uses” with Jerianne Van Dijk). A number of workshops are designed for arts organizations, such as “Businesses and Nonprofits: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” featuring tips from a new book by author/consultant Mary Vradelis.

Just about anybody could benefit from the information in workshops such as “Artful Negotiating: How to Value your Work and Talk with Clients, Vendors, and Suppliers” with author/consultant Nancy J. Fox or “Where Did the Time Go? Time Management for Artists” with nationally recognized consultant Morrie Warshawski.

Add to the mix workshops like “Bio 101: How to Write Your Bio for Business” by Julie Hardin and “What is Art?” with Scott Ewing, and you have something for everyone.

There are even some reserved seats at the special rate of $15 for Sierra College students, many of whom will want to attend the “Art at Work: Art Education and the Ideal Employee or Entrepreneur” panel discussion with Center For the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker and local business leaders.

The theme for the conference is “ABC: Arts Build Communities” and will be addressed by the opening and closing general session speakers. Craig Watson, the executive director of the California Arts Council, will talk about the role of art and creative place-making in developing desirable communities. Mary Vradelis will discuss the relationship between nonprofit organizations, government, taxes and the arts in supporting the kind of society we all know to be healthy.

Arts Convergence 2012 is supported in part by a grant from the California Arts Council’s state-local partner program. Nevada County Arts is a member-supported, all-volunteer organization that acts as advocate and liaison to city, county and state government, chambers of commerce and other regional organizations.

The mission of NCArts is to facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community. To become a member, or for more information, visit

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