Post-Confluence Survey

Did you attend Confluence 2016? You should have received an invitation yesterday to provide us with feedback via an online survey. If you didn’t, then please go to this link to share your thoughts with us:
Thank you–and please do not take the survey if you were unable to attend, as there will be a different, separate survey we’ll be circulating to collect your input for the next Confluence!

Michael Kass’ CONFLUENCE 2016 Workshop Presentation – Powerpoint Now Available Here

Award-winning storyteller, facilitator and coach, Michael Kass offered an extraordinary workshop at CONFLUENCE 2016, STORYTELLING AND MAKING THE CASE FOR THE ARTS.  He has shared with us his PowerPoint presentation.  Here you will find a link to download the PDF:  michael-kass-presentation-confluence-storytelling-9-16

In the interactive 60 minute workshop, Michael shared the secrets of discovering and harnessing the power of your stories to build strong relationships, foster community, and supercharge fundraising. He provided participants with a new understanding of exactly why storytelling is so effective, 6 story types that all leaders and organizations must tell, and the experience of building and sharing a story of our own. He also discussed common pitfalls, how to integrate stories into our communication, and why story will outperform data in engaging funders and supporters.

CONFLUENCE 2016 Features 3 Outstanding Keynotes and Dozens of Breakout & Roundtable Sessions

Californians for the Arts, our sister organization, will present CONFLUENCE 2016 on Monday & Tuesday, September 26 & 27 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  As of this date (9/12/16) reservations are still available for the conference and the discounted hotel rates at the Sheraton Grand.

You may view the updated conference schedule here.

You may register online here for the conference.

Hotel reservations should be made at this link.

CONFLUENCE 2016: 2 Keynote Speakers Announced!

Nina Simon and Marc Bamuthi Joseph have been announced as keynote speakers for CONFLUENCE 2016! ‪#‎CAstateofcreativity‬ ‪#‎CALovestheArts ‬

Conference registration & information link.

Nina Simon

Nina Simon is an internationally-recognized expert on active community participation in cultural institutions and has been named a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her innovative approach to design. Nina received the American Alliance for Museums’ Nancy Hanks Memorial Award in 2012 and was named one of the 50 most “powerful and influential people in nonprofit arts” by the Western States Arts Federation in 2012 and 2013. Nina is the author of “The Participatory Museum” (2010) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Nina holds a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering and mathematics.


Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a dynamic artist, activist and thought-leader.  ln the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. He is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. He currently is completing new works for the Philadelphia Opera and South Coast Repertory Theater while serving as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

CONFLUENCE 2016: A Statewide Arts Convening – “Better Together – Best Practices from the Field” – Registration is Now Open!

Californians for the Arts is pleased to announce that registration is now open for CONFLUENCE 2016, taking place September 26-27 in Sacramento!

Here you will find an overview of the statewide arts convening, FAQs, and online registration.

Here you may view a preliminary schedule for the convening, which will be updated as new information becomes available:  CONFLUENCE 2016 Prelim Schedule for Website

Here you may view and like our Facebook event page for Confluence.

CONFLUENCE 2016 will feature discussions by leading experts on topics such as Arts Education, Arts in Corrections, Storytelling and Making the Case for the Arts, Cultural Districts, Diversity & Equity, Collaborating with business, Arts and Technology, Arts marketing, Public Art, Working with Individual Artists, fundraising, grants and more.

Best practices, success stories and practical implementation strategies will be shared so participants leave with more tools to be effective arts advocates.

On Day One, network, share ideas and learn best practices from your fellow arts leaders, state-local partners and arts advocates. Enjoy keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will you leave inspired and prepared to continue the rewarding work of being arts leaders in your communities.

Join us also for a reception and awards ceremony at the Empress Tavern Monday night, more time to network and share!

On Day Two, get prepared for your legislative visit at the Advocacy 101 breakout session in the morning. Participants will learn effective strategies to speak with legislators and their staff, best practices for communicating your case to your local government and business community and how can you make a difference on the Federal level too. Legislative visits are planned for the afternoon with a final wrap up session and debrief.Arts Day 2015

Two Elected to CAA Board: Debra Lucero and Danielle Whitmore


At its June 29 meeting, the Board of California Arts Advocates elected Debra Lucero (left) and Danielle Whitmore to join the Board. Debra is Executive Director of Shasta County Arts Council in Redding & Friends of the Arts – Upstate in Butte County. Both are State-Local Partners of the California Arts Council. Dani has been Executive Director for over ten years of YoloArts in Woodland, the State-Local Partner for Yolo County with the California Arts Council. She has just been appointed Executive Director of Blue Line Arts in Roseville. “CAA continues to expand its Board in an effort to ensure that it successfully represents the diversity of our large state,” commented CAA President Richard Stein. “Debra Lucero manages not one, but two rural upstate State-Local Partner organizations and she was instrumental in creating True North Arts, Culture & Media Alliance, a five-county consortium (Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama and Butte counties) that recently received regional network designation from the California Arts Council. Dani is a seasoned arts leader rooted in the rural areas of the Capital district. Both Debra and Dani bring to our Board substantial advocacy experience that will help us continue to advance the mission of California Arts Advocates.”

CAA’s Brad Erickson Wins National Award for Advocacy


Americans for the Arts announced on May 25 the recipients of the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. It is our pleasure to report that Brad Erickson—Executive Director for Theatre Bay Area, Treasurer of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates, and Immediate Past President of the SAAN Council—is the 2016 recipient of the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award. Since 2007, the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award has honored an individual whose arts advocacy efforts have dramatically affected the political landscape at the state level. Through his leadership at Theatre Bay Area, Californians for the Arts, and California Arts Advocates, Brad has lead efforts to support, promote, and advocate for California’s vibrant arts community. Brad will be presented with his award at the Americans for the Arts 2016 Annual Convention in Boston during on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m

Jonathan Moscone Joins CAA Board

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At its May meeting, the Board of Directors of Californians for the Arts elected Jonathan Moscone, Chief of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco. In that capacity, he designs and implements YBCA’s civic engagement activities, connecting the art and artists of YBCA with the diverse constituencies of the Center and San Francisco, and community based organizations from all over the Bay Area. Jon served for 15 years as the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) in Berkeley, California. Under Jon’s leadership, Cal Shakes pioneered educational and community engagement programs that are widely regarded models of the civic role that leading arts institutions play in the life of their communities. He is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work.” Jon has served on several local, state, and national panels, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also has participated in many programs with National Arts Strategies, including the year long Chief Executive Program. Born and raised in San Francisco, Moscone received his BA from Williams College, worked as assistant to Joseph Papp, producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and earned his MFA degree from the Yale School of Drama.

Jonathan succeeds Deborah Cullinan, who served on the Board since 2008.