Technical Assistance & Professional Development


Want to make the leap from hobbyist to professional artist? Need information on where to find art supplies, opportunities in the visual arts or art and cultural venues in Santa Cruz County? Would you like to find employment in the arts sector? We can help.

Below you’ll find local, state and national resources on a variety of media and disciplines.

Technical Assistance

Local Art & Cultural Venues
Our extensive list of venues across Santa Cruz County, including Arts Council grantees.
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Media Contact List – Updated 12/14
Connections in local media outlets.
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Professional Development

Business of Art Seminar Series
Interested in learning more about how to start, manage, and grow your art business? This seminar series, held at Cabrillo College, provides information and tools to support your success.
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Fractured Atlas
This nonprofit organization helps artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit.

A collaborative partnership has been formed between Fractured Atlas and the Arts Council Santa Cruz County. As a result, you can become an Associate Member for free.
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How to Create an Effective Business Card
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Learn about Healthcare for Artists
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Employment in the Arts Sector

Jobs on the California Arts Council website
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Americans for the Arts Job Bank
The nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.
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Art Career Network
If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in visual arts, has a helpful guide to get you on the path toward an art career. From web design, web development, photography to filmmaking programs, the opportunities are endless in art education.
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ArtJobs features a comprehensive list of frequently updated employment opportunities in all areas of the arts, including visual arts, performing arts, commercial art and design firms, film, public arts agencies, academic arts departments, galleries, conferences, commissions, nonprofit organizations engaged in the arts and cultural policy, and more.
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Global Art Jobs
Global Art Jobs offers a substantial choice of local and international visual art job opportunities – for a new art job, a simple upgrade, a job overseas, or perspective on the global art job markets.
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Museum Employment Resource Center (MERC)
The MERC lists jobs and other information related to the museum, heritage management and cultural resource communities.
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Opportunity Knocks (OK)
OK is a national online job board, HR resource, and career development destination focused exclusively on the nonprofit community.
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New York Foundation for the Arts Opportunities & Services for Artists
NYFA provides a comprehensive online directory for grants, open calls, auditions and residencies and many more nationwide for artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers, performers and musicians.
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On The Move
OTM is a cultural Mobility information network with more than 30 members in over 20 countries across Europe and beyond. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation, contributing to building up a vibrant and shared European cultural space that is strongly connected worldwide.
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Arts Organizations & Associations

California Lawyers for the Arts
Empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.
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California Arts Council e-Newsletter
The California Artbeat contains artist calls, jobs & news plus tales from the trenches, all in one handy place. Emailed weekly when you sign up.
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Poets & Writers
Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.
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Art Register for Visual Artists
Part of the Art Register Network, a group of proprietary web portals, this is an online showcase & global marketplace for professionals in the arts.
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Arts Marketing
A program of Americans for the Arts (, the National Arts Marketing Project, provides information, tools, and practical ideas to design high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs and strengthen arts organizations.
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New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Arts Project
The NYFA is building and serving a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. They connect artists with services and resources to foster their creative careers, gain support and exposure for their work, and integrate into the cultural world of New York and beyond while upholding their distinct identities.
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Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State.
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Global Art Information Directory
South African resource for International Art Competitions and Art Exposure
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