Amy Kweskin is an arts management educator, consultant, and coach who streamlines complex business ideas into doable actions. Her goal is to guide people and teams in developing management skills, deepening leadership practices and advancing career pathways. Amy’s taught fundraising and grantwriting at Saint Mary’s Liberal Education for Arts Professionals, taught arts business at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, taught Arts Administration at the University of Houston and California State University East Bay. Amy earned her Master’s in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University and Bachelors’ degrees in Cinema/Photography and English from Ithaca College. Additionally, Amy is a certified yoga instructor teaching restorative and gentle yoga classes.
Meet with Amy about:
- Business Modeling and Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Organizational Development
- Human Resource
- Time Management
Heena Patel refuses to specialize. The CEO of MELA Arts Connect, her work focuses on promoting South Asian performing arts and increasing diversity and equity in the arts on and off stage. Roles she plays in the performing arts include artist manager, booking agent, producer, creator, cultural strategist, performing and teaching artist. Expertise include how to book shows and tours, the realities of touring and/or being a performing artist, strategies for career development, working with or as a culturally specific artist. Heena’s approach is pragmatic and systemic, grounded in macro and micro level realities and goals
Meet with Heena about
- Booking shows
- Career development
- Working with or as a culturally specific artist
Kelly Varian is a Consultant working with nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies in the arts sector. She specializes in helping clients use data to answer important questions, make informed decisions, and tell their story better. Her approach can be applied to a variety of projects including business planning, monitoring and evaluation, survey creation, audience research, and strategic planning.
Kelly’s background is in both the arts and in data. As an Associate Consultant at Vogl Consulting she works alongside principal Marc Vogl on projects for local and national arts organizations. As Communications and Development Specialist at Sustain Arts, a cultural data platform developed at Harvard University, she helps artists put meaningful data to use. Previously, she was a Consultant at the Beacon Group, a growth strategy consulting firm providing research and data analysis to Fortune 500 companies. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Dance from Colorado College.
Meet with Kelly about:
- Collecting and applying data
- Business planning and scenario testing
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Survey creation and analysis
Jericha is a financial consultant who specializes in arts nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects. Her goal is to demystify finance for artists and arts organizations so they can focus on their mission in sustainable ways. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, she worked in database management, business, company management, and fundraising for local nonprofits such as the Exploratorium, Playwrights Foundation, and The Flight Deck. She runs her own arts organization, the Museum of Joy, which has received two San Francisco Awesome Foundation awards and was recently featured in the New York Times. A Bay Area native with many years of interdisciplinary arts training in critical theory and social justice, Jericha has a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by arts practitioners.
Meet with Jericha about
- Financial health and sustainability
- Developing financial systems
- Creating and banaging budgets
- Tracking multi-year and restricted grants
- Transitioning from fiscal sponsorship to nonprofit status
- Eliminating deficits
Jessica is a creative professional who is well versed in persuasive grant writing. In addition to her proofreading and editing skills, Jessica is an experienced storyteller (from her background as a screenwriter and filmmaker) and uses this talent to craft compelling grant narratives. Jessica’s recent professional roles include the Director of Operations for an arts-centered “creative spaces” business, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Inc., and also Executive Director for a 50-year-old non-profit media arts organization, the Millennium Film Workshop Inc. In both positions, Jessica used her research and writing expertise to create winning grant applications on federal, state and local levels. Most recently, Millennium was awarded its full request from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) across two program areas. Jessica has also volunteered her services to worthy causes, such as her children’s public school garden where she was able to secure $20,000 from public and private entities. As a recent transplant, she welcomes the opportunity to engage with artists and organizations in her new Bay Area community in the areas of grant consultation and writing.
Meet with Jessica about:
- Grant Writing
- Researching grants
- Crafting compelling grant narratives for
- Grant storytelling
With 11 years experience as an artist, grantmaker, administrator, and arts advocate, Kevin is seasoned in San Francisco’s cultural landscape. Kevin has worked with San Francisco Foundation’s Art & Culture program and has reviewed grant applications for San Francisco Arts Commission, City of Berkeley, and Endeavor Foundation for the Arts. In addition to mastering the ins and outs of grant writing, Kevin has also led artist-focused workshops for the National Queer Arts Festival, Intersection for the Arts, the East Bay Community Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and brought Bay Area queer arts to the attention of national funders by co-facilitating Queering the Arts: Aesthetics and Economies at the Grantmakers in the Arts annual 2012 conference.
Meet with Kevin about:
- Identifying and applying for grants
- Crafting a grant strategy
- Writing grants and building relationships with funders
- Ensuring your grants have the maximum impact
- Designing and implementing events
- Facilitating workshops
- Artist development and support
A lifelong arts administrator, Lenore is a prodigious problem solver. Having worked in large organizations and small projects, both producing and presenting arts, she understands the intricacies of artist personalities and company ecosystems. She has curated multi-disciplinary performance seasons as well as a small gallery; developed logistical systems; hired staff; directed marketing and p.r. programs; developed community partnership initiatives and raised millions of dollars for capital, program and arts service projects.
Talk to Lenore about:
- Organizational development
- Strategic fundraising
- Creative problem solving
- Developing a communication strategy
- Mentoring for emerging administrators
Leora Fridman is a writer, consultant, and educator based in Oakland. Having served in a variety of leadership roles at creative arts organizations, schools, funders and galleries, Leora brings personal experience as an artist along with supportive, no-nonsense coaching to help creatives articulate their projects and get the support they need. Leora has taught writing for over 10 years, and enjoys bringing structure, efficiency and context to the many layers of creative work. . Leora has served on the board of arts organizations, including the Bay Area’s own Small Press Traffic, has curated cross-disciplinary exhibitions and events across the Bay Area, and has herself been a recipient of grant funding and residencies from Caldera, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for Cultural Innovation, among others. A natural link-maker, she maintains a database of funding opportunities for cultural creatives, loves connecting artists, audiences and funders across the Bay Area and beyond, and encourages clients to consciously design their work/life + art-making balance.
Meet with Leora about:
- Strategic Planning
- Project Management (for individual and collaborative work)
- Time Management
- Contract + Fee Negotiation
- Event Planning
Lyzette is a San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor who received her MFA in Fiction from Mills College. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal of Advanced Development, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, Potomac Review, International Journal on Literature and Theory, Fringe Magazine, The Naked Truth, and many others. She is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), 642 Tiny Things to Write About (Chronicle Books), Essay Daily, and the San Francisco University High School Journal.
Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Blue Mountain Center (NY), Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts (NE), Playa Summer Lake (OR), Horned Dorset Colony (NY), Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (AR), and The Banff Centre in Canada. She is the recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, two Individual Artist Commission grants from San Francisco Arts Commission, and two Professional Development Grants from the Creative Capacity Fund.
Meet with Lyzette about:
- Professional development
- Writing literary resumes
- Writing artist statements for writers
- Social media for writers, esp. LinkedIn, Twitter, & Alignable
- Applying for grants, fellowships, scholarships, and residencies
- Increasing your literary footprint in the Bay Area
Yesenia Sanchez has over 15 years experience working with artists and arts organizations. The Principal Consultant of Soleil Coaching & Consulting, she’s works with numerous Bay Area organizations including Intersection for the Arts, Youth Speaks, Red Poppy Art House, Center for Cultural Innovation, and has been an interim executive director, finance director, administrative and program director, and executive coach and consultant. Yesenia is Intersection’s Director of Finance & Organizational Development and is a founding member of Consultants and Coaches for the Arts.
Meet with Yesenia about
- Organizational development and culture
- Strategic planning
- Executive and creative coaching
- Meeting and retreat facilitation