Thursday, February 20, 2003

Subject: [BA-NEWMUS:8669] Seminars on Securing Space for the Arts City of Oakland Crafts & Cultural Arts Department and California Lawyers for the Arts PRESENT:

Securing Space for the Arts: ArtHouse OAKLAND Speaker Series Every Third Thursday in Oakland City Hall

<> January 16: Becoming an Artist-in-Residence 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall How can you become an artist-in-residence? Representatives from the Bay Area organizations that sponsor residences for visual, performing and/or literary artists will discuss their themes and application process February 20: New Funding/Financing Sources for Arts Facilities 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall Learn about grants, loans and loan guarantee programs available for non-profit arts facilities. Program officers from programs available to small and mid-sized organizations will explain the process. March 20: Qualifying to Buy a Studio or Live/Work Art Space 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall The first step to ownership is qualifying for financing. A loan broker will explain what it takes to qualify for loans, focusing on the particular needs of artists. April 17: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Leasing or Buying Real Estate 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall An experienced attorney will present an overview of potential legal issues that arts organizations may encounter in securing real estate. Non-profit status can complicate some real estate transactions; this series talk will help to clarify these issues. May 15: Artist Housing Opportunities in Oakland 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall Local real estate experts will explain the current market for artist housing and studio spaces to buy and lease. June 19: Arts and Community Development 5:30pm-7:00pm, Oakland City Hall The arts can create economic revitalization. Learn about Oakland programs and projects where artists, arts organizations and developers are building communities in their neighborhoods. Be a part of the discussion about how to encourage and develop these efforts. This six-month speaker series is a collaboration between the City of Oakland Craft & Cultural Arts Department and California Lawyers for the Arts. All workshops are free and designed to address the needs of artists, arts groups and arts organizations to find and secure space with and emphasis on affordability and sustainability. For more information on ArtHOUSE Oakland call 510-444-6358. To learn about California Lawyers for the Arts' arts law seminars, go to