11th Annual Expo for Independent Arts

Saturday, September 25
10am-5pm, at CELLSpace
2050 Bryant St. (x 18th St.), SF

$5 Donation • No One Turned Away!

The Expo is the Bay Area’s only grassroots connection fair for independent arts, music & culture, and your place to access Skills, Resources and Connections!

Press release (PDF), schedule of workshops and exhibitor list

Reserve a table for your arts project/service starting at $35

At the Expo: RSVP for SF Arts Commission workshop
“Face Time with the SF Arts Commission” Panel, 1-2pm, one-on-one talks 2-4pm: Space is limited! Want feedback on your portfolio? Interested in painting a mural in your community? Heard about SFAC’s Art in Storefronts program and want to participate? SFAC staff will meet one-on-one with YOU at the Expo, for 15 minutes to talk about any thing you like. To register for a Face Time slot, email robynn.takayama@sfgov.org … Half the slots are advanced registration. The other half are first-come-first-serve at the Expo.

JUST ADDED: By popular demand, a half hour visual artists group discussion with SFAC Gallery Manager Aimee Le Duc and SOMArts Gallery Director Justin Hoover will be held at 4:30 for artists who do not make it into one of their Face Time slots.


Monday, September 20, 6-8PM
Independent Publishing: Where’s It At?
Viracocha SF, 998 Valencia St. @ 21st. St., SF
What will rule publishing? Print vs. Internet? … or are people even reading? How do you start and run your own small press? What literary events are happening? What spaces are available? How do you promote your lit’ry endeavor? Who’s writing, who’s reading, what’s happening around the Bay Area?

  • Mike Skott (Ink. Publishing http://www.inkonbooks.com)
  • Ramsey Kanaan (PM Press, http://www.pmpress.org/)
  • Jennifer Joseph (Manic D Press, http://www.manicdpress.com)
  • Deborah Grabien (Plus One Press, http://www.plusonepress.com)
  • J. Brandon Loberg (Performance poets, publisher of “The 16th & Mission Review”)
  • Ginger Murray (Whore Magazine – http://whoremagazine.net)

Tuesday, September 21
Promoting Your Underground Art
Mission Comics & Art, 3520 20th St. x Mission St., 6-8PM
How to promote your event on a limited budget, and on the edge of propriety.

  • Caroline Thompson (promotions for Broadway musicals “Wicked,” “Peter Pan,” etc.)
  • Evan Karp (QUIET LIGHTNING Reading Series, http://qlightning.wordpress.com/)
  • Bix Warden (Bookings/Outreach, Mission Control, http://missioncontrolsf.org/)
  • Doctor Popular

Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Expo, Panel: 1-2 p.m. and 4:30-5pm; Face Time: 2-4 p.m. RSVP REQ’D.
Face Time with SF Arts Commission
CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. x 18th St., SF
Want feedback on your portfolio? Interested in painting a mural in your community? Heard about our Art in Storefronts program and want to participate? In this service to the cultural community, SFAC staff will meet one-on-one for 15 minutes to talk about any thing you like.

  • RSVP Required for Face Time Email Robynn Takayama, robynn.takayama@sfgov.org. Indicate who you would like to meet and what you’d like to discuss. Half the slots are available for RSVPs. The other half will be scheduled first-come-first-serve at the Expo.
  • Tyra Fennell (Arts Education Manager, SF Arts Commission, oversees the Arts Providers Alliance, StreetSmARTS program, and arts education policy.
  • Aimee Le Duc (SFAC Gallery Manager; former Associate Director, Southern Exposure)
  • Lex Leifheit (Executive Director, SOMArts, including the Commons Curatorial Residency Program, the Ramp Gallery, fiscal sponsorship, space, tech. support)
  • Genevieve Masse (Intern, SF Arts Commission Public Art Prgrm, Civic Art Collection)
  • Robynn Takayama (Manager, SF Arts Commission Art in Storefronts Program; multimedia community artist exhibiting in Los Angeles, Chicago, the Bay Area)
  • Zoe Taleporos (Independent curator; member, Queens Nails Projects artspace; Program Associate, SFAC’s Public Art Program; former gallery manager for New Langton Arts)

Sept. 25, at the Expo, 10:30am-11:30 am
Writing For Marketing, Pr, Grant Proposals, Storytelling And More
CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. x 18th St., SF

  • Dalya Massachi (writing teacher and coach, http://www.dfmassachi.net)
  • Josh Wilson (co-founder, Independent Arts & Media, publisher, Newsdesk.org, winner of the SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism)

Sept. 25, at the Expo, 11:45am-12:45pm
Social Networking
CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. x 18th St., SF
Powerful new tools for online community building and promotions have emerged in the last ten years. Now social networking is changing how we talk to each other and work together. How can you harness social networking for your art?

  • Emily Goligoski (http://thesanfranista.com/, @emgollie, women2.org/in-conversation)
  • Therese Davis (“Networking, In Person and Virtually”; Songbird Festival Founder)
  • Kwan Booth, Oakland Local, Legba Digital
  • Johnny Funcheap, founder, FunCheapSF
  • Gregory Stock, arts promoter

Sept. 25, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St. x 15th St., 2:30-3:30 pm
Community collaboration and project documentation

  • Wendy Testu, Project Director, Welcome to the NeighborHOOD
  • Lise Swenson, filmmaker, Founder, TILT
  • La Constance “Connie” Shahid, Youth Coordinator, Youth Artist, Welcome to the NeighborHOOD
  • Sept. 25, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St. x 15th St., SF, 3:45-4:45pm
    Online Fundraising

    • Michael Stoll (SF Public Press, www.sfpublicpress.org)
    • Lisa Lee (Publisher, Hyphen Magazine, http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/)
    • Gregory Stock, Arts Advocate and Promoter
    • David Hunt, co-founder, Circus Bella
    • Irene Kao, Hyphen Magazine

    EXPO 2010 EXHIBITORS, Saturday, Sept. 25, CELLspace


    Crafter’s Local 415 — “Crafters Local 415 is a new San Francisco-based creative collective. All artists and makers welcome to join in. We will host in-person meet ups to create together, share online inspiration, promote periodic workshops, and even exchange some show and tell.”

    The Foundation Center — “The nation’s leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.”

    Full Calendar Event Promotion Service — Provides local event-related services in many U.S. cities, and is continually expanding. FullCalendar is based on the learning that event publicity is the single most important factor in event attendance and an organization’s vitality.

    Independent Arts & Media — “Celebrating 10 years of support for people, projects and organizations that use media and the arts to build community. Services include Fiscal Sponsorship, Workshops and Connection Fairs.”

    Lightbox SF — “Lightbox SF is a support system for artists. We offer business advice, marketing, publicity, and even just a reassuring word that, ‘Yes you can do this.’ One day we would like to have a brick and mortar space that will house studio spaces, a gallery, and serve as a gathering place.”

    Intergeneration: Building Queer Community Across The Ages Through The Arts — “An interdisciplinary arts project that builds Queer community between Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people of all ages through the creation of theatrical performances, paintings, new media works, photography, video narratives, storytelling, and poetry.

    Women’s Audio Mission — “In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), we provide training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls.”

    Writing for Community Success — “Writing for Community Success specializes in helping you advance your mission and boost your community impact through great writing. Great writing is crucial to the success of socially responsible organizations (nonprofits, foundations, green businesses, and the like) and the people who work for them. But few of us know how to share our work with the world in the most effective and efficient way. That’s where I can help!”

    Zero Gravity Arts Consortium — “[Expanding] the contributions of the Arts, Humanities and Culture in Space Exploration Activities. Current projects in production include ZGAC: GRAVITY PULSE Parabolic Flight for artists; The Space Arts Institute created in collaboration with the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University; the ZGAC: SPACE ARTISTS EDUCATION PROGRAM; and Levity Lab: Arts in Space education for Middle School and High school students.”

    —-> VISUAL ARTS –>

    Aftershock Magazine — an online journal on Bay Area visual arts.

    Aorta Magazine — Formerly ArtXX Magazine, Aorta is a collective publication for women, queer and trans artists, and welcomes new members.

    Last Gasp Books — One of the world’s leading publishers of art, comics and culture, and a San Francisco original.

    Mission Artists United — “There are more artists in the Mission that any other neighborhood in San Francisco.” Working to make the Mission the city’s destination for art lovers!

    Moholy Ground Project — supporting artist careers, currently via a photo journal “publishing compelling, authentic images about people and places of San Francisco.”

    San Pancho Art Collective — SPAC is a Fine Arts Collective based out of San Francisco. Members show work in galleries, public spaces, cafes, bars and salons. SPAC also paints murals, such as “Old Soil, New Roots” in Lilac Alley for Mission Pie, and our latest project at Tip Top Market on 90 Turk St. @ Taylor.

    Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts — THE destination for affordable arts-making materials of all sorts … and the place to take the home and art-stuff you want to give to the world.

    WE Artspace — “Our mission is to help navigate primarily 2-D culture by emerging artists residing in the Bay Area … initiating dialog within our culture, in creating a community.”

    —-> LITERARY ARTS –>

    Invisible City Audio Tours — “We’re in the business of surreal tourism. Our mission: to create surreal geographies in cities worldwide by producing literary- and art-based walking audio tours.”

    The Fabulist — A new home for fables, yarns, tales, fantastical fiction, literary fantasy and SF, visual art, poetry, and comments on the fantastical in the arts.

    Left Curve: Art, Critical Culture, Theory & Politics — “An artist-produced journal addressing the problem(s) of cultural forms emerging from the crises of modernity that strive to be independent from dominant institutions and free from the shackles of instrumental rationality.”

    Manic D Press — Serving your eclectic printed-matter needs, a Bay Area home for short stories, poetry, spoken word, anthologies, essays, cultural history, graphic narrative and more.

    PM Press — “We launched PM Press as a means to impact, amplify, and revitalize the discourse and actions of radical writers, filmmakers, and artists. We [publish] radical and stimulating fiction and non-fiction books, pamphlets, t-shirts, visual and audio materials.”

    Pureplay Press — “Founded in 2001 to publish works about Cuba’s history and culture. At present we have 12 books in print, all with Cuban themes, and we are beginning to publish on other subjects. Our byword is freedom from the status quo … We are convinced that culture is infinite, and creativity general.”

    Re/Search Publications — Legendary Bay Area imprint: “Every RE/Search book continues the Punk Rock Cultural Revolution, but strives to provide permanent inspiration to artists/cultural scientists of the future, providing careful editing, reference sections, photos, art and anthropological history.


    Artists’ Television Access — “A nonprofit, all-volunteer, artist-run, experimental media arts gallery in operation since 1984. ATA hosts a series of film and video screenings, exhibitions and performances by emerging and established artists and a weekly cable access television program.”

    Legba Digital, Black Diamond Shining Crew, Endless Canvas — Oakland and Bay Area multimedia and multi-disciplinary artist community specializing in small-press publishing, cultural products, street art, T-shirts and more.

    The Bay Area Native — Articles and YouTube channel “dedicated to supporting photographers, artists and musicians. If you are a photographer or musician, we’d love to hear from you! Although we focus on local artists, we love to interview bands and review music from around the globe.”

    CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival — “We organize the annual Anti-Corporate Film Festival, a three-day series of film screenings, post-screening Q & A’s, and related events. The goal of the Anti-Corporate Festival is to raise public and media awareness, promote critical thought and analysis, and encourage informed discussion and debate about how corporations actually operate, and what they really add to — and subtract from — humanity’s ‘bottom line’.”

    Friends of KUSF — Dedicated to supporting KUSF-FM. the Bay Area’s vital source for diverse, independent and underground music, talk and ideas.

    Hologlyphics — “A performance based video synthesis system that displays moving, true-3D images, intertwined with music and spatial sound.”

    Newsdesk.org — “An award-winning source for important but overlooked news, and an open publishing platform for independent journalists.”

    Ohlone Profiles — “Documenting the ongoing lives of Ohlone leaders and organizations. Most people in San Francisco believe the Ohlone no longer exist. Very few realize that there are nine Ohlone organizations applying for tribal recognition, several with more than 500 members. The project began by sponsoring Ohlone community meetings, art exhibits, radio broadcasts, and film screenings, and by documenting these events.”

    SF Media Archive / Oddball Film & Video — A Bay Area-based institution dedicated to acquisition and preservation of film and related media.

    Planetwize.com — “A music and media company on a mission. Actiontrax, our music download service, turns music lovers into activists.”

    The San Francisco Public Press — “A nonprofit news outlet that aims to do for print and Web news what public broadcasting has done for radio and TV.”

    The Women’s Film Institute/ SF Women’s Film Festival — “Women and girls around the world access multiple media outlets, yet their voices are overwhelmingly absent. WFI increases the visibility of female filmmakers, media-makers and storytellers.”

    What’s Live SF — An original performance show in San Francisco, broadcast on cable channel 29 every first and third Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

    —-> PERFORMANCE –>

    Circus Bella — “An open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians … Our mission is to create a one-ring circus that uplifts diverse audiences, engages community, and challenges its artists. Our outdoor show, adaptable for the stage, comes complete with a 32’ ring tarp and ring curb, back drop, sound system and rigging. Our productions can be adapted to short 20 – 30 minute or full-length, 60-90 minute shows. Perfect for fairs, festivals, and fundraisers.”

    The Convergence Festival — A multimedia festival bringing together fashion, art, music, film and video.

    CounterPULSE — “A nonprofit theater, community center, and gallery in SoMA, with roots deep in the Bay Area’s provocative performance and dance scenes. CounterPULSE produces its own shows, helps support local artists and activists with its programs and can be rented for productions and rehearsals.”

    SAMAVESHA — “An international multidisciplinary performing arts collective. We encourage both performers and audience to discover and express, with authenticity, that which is sacred in art.”

    Studio Gracia — “Our mission is to provide a clean, beautiful, relaxing and inspiring space for a wide variety of dance classes. Classes offered: Salsa-Casino, Rueda , Belly Dance, Tango, Modern, Hip-Hop, Samba and more.”


    Ashley Eberlein’s An Eye For It Productions — Creative and commercial photography, portraiture, video production and more.

    Flying in a Blue Dream — Acrylic art, stained glass and prints from Delhi-born Mallika.

    Intwined Bows — for diverse fashion needs, from hair to bow ties.

    Work Clothes — Books, pillows, dresses, tops, underwear, geometric, graphic, tees, typography, geometric.