​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Development Workshops

​​Looking for help applying for grants? What about posting on social media or engaging with communities? Deepen your practice, learn new skills, and advance your arts and culture career with one of our upcoming workshops!​​​

 Run It Like a Business Workshop

Arts and cultural organizations are currently trying to rebuild audiences, reclaim relevance, and confront centuries of systemic discrimination. This has been a great challenge, but there are solutions. Based on her new book Run it Like a Business, join us for this free workshop and welcome​ Aubrey Bergauer to Phoenix, where she will share a sustainable plan for the success of nonprofits across the country: run it like a business.

​May 14, 2024 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Pulliam Auditorium 
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee Networking
9:30-10:30 a.m. Speaker Talk
10:30 a.m. Book Signing

This event is sold out; please contact us at arts.culture@phoenix.gov for last-minute cancelations.

​The library opens at 9:00 a.m., and that is when registration, coffee, and the pre-workshop networking will begin. Aubrey will start the workshop promptly at 9:30 a.m. There is ample parking at the library, and the workshop will be held in Pulliam Auditorium on the first floor of the building.​

Run it Like a Business

If you hate that phrase, you’re not alone. But the arts are a business, a sector worth billions whose institutions serve almost every region in the country. Today, arts organizations are trying to rebuild audiences, reclaim relevance, and confront centuries of systemic discrimination. 

The solutions are right before our eyes, though. Volumes of data, research, and case studies from the for-profit sector demonstrate how to achieve success across customer engagement, the user experience, company culture, the subscription economy, digital content, new revenue streams, and brand relevance. 

Just because arts organizations are non-profits doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make money; it means the money we make goes back to fund the mission. And it means a sustainable model is still necessary. Running it like a business isn’t unwitting board speak; it’s essential to revitalize this critical, massive economic engine and ultimately better serve the art and its consumers in the new normal ahead. 

About the Speaker

Headshot Aubrey Bergauer cropped - credit The Morrisons.jpgHailed as “the Steve Jobs of classical music” (Observer), Aubrey Bergauer is known for her customer-centric, data-obsessed pursuit of changing the narrative for the arts. A “dynamic administrator” with an “unquenchable drive for canny innovation” (San Francisco Chronicle), she’s held offstage roles at major institutions and as chief executive of the California Symphony. 

Bergauer’s ability to cast and communicate vision inspires and unifies, earning her “a reputation for coming up with great ideas and then realizing them” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her work and leadership has been covered in national publications, and she is a frequent speaker inside and outside the arts. 


@aubreybergauer (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube) ​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ On Demand Artists Workshops

Artlink Workshop Logos
In partnership with Artlink, artists are invited to watch this on-demand a series of workshops designed to support an artist’s career that was held in conjunction with Art Detour 35.

"Photograph Your Work" WATCH ON DEMAND
Led by professional photographer, Nader Abushhab who demonstrates basic photography techniques on capturing work in the most effective and easiest way. This course welcomes all levels of expertise no matter how big or small. Learn best tips and practices for capturing your work in a professional manner.

"Submit Your Work” WATCH ON DEMAND
The workshop provides insights and tips on submitting your work to open calls as well as commercial businesses. The conversation will include Carrie Brown, Deputy Director of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; Chad Campbell, co-owner of For The People/dialog; and Catrina Kahler, President & CEO of Artlink Inc.

“Prepare Your Work” WATCH ON DEMAND​
This workshop provides insights and tips on preparing your work for exhibition. The conversation will include Laura Spalding Best, Senior Director of Exhibits for Desert Botanical Garden, and Robert Gentile, Curatorial Programs Manager for Artlink Inc.

“Promote Your Work” WATCH ON DEMAND​
One of the most powerful tools available to elevate an artist’s career, reputation, and visibility in marketing. With this in mind, this workshop is for all experience levels to attend the “Promote Your Work” workshop. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Doing Business in Phoenix with the Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
5:00-6:30 p.m.

​​Since 1985, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture (POAC) has been supporting the local arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. POAC contracts with numerous artists and non-profit art organizations every year, primarily through the grants and public art programs, and continually strives to connect with new audiences. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the goals and values of the department, ways to engage with the creative community, how to apply for grants and public art opportunities, and how to register as vendor with the City of Phoenix. This free, online workshop is in partnership with the Phoenix Public Library.​


On-Demand Workshops

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Grant Orientation Workshops

​Organizations and artists considering applying for a Community Arts Grant are strongly encouraged to attend one of the pre-application workshops offered by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture staff. Workshops are available in English and Spanish. At each workshop, staff will review applicant eligibility and guidelines, application forms, and panel review process. 

Se recomienda a las organizaciones y solicitantes que consideren solicitar una subvención que asistan a uno de los talleres ofrecidos por el personal de la Oficina de Arte y Cultura de Phoenix antes de completa​​r la solicitud. Los talleres están disponibles en inglés y español. ​En cada taller, repasaremos eligibilidad e instrucciones, la solicitud, y el proceso de revisión del panel para los programas.​​

Learn More for Dates, Times, and How to Register

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Arizona Public Art Forum



Hosted by the Shemer Art Center and presented in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and Parks and Recreation Department, join public art professionals, artists, fabricators, and students for this educational and networking opportunity that will bring a strong line-up of speakers to make this an informational day you want to attend.

Friday, October 20, 2023
Shemer Art Center

  • ​Morning Breakfast with Speaker  8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Break Out Sessions  9:45 – 11:15 a.m. 
  • Lunch with Moderated Panel of Speakers  11:30- 1 p.m.
  • Break Out Sessions 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Closing Cocktail Reception 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Attendance Rates:

  • Artist / Adult – Early Bird Registration (Before 9/30) $40
  • Artist / Adult – Regular Registration (After 9/30) $50
  • Student – With Current ID $25​
​​​​Learn More and Register

​You can watch recordings​ of past workshops, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or sign up for our mailing list​. ​

Artists to Work Applicant Orientation (WebEx webinar)
Tuesday, August 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Register Here

Artists to Work Applicant Orientation (WebEx webinar)
Tuesday, September 6 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Register Here

*Staff will stay through 2:30 p.m. at each orientation to answer any remaining questions. ​
** Webinar recordings will be available the day afer the orientation 



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