Now In Session: Spark Oakland - Artrepreneur Accelerator!

Funded by the California Arts Council and our incredible sponsors, the Spark program aims to empower local artists with the technology tools & practical skills they need to thrive in the digital age.

We've invited 24 local Bay Area artists (and artist mentors) to participate, and will be promoting their work over a period of 6 months.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.
Check back to join our next session.

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This program is funded in part by the following grants:

Oakland CARES Fund for Artists and Arts Nonprofits, made possible by the City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development Department, Cultural Affairs Division and administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation.

California Arts Council, Artists in Communities Grant.

Our Generous Sponsors

Program Details & Applying

Applications for 2020 are now closed. Check back to join our next session.

Why should I apply?

Spark aims to empower local artists with the technology tools & practical skills they need to thrive in the digital age. Along with workshops, artists in the program will have their work marketed & promoted via Oakland First Fridays' social and web channels for a period of 6 months. Help with infrastructure costs may be provided to artists on a case by case basis.

The program includes:

✅    Mentorship
✅    Lectures from industry experts
✅    Hands-on (remote) training workshops
✅    Demo Day (Virtual Art Show)
✅    Marketing & Promotion via Oakland First Fridays

Talking About Your Art
Learn about content creation, producing artist statements, doing virtual studio visits, and creating a brand for your business.
Social Media Marketing
Learn how to promote your art work like an influencer. This is the single most important skillset artists need to be commercially successful.
E-commerce & Web Marketing
Learn about setting up and managing an online store and the basics of web marketing for promoting your work.
Packaging & Shipping Art
Learn how to safely and efficiently package and ship your art work to your customers.

Who can apply to participate?

Any artists actively producing work are welcome to apply. Artists must be interested in growing their business and must be open to sharing sales and social media metrics with program constituents.

Who can apply to be a mentor?

Established, revenue-generating artists are invited to apply as mentors. Responsibilities include hosting online meetings to discuss practical matters like engaging with an audience, setting up an online store, using social media and fulfilling orders. This is a paid position (and mentors can choose to additionally volunteer their time).

Oakland First Fridays is a program of the KONO Community Benefit District, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA.


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