Art Career Day Conference (ACDC) empowers aspiring artists to create viable careers with the guidance, knowledge and inspiration, gifted from professional artists and business experts. This will be the 7th ACDC. It is a full-day conference, free for 13 to 25 year old artists, at the Fe Bland Forum at SBCC. Attendees engage with speakers, participate in round-table discussions and attend performances by local talent. A complimentary lunch will be served. Aspiring artists of all ages are welcome. If over 25 years of age, the suggested donation to attend the conference is $25.
Maiza Hixson, of the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, will be our Emcee this year. Additional speakers will give presentations about their unique paths to becoming professional artists, and their particular insights on success. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions as they interact with local artists.
Round-table sessions will be held in music, dance, visual arts acting, directing, poetry, prose, journalism, screenwriting, galleries, fashion photography, travel photography, architecture, sculpture, assemblage, ceramics, mosaics, graphic design, makeup, costume and fashion design, and animation. Attendees may participate in any three of these sessions.
ACDC was initiated in 2009 to strengthen the skills needed to launch a career in the arts. Attendees of the conference are presented with the possibilities, realities, practicalities, research, and promotional connections needed to pursue an art career. Santa Barbara is fortunate to have vibrant and productive professionals within its arts community who can be called upon to bolster the next creative generation.
Over the past five years hundreds of aspiring artists have attended ACDC.Attendees vary from those with no formal training to those well on their way to establishing themselves as professional artists. When asked about their favorite parts of the conference, past participants have commented, “ACDC showed me that life is dynamic, and that you actually have a choice about what you want to do,” and “I really enjoyed hearing about how people found their way to success first hand.” Many participants return the following year.
To present ACDC, Art Without Limits (AWoL) collaborates with the Santa Barbara Bowl, SB County Arts Commission, Dug Uyesaka, SB County Education Department, Rod Lathim, SBCC Theatre Department, SBHS Visual Arts & Design Academy, SB Teen Star and many others.
Art Without Limits is a nonprofit organization that serves as the fiscal sponsor for The Art Career Day Conference. AWoL creates intensive, long-term, one-on-one mentorships for aspiring Santa Barbara County artists by pairing them with professional artists to help them succeed in their chosen art form. AWoL encourages artists by acting as their fiscal sponsor until they acquire their own nonprofit certification, and by holding monthly workshops on vital topics, led by business experts. There is no charge to artists for AWoL Mentorships, and we believe in a give-give philosophy.