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About Side Arts

If making art is your side hustle, then Side Arts is for you! A global community of visual artists use Side Arts to promote their art and search verified calls for artists – exhibition and income opportunities. Side Arts fosters a conversation on social equity in the arts including diversity, inclusion, affirmation, justice, access, mental health wellness, safety, and consent.

 

 

15000+ ARTIST MEMBERS
1900 Facebook fans
2700 Twitter followers
New York to London, L.A., Alberta, Berlin, Rome, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and beyond…
Non-profits, galleries, businesses, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts to find qualified artists and crafters in their area and worldwide.

PUBLISH YOUR LISTING TODAY!


Call for Artist Listings

New York to London, L.A., Alberta, Berlin, Rome, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and beyond. Attract artists and crafters in your area and worldwide.

Find fresh, qualified artists. Side Arts call for artists listing service delivers trusted exhibitions, vendor events, competitions, requests for proposals, residencies, and grants to artists and crafters who meet your criteria. Businesses, non-profits, galleries, local governments, and promoters use Side Arts extend the reach of their calls for artists to real, qualified artists – we do not use bots or lists.

About listings:

  • Professional copywriting review of each listing ensuring best results
  • Promoted on SideArts, Facebook, and Twitter
  • New listings emailed to artist members
  • Active until deadline or, if ongoing, until one year from the publish date
  • Long-term marketing and SEO benefits

Side Arts ensures that your listing not only meets our rigorous standards but, most importantly, the standards of the creative arts and digital marketing industries. Our goal is to provide clients the highest quality content management and promotion. We promise to never sacrifice quality at the cost of speed or price.

PROMOTE YOUR CALL FOR ARTISTS

Artist Ads

Join other artists and art professionals promoting their art.

Pay what you want – Everyone should have the opportunity to promote their art. Editors may elect to upgrade, but not downgrade, the announcements.

Announcement types:

  • Fundraising
  • Gallery openings
  • Special events
  • Guest appearances
  • Sales / New artwork

Side Arts ensures that your listing not only meets our rigorous standards but, most importantly, the standards of the creative arts and digital marketing industries. Our goal is to provide clients the highest quality content management and promotion. We promise to never sacrifice quality at the cost of speed or price.

PROMOTE YOUR  ART

Program Offerings

Custom and personalized artist professional development programming.

Programs focus on building transferable and actionable skill sets. Interactive and motivational, participants gain skills and tactics that they can use right away. In-person and at your location. Programs emphasize diversity, inclusion, equity, affirmation, mental health wellness, safety, and consent.

  • Intro to Entrepreneurship: Beginner – a 15 hour course for artists starting to think about applied professional development and growing sustainable practices. Previously offered at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (a Philadelphia-area CDC).
  • Intro to Entrepreneurship: Intermediate – a 15 hour course for artists with established small practices looking to grow to the next level. Participates take a deep dive into the business strategy, marketing, and sales. Previously offered at The University of the Arts.
  • Marketing for Artists – a 90 minute lecture on marketing basics.
  • What Social Media Platform Is Right For You – a 90 minute lecture on current best practices.
  • Best Practices for Calls for Artists – a 90 minute lecture on best practices for finding and applying to calls for artists.
  • Start Your Own Business – a 60 minute workshop focused on understanding unique personal qualities and how they relate to developing business ideas.
  • Creative Entrepreneurship 101: Step by Step – a 2.5 hour program. Set goals as a creative entrepreneur and outline concrete, data-driven steps to achieve these goals.
  • Idea Clinic – a 1.5 hour program. Have a new idea for a business, creative practice, or freelance venture? Discuss your idea in a small group setting. Leave with actionable insight.
  • Time Management – a 1.5 hour program. Join in a conversation on the how time is managed, the difference between sprinkling and chunking time, precrastinating vs procrastinating, different methods for project management, and suggested utilities to use. Learn how to estimate time and manage client expectations.
  • Lean Methodology – a 2.5 hour program. Join a conversation about the history of the lean methodology, minimal viable products and processes, how to get from here to there, strategic planning, setting up a minimal experiment using customer personas, segmenting, and A/B testing, and agile utilities used to help project manage.

Community Managers and Arts Administrators – individual and group consulting is available. Incentivize your funders to donate more and provide a means for upward mobility in your community. A no-nonsense, data-driven approach to increasing community engagement, setting realistic goals, and achieving actionable results. 

For more information on programs, scheduling, and rates, complete this form.

Individual Visual Artist Consulting – building on over eight years of experience consulting for thousands of artists, one-on-one consulting is available (in-person at Center City Philadelphia, by telephone, and virtual meetings). $50 per one-hour session. To schedule an appointment, complete this form.

Our Story

PHILADELPHIA ARTS CLUB becomes AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

Side Arts’ artist wanted listings serves visual arts communities worldwide and is based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Starting in 2006, Side Arts Founder, Todd Hestand, started a neighborhood club of visual artists with regular meetings, BBQ’s, and Friday night karaoke. A common challenge was the need to find trusted opportunities to exhibit and sell creative works. Each person spent much time online, often duplicating the research of friends and colleagues.

Side Arts was developed as a way for the group to repost quality opportunities. Other non-local visual artists discovered the service and requested to join. As the number of members grew, businesses, non-profits, and promoters began to express interest in posting opportunities directly to the site to extend their reach.

Side Arts relaunched in 2011 to focus on delivering trusted content — including calls for artists, vendor events, grants, requests for proposals and more — from businesses and organizations around the world. Today, over 200 new artist members join monthly and listings represent opportunities from over 50 countries.

To learn more, contact Side Arts at mail@sidearts.com.

Team

Todd Hestand
Founder
Todd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an independent artist and business adviser. For over eight years he has served as the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy where he works with thousands of artists, crafters, and performers. His role includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists. Previous experience includes eight years as an executive management consultant and five years in retail management.
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Customer Support

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Content Management

Testimonials

Mario Brondo
"Thank you, Side Arts! ♥ This is a great service to provide for artists!"
Off the Hook Arts
"Any artists looking for a chance to break through, check out Side Arts!"
KAREN ISAILOVIC
"Thank you for the service you provide creatives!"