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About Side Arts

Side Arts is a global community of artists that supports each other by encouraging professional development.

Artists choose Side Arts to promote their creative practices and find trusted exhibition and income opportunities.

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.



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!"
"Thank you for the service you provide creatives!"

Our Story


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


Todd Hestand
Creative in Chief
Todd is an independent artist and business adviser. For over seven 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.
He received a Bachelors of Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and believes that having an educated and informed creative community leads to increased quality of life goals and innovation.

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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.


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.

  • 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. Previously offered at the Tri-state Artists Equity
  • What Social Media Platform Is Right For You – a 90 minute lecture on current best practices. Previously offered at Da Vinci Art Alliance.
  • Best Practices for Calls for Artists – a 90 minute lecture on best practices for finding and applying to calls for artists. Previously offered at Da Vinci Art Alliance.
  • Start Your Own Business – a 60 minute workshop focused on understanding unique personal qualities and how they relate to developing business ideas. Previously offered at Central High School.
  • 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. Previously offered at Bartol Foundation.

For more information on programs, contact