Recommended Websites

Professional-Development Resources

The Art Career Project
Site is dedicated to instructing you how to educate yourself in preparation for an exciting career in art!

Creative Work Fund
Goal is to provide financial support to artists and nonprofit organizations that create new artworks through collaborations.

Mind Tools
This online toolkit provides resources to learn practical and straightforward skills to excel in your career.

The 99%
An article archive, the site provides inspirational and real-world stories to help manage your career trajectory.

Creative Hotlist
This site is now a dedicated career resource for creative professionals in visual communications. Individuals can post résumés, job-wanted listings, and online portfolios.

Career Realism
This career blog provides real-world daily career advice. Its focus is on providing career advice that gives job seekers no-nonsense information, tools, and resources to uncover new jobs quickly.

O*Net Online
Provides detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, students, researchers, and more!

A step-by-step guide on how to use LinkedIn effectively to increase your professional presence and find a job.

Financial Resources

Grants, Fiscal Sponsorships, Salary Guides & Other Financial Information

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Grants and Programs
ACTA serves folk and traditional artists and organizations through funding and other opportunities.

Creative Capital
Offers events around the country in self-management, strategic panning, fundraising, communication, and promotion.

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue
A resource for unrestricted grants (on a rotating basis) to visual artists who live and work in specific cities, including the Bay Area.

Art Deadlines List
This monthly newsletter announces contests, calls for art, grants, jobs, and a variety of other opportunities to its subscribers.

California Arts Council Opportunities
This State of California-sponsored site is dedicated to providing art-related opportunities in California and beyond.

Center for Cultural Innovation
Promotes knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for artists and entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and loans, and incubating innovative projects.

Creative Hotlist
This search engine enables users to find individuals, companies, and resources for many aspects of the creative marketplace.

Fiscal Sponsor Directory
A national directory to connect community projects with fiscal sponsors.

Fractured Atlas
Serves artists and art organizations with vital access to funding, health care, education, and more.

Connects the United States and other countries through the grant-based funding of scholars and educators.

A funding platform for creative projects; create, promote, and fund your project through online pledges.

The Foundation Center, SF
The site maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers, and their grants through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.


American Institute of Architects
The AIA is a professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners, aimed at building the architecture community through advocacy and information.

Center for Land Use Interpretation
This education and research-based organization focuses on the relationship between nature and human interaction on the earth's surface.

Death by Architecture
Death by Architecture is an online archive of architecture competition information. One can sort competitions by location, deadline, and even compensation.

Architype Review
A digital publication featuring innovation in world architecture, Architype Review honors projects that challenge the limits of building design.

Rebuild by Design
A design competition to promote resilience and innovation in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region. 


AGIA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and seeks to advance the field by supporting design professionals, educators, and students at every stage of their careers.

Apparel News
Focusing primarily on the Los Angeles area, Apparel News provides coverage of the latest trends and events in the fashion industry.

Communication Arts
Focused on visual communication, Communication Arts is an online trade journal that makes available inspiring competitions for individuals working in creative fields.

I.D. magazine
The I.D. magazine site showcases fresh work in the fields of industrial and product design.

A resource for lovers of interior design and a job board focused on interior design opportunities.

Film & Photo

Bay Area Video Coalition
BAVC's mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.

Digital Domain
Digital Domain is a digital production company centered on innovative work in visual entertainment and advertising.

Fremantle Corporation
The Fremantle Corporation is a global distribution company for film and digital programming including documentaries, daytime drama, specials, and reality television.

Independent Television Service
The ITVS funds, presents, and promotes documentaries, dramas, and new media projects on public television, cable, and on the Web.

Photo District News
Photo District News is a monthly magazine and online archive of news and feature articles related to the photo industry.

San Francisco Film Society
The San Francisco Film Society presents the artistic quality and social impact of film to the Bay Area through screenings, courses, and other services specific to filmmakers and their audiences.

Fine Art & Museums

American Association of Museums
The AAM seeks to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service, and represents the entire scope of museums and professionals including art, history, youth museums, science centers, and more.

ARTINFO offers breaking news, profiles of top and emerging artists, market trends, and much more.

ArtSlant San Francisco
A contemporary art network, ArtSlant features local exhibition calendars, artist portfolios, and editorials.

American Craft
A print magazine and online blog, American Craft celebrates handmade objects and seeks to inspire object-makers through stories and images. is an online guide to museum information including links to museum websites, educational activities, and additional learning resources.

Pulse is an art fair held in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami dedicated solely to contemporary art.

Illustration & Animation

Animation Industry Database
Browse the Animation Industry Database and directories and discover nearly 5,000 animation, visual effects, and other related companies located throughout the world.

Animation World Network
AWN is the largest animation-related publishing group online, covering areas as diverse as animator profiles, independent film distribution, commercial studio activities, current animation events, licensing, and much more.

International Game Developers Association
Through networking, professional development, and advocation, the IGDA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the careers and enhance the lives of the game-developing community.

Juxtapoz magazine
Juxtapoz, an art and culture magazine, focuses on contemporary art and culture and pays special interest to illustration, graffiti, and street art.

MTV Network Careers
MTV is a corporation extensively involved in multiple media outlets including television, movies, animation, websites, games, consumer products, and more.

Sony Pictures Imageworks
Known for its live-action visual effects, CG computer animation, and 3D imagery, Sony Pictures Imageworks focuses primarily on digital animation in the film industry.


AgentQuery is a free searchable database of over 900 literary agents who specialize in nonfiction and fiction book writers.

Art Practical
Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions, and also welcomes submissions by new contributors.

Publishing Law Center
This site is dedicated to providing information on literary law for the publishing community.

Writer's Digest
A digital spin-off of their print magazine, lists competitions, articles, and other resources for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.