(Mostly) Local Art Events or Organizations:

  • AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) https://orangecounty.aiga.org/

    • Network, monthly FREE meetings, field trips for (paid) members, mentorship opportunities.

  • Art Supply Warehouse https://www.artsupplywarehouse.com/ 

    • Art materials, workshops, classes, reduced prices, lots of sales. 

  • DTSA Art Walk https://www.dtsaartwalk.org/

    • 1st Saturday of the month, open galleries, chance to feed creativity, network, make friends.

  • Fullerton Art Walk http://www.fullertonartwalk.com/

  • Sawdust Festival https://sawdustartfestival.org/

    • Currently running until September 2, 2018. Go for inspiration! Ask questions about fellow artists and their creative processes.

  • OC Zine Fest https://www.facebook.com/oczinefest/

    • Zines are DIY maga”zines” people make to showcase their work, share a message, creative outlet. Come for creative ideas and learn about the subculture.

  • San Diego Zine Fest http://www.sandiegozinefest.com/

    • Lots of vendors and artists (500+) music, food,good vibes.

  • Creative Mornings https://creativemornings.com/cities/oc

    • Monthly breakfast and lecture on creativity. Meet your people. Learn something :)

  • WOCA (Warehouse of Contemporary Art) http://www.wocagallery.com/

    • Quarterly pop-up art show for 1 night. Contact them to show your work. Build confidence showing work, maybe sell an item or two. Meet local creatives.

  • 1888.center 1888.center/podcast/

    • Non-profit in Old Towne Orange that supports the creative community with podcasts and workshops. Build confidence through learning from others. They also collaborate with an awesome coffee and tea shop, Contra Coffee & Tea.

  • TEDx Talks www.ted.com/tedx/events

    • Why go to TEDx Talks? Because a good artist finds inspiration from ALL walks of life; as many areas of knowledge as possible. You make connections and use it to grow as a person, and your art improves as a result.

  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art www.occca.org/

    • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence and freedom of expression in the arts.

    • OCCCA recognizes the importance of social engagement, global networking, intellectual exchange, information sharing, critical dialogue and collaboration. 

  • Chocolate & Art Show chocolateandartshow.com/

    • Chocolate and Art serves as a platform for emerging and established artists of many mediums to get to know their own art community, network, showcase their works, and profit from their creativity. In support of our cause, your participation in the Chocolate and Art show benefits Artists for Trauma, a non-profit that aims to aid in recovery through artistic expression and human connection. (ages 21+)

  • Unlisted www.instagram.com/shopunlisted

    • A lifestyle and home goods store in DTSA. Visit for inspiration. See if you can sell or show your art there. 

  • DSTLARTS www.dstlarts.org/

    • A nonprofit arts mentorship organization that inspires, teaches, and hires emerging artists from under-served communities.

  • Creative Growth www.creativegrowth.org

    • The world’s first non-profit art center dedicated to artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities.

Reading Recommendations:

  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

  • Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

  • Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire

  • Originals by Adam Grant

Fellow artist recommendations:

  • The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art by Erwin McManus

  • A Million Ways by Emily Freeman

  • Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott