ArtSpark has a successful track record facilitating a creative-centric business model development process with proven, positive outcomes. Leveraging this expertise, ArtSpark provides an opportunity for organizations to efficiently meet the demand of their own creative members/customers.
Participating organizations benefit from ArtSpark’s:
- Business model development program designed specifically for creative members, customers or students
- Earned income via a revenue-sharing course agreement
- Potential grant funding
- Increased marketing and communication opportunities
- New members/customers
ArtSpark’s CEO/Founder is a life-long dance and theater artist, director and producer with a passion for the arts and creativity. She is committed to arts support networks and mechanisms, including new business models that work for artists and creators, the intersection of art and technology, social impact investing, philanthropy, and creative entrepreneurship. Kristine has been a community facilitator for over 20 years, including leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising, curriculum development and program evaluation. The inspiration for ArtSpark came from many years of being successfully funded as an artist in NYC – which often turned out to be gigs that paid pennies per hour.
ArtSpark’s supremely capable and generous strategy, training and technology partner, Aspiration, helps nonprofits and foundations use software tools more effectively and sustainably. Aspiration serves as ally, coach, strategist, mentor and facilitator to ArtSpark so we can make more impactful use of information technology in our social change efforts. Aspiration is based in San Francisco, and its Executive Director is Allen Gunn.
ArtSpark’s Communications Manager is Skye Christensen. Skye supports mission-based clients with media strategy and content creation to achieve organizational goals. She is the founder of Jomon Media, which leverages organizational development, authentic storytelling, and digital media to elevate brands and engage communities.
Business Development Director
ArtSpark’s Business Development Director is Mark Griffith. Mark brings more than twenty years of experience as the principal of Mark Griffith Consulting, LLC, to diverse business environments including start-ups, companies built around a founder’s intellectual property, nonprofits and web-based enterprises. Mark’s work achieves creative solutions for commercial and nonprofit businesses with entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity.
ArtSpark’s Operations Coordinator is Zac Goldstein. Exploring the world through the camera lens fuels his passion. Since graduating from film school, Zac has continued to develop his skills in videography and photography. He has also worked as a communications director for political and labor organizations. This work includes documenting campaigns via photography and video, designing websites, and managing social media. Zac strongly believes that artists have a role to play in shaping society for the better.
ArtSpark’s Resident Artist is Ginger Beringer. Ginger is both a painter and an illustrator. She has created book covers, illustrations for both book interiors and magazines, posters, digital images for the web, logos, wine labels and once in a blue moon she has created masks and costumes for dancers.