In November of 2013 a group of artists that would become the Vallejo Arts Alliance met to collaborate on a brighter future for downtown Vallejo. It was decided to build a central web site to gather information about all the events and players, both to help us keep in touch with each other and to promote our activities to the outside world.
This is that web site.
Our goal is to provide the most awesome Events Calendar and Directory of Cultural Resources for Vallejo, and to promote it widely throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This site currently offers:
- A comprehensive and searchable Events Calendar
- Listings for Cultural Resources, promoting educational and community organizations
- RSS and iCal feeds allow you to automatically receive event updates to your computer, mobile device or web site.
This site will not promote political candidates or groups with a religious agenda. Our goal is to be accessible and not to alienate any particular group by appearing to favor another. There are some gray areas – for example, a Jazz concert at the local Zen Center or a Gospel show at a church may listed for the music. We’ll do out best to exercise discretion in what we choose to publish.
The site is currently managed by Gretchen Zimmermann of Gardenside Studio, with the occasional help of a few volunteers.
As of May 2014, all work on this site has been 100% volunteer. The site hosting, theme development and domain registration are all donated. The continued growth and maintenance of this site is a huge undertaking. In order for it to be sustainable it needs to start giving back to its creators. The next steps are to:
- Launch an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the next phase of development.
- Develop printed materials – postcards and fliers - to get the word out beyond downtown.
- Seek out advertisers and sponsors for banner ads and other promotional spots on the site.
- Launch new promotional campaigns.
- Continue to develop and refine the contents, appearance and usefulness of the site.
Event feeds and listings on this site are free to use for personal or non-commercial purposes. Event listings copied or obtained by feed from this site may be posted or published publicly for commercial purposes only by prior arrangement with proper attribution or monetary subscription to this site. We can even configure a custom feed so you can display only certain types of events.
If you sell ads on your web site it is considered a “commercial purpose” even if your site is for a non-profit organization. This event feed will make your site more appealing to advertisers and thus increase your site’s value. The events themselves, of course, are the intellectual property of the event providers, but the collection and presentation of the event data compiled on this site is attributable to this site.
In other words, we don’t do all this work for free so that you can increase your traffic and sell more ads. Consider how SFGate.com uses Spingo.com as an event provider. Would you copy whole pages of events from Spingo and paste them into your site and expect Spingo to be cool with it? Then please don’t expect to copy and paste these events cart blanche. Volunteering is great; free work that lines someone else’s pocket is not.