Justina Martino

Art Tonic Founder

You’re an artist who has been commissioned to create a public art project and you want

to make sure every detail is well-executed... 


Your agency, organization, or business wants to make a difference in the community

with a creative project...


You’re an artist who’s ready to win that residency or grant so you can have the time

and funds needed to develop your new creative idea...

As an artist, non-profit arts administrator, and consultant who has

worked with artists, art galleries, and cultural organizations

for the past decade, I understand the excitement and challenges of

creative work. 


I help artists, creative individuals, and organizations clarify their vision, attain their goals,

develop their financial stability, and make positive impacts in their communities.

Artists I have worked with have won grants up to $5000. Organizations I have worked with have won grants up to $30,000.

As a manager at Verge Center for the Arts, a contemporary art center in Sacramento, CA, I have raised between $30,000 - $45,000 per year in advertisements and sponsorships for their regional open studios program. 

Art has always been a fundamental part of my life.


Growing up in Rhode Island, I loved experimenting with all types of artistic media. I moved to New York City to study fashion design at college, but realized I enjoyed visiting the city’s many galleries and museums far more than I enjoyed making clothing patterns and sewing. From that point on, I knew I wanted to work in the arts and went on to study Painting and Art History in college. My studies eventually led me across the country to California where I earned a Masters in Art History from UC Davis. 


As a graduate student in California, I became interested in public and community-engaged art and focused my research on the street artist communities of San Francisco. After graduating from UC Davis, I started working at Verge Center for the Arts where I currently manage public programs, including the regional open studios tour, artist talks, and film screenings. 


Through these experiences, my passion for community-minded art grew stronger. 


In 2019, I was hired as the project manager for a social practice art project called River Crossing: I want to communicate with you by British artist Joshua Sofaer. This project, which invited people to nominate someone to be commemorated by having the public dock in Sacramento or West Sacramento named in their honor, cemented my interest in bringing art and communities together. 


With Art Tonic, I help artists, art galleries, and cultural organizations see their projects through from idea to reality.


Whether you’re applying to an artist residency, getting the word out about your next art event, or engaging the community with your social practice project, I’m here to help you make your vision a reality.


I love this work because I get to help artists realize their vision. I also get to introduce art to people who may not have access to museums and galleries.


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