It's Time to Check In

The City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts & Culture is hosting a Creative Community Check-In on Wednesday, June 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We’ll share a few updates and some things we’re hearing. But, largely our aim is to hear from you. What’s keeping you up at night? What kind of support do you need most right now? We’ll also explore some themes that emerged from some recent conversations City Council facilitated with the business community around reopening and recovery and their applicability to our sector: placemaking, returning to employment, safety, city-business relationship and neighborhood corridors. Sign up. Speak up. Listen up. 

To join the Zoom meeting on June 16, 3:30pm, click the link below:

Sacramento AIR Artists Pivot to Virtual Events

OAC’s Community Artist-in-Residency Program has continued – despite COVID-19 limitations - with free virtual programs offered by artists David Loret de Mola of Operation FreeSoul and visual artist Yolanda Reyes. In May, Operation FreeSoul offered a series of free grantwriting workshops to artists new to the grantwriting process, and developed a podcast and poetry writing contest to support and highlight our City’s vibrant poetry community. Yolanda paired up with Casa de Espanol to develop two artmaking workshops – one for adults and one for children and families – on Cyanotype photography.  

You can check out the poetry podcasts and performances here:  

To see the gallery of works created in Yolanda’s workshop, visit Casa de Espanol's website.
Race and Cultural Equity Highlights & Resources

“Everybody wants to do new things, but people don’t want to stop doing old things,' Harris says. “I’ll say, ‘You really need to look at your insurance policies and how you’re giving out rates.’ Clients will say, ‘I ain’t going to mess with that. Let’s talk about allyship. Let’s talk about white fragility — that’d be a great topic.’ ” He adds, 'You can make a lot of money in diversity being abstract.'”

"White supremacy is not just the cross burnings and racist marches and other awful things we see in the movies. In nonprofit and philanthropy, it manifests in ways we may not even realize, or in ways we refuse to acknowledge as white supremacy. These things add up. They make whiteness the default. They keep power concentrated in white leaders and institutions. It makes it easier for injustice against racialized people and communities to take place."
"One president of a legacy organization told me, 'I’m all for changing inequities as it relates to access,' but when I asked their thoughts about changing inequities related to funding, I was met with a long pause. If ASC wants its funding to go further, I was told, it should invest more in legacy organizations with existing infrastructure instead of grassroots organizations. This is “the lie” at work. Think about what was said through the lens of equity. Equity is about everyone having the resources they need to move along together."
"We interviewed community leaders about their own solidarity practices, both in decades past and today, and asked candid questions about what they wished they had done differently, what they learned, and what they wanted to pass on to others." 
Opportunities & Resources

San José Public Art has been engaged by VTA, to contract with artists/artist-led teams for the design, fabrication, delivery, and installation oversight of two signature opportunities associated with a 2.4-mile light rail extension in East San José.

The Port seeks to identify and license a variety of activations through the RFQ process. Potential uses may include events that are free to the public, require pre-registration, or involve ticket sales. RFQ uses cannot be private events, and the general public must have the opportunity to participate. In any scenario, the activations should enhance the experience along the Waterfront and aim to equitably engage broad and diverse users. 

The County of Yolo is seeking artists or artist teams with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artworks. Artists are asked to submit their qualifications and a design proposal to be considered for a project to be integrated into Yolo Branch Library in Yolo, CA.

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers in the United States from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature-length documentary film. The Documentary Lab provides filmmakers with a $15,000 grant toward their projects as well as customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.