March 2020
Sacramento Mural Conversations: Speaker Series at City College
Event #2 - "Community Murals"

With the success of recent mural festivals and local mural projects in and around Sacramento, the City of Sacramento in partnership with Sacramento City College wants to engage artists, community members, and city government in a discussion regarding a long-term plan for murals in our city. Should the city have a mural policy? Should murals be registered throughout the city? These questions and others will be discussed over a series of six speaker sessions designed to educate, inspire, and excite us about the possibilities for our growing mural collection in Sacramento. Please come be part of the dialogue. This is a free event open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  

This speaker series is an opportunity to begin the conversation through educating ourselves about the community mural movement. Speakers will present “Community Murals” from their own personal perspectives in an effort to differentiate the intentions and approach from other mural movements and current trends.  This second speaker series event is guided by two local college professors, Mya Dosch (Sac State) and Maceo Montoya (UC Davis), and a brief panel discussion will be moderated by artist Brett Cook (YBCA, Senior Fellow).

After the presentations and panel discussion, we will engage the audience with questions regarding the presentation and, more specifically, about the larger vision for Sacramento’s growing urban gallery of mural art.  

Mya Dosch is assistant professor of Art of the Americas at California State University, Sacramento, where she teaches courses on Latin American art, race and representation, and public art across the Americas. Dosch has lectured and published nationally and internationally on prison architecture, street art, protest banners, and the removal of confederate monuments. Her current research considers public art after the 1968 student movement in Mexico City, from monumental sculptures to ephemeral protest interventions. 

Maceo Montoya ’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. He has published three works of fiction, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (2010), The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (2014) and You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (2015), as well as Letters to the Poet from His Brother (2014), a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. His most recent publication is Chicano Movement for Beginners , a work of graphic nonfiction. Montoya is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature.

Brett Cook is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who uses storytelling as a vehicle to distill complex ideas, and creative practices to transform outer and inner worlds of being. His objects feature painting, drawing, photography, and elaborate installations to tell pluralistic stories that reinvent representation. His public projects typically involve 
community workshops featuring arts-integrated pedagogy and contemplative strategies along with music, performance, and food to create a fluid boundary between art making, daily life, and healing. In 2019, Brett was named Senior Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  

Sponsored by: Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sacramento City College

For questions, please contact Donald Gensler, Art in Public Places Project Manager at [email protected] or 916-808-8493. For more information on the series, and past events, please visit our website .

When : Tuesday, March 17, 2020; 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Reception to follow in Kondos Gallery)
Where : Sacramento City College, Room 106 in the Performing Arts Center
Register : This event is free and open to the public; please register here .

Teaching Artist Training Program

Now in its 11th year of programming, Metro Arts’ Any Given Child Program has identified training for teaching artists as its top professional development priority. This year, ten teaching artists have formed a cohort to enhance their teaching skills and develop curriculum for the classroom. They are working with Kennedy Center arts educators to complete a four-part Residency Design & Lesson Planning Seminar, developing new arts residency plans which they will hone and present for critique in demonstration classrooms. Any Given Child brings music, dance, theater, and spoken word artists into more than 80 elementary and middle schools annually throughout the County. For more information on the program or becoming an Any Given Child teaching artist, check out the Any Given Child page on our website. Applications for new teaching artists will open in May 2020. 
Creative Artist Resource

Have you checked out Sacramento365’s Creative Artist Resource yet? This site is designed to help users find regional creatives, highlight grant and artist opportunities, and search for arts venues available for rent.

This new resource came to be after conversations during one-on-one and Creative Economy meetings, collecting online feedback, looking into what other cities were doing, and aligning their efforts with initiatives outlined in the  City of Sacramento’s Creative Edge   plan.

Learn more about the Creative Artist Resource here:
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This resource aims to be a place for creatives to find each other and for individuals and businesses to use to find creatives to hire.

Need to create a profile or venue page or add artist/grant opportunities? Click here to set-up your free account today.
Have questions about the Creative Artist Resource? Contact Karlee Cemo-McIntosh at [email protected] or (916) 808-8642.
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Call to Artists - San Francisco Arts Commission
Deadline: March 4, 2020
The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the US to submit qualifications for the 49 South Van Ness Video Wall public art project.

Residency at ThoughtWorks (New York, NY)
Deadline: March 5, 2020
ThoughtWorks is a global software consultancy with an arts residency based in New York City. Artists working in issues of synthetic media and deepfakes are encouraged to apply.

Residency at Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD)
Deadline: March 6, 2020
Creative Alliance is accepting applications for its live/work studio Residency Program. This long-term program is open to artists of all media who would like to deepen their practice in a supportive, dynamic environment, and interact with colleagues who thrive in a lively cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary live/work environment.

Residency at Djerassi (Woodside, CA)
Deadline: March 16, 2020
Djerassi Program is designed as a retreat to pursue personal creative work and share collegial interaction within a small community of artists.

Call for Art - Dayton Society of Artists (Dayton, OH)
Deadline: March 22, 2020
The Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is accepting submissions for "Intertwined," a national call for fiber arts. All artists 18 years or older residing in the US are eligible.

Call for Entries - Pence Gallery (Davis, CA)
Deadline: April 3, 2020
The Pence Gallery is now accepting applications for the Emerging Artist Award 2020. This award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists

Call to Artists - Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (Elk Grove, CA)
Deadline: April 10, 2020
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is now accepting applications for their "In and Beyond the Garden" exhibition.

Call for Exhibitions - YoloArts (Woodland, CA)
Deadline: Ongoing
The Barn Gallery and Gallery 625 are accepting proposals for each gallery. Proposals are reviewed quarterly by the Arts Committee and recommendations are made to YoloArts staff for approval.

For more calls, residencies, and listings, please check our website , which will be updated regularly with more opportunities.
Articles of Interest

Will the White House Order New Federal Architecture to be Classical?
" Entitled 'Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,' the draft order argues that the founding fathers embraced the classical models of 'democratic Athens' and 'republican Rome' for the capital’s early buildings because the style symbolized the new nation’s 'self-governing ideals' (never mind, of course, that it was the prevailing style of the day)." 

How Do You Build Spaces That Feel Inclusive?
" How do you build spaces that feel inclusive? We’re not just talking about what’s on the walls and making people feel represented, but also about how you feel energetically when you walk in. If you come from a place where you’re used to being followed around, like if you go into a store and you’re used to being watched, when you go into a museum and you have that guard there, it evokes that same sort of feeling. How are you supposed to relax and really look at a work and feel like you’re not supposed to move on?"

Suffering From Lower Back Pain While Visiting a Museum? You're Not Alone
"Josefsberg uses the term 'Museum Walk' to describe the unhealthy way in which we tend to move our bodies while seeing art. 'It’s a certain type of walk that is different from walking outside or going someplace with a purpose,' he told Hyperallergic in an email. 'You walk a couple of steps, you see something, and then you walk a couple of more steps.'"