April 2019
Creativity Matters Youth Summit

Nearly 300 students and educators from 20 diverse Sacramento County high schools came together on Monday April 1 with one common interest – to explore creativity. Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission joined forces with Creativity Matters , an LA-based nonprofit education organization, to organize Sacramento’s first Creative Youth Summit at The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. Artists, entrepreneurs, and creative STEM leaders offered 13 different workshops throughout the day, exposing students not only to dance, theater, music, and creative writing but also to digital media, food justice, social activism, beat making and more. Students also gathered to watch film screenings from the California Student Voices Campaign and to hear powerful storytelling, performance, and keynote speakers who addressed how creativity changed their lives. At the end of the day, students took over the stage in open mic performances. This event is part of a national series of youth events organized to reframe creativity as a universal tool for problem solving and future planning. Creativity Summits were launched last year in four major US cities – New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles; Sacramento was the first city in 2019 to host a Creativity Summit. Based on the energy in the room and the positive feedback from everyone involved, we hope to keep Creativity Summits alive and well in Sacramento for years to come.    
April is Arts, Culture, Creativity Month in California!

Beginning this year, April is officially Arts, Culture & Creativity month for the state of California ! There will be events statewide advancing the arts, all leading up to the Advocacy Day on April 23.

Check out this list on the many ways you can engage , or share your arts impact story . For more details on Advocacy Day and the schedule, click here .
Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference coming to Sacramento
June 17-18, 2019

The Kennedy Center’s Pacific Arts Integration Conference will be held for the first time in Sacramento, California at McClatchy High School on June 17-18. Guided by experienced teaching artists and administrators from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, educators will explore the meaning and practice of arts integration in schools. This conference features hands-on workshops and practical approaches to implementing arts-integrated instruction. Come to learn and share about this powerful and innovative approach to teaching.

Arts integration, with its focus on creativity and connections between art forms and curricular areas, has been shown to improve student engagement and achievement. A growing movement of schools worldwide have adopted it as a central feature of instruction.
This conference is ideal for classroom teachers, school administrators, teaching artists, and artists interested in teaching residencies.  
For more information and to register online go to 2019 Pacific Arts Integration Conference .
Bruceville Road Box Wraps - Health and Wellness

This new District 8 City of Sacramento box wrap project is a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and managed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) Art in Public Places (APP) program. The proposed project location is Bruceville Rd from Valley Hi Drive to the Cosumnes River Blvd.

This project will allow the selected artist / artist team to work with a neighborhood organization to design a series of 15 wrapped boxes along Bruceville Rd. Designed and wrapped boxes are located near one another and should be experienced as a series to help create spaces and even encourage a sense of gateway entrance and exit along this stretch of road. 

Artist Design Fee: $8500 (separate funds allocated for box wrap vendor, maintenance, and graphic design consultant)
RFQ Deadline: April 22, 2019, 11:59pm
Applications must be submitted through Submittable : https://sacmetroarts.submittable.com . There is no fee to apply or use Submittable.
Questions should be directed to Donald Gensler; dgensler@cityofsacramento.org or 916-808-8493.
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Mendocino Art Center Residency (Mendocino, California)
Deadline: April 11, 2019
The Mendocino Art Center's Artists in Residence (AIR) program brings both emerging and established artists from all over the country to a unique art center on the rural Northern California coast. Be sure to check out the residency requirements and apply soon!

Shell House Arts Residency (Catskills, New York)
Deadline: April 28, 2019
Artists and designers are invited to create, build, and imagine new works while living communally for 2 weeks in the Catskill mountains. The multidisciplinary environment is designed to foster new connections and ideas.

Eastside International Open Call 2019 (Los Angeles, California)
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Eastside International is accepting submissions for its Open Call 2019 exhibition. The juror this year is Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum. Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.

Recess Session (Brooklyn, New York)
Deadline: April 10, 2019
Recess Sessions give artists a flexible space to realize ambitious projects, while Recess remains open to the public at every stage of the project's development. Though similar to a residency program, Session goes beyond the traditional structure to facilitate interactions between artists and audiences throughout the creative process.

49 South Van Ness 2D Art RFQ (San Francisco, CA)
Deadline: May 3, 2019
The San Francisco Arts Commission is seeking original artworks for prominent locations within this new City office space that reflect the nature of the work performed by the departments housed within it, the built urban environment, and the landscapes of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

VisArts Studio Fellowship (Rockville, Maryland)
Deadline: April 12, 2019
VisArts invites applications and proposals from artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. Studio space is free and artists will receive a $500 monthly stipend. Studio Fellows will present their work in a solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, Nebraska)
Deadline: May 17, 2019
Bemis Center Residency Program offers artists-in-residence unmatched technical guidance, access to interns, and an established network of resources. Participants have the opportunity to create networks, collaborate, and share work with fellow artists-in-residence, organizational partners, and the public.

YoloArts Call to Artists (Woodland, California)
Deadline: June 10, 2019
To celebrate this year's opening of The Barn Gallery at the Gibson House property, YoloArts invites you to submit artwork for the first show in their new exhibition space.

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

Two Swedish Artists Are Hiring One Lucky Person to Do Absolutely Nothing for the Rest of Their Lives (artnet)
" The stunt, called Eternal Employment , is the brainchild of Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, who are known for conceptual projects that explore economics. "

A Museum Hires a Full-Time Therapist (Hyperallergic)
" It’s a fascinating story that might also point to new possibilities for art museums eager to play important roles in their local communities by teaching people to learn from and engage with art. "

Making Public Art a Contender (The New York Times)
" Public art was considered second- and third-generation modernism,” she said, referring to sculptures of geometric abstraction often in front of office buildings. “The field of public art is at a time right now when the most distinguished artists working today want to bring their work outdoors. "