December 2019
Holiday Music Series at Sacramento International Airport

For more than ten years, the Sacramento Arts Commission and the Sacramento International Airport have partnered to present the Holiday Music Series. By presenting a variety of music styles performed by soloists and ensembles, we hope to bring joy during the holiday season when traveling can be particularly challenging and stressful. 

Performers were selected through Metro Arts’ panel process in early October. A panel of local arts professionals reviewed about 60 applications to create this season’s schedule.

Performances will take place at the Sacramento International Airport in both Terminal A and Terminal B Baggage Claim areas for all to enjoy. 

To view the full schedule, click here .
The New Creative Artist Resource is Here!

To the Greater Sacramento Arts Community:

THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! Sacramento’s story is rich with history, innovation, and creativity, and our arts and creative community is at the heart of it all.

You asked for an industry directory and Sacramento365 is excited to share their new Creative Artist Resource , a joint project of Visit Sacramento and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, that 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: 

Check out the site: 

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 or (916) 808-8642.

Sacramento Mural Conversations: Speaker Series at City College

On November 20, 2019, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission partnered with Sacramento City College in their Performing Arts Center Room 106 for the first event in a six part series on murals. For this first event, Jim Prigoff, photographer and author, shared images of murals from his travels around the world over a period of 50 years. The event gave an overview of murals from around the world to begin the conversation in Sacramento about murals, graffiti, mural policy, and the future of our urban art gallery. The slide show above includes the images shown during the presentation and Jim Prigoff’s narration throughout. Please stay tuned on our website and newsletter for Mural Speaker Series dates and topics in 2020.  

For more information, please visit our website .
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Call for Artists - City of Martinez Utility Box Public Art Pilot Program (Martinez, CA)
Deadline: December 4, 2019
The City of Martinez invites artists to participate in this pilot program designed to transform drab and unsightly utility boxes into attractive and captivating works of art that will enhance the beauty of the City's streets and sidewalks for years to come.

Call to Artists - Elk Grove Fine Arts Center (Elk Grove, CA)
Deadline: December 6, 2019
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center has a call to artists for their competition show, "Alternative Views, " from January 4 - 24, 2020.

Call for Entries - San Francisco Botanical Garden (San Francisco, CA)
Deadline: December 13, 2019
San Francisco Botanical Garden is pleased to share a call for entries for a special art exhibition, "From Sand Dunes to Forest: Canopy Trees of Golden Gate Park." The exhibit will be held in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture.

Burning Man Global Art Grants
Deadline: December 18, 2019
This program funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. This grant does not fund any work for the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City.

Call for Artists - City of Fremont: Public Artwork for Outdoor Plaza (Fremont, CA)
Deadline: December 20, 2019
The City of Fremont is seeking artist proposals for the commission of an innovative and permanent art installation for a new outdoor plaza, Inspiration Plaza, in south Fremont.

RFQ - Los Angeles Metro 2020 Artist Pool (Los Angeles, CA)
Deadline: December 23, 2019
Los Angeles Metro's art program commissions artists to create artworks that improve the transit customer experience and contribute to the artistic vibrancy of the communities served. The Artist Pool will be one of the primary methods for inviting artists to apply for future Metro art opportunities.

Residency at Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation (Ruston, LA)
Deadline: December 30, 2019
The goal of the 2020 North Louisiana Artist-In-Residence is to provide two artists the opportunity to focus on a body of work related to the theme of Sustaining Local Food Systems, while engaging with communities in North Louisiana.

RFQ - City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program (Santa Rosa, CA)
Deadline: January 6, 2020
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is seeking an artist or team of artists to design, fabricate, and install site-specific public art at the north end of the Old Courthouse Square.

Residency at Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (Taos, NM)
Deadline: January 18, 2020
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico is now accepting applications for their residency program for the year 2021.

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

Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Acquire Works From Women Next Year
“'This how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution,' Bedford said. 'You don’t just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical.'”

Museum Workers Across the Country Are Unionizing. Here's What's Driving a Movement That's Been Years in the Making.
"What makes this shift a 'movement not a trend'—according to the meme multiple art museum unions posted in the past week, rejecting the use of the word 'trend' by press outlets and museum administrators—is the fact that workers from across different institutions, many of whom had not spoken to one another in the past, are exchanging strategic advice and sharing information about pay and benefits. In the process, they are attempting to thwart the art world’s own exclusivity in a way that could have lasting and widespread impact."