December 2018
The Teaching Artists Asset Map is here!

Teaching Artists Guild, a national voice for teaching artists, has been working to develop an asset map of the field: Where are teaching artists and organizations working? Who is being served, and how equitably?

On the TAG Asset Map, individuals, programs, and organizations get their own profile. Here you can include a bio and a headshot, and showcase your organization and/or yourself with information about who you are and what you do in the arts education ecosystem.

It’s easy to get started. All you need to begin is:
Your name, email address, art form, a brief bio and description, and a photo to upload.
This can take as little as 3 minutes.

In addition to that, you can (and we hope you will) add program information in all kinds of detail. Who you serve, your years of experience, program dosage info….we are going there!
SMUD Exhibition Features Sustainable Artwork by Sacramento Artist Angela Gonzalez

Angela Gonzalez is a Sacramento based artist who creates works from recycled materials and converts them into pieces that help viewers make the connection between art, technology and sustainability.

Today, our planet faces an unprecedented environmental crisis: global warming, intensive farming, and habitat destruction, amongst others. A sustainable future requires a balance between people, planet and profit. Keeping this balance represents a challenge in a world of hyper population and aggressive business.

By removing computer components from the waste stream and using them as part of my work, I am contributing to lessening their environmental impact. Ultimately, I want to further the understanding of how technology is both a contributor to some of these problems and an enabler of solutions. My objective is to create awareness and engage audiences in a conversation about our ecological and social responsibilities, leading to a greener tomorrow. . – Angela Gonzalez

When : Now through January 19, 2019. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm.
Where : 6301 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Paging All Teaching Artists!

We have two FREE workshops coming soon as part of our Any Given Child program. Register soon to ensure your seat!

Exploring Creativity Through Theatrical Writing

Inspired by the simple creative tenet of “don’t tell me, show me,” we take curriculum based materials and make them stage worthy. Designed for both the classroom instructor and creative artist, this workshop will provide simple tools to inspire and engage students and teachers alike. For more details and to register, please click the link below.

When : Wednesday, December 5, 2018
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where : 300 Richards Blvd, Room 221
Sacramento, CA 95811

Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing

The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop, explore how students can use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, color, and space, to connect to story components (e.g., character, setting, events, main idea, and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively .

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: 300 Richards Blvd, Room 221
Sacramento, CA 95811

Artist Calls & Opportunities

Aspiring Artist Debut (Sacramento, CA)
Drop off date: January 19, 2019
Northern California Arts, Inc. is offering a free to enter art show for anyone who has never been accepted in a juried show.  Receiving date is January 19, 2019, 11:00-3:00pm at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608. Limit one artwork. This is an opportunity for you to show your artwork in an art exhibit January 29 through February 17, 2019. The first 100 pieces will be accepted. You are invited to a Second Saturday Artwalk and Awards reception on Saturday, February 9, 2019. For informatio, visit

Embedded Artist (Los Angeles, CA)
Deadline: December 13, 2018
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is exploring the intersection of arts and culture with community development, exploring deep partnerships with artists in non-traditional roles. Using innovative arts-based strategies and solutions to achieve our goals and strengthen cohesion among staff is an integral part of this exploration. This shift in organizational approach marks a vision that includes deeper collaborative work with local organizations, artists, and staff. LTSC seeks an artist with creative and/or cultural practices that are oriented toward social justice and organizing to help lead this key organizational initiative. This is an opportunity to work in partnership with the staff of LTSC to develop new approaches to community development and social services work and collaboration rooted in the Little Tokyo neighborhood.

Gallery Route One (Point Reyes Station, CA)
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Gallery Route One (GRO) is currently accepting entries for a juried exhibition, " If I Only Had Time to Tell You: What's the Story? Personal, Political, True or Fictional Tales." The exhibition is being juried by M. Louis Stanley, a long time Bay Area artist and educator.

Craft Revolution (Santa Ana, CA)
Deadline: December 29, 2018
Craft Revolution seeks works with the unity of inspiration and skill philosophers call “craft” --- in drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, weaving, architectural plans and maquettes, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, photography, video, installation art, and objects d’art in all mediums, including wood, metal, stone, clay, paper, textiles and glass. Craft is the bond between concept and technique, the link between hand, mind, and heart. OCCCA also seeks unusual, avant-garde, hybrid artworks that merge together, in a single piece, elements of fine art and the traditional crafts. Craft Revolution will illuminate an important truth about contemporary art: we can no longer categorically separate craft, fine art, decorative art, and utilitarian, designer objects. 

Resources & Articles of Interest

Arts + Social Impact Explorer (Americans for the Arts)
This interactive, visual tool was created by the Americans for the Arts, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is a great online primer to the research, organizations, and projects that make more visible the wide-reaching impact of the arts. Click on each topic to learn more and download factsheets.

How to Talk to Kids About Art (Artsy)
" What types of art should you show them? How do you keep them engaged? What about artworks that seem inappropriate—should you avoid them? Where do you even begin? To help, we spoke with artists, educators, and other arts professionals to put forth strategies for talking to kids about art."

Can Public Art Be Used Equitably? (Americans for the Arts)
" Public art has all too often been directly associated with the displacement of families and individuals when used as an economic development tool in historically low-income communities without proper protections in place against displacement. With a well-thought-out anti-displacement strategy in place, public art can be transformative for historically low-income neighborhoods everywhere."