January 2019
Final townhall meeting for Creative Edge
Creative Edge event at Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento County receives $1 million grant to restore Arts Education programs
Holiday Music Series at Sacramento International Airport
Looking Back on 2018

It's been an exciting and productive year for Metro Arts! Perhaps most notable was the unveiling of the Creative Edge Strategic Plan, which was approved by city council in July, and the first cultural plan for Sacramento in over 20 years. The process involved over 130 interviews and discussion groups, 8 City Council community forums, and 2 Community Town Hall that brought in over 250 people to help launch the planning. The plan lays out Sacramento's goals for the creative sector in the coming 5-7 years. This could not have been possible without the input of our community, the work of our city leaders, the Creative Edge Steering Committee, and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

We also became a founding partner of the Sacramento Arts Education Consortium , which launched in May. The Consortium's purpose is to inject passion, strategy, support, and funding into K-12 arts education and, specifically, to support implementation of arts education in all 13 school districts within the Capital Region. Just this December, Sacramento County announced it will receive a $1 million grant to restore arts education programs; Metro Arts is looking forward to working closely with the Sacramento County Office of Education to help build the capacity of arts organizations and teaching artists to meet the growing need for art in the classroom.

Programs such as Any Given Child continue to thrive, with Metro Arts helping to bring more than 130 arts assemblies and 51 classroom residencies to 40,000 students in 5 different school districts. We also continued our partnership with the Sacramento International Airport and presented the Holiday Music Series for it's 8th year. 29 music acts were selected by a panel of arts professionals to perform during peak travel times during the November and December holiday season, bringing some joy to what can be a stressful travel time. Metro Arts also continues to serve its community through the awarding of grants, such as the Cultural Art Awards , which provides operating support for arts and cultural organizations in Sacramento County. For the beginning of this current 3 year cycle, a panel of art experts selected 59 organizations to receive $500,000 in operating support. As we begin the second year of the cycle in 2019, funding remains consistent, ensuring the same grant amount to each organization, and we continue to find new opportunities for the Sacramento community.

Thank you for all your support in our programs and initiatives- stay tuned for much more in 2019!
The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation invite you to join other arts leaders in a day focused on systemic and institutional approaches that can drive action on inclusion and equity in the arts. Through plenary sessions and working groups, this convening will help build and sustain diverse and equitable arts organizations, and set a course for cross-regional partnerships to increase the effectiveness, coordination, and impact of your work.

Speakers include:
Ted Russell, Associate Director at Arts Strategy & Ventures for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation;

Rebekah Rodriguez, Civic Engagement Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts;

Cassandra Walker-Pye, Founder & CEO of 3.14 Communications;

Aimée Zenzele Barnes, Diversity & Equity Manager for the City of Sacramento;

Please register through Eventbrite ; there is no cost to attend.

When : Wednesday, January 16, 10am - 3pm
Where : Clunie Community Center; 601 Alhambra Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95816
Residencies, Artist Calls & Grant Opportunities

California Arts Council
Deadline: January 9, 2019
The next grant deadline for the following California Arts Council (CAC) programs is due January 9th: Artists in Schools , Arts Integration Training , Creative California Communities , Local Impact , Reentry Through the Arts , and Youth Arts Action . Be sure to get your applications in soon! Click each individual link above for application and eligibility details.

For all CAC grant programs, please visit: http://arts.ca.gov/programs/
Artwork Archive's Complete Guide to 2019 Artist Grants & Opportunities
Deadline: Varies
This is a fantastically comprehensive guide of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry for 2019. Be sure to check back frequently to this guide, as it will be updated throughout the year. Many deadlines are coming up fast, so get to applying!

MacDowell Colony Fellowship (Peterborough, NH)
Deadline: January 15, 2019
The MacDowell Colony is currently accepting applications for it's Summer 2019 residency. Emerging and established artists may apply for the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Artists may apply only once within a 24 month period.

The Other Art Fair (Brooklyn, Chicago, Melbourne)
Deadline: Brooklyn, January 18, 2019; Chicago & Melbourne, February 4, 2019
The Other Art Fair is an international fair that connects emerging artists directly with buyers of all experiences. Founded in 2011, with annual and biannual editions around the world, The Other Art Fair allows collectors and gallery representatives to forge direct relationships with the exhibiting artists. The fair will be returning to Brooklyn, Melbourne, and Chicago for Spring 2019 and is now accepting artist applications.

ChaNorth Residency (Hudson Valley, NY)
Deadline: January 15, 2019
ChaNorth residency accepts applications in all creative fields; national and international emerging and mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. The summer residency lasts for 4 weeks, and runs from May through the end of October.

Earth Action Art Show (Berkeley, CA)
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Put on by the Earth Action Initiative, a collective of Berkeley graduate students and community members who aim to foster a community where climate action is integrated into everyday lives. Artworks sold will fund mini action grants, which will be awarded through a proposal process by the Earth Action Initiative Organizing Committee. The call is open to all artists in North America.

Call for Art: Our Art Matters (West Sacramento, CA)
Deadline: January 18, 2019
Gallery 1075 invites 2D artists to participate in "Our Art Matters: Visualizing the African American Experience." The exhibition will be on display for the month of February, and will be part of a larger celebration in recognition of African American History month at the West Sacramento Community Center. The special event will close out the month with an art reception and performances on Wednesday, February 27th. Art must be inspired by, or related to the African American experience. Due to the high visibility of the gallery, all artwork must be family-friendly. A section of the exhibition will be devoted to young adults; students from 9th to 12th grade are welcome to submit artworks related to the theme.

2019 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition (Pacifica, CA)
Deadline: January 29, 2019
The Sanchez Art Center is seeking artists from California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska for its 2019 Left Coast Annual, on view from April 12 - May 19. The juror this year will be Scott A. Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum. Entries must be made online, and is $15 per image submitted. Please see the complete prospectus for details.

Call to Artists: Carriage Return (Rancho Cordova, CA)
Deadline: February 1, 2019
The Mill Station Arts & Culture Center is seeking artists for its exhibition, "Carriage Return: The Art of Typography." The exhibition will feature real typewriters, a live type-in, and art lining the walls and gallery floor with works about letters, words, fonts and typography. Rancho Cordova Arts members will have their entry fee waived; for non-members, the fee is $30 for three images. Please visit the link below for details.

YoloArts RFP for a Public Art Project (Yolo County, CA)
Deadline: January 23, 2019
YoloArts is soliciting applicants on behalf of Yolo County for the potential commissioning of a site specific public art project, to be integrated into Tuli Mem Park in Esparto, CA. The site is an 8.67 acre park off State Route 16, and serves as a gateway into the Esparto - Capay Valley. For more details, visit the link below.

Blue Line Arts' Lottery for the Arts (Roseville, CA)
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Blue Line Arts is now accepting submissions for the annual Lottery for the Arts, a fundraising event that provides art collectors with an opportunity to acquire original works of fine art, while supporting a non-profit organization and community of artists. Original artworks must have a minimum value of $200. This year's judge will be D. Oldham Neath, curator at KVIE and owner of Archival Gallery in Sacramento. Prizes will be given to first, second, and third places. Approximately 100 pieces of art will be accepted, and on view from March 2nd to March 28th.

Articles of Interest

This E-Waste Art Gallery Bridges the Gap Between Industry and Ecology (Sacramento Bee)
" Gonzalez’s choice to use recycled materials was multifaceted, she said. By purchasing the e-waste from a recycling center in Marin County — pieces that include silicon chips, discs, copper coils, soldering wire, computer fans, mice and more — she is reusing things that may have ended up as landfill and she also hopes her art can inspire others to take conservation measures in their own lives."

Jerry Saltz's 33 Rules for Being an Artist (Vulture)
"There’s no special way; everyone has their own path. Yet, over the years, I’ve found myself giving the same  bits of advice . Most of them were simply gleaned from looking at art, then looking some more. Others from listening to artists talk about their work and their struggles. (Everyone’s a narcissist.) I’ve even stolen a couple from my wife. There are 33 rules — and they really are all you need to know to make a life for yourself in art. Or 34, if you count 'Always be nice, generous, and open with others and take good care of your teeth.' And No. 35: 'Fake it till you make it.'"

In 2018, Female Artists Finally Outnumbered Men in L.A. Museums' Solo Shows (Los Angeles Times)
" The tally comes from adding up exhibitions, both major and minor, that opened since January at the J. Paul Getty Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art; UCLA Hammer and Fowler museums; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Craft and Folk Art Museum; California African American Museum; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (With zero, LACMA was the unfortunate outlier.) That’s impressive."

The Man Who Saved Reading (Sacramento News & Review)
"'Where art helps is to provide powerful summaries of other peoples’ experiences. When these things happen, we feel isolated. And while art won’t eliminate the pain, it does reconnect you to others and give you perspective—and it gives you hope.'"

The Most Powerful Moments in Photojournalism in 2018 (Artsy)
"Photojournalists remain crucial to our understanding of world events, providing us with front-row views that would otherwise be inaccessible. Here, we share the unforgettable news images that defined 2018."

Heni Talks
HENI Talks is dedicated to sharing insights about art history on film from leading artists, curators, and academics. Produced by HENI , an international arts services business based in London, HENI Talks is part of a broader commitment to supporting art education and widening public access to art.