March 2019
Become an Arts Advocate!

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

Our Advocacy Trainings are free and open to the public to help empower and educate you to become an Arts Advocate not only in your local community, but on April 23 in Sacramento at the Capitol as part of your district delegation (we hope you can make it!). Register through the link below to the Sacramento training, happening March 18.

Even if you can't attend on April 23, this Advocacy Training is a great resource to help you and your community members gain basic skills and knowledge as to how to best advocate for the arts in your city.

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 .
Any Given Child: Academic Conversations in the Arts Integrated Classroom

An arts integrated approach to teaching is grounded in collaborative, social, cooperative learning. The heart of this approach is the students’ ability to effectively engage in, navigate, and negotiate purposeful conversations. This session explores how to establish the literacy of academic conversations that develop the speaking and listening skills required of Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learning.
Kennedy Center Presenter Melanie Rick is a National Board Certified Teacher, certified Reading Specialist, co-owner and senior arts integration consultant for Focus 5, Inc. She designs and leads workshops, in-depth courses, and summer institutes focused on aligning arts integration, best instructional practices, and current research in the fields of arts and education.

This workshop is free and for Administrators, Art Specialists, and Teachers of all grade levels.

When : Tuesday, April 2, 4pm - 7pm
Where : 300 Richards Blvd, Room 221, Sacramento CA 95811
Valerie Constantino, Signposts , photo documentation, handmade paper, mixed media, 2019
Jodie Hooker, Abbot Creek 1 , archival pigment print from infrared film, 2019
Upcoming Exhibition at SMUD

Metro Arts is pleased to announce the next exhibition at SMUD Gallery,
American River College: Painting, Drawing, Encaustic, Photography and Mixed Media of ARC's Art Faculty. Please join us for the opening reception on March 21, 4:30pm - 6:00pm at SMUD

Featuring work by: Joy Bertinuson, Angela Casagrande, Valerie Constantino, Linda Gelfman, Jodie Hooker, Laura Parker, Sarah Solis Mattson, William Mead, Craig N. Smith, Patricia Wood, Brandy Worsfold

On view March 22 - May 22, 2019
SMUD Gallery
6301 S Street (at 65th Street)
Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm
RFQ for Bruceville Road Box Wraps Coming Soon

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. 

The call will be opening soon, so keep an eye out on your inbox! Questions should be directed to Donald Gensler, Project Manager:; 916-808-8493.
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Arts/Industry will be selection up to twelve artists are selected for residencies in the Pottery or Foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas. Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three cohorts. There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort.

Trestle Gallery Residencies (Brooklyn, New York)
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Trestle Gallery has two residency opportunities open: the Trestle Artist Residency and Visiting Artist Residency. Click the link below to find out more on each and see which one is right for you!

The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Deadline: April 15, 2019
The Walker Art Center is accepting proposals for a new public artwork for placement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or a location on the Walker campus. Individual or collaborative original work may be sculptural, incorporate other disciplines, such as audiovisual or installation art, or include traditionally sourced materials.

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.

Djerassi Residency Artists Program (Woodside, California)
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Djerassi is currently accepting applications for its 2020 CORE season. National and international visual artists, composers, choreographers, media artists, writers, and scientists are eligible to apply. Those selected are offered living and studio space for one of six sessions from mid-March through mid-November.

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.

Pence Gallery Call to Artists (Davis, California)
Deadline: April 2, 2019
The Pence Gallery's Call to Artists for its Emerging Artist Award is now open for 2019. This award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists in California and the opportunity to share that work through an exhibit.

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

New Evidence of the Benefits of the Arts Education (Brookings Institution)
" Empirical evidence supports these claims: Among adults, arts participation is related to behaviors that contribute to the health of civil society , such as increased civic engagement, greater social tolerance, and reductions in other-regarding behavior. "

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More than $27 million in Grants Reaching all 50 States, DC, and Puerto Rico (National Endowment for the Arts)
"This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2019 and includes three of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression."

How to Finally Land That Artist Grant (Artwork Archive)
"In this two-part series, we are taking a deep-dive into the process of applying for artist grants—first getting answers from artists who’ve been there and succeeded, and then from the grant-giving institutions themselves—so you can increase your odds of getting that coveted artist grant."