May 2019
The Big Day of Giving is Nearly Here!

The annual 24 hour community-wide movement takes place tomorrow, May 2nd! A program of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Big Day of Giving has grown philanthropy in the Sacramento region, generating over $30 million for over 600 local nonprofits and 36,000 donors since 2013. The 24 hour challenge brings together the region's nonprofit community to raise unrestricted funds and spotlight the work they do. We highly encourage individuals and businesses to donate to all their favorite local nonprofits, and hopefully to one of the 103 Arts & Culture organizations participating in the challenge!
Metro Arts Supports Student Art Competition

Each spring, the United States Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose winning pieces of art by high school students, and the winning entries from all districts are displayed in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol for a period of one year. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. for an award ceremony.

Locally, Congresswoman Doris Matsui holds a competition for high school students representing California's 6th District. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission supports the Congressional Arts Awards by providing lodging in Washington D.C. for the winning student artist and their family to attend the national award ceremony.

Arts Commissioner Veronica Delgado Rodriguez presented the award this year on April 24th to Arshdeep Singh from Inderkum High School in the Natomas Unified School District, for his digital photograph, “Stuck in a City.”

Strength in Numbers

Ten years ago, Sacramento was selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC to pilot Any Given Child, a new program to bring access and equity to arts education during the school day for K-8 students. Only six schools from two school districts (Sacramento City Unified and Twin Rivers) participated in these first residencies and assemblies. 

Today, this Arts Commission run program serves five school districts and more than 32,000 students in 79 schools. And we look forward to these numbers increasing in 2019-20 as the program welcomes more districts to the Any Given Child family. 
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 .
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Call for Artists: Russell Boulevard Green Street Demonstration Seating (Davis, CA)
Deadline: May 10, 2019
The City of Davis Civic Arts Commission is seeking an artist or collaborative team to design and create artwork that can be integrated into plans for the Russell Boulevard Green Street Demonstration Project that will surround Davis City Hall at 23 Russell Boulevard.

The Watermill Center's Artist Residency Program (Rockville, Maryland)
Deadline: May 13, 2019
The Watermill Center's program is a process-based residency, without the expectation or promise of a final exhibition of the work. Watermill provides artists with time and space to focus on developing their practice in a communal environment that encourages experimentation.

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.

Artists in Residence in Everglades (Everglades National Park, Florida)
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) invites artists, scholars, composers, choreographers and writers to seek both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring environment of Everglades National Park. Artists are provided a furnished apartment for the length of the residency, which is one month.

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.

Pence Gallery Call for Artists: Slice (Davis, CA)
Deadline: June 13, 2019
The Pence's "Slice" exhibit, now in it's 7th year, showcases work in all media that is conceptually thoughtful, technically skilled, and representative of contemporary trends in art. This year's juror will be artist and writer, Julia Couzens.

Mattress Factory Open Call for Artists (Pittsburgh, PA)
Deadline: July 1, 2019
The Mattress Factory is currently accepting submissions to be considered for their upcoming 2020 exhibition programmatic year. Residency periods are April/May 2020 and August/September 2020.

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

Chicago has Launched a Street Art Registry to Prevent Beloved Murals From Being Inadvertently Destroyed (artnet)
" Each approved mural receives an official emblem from the City of Chicago installed on or near the work and will be entered into the public database, where visitors can learn more about the artwork and who created it. "

When it Comes to Female Artists, the MTA has a Better Track Record than NY's Top Museums (Hyperallergic)
"In an art world now waking up to egregious gender inequality, the “collection” of artist commissions spearheaded by the organization is exceptional in that it is almost half female. Though this statistic is slightly out of step with the city’s population (which was 53% female as of the last census ), it is a far cry from the 13% representation in the collections of the top 18 US museums."

Arts Funder Under Fire for Evicting Family Next to David Ireland House (KQED Arts)
" Wilmans and her attorney, Scott Freedman, frame the evictions as part of an altruistic project to provide artists free temporary lodging. But critics call it a brazen case of “artwashing,” whereby galleries tout cultural benefits to mask the pernicious effects of gentrification."