Happy New Year!
A very Happy New Year from all of us at the Arts Commission. We hope your 2018 is filled with hope, happiness, and a whole lot of art.
California Arts Council Grants Workshop in Sacramento
At this free workshop, California Arts Council programs staff will provide an overview of the Arts Council's 15 unique grant programs, share insights into the state grant process, and train participants in best practices for composing successful California Arts Council grant applications.

January 10, 2018 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Verge Center for the Arts ( map )
625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

The Arts Commission is partnering with the California Arts Council to bring this workshop to local arts and cultural nonprofit organizations.

Sing to Freedom: Music of the Underground Railroad
Join your fellow educators for this professional development opportunity from Kennedy Center presenter Kim Harris. Teachers and teaching artists will learn songwriting strategies to update period songs and compose new songs on freedom themes. In this participatory workshop, learn to decode and sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd," and other traditional songs used during the time of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. To register, email Melissa at mcirone@cityofsacramento.org.

Sing to Freedom: Music of the Underground Railroad
January 17, 2018, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
300 Richards Blvd., Room 221 ( building map) ( directions)

Copies of Kim Harris' CD, Steal Away - Songs of the Underground Railroad, will be available to purchase for $10.00 each. Cash or check only.

Photo: Presenter Kim Harris.
New Exhibitions Opening in January
Turning Heads: Sacramento area artists take a whimsical approach to figure and portrait opens at the SMUD Gallery ( map) on January 11. Featuring artists Laura Caron, Laurelin Gilmore, Frank Ordaz, Traci Owens, Susan Silvester, and Kerri Warner, the exhibition will run through March 7, 2018.

Surface: fabric collage, encaustic, wire crochet, steel and ceramic by Sacramento area artists opens at the Robert T. Matsui Gallery in the lobby of City Hall ( map) on January 15. The work of Merle Axelrad, Jaya King, Meech Miyagi, William Ishmael, and Maggie Jimenez will be on display through March 5.

Learn more about all our galleries.

Photo: Laurelin Gilmore, Yueher (detail), oil on canvas, 2017, 24"x30" will be part of the Turning Heads exhibition.
We're Looking for Panelists!
We are regularly in need of artists, educators, advocates and community members with expertise in the arts, education, and the communities we serve.  Sign up to be part of our panelist pool.

Photo: Panelist Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins serves on the Golden 1 Center Public Art panel. Photo by Joan Cusick.
Art Supply Drive - Raphael Delgado Art Studio - January 5-31, 2018
The 2018 Crayons to Canvas Art Supply Drive marks ten years of service to organizations that provide creative therapy to under-served communities. Help us assist organizations to start art therapy rooms, restock classrooms or provide artistic projects to programs that serve at-risk children or developmentally disabled adults. This year, the Drive will collect supplies to benefit Ethel Phillips Elementary School and Developmental Disabilities Service Organization. Drop off your donation of new school supplies or gently used art supplies at Raphael Delgado Art Studio and R&M Framing, both located at 1200 S Street, Sacramento 95811.

Call to Artists - Auburn Arts Commission - deadline January 12, 2018
At the corner of High and Lewis Streets, in the center of Downtown Auburn, there is a small park with a large wall where the Auburn Arts Commission wishes to install a unique, large scale, signature piece of original art work. Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a mural with 3D elements, to be completed in spring 2018, may submit a proposal in accordance with the Application Requirements. The project budget is not to exceed $15,000 for an artist or team of collaborative artists. The budget shall include the artist(s) fee, supplies, travel-related expenses, and all other associated costs. All proposal components must be in digital format. View the  online form to submit proposals. Email the  Auburn Arts Commission with questions.

Call to Artists - local business owner, Stephanie Cruz - deadline January 31
A local business is looking for imaginative artists to recreate Sacramento's landmarks (State Capitol, Tower Bridge, Crest Theater, etc.) as sculptures. Final artworks must be durable and around 2-3 feet high. If interested, please submit 2-5 photos of your work to Stephanie at  stefcruz@sactownputt.com

Call to Artists - Pence Gallery - deadline February 2, 2018
The Glickman McClure Artist Award is currently accepting applications from visual artists. This Artist Award supports the creation of innovative artwork by emerging artists in California. This award is under-written by donors Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure, and offers an award of $2500 and a solo exhibit at the Pence for the following year. Preference will be given to artists who are under-recognized or "emerging" in the art field, and who have a financial need for support to further their work. Applications must be made via  www.callforentry.org by 5 PM PST on Feb. 2, 2018. The application fee is $25 ($20 Pence members) via the same website. The Award will be announced by March 2, 2018. The exhibit will take place in January – February 2019. For questions, email:  penceartdirector@sbcglobal.net

Call to Artists - The Haggin Museum - deadline March 16, 2018
The 60 th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA is sponsored by the Stockton Art League. The exhibition runs May 17 – July 15, 2018, and will be juried this year by Sabina Turner. Cash awards will total over $5000. Open to all US artists, although they are not accepting photography or computer art. Click here for more information, or send your inquiries to  stocktonartleague@gmail.com. Find the prospectus at  www.stocktonartleague.org.

Current Gallery Exhibitions
Land, Water, and Rock: An Indian Wildlife Exhibit by Dr. Debal Sen
through January 9, 2018
Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
In Response: Poets and Artists in Dialogue
through January 9, 2018
6301 S Street, Sacramento
Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm
Emergence: encaustic paintings by Sacramento artist Jaya King
through January 9, 2018
Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 700 H Street, Sacramento
Open when the County Board of Supervisors are in session.
Please check the Board agenda.
Arts Commission Meeting
The next Arts Commission meeting is scheduled for:

January 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Sacramento City Hall, Council Chambers
915 I Street, Sacramento ( map)