San Benito County Arts Council https://www.sanbenitoarts.org Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:31:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Apply for a COVID Art Relief Grant https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/apply-for-a-covid-arts-relief-grant/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:33:42 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=12124
COVID Art Relief Grant Program

Applications are NOW CLOSED. *Las aplicaciones ahora están cerradas.

In October 2020, the San Benito County Arts Council announced two new grant programs designed to aid and support local arts organizations and cultural groups that have been negatively impacted by COVID. Applications are now closed. Grant awards will be announced in November 2020.

 

MORE ABOUT the COVID ART RELIEF GRANT PROGRAMS

 

COVID Art Relief Grant Program for COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

The purpose of the first grant program, COVID Art Relief Grant Program for Communities of Color, is to provide financial support to arts organizations and cultural groups based in San Benito County that serve and represent communities of color and have been disproportionately impacted by COVID. Applicants may apply up to $4,000 for general operations, such as rent, salaries or artist fees, or project-based support. This program is designed to meet the needs of local communities with a special focus on equity.  To be eligible for this grant program, arts organizations or groups must demonstrate how they are deeply rooted in and reflective of the identified group or community- through their mission, staff/board and programs and services.  Funding for this grant program comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For information on grant program eligibility & application requirements, click HERE. *Haga clic AQUÍ para obtener información en español.

Applications are now closed.

 

COVID Art Relief Grant Program SAN BENITO COUNTY

The second grant program, COVID Art Relief Grant Program- San Benito County, is to provide financial support to broad-based arts organizations and cultural groups based in San Benito County that have been impacted by COVID.  Applicants may apply up to $2,500 for general operations, such as rent, salaries or artist fees, or project-based support. To be eligible for this program, the applicant organization’s main programs and services ought to reflect artistic practices and traditions in the visual and performing arts (i.e. music, dance, theater, fine art, traditional arts, etc.), as well as demonstrate a commitment to artistic quality, cultural equity and inclusion. While applicants do not need to be 501©3 nonprofits to apply, they must demonstrate how their organization or group is formally organized and how their programs and services benefit the broader community. Funding for this grant program comes from a grant from the Community Foundation for San Benito County. For information on grant program eligibility & application requirements, click HERE. *Haga clic AQUÍ para obtener información en español.

Applications are now closed.

 

For more information about the Arts Council’s COVID Art Relief Grant Programs, please contact the Arts Council at info@sanbenitoarts.org or call at 636-2787

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Participate in this year’s CARDBOARD CHALLENGE https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/participate-in-the-cardboard-challenge/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 03:44:22 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=12112
Cardboard Challenge 2019

We’re excited to announce our 5th Annual San Benito County Cardboard Challenge. This free program is coordinated by San Benito County Arts Council as part of our Steam Initiative in partnership with the YMCA of San Benito County, Youth Alliance, and San Benito County Integrated Waste Management. Together, we’re encouraging residents of San Benito County to create cardboard creations to celebrate the power of creative play.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, our event has been adapted to adhere to CDC guidelines. This year’s celebrations will take place virtually and in designated at-school & afterschool programs at local school sites.

To participate virtually, community members are encouraged to create anything they can imagine out of cardboard!  The only rule is that the cardboard should still be recyclable after it’s been transformed. Pencils, paper, markers, and small amounts of glue are ideal. Past projects have included an entire city, a stadium, a life-sized Steph Curry, and even a taco truck.

During the week of October 19th-23rd we’ll be highlighting celebrations happening county-wide. Show your creativity by sharing a photo of your cardboard creation via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #sanbenitoarts. Submissions can also be made to heidi@sanbenitoarts.org. Shared images will be reposted on the San Benito County Arts Council’s social media channels.

More about the Global Cardboard Challenge

The Imagination Foundation, invites the world to participate each year, now 10 years running, in their Annual Global Cardboard Challenge. Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Every September, kids are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

Then, on the first Saturday in October celebrating the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day, communities come together and play. Since its launch, the Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge has engaged 1,933,105 participants in 80 countries and was named a Champion in LEGO Foundation’s ‘Re-imagine Learning’ Challenge. (See LEGO’s video on our work HERE.

For more on our Arts in Education Programs, visit our Arts Ed page HERE.

For more information on the San Benito County Cardboard Challenge, contact our Director of Arts Education, Amanda Chiado, at amandchiado@gmail.com.

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Take the VIRTUAL OPEN STUDIOS TOUR https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/take-the-virtual-open-studios-tour/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:58:20 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=12098

The San Benito County Arts Council’s virtual Open Studios Art Tour continues through Saturday, Sept. 26th. This year’s event has been adapted to include a virtual tour & online arts marketplace which showcases the work of over 30 local artists & artisans with artworks in painting, photography, pottery and ceramics, glassworks, jewelry & more.

The community is encouraged to participate in Open Studios, on Sept. 12th-26th, in a couple of different ways:

Follow the San Benito County Arts Council on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to take the virtual tour. This includes daily postings of artist highlights, featured artworks, and short clips of studio tours & art-making demonstrations.

Visit the Open Studios Arts Marketplace HERE to meet the artists and view & purchase original works of art.

2020 Open Studios artists include: Aaron Graves, Alexan Cerna, Allison Barnes, Andrea McCann, Brande Barrett, Christine West, Cindy Blanton, Cindy Couling, Claudia Harden, Dar Brenneise, David Gutierrez, Goretti Carvalho, Gayle Sleznick, Linda Jan Wynne, Jane Rekedal, Jennifer Power, Julianna O’Hara, Kathleen Sheridan, Kati D’Amore, Kelly Anderson, Kent Child, Laurie Tholen, Marie Cloughesy, Maureen Serafini, Michaela Graves, Rhoda Bloom, Sally Diggory, SanDee Adams, Sophie Lastra, Susan Shirley, Susan Worley, Sylas Jumper, Trudi Burney, Victoria Murray.

Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, and Gayle Sleznick.

For more information on Open Studios visit HERE or email heidi@sanbenitoarts.org.

*Featured image shared from Open Studios & Hollister based artist Julianna O’Hara.

 

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Be Counted in the 2020 Census! https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/be-counted-in-the-2020-census/ Sat, 12 Sep 2020 02:15:13 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=12086
2020 Census Bryan West

The San Benito County Arts Council, Youth Alliance, Community Foundation for San Benito and County of San Benito recently came together to brainstorm creative ways to encourage local residents, especially hard-to-count communities, to participate in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census is so much more than just a head count; it’s an opportunity for San Benito County to be counted. It is a picture of America which defines how many congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are dispersed, redistricting, and where businesses chose to open new stores.

After seeing different arts-based activities take place in other communities, local county and nonprofit leaders got together to brainstorm opportunities to bring awareness to the Census with the goal of encouraging residents to fill out the Census before it’s too late.  Local artist, Bryan West, who is also a teaching artist with the Arts Council, was selected to design a vibrant, pop-culture inspired Census poster based on his existing graphic design work featuring pop icons from the 80s and 90s. West stated, “I drew inspiration from old Lucha Libre trading cards and colorful Luchador masks, blending those flavors with a pop art sensibility that I think will make them really stand out.”

The Census posters, which were created in English and Spanish and paid for with funding from the California Complete Count-Census 2020, have been installed in the County bus shelters, county buses and will be displayed in storefronts, local schools and businesses through the end of September. Reflecting on the process, West said, “This was a really exciting project to work on. Often when you are creating designs for a social cause or civic duty there is a desire to make everything look plain or ‘official’. I appreciate that San Benito County, The Arts Council, Youth Alliance and Community Foundation wanted something more dynamic and playful. The open-ended nature of this project freed me to create something that I really think will get people’s attention and hopefully motivate them to take action.”

Every Californian has the constitutional right to be counted. The count needs to be accurate to display who we are, what we look like, and what our needs are as these are a key factor in defining the distribution of resources to our country. An undercount of the population would have far-reaching consequences for San Benito County, as every individual not counted impacts of $2000 per year in lost resources, over a 10-year span than $20,000 for each individual not counted.

There are three easy ways to fill out the census:

  1. Online at my2020census.gov
  2. By phone at 844-330-2020 (a list of in-language options is available here)
  3. By mail if you received a paper form

It’s easy. There are just nine simple questions including your name, address, sex, race, and age.

It’s confidential. By law, your responses to the census cannot be shared with any other government agencies. Your responses cannot be used for law enforcement purposes and they cannot be used to determine eligibility for government benefits. They cannot be shared with your landlord, credit agencies, etc.

There is no citizenship question. The census will not ask about your citizenship status and the information you give cannot be shared with immigration enforcement.

It’s essential for our community. Census data informs billions of dollars in funding for essential programs like Head Start, childcare and nutrition programs, mental health programs, education and healthcare, parks and roads, and much more

Let’s empower our community to be heard and counted, fill out the census today it’s not too late!

 

*See more of artist Bryan West’s work HERE.

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Enroll in a Fall ART CLASS https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/enroll-in-a-fall-art-class/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 02:53:20 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11974
Youth Art Studio

The San Benito County Arts Council is now enrolling students in live, online Fall Session Art Classes. Participants will explore a variety of art techniques, mediums and materials. Each month’s curriculum will focus on new techniques & projects with the aim of encouraging students’ creativity & imagination, technical skills and artistic literacy.

Registration for each class is $45/per 6 week session.

Register online HERE.

Classes offered are:

Youth Art Studio (ages 5-7) with Victoria Murray, weekly Tuesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm

Youth Art Studio (ages 8-12) with Rebecca Pearson, weekly Thursdays, 4:00-4:45 pm

Teen Art Studio (ages 13-18) Bryan West, weekly Thursdays, 4:00-4:45 pm

FREE scholarships are available for qualifying students!  Please call us at 831.636.2787 or email us at heidi@sanbenitoarts.org for more information or to inquire about scholarship spots.

We are also an approved vendor for Ocean Grove.

*See all class offerings HERE.

Community Art Classes are presented by the San Benito County Arts Council as part of our Community Art Education Program.

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Upcoming virtual Open Studios Tour & Art Sale https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/upcoming-virtual-open-studios-tour-art-sale/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 18:23:21 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11883
Ceramics by Sophie Lastra

We’re excited to announce our 2020 Virtual Open Studios Tour & Arts Marketplace, which will take place online from September 12th-September 26th.

For over the last decade, we have hosted the annual Open Studios Art Tour, which is a self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout San Benito County. This year, due to COVID-19, we’ve created an online artist directory & marketplace to showcase the work of over 30 local artists and artisans with artworks in painting, photography, pottery & ceramics, stained-glass, jewelry and more!

We invite the community to join us for the Open Studios Happy Hour Celebration happening on Friday, Sept. 18th at 6 pm. This is an opportunity to meet our Open Studios artists on Zoom for a live artwork “show & tell.” Enjoy your favorite drink, preview the work, and help us celebrate this year’s group of talented artists. Register for our Happy Hour event & get the Zoom link HERE.

Stay tuned for more upcoming event information with additional links to meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art, and learn more about the processes of art-making. Visit our online Open Studios Arts Marketplace HERE.

For more Open Studios event information & links email heidi@sanbenitoarts.org.

Thank you for helping us keep the arts alive and for your support local artists and creatives!

 

2020 Open Studios artists include:

Aaron Graves, Alexan Cerna, Allison Barnes, Andrea McCann, Brande Barrett, Christine West, Cindy Blanton, Cindy Couling, Claudia Harden, Dar Brenneise, David Gutierrez, Goretti Carvalho, Gayle Sleznick, Linda Jan Wynne, Jane Rekedal, Jennifer Power, Julianna O’Hara, Kathleen Sheridan, Kati D’Amore, Kelly Anderson, Kent Child, Laurie Tholen, Marie Cloughesy, Maureen Serafini, Michaela Graves, Rhoda Bloom, Sally Diggory, SanDee Adams, Sophie Lastra, Susan Shirley, Susan Worley, Sylas Jumper, Trudi Burney, and Victoria Murray

Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, Gayle Sleznick

* Featured photograph of ceramics by Open Studios artist Sophie Lastra.

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Join in a Central CA Regional Conversation https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/join-in-a-central-ca-regional-conversation/ Tue, 21 Jul 2020 22:48:11 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11856
CFTA Regional Conversation

Join Californians for the Arts and our San Benito County Arts Council Executive Director, Jennifer Laine, on Thursday, August 6th at 1 pm on Zoom for a Central CA Regional Conversation.

This 60 minute session will provide arts leaders with an opportunity to address the current status of arts and culture in your region. What are you doing to pivot, adapt and re-imagine your programs and business models while we are unable to reopen at full capacity? What financial resources have you been able to access or hope to access? Are there issues specific to your region you want the statewide comprehensive arts and culture advocacy organization to know about as we represent you to lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington D.C.?

Each conversation will include updates on state and federal advocacy with special guests to be announced. You will have a chance to share ideas, questions and concerns with the Californians for the Arts team, and most importantly each other as the situation continues to evolve.

There is great uncertainty in our field about how and when to reopen safely and effectively and how we as a sector can adapt. Hearing from one and other is vital as we strategize best practices and the future of our industry in the age of COVID-19. Many of us are dealing with canceled seasons, empty spaces, the collapse of earned and even contributed revenue and public health concerns that will linger into 2021. This is a great opportunity to speak with others in the field about how this is impacting us and how we can and will come through this together.

 

Central CA Regional Conversation featured presenters include:

Jennifer Laine, Executive Director, San Benito County Arts Council, Californians for the Arts Board Member

Cara Coger, Executive Director, Mariposa Arts Council, Californians for the Arts Board Member

Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts

 

Please submit questions or topics to discuss, as well as specify for which region, to Julie Baker at membership@californiansforthearts.org

Register for this online event HERE.

You can find more event information at the Californians for the Arts website HERE.

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Enroll in Summer Art Camp https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/enroll-in-summer-art-camp/ Fri, 26 Jun 2020 04:48:48 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11794
Summer Art Camp

The San Benito County Arts Council is now enrolling students in their virtual Summer Art Camp series. These camps are a great way for students to try different artistic styles, mediums and techniques in a condensed 3-day, online workshop format. Registration for each 3-day camp is $30 unless otherwise noted. For online registration or to view the full class schedule and descriptions, please click HERE. Scholarships available for qualifying students!

These 3-day, online Art Camps run Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays on Zoom.

5-7 year old Camp meets 10-10:45 am | 8-12 year old Camp meets 11 am-12 pm | 13-18 year old Camp meets 1 -2 pm 

Color, Color, Color (ages 5-7), June 30-July 2

Drawing Fundamentals (ages 8-12), June 30-July 2

Art & Social Justice FREE (ages 13-18), June 30-July 2

Bilingual Workshop: Creating a Still Life FREE (ages 8-12), Friday, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 30

Animal Exploration (ages 5-7), July 7-9

Caricatures & Cartooning (ages 8-12), July 7-9

Comics (ages 13-18), July 7-9

Self Portraits (ages 5-7), July 14-16

Art with a Message (ages 8-12), July 14-16

Drawing Cars (ages 13-18), July 14-16

Creating with Clay (ages 8-12), July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 1-2 pm

Nature Art (ages 5-7), July 21-23

Expressive Drawing (ages 8-12), July 21-23

Art Journaling (ages 13-18), July 21-23

Space Exploration (ages 5-7), July 28-30

Paper Faces & Characters (ages 8-12), July 28-30

Painting Scenes (ages 13-18), July 28-30

Register for a Summer Art Camp HERE. For more information about Summer Art Camp, please contact the Arts Council at info@sanbenitoarts.org or 831.636.2787. To apply for an Art Camp scholarship email heidi@sanbenitoarts.org.

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Farm to Your Table, Tickets Available https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/farm-to-your-table-tickets-available/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 20:45:44 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11785
A Pick Up Dinner Benefit

Thank you for your support! This event has SOLD OUT.

The San Benito County Arts Council proudly presents its fourth annual Farm-to-Table Benefit for the Arts. In response to the cancellation of in-person celebrations due to challenges and restrictions related to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Arts Council has transitioned this summer’s dinner fundraiser to a Farm to Your Table event.

This year’s 3-course, pick-up, heat & eat dinner will be prepared by local chefs Becky Herbert of the Farmhouse Café and Mike Fisher of Fisher’s Catering and will feature locally-sourced, organic food and produce. Dinners will be available for pick-up at the Farmhouse Café in downtown Hollister from 2-5 pm on Sunday, July 19th. Each meal will include a surprise, a special gift hand crafted by a local artist.

All proceeds from dinner sales will support the Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program, benefiting over 6,000 local students every year in San Benito County. The arts are needed now more than ever, and the Arts Council’s ability to provide these programs depends on the generosity and philanthropy of our local supporters.

Dinner tickets are limited and $50/each. Wine is available and can be purchased separately. Dinner ticket sales end July 12th   and must be purchased prior to the event. Don’t wait, dinner will sell out!  Get your tickets HERE.

 

This year’s dinner includes:

Salad Course: Tuscan Melon & Heirloom Tomato Salad w/Basil & Balsamic

Main Course: Chicken Parmesan/ Vegetarian Option: Eggplant Parmesan with Pesto Pasta & Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert: Lemon Polenta Cake with Stewed Seasonal Fruit

*gf/vegan option available

Paired Wine Selections: Martin Ranch Sangiovese & Martin Ranch Rosé

 

Farm to Your Table 2020 sponsors: K&S Properties, Martin Ranch Winery, Brent Redmond Transportation, Pinnacle Organic, Mission Village Voice & Morris Grassfed

Event promotional artwork by Dylan Sandstrom.

Contact the Arts Council at info@sanbenitoarts.org for more info.

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Artist Q&A: 5 Questions with Clay Peer https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/artist-qa-5-questions-with-clay-peer/ Tue, 26 May 2020 15:04:33 +0000 https://www.sanbenitoarts.org/?p=11741
Painting by Clay Peer

Clay Peer is an artist living and working in Hollister, CA. As a self-described “do-er of all, master of none;” his work spans from automotive renderings and cartoons to portraits, landscapes, and abstract works. Clay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State in 2012 and currently is a teaching artist for the San Benito County Arts Council. In addition to being the lead teaching artist at Hollister Dual Language School and Gabilan Hills Elementary, he is also one of the resident artists teaching in our Dreams Project at Juvenile Hall. With the closure of schools related to the COVID-19 health crisis, Clay has also helped pilot the Arts Council’s transition to virtual art classes.

For this week’s Artist Q&A, I asked Clay a few questions about his artistic practice and sources of inspiration.

What inspires your subject matter?

I’ve been interested in cars and transportation vehicles my whole life so naturally that has inspired a large part of my work. I started going to car shows at very young age. I was always amazed by the artists airbrushing crazy cars on t-shirts and sweatshirts. I thought it was so cool how they could knock out a shirt for someone in minutes while you were there watching it happen. I guess that just stuck with me.

What is your creative process like?

Currently, my creative process relies heavily on doodling as much as possible. It allows me to try new things, like different types of shading methods without the pressure of ruining a drawing or painting. Any one doodle can contain several experiments that I can choose from and apply to new work.

What type of materials do you like to use?

I have difficulty using one medium at a time, so my list might be kind of long. I like the challenge of making multiple mediums work together. Markers, pencils, colored pencils, chalk, pastels, pens, charcoal and gouache are my “go-to’s.” I also like to dabble in oil paint and lettering enamel.

What are you currently working on?

Lately, I’ve been poking at some oil paintings and trying to incorporate lettering enamel in a way that enhances the painting without dominating it. Enamel lays down very clean with sharp lines and has a tendency to stand up and away from the oil paint. I’ve been attempting this with both car paintings and abstract paintings. So far, it’s been an enjoyable puzzle to work on.

What is your favorite thing about being a teaching artist?

My favorite thing about being a teaching artist is simply seeing a lesson stick with a student. I find it very satisfying to see a student carry over an earlier lesson and try to apply it to the next project.

To find out more about Clay Peer’s art, visit him on instagram at @claysartstuff or email him at clay_peer@hotmail.com.

*Featured artwork by Clay Peer.

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