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August 2014
In this issue...
New Commission Chair
Art Boxes Finished
Art of the Dumpster
Art Show in Board Chambers
Call for Artists - SMUD
Call for Teaching Artists
Hart in the Park Concert
Broadway Augmented
Mural Restoration Complete
Get Ready for School
Race for the Arts
Changing Demographics
Sparking Creativity: an exhibition of artwork by SMUD employees
SMUD Gallery
6301 S Street, Sacramento
Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

Defining Character: an exhibit of portraits
Robert T. Matsui Gallery
Sacramento City Hall
915 I Street, Sacramento
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
March 25 - Sept. 9, 2014

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Welcome New Commission Chair, Cheryl Holben


Cheryl Holben has begun her term as the Chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC). She has been a Commissioner since 2009 and becomes Chair at a particularly exciting time.  


Cheryl's primary goal as chair is to oversee the City and County's first Cultural Plan. The plan will provide guidelines and strategies which will identify and incubate prospective partnerships and funding sources; engage and create a shared vision among community leaders and provide guidance for budget requirements.The goal is to engage and create a shared vision among the community.


Cheryl has been a tireless advocate for the arts, both as a commissioner and in a variety of other roles in the greater Sacramento area.  In addition to her work for SMAC, Cheryl owns and operates an interior design business, is past president of the Friends of the Arts Commission, a board member of the Verge Center for the Arts and past president of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Sacramento.

Capitol Box Art Project Installed
Utility boxes covered in art

Twenty-eight utility boxes located primarily in the Capitol Area Development Authority's (CADA) district between 7th and 17th Streets and L and S Streets in downtown Sacramento have been covered with art. These "utility box wraps" were designed by 20 Sacramento area artists for the Capitol Box Art Project, a public art project conceived and directed by Todd Leon, CADA R Street Development Manager in collaboration with the Arts Commission.   CADA intends on maintaining the boxes for a minimum of 3 years.


"This idea isn't new it's just new to Sacramento. Hopefully this project helps to inspire more public art in Sacramento and help the city in building its own image and identity," said Todd Leon.
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Second Saturday artists' reception August 9th, 2014 at 4pm at the Courtyard located at 1322 O Street (corner of 14th and O next to Sam's Market).

Dumpster's Last Stand

Dumpster Art Exhibit Ends August 30th

Come out on August's Second Saturday Art Walk to see this unique installation of 10 dumpsters that have been painted, cut, or otherwise manipulated into beautiful works of art. Featured artists are: John Stuart Berger, Joy Bertinuson, Mark Emerson, Gioia Fonda, Nathan Cordero, Waylon Horner, Brenda Louie, Robert Ortbal, Jim Piskoti, and Susan Silvester. Learn more >


"Art of the Dumpster" is open to the public to enjoy daily through August 30, 2014 at 3101 Power Inn Road Sacramento, CA 95826.


For more information about Art of the Dumpster visit the project online at or on Facebook at and on Twitter at @DumpsterArt.

Artwork in County Board of Supervisors' Chambers

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: selected paintings by Kristin Hartman


Sacramento County is sponsoring bi-annual exhibitions of artwork in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers at 700 H Street, Sacramento.  SMAC will be coordinating the exhibitions. On display now is the work of Kristin Hartman. 


Kristin Hartman was born in Västerås, Sweden.  She moved to the United States as a small child, living in North and South Carolina before moving to California at the age of eight. Hartman received her BA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento, where she was presented with the Dean's Award in the College of Arts and Letters. Hartman's paintings come about rapidly with an irregular application of paint, allowing unplanned images to emerge within the work. It is through this process that she strives to create mysterious and intriguing environments for the viewer to explore. She encourages the viewer to get lost in the mysterious and intriguing environments she creates: "These works express my fascination with the unique and beautiful design of nature.  I find myself most drawn to the way light interacts with form, and how it can alter the space in which it falls.  For me, light unravels the mysteries of the natural world".   

Call for Artists
for Decades: an exhibition of artwork about generations at SMUD Gallery.

SMUD and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) invite Sacramento area artists to submit work for exhibition in the 'Decades' Juried Art Exhibition. Works in all media are eligible, but all artwork must be suitable and ready for installation on a wall. No freestanding artwork can be accommodated. Due to space constraints, the exhibition will be juried by Lorrie Kempf, SMUD gallery curator. Click here for the application and instructions.  Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Do You Want to Teach Art in Local Schools?
Application Deadline is August 12


Arts for Any Given Child, a Kennedy Center arts education initiative in Sacramento, is now accepting applications from teaching artists who want to use their mastery of an art form to develop and deliver residencies for K-8 students in local schools. Click here to learn more and download the application guidelines.

Hart in the Park Concert on August 8th
Marshall Park, 27th & J Streets, Sacramento

Join the Creative Aging Choral Initiative's Singers with Hart, a seniors singing group, for a free public concert on Friday, August 8, at noon at Marshall Park in midtown Sacramento. Check out a video from rehearsals for a sneak peek.  Learn More>
 Broadway Augmented:


Broadway Augmented is a temporary public art project coming to Sacramento next month. Eleven artists from around the country have designed public artworks which can be viewed in real time, through the usage of an Apple or Android smart device (phone, tablet). The artworks are site specific and will be located between 21st and 9th Street on Broadway. The exhibition was conceived as part of a greater vision to revitalize Broadway, one of Sacramento's oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods. The experience begins on September 13, 2014 and runs through October. For more information go to

Fred Ball Mural Restoration Finally Completed
It looks great
The restoration of a monumental mural by Fred Ball was completed in July. The highly acclaimed mural, located at 3rd and L Streets, faces I-5 and the Tower Bridge, can be viewed from Interstate 5 and many of the nearby high-rise buildings.  Arranged in four horizontal sections, each 6-feet high, by 62-feet wide, the row after row of enameled plates create a quilt-like landscape of colors.  Ball intended his mural to be an interpretation of aerial views of the Sacramento River Delta, with winding river tributaries and cropland patterns combined with cityscapes.  The colors reflect seasonal changes, and while retaining their basic color values, the enamels reflect the environmental light, changing constantly with the passage of clouds, sun overhead, or the angle from which they were viewed. The enamel plates were removed, cleaned, restored, and have now been reinstalled.
Start the School Year Right - Hire a Teaching Artist
August is "Get Ready for Kindergarten" month

Whether you're a troop leader, a teacher or a parent, August is the month to begin thinking about the new school year. The Arts Education Directory lists skilled professional artists who are ready to help your students excel this school year with arts education offerings for all levels and ages.  Browse nearly 100 artists' profiles or check out these artists who specialize in working with younger kids:

Francie Dillon 

Lisa Phenix 

Race for the Arts - August 23rd


  • Register online or download a Registration Form
  • Download a Pledge Form
  • Personalize and download a Flyer
  • Booth Signup and Performance Forms also online
  • Purchase tickets for the "Off to the Races" Wine & Food Tasting, Aug. 9 at  Pavilions (Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento)
  • Coming from out of town? Receive a discount for a hotel room

Reminder: Groups/teams of 10 or more receive a 20% discount! Registrations must be mailed together, or register in person at the same time.



  • REGISTER EARLY FOR RACE FOR THE ARTS. Go to Pavilions on Saturday, August 2 and register for the Race. The Registration site will be set up in front of Lucy Activewear and near Piatti Restaurant.
  • "OFF TO THE RACES" WINE & FOOD TASTING, Saturday, August 9th, 5:30 - 8:00pm
    • Sample appetizers from some of Sacramento's best restaurants and taste an array of artisan beers from New Helvetia Brewing Co.
Ideas and Issues in the Arts 
Keeping Up With The Changing Demographics

COMMENTARY: The impact of changing audience demographics on U.S. arts
by Shoshana Fanizza, Build My , 7/18/14


An opinion about the demise of the San Jose Rep: "The simple answer is San Jose's population changed a lot in three decades and the Rep changed very little." And this opinion is becoming more fact than opinion every day.  This morning, I heard in the news that the majority of kids in the Denver Public School District are now Hispanic.  How is your audience landscape changing? Have you conducted demographic research recently? In the case of the San Jose, CA area, the difference of the few decades is noted [by the theater's founder, James P. Reber]:  


"When I launched San Jose Rep, the city's first resident professional theatre, San Jose had a population of 692,242 that was well-educated and arts-friendly. The ethnic makeup of the city was 74.1% Caucasian, 22.3% Latino and a small Asian population. The median age was 27, my age at the time.  Today the 2010 population breakdown is 952,576 people with an ethnic makeup of 28.7% Caucasian, 33.2% Latino and 31.7% Asian."

Holy cow!  What a difference! And this type of difference is not just happening in San Jose, CA as I mentioned above. The landscape of our audiences are changing everywhere.  I implore you to do your audience development research and keep up with these changes.  Otherwise, your art and organization may not be as relevant as it was a few decades ago. 
Artist Opportunities

Job Opportunity - Natomas Charter School
Natomas Charter School seeks a Visual Arts Teacher with knowledge of painting, drawing and printmaking. To view the full job description and learn how to apply,  click here.

Job Opportunity - Robla School District
The Robla School District is accepting applications for an Art Teacher. Single Subject Credential in Art is required. View the full job description here. Deadline to apply is August 8, 2014.

Calling All Art Bra Artists

Women's Wisdom Art and Albie Aware are looking for artists to participate in the 5th annual Art Bra Show at Blue Line Arts on September 20th. Deadline to register your original artwork featuring the bra as a symbol to bring awareness about breast cancer is August 4.  Log on to to submit your work.  For more information contact Helen Plenert at (916) 482-2608 or 599-2608
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