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This year marks the Arts Council's 29th year of serving the arts in Sonoma County. From humble beginnings with a mission to serve to visual arts of the county, to today with a mandate to serve and assist all of the arts in the county, the Council has striven to keep to its core mission intact and burgeon its influence.
The Arts Council of Sonoma County believes that a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural sector is invaluable to the lives of individual citizens and to the connectivity of our community as a whole.
The Arts Council of Sonoma County (ACSC) works to enhance the quality of life and economic development of our community by providing leadership and serving as a collaborative catalyst in the arts. Specifically, we aim to strengthen the arts, culture and arts education through advocacy, promotion, services and training.
Our goals: Visibility. Access. Quality.
1. We promote the arts as a cohesive sector in Sonoma County and beyond
2. We provide more opportunities for participation in arts experience
3. We support smaller arts groups and individual arts
4. We leverage every contributed and earned dollar to support building
collaborative programs that support and promote the arts in our community as
a sector, such as www.sonomaarts.com, ARTrails Open Studios, ArtsSonoma
Festival, and Sonoma County Artist Awards.
Our former board chair, Michael Friedenberg helped shape the vision with this statement: "fifteen years ago Sonoma County was not known for its wine. Today it is. Our vision is that in the next fifteen years Sonoma County will become as well known for its art as it is today for its food and wine."
We aim to lift the visibility of the arts in Sonoma County so that:
1. Our residents will enjoy the rich and diverse arts in Sonoma County
2. Local businesses will be able to entice employees that are looking for quality of life which
includes the arts and quality education for their children
3. The 7.5 million visitors annually to Sonoma County will see that there are over 250 arts events
EVERY WEEK during peak season and 190 EVERY WEEK during off season. We want their
"switch to be flipped" to ON so that they plan to take a class, go to an exhibition, experience a
great performance or play during their visit, buy a memory to take home and plan to come
back with their friends to catch one of our over 100 arts festivals every year.
4. Sonoma County becomes a food, wine and cultural arts destination.
Let's work together to transform Sonoma County into a cultural arts destination which compliments our current brand promise of quality food, wine and breathtaking beauty.
Working with the Board of Supervisors, Cities, businesses, developers, arts organizations, artists, supporters, donors and other major partners, we can build a sustainable process to collaborate on impacting the county plan to include the arts in a transformative way, establishing a shared community vision that frames its goals for wide acceptance and outlining clear steps towards reaching these goals within 15 years. We see our arts advocacy and collaborative work and its process not only supporting the arts, but using the arts as a community-building tool.
Are you interested in participating in the process or sharing your ideas? If so, please contact Jennifer Sloan, Director of the Arts Council of Sonoma County at 707.579.2787 or through email at email@example.com