ACNV Receives Grant From California Arts Council for Arts in April
Arts Council Napa Valley Receives California Arts Council “Creative California Communities” Grant
Napa Valley Arts in April 2015 is among seven new projects funded statewide in support of transforming communities through the arts
The California Arts Council (CAC) announced a $56,000 grant to Arts Council Napa Valley in partnership with Celebrate! Napa Valley, Napa Valley Museum, and Visit Napa Valley as part of its Creative California Communities program. This program was formed in early 2014 with the goal of transforming communities by harnessing arts and culture as a key economic development strategy. The award will support Arts Council Napa Valley and its partners in Napa Valley Arts in April® 2015 (AiA), providing funds to elevate the program in quality and diversity of events.
“All of us on the organizing team are so proud to be selected for this special grant. This is an incredible leap for this program and will significantly increase our capacity to deliver a unique experience of the Napa Valley through arts and culture. 2015 will be a landmark year for this program and for the arts in Napa County,” said Olivia Everett, CEO of Arts Council Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Arts in April® (AiA) is an annual celebration of the elemental connection between the arts and wine & food in the Napa Valley. The month-long program satisfies cultural cravings with an exploration of creative pairings through art installations, performances, pop-up exhibitions, and special events. Introduced in April 2011, AiA offers special access to a wide-variety of experiences highlighting the “Napa Valley Collection®” (www.NapaValleyCollection.com), making it the perfect time to get a dose of Napa Valley culture. The month-long celebration kicks off with a party at Napa Valley Museum’s annual Napa Valley Collects exhibition and culminates with a festival highlighting visual and performing artists presented by Celebrate! Napa Valley. In 2013, Visit California awarded VNV and ACNV with the state award of “Best Regional Collaborative Marketing Campaign” for AiA.
“The CAC is pleased to support Arts Council Napa Valley and the partnership with Visit Napa Valley, Napa Valley Museum and Celebrate! Napa Valley with a Creative California Communities grant. Their work will further demonstrate the power of the arts to transform our state,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “Napa Valley Arts in April’s® high quality project is a model example of the innovative ways in which the arts can uniquely partner with local business and government entities. Reinvention and stimulation of our urban and rural areas through the arts shows the power and importance of creativity in all phases of our collective lives.”
The Napa Valley Arts in April® partners join grantees from a first wave of recipients for the Creative California Communities program. For a list of the previously-awarded Creative California Communities grants, please view the California Arts Council press release at this link: http://arts.ca.gov/newsroom/prdetail.php?id=179
About Arts Council Napa Valley
Arts Council Napa Valley is a non-profit organization serving as the County of Napa’s designated arts agency. The mission of ACNV is to provide leadership that unites, supports, and enhances our exceptional arts and culture community.
About Napa Valley Arts in April®
In addition to its internationally renowned wine and food, the Napa Valley offers guests another rich and diverse reason to visit: the extraordinary arts available in its wineries, galleries and public spaces. When considered in total, the assemblage of significant art comprises “The Napa Valley Collection™,” worthy of in-depth exploration. Napa Valley Arts in April showcases this remarkable collection with four week-long curated tours and special events organized by geography, from Carneros to Calistoga. Participating hotels offer special Napa Valley Arts in April packages to encourage patrons to visit during the celebration for extended stays. Visit www.VisitNapaValley.com/ArtsinApril for details.