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Arts​ ​Council​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​Announces 2017​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​Grant​ ​Recipients  

Inaugural​ ​grant​ ​awards​ ​will​ ​support​ ​programs​ ​involving​ ​245​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​performers ​​and​ ​reach​ ​over​ ​25,000​ ​audience​ ​members​ ​and​ ​participants 

Sketches of design for Napa Quake Mosaic by Kristina Young


Arts​ ​Council​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​Announces 2017​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​Grant​ ​Recipients  

Inaugural​ ​grant​ ​awards​ ​will​ ​support​ ​programs​ ​involving​ ​245​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​performers ​​and​ ​reach​ ​over​ ​25,000​ ​audience​ ​members​ ​and​ ​participants 

​​Arts​ ​Council​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​​ ​(ACNV)​ ​is​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​announce the​ ​inaugural​ ​grant​ ​recipients​ ​of​ ​the​ ​​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​.​ ​The​ ​awardees​ ​are​ ​five​ ​nonprofits​ ​and five​ ​individual​ ​artists​ ​working​ ​in​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​range​ ​of​ ​disciplines,​ ​each​ ​a​ ​stellar​ ​representation​ ​of​ ​the flourishing​ ​creative​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​Napa​ ​County.  

M​ade​ ​possible​ ​through​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​​The​ ​William​ ​and​ ​Flora​ ​Hewlett​ ​Foundation​ ​grant​ ​awarded​ ​to ACNV​ ​in​ ​2016,​ ​​the​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​was​ ​established​ ​that​ ​same​ ​year.​ ​The​ ​regranting​ ​program funds​ ​$40,000​ ​each​ ​year​ ​to​ ​small​ ​nonprofits​ ​and​ ​individual​ ​artists​ ​to​ ​support​ ​creative​ ​works​ ​and programs​ ​that​ ​are​ ​publicly​ ​accessible​ ​within​ ​Napa​ ​County.​ ​The​ ​​fund​ ​is​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​invest​ ​in​ ​artists​ ​and arts​ ​nonprofits​ ​to​ ​support​ ​local​ ​talent​ ​and​ ​presenters.​ ​Additionally​ ​this​ ​investment​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​and deepen​ ​the​ ​general​ ​community’s​ ​relationship​ ​to​ ​arts​ ​and​ ​culture​ ​through​ ​greater​ ​access,​ ​engagement,​ ​and culturally​ ​relevant​ ​opportunities. 

The​ ​fund’s​ ​first​ ​grant​ ​cycle​ ​saw​ ​29​ ​applications​ ​totalling​ ​$132,713​ ​in​ ​requested​ ​support​ ​revealing​ ​the great​ ​need​ ​for​ ​additional​ ​arts​ ​funding​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Napa​ ​County​ ​region.​ ​The​ ​review​ ​panelists​ ​selected​ ​10 programs​ ​that​ ​reflect​ ​the​ ​diverse​ ​range​ ​of​ ​creativity​ ​in​ ​the​ ​area​ ​and​ ​ACNV’s​ ​core​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​enriching communities​ ​through​ ​arts​ ​and​ ​culture.​ ​The​ ​diverse​ ​range​ ​of​ ​programs​ ​including​ ​live​ ​theater,​ ​public​ ​art, family-friendly​ ​shows​ ​and​ ​weekend​ ​events​ ​will​ ​involve​ ​245​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​an​ ​estimated 25,925​ ​total​ ​audience​ ​members​ ​and​ ​participants.  

Remarking​ ​on​ ​the​ ​outpouring​ ​of​ ​strong​ ​proposals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​cycle​ ​of​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund,​ ​ACNV President​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​Olivia​ ​Dodd​ ​says:  

We​ ​are​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​number​ ​of​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​small​ ​groups​ ​who​ ​presented​ ​strong​ ​ideas​ ​to​ ​impact the​ ​community.​ ​We​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​reflect​ ​the​ ​vibrancy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Napa​ ​County​ ​and​ ​collectively​ ​will touch​ ​countless​ ​artists,​ ​students,​ ​families,​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members​ ​of​ ​all​ ​backgrounds.​ ​While​ ​we are​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​support​ ​these​ ​ten​ ​projects,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​more​ ​worthy​ ​of​ ​investment.​ ​Our​ ​first year​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​reveals​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​these​ ​grants,​ ​and​ ​so​ ​we​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to working​ ​with​ ​donors​ ​to​ ​strengthen​ ​and​ ​grow​ ​the​ ​program. 

2017​ ​ACNV​ ​Community​ ​Fund​ ​grant​ ​recipients​​ ​include: 

Kristina​ ​Young 
Napa​ ​Quake​ ​Mosaic​ ​(Napa) 
An​ ​artist-led​ ​and​ ​community-built​ ​public​ ​art​ ​installation​ ​honoring​ ​those​ ​affected​ ​by​ ​the​ ​2014​ ​Napa earthquake​ ​featuring​ ​objects​ ​broken​ ​during​ ​the​ ​earthquake.  
E&M​ ​Presents 
An​ ​‘Amazing’​ ​Weekend​ ​(Napa) 
A​ ​series​ ​of​ ​of​ ​family-friendly​ ​performances;​ ​​The​ ​Amazing​ ​Bubble​ ​Man​​ ​and​ ​​The​ ​Amazing​ ​Max,​ ​​the​ ​fund will​ ​also​ ​support​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​an​ ​organizational​ ​website. 
Shakespeare​ ​Napa​ ​Valley 
A​ ​Midsummer​ ​Night’s​ ​Dream​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​(Napa​ ​&​ ​St​ ​Helena) 
From​ ​August​ ​through​ ​September​ ​2017,​ ​Shakespeare​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​will​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​free​ ​outdoor​ ​production of​ ​Shakespeare’s​ ​​A​ ​Midsummer​ ​Night’s​ ​Dream​ ​​as​ ​homage​ ​to​ ​life​ ​and​ ​love​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Napa​ ​Valley. 
Sing​ ​Napa​ ​Valley 
Brahms​ ​requiem​ ​Collaborative​ ​Performance​ ​(Yountville) 
Sing​ ​Napa​ ​Valley,​ ​St.​ ​Helena​ ​Chamber​ ​Singers,​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​College​ ​Chorale,​ ​together​ ​perform​ ​Brahms’ A​ ​GERMAN​ ​REQUIEM​,​ ​with​ ​Symphony​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​soloists,​ ​conducted​ ​by world-renowned​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Symphony​ ​Chorus​ ​Director​ ​Ragnar​ ​Bohlin. 
Beclee​ ​Wilson 
The​ ​Land​ ​and​ ​Its​ ​People:​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Poetry​ ​(St.​ ​Helena​ ​&​ ​Yountville) 
An​ ​art-making​ ​project​ ​of​ ​photography​ ​and​ ​poetry;​ ​students​ ​of​ ​Saint​ ​Helena​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​will​ ​create photos​ ​and​ ​poems​ ​to​ ​be​ ​displayed​ ​in​ ​an​ ​exhibit​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Napa​ ​Valley​ ​Museum.  
Barry​ ​Martin 
Napa​ ​Focused​ ​Play-Cycle​ ​Project​ ​(Napa) 
The​ ​Napa​ ​Focused​ ​Play​ ​Cycle​ ​Project​ ​will​ ​create​ ​the​ ​first​ ​two​ ​scripts​ ​for​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​plays​ ​examining​ ​the human​ ​condition​ ​in​ ​modern-day​ ​Napa​ ​Valley. 


Cafeteria Kids Theater
Fall Musical Production Class (Yountville)

Students will work with professionally trained actors, directors, Broadway veterans, and educators who received graduate degrees in the Performing Arts to conduct a full scale musical productions as a class.

Clark Harding
New Era Beats Brigade (Traveling Countywide)

A modern spin on a traditional marching band fusing modern electronic instruments with traditional brass instruments to create a contemporary music experience.

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen
Epoch: Napa Valley (Napa)

A 100-foot-long, hand illustrated visual timeline of Napa Valley’s human populations, tracing from indigenous populations to present day — a course of 10,225 years following a linear path of detailed artwork.

American Canyon Arts Foundation
AmCan Arts Foundation Events (American Canyon)

A series of programs and events celebrating the ethnic diversity of our the American Canyon community, including art, food, dance and culture.

Award recognition for grantees will take place on February 28 2017 at 1pm at the 2017 Napa County State of the Arts Summit. Get more details about the summit and tickets here