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2016 Annual State of the Arts

Arts Council Napa Valley is hosting the second annual countywide State of the Arts meeting on May 31, 2016. ACNV encourages all artists, advocates, administrators, board members, creative professionals and community leaders to join in this convening.

Arts Council Napa Valley is hosting the second annual countywide State of the Arts meeting on May 31, 2016, beginning at 5pm, at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. 

We encourage all who are interested in the cultural and creative future of our community to join us.  During this convening we will share our annual update and discuss “Arts & Culture Advocates as Community Leaders”.  Attendees will learn about opportunities, open initiatives, news from around the county, a forecast of future plans, and celebrate a special leader with the Arts Hero Honor!  Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet other like-minded community members – arts practitioners, presenters, administrators, board directors, advocates, marketers, and general community leaders.

Speakers & Topics

In addition to awarding of the 2016 Arts Hero honor and the presentation of the ACNV annual report by President & CEO Olivia Everett, the ACNV Education Alliance will host a panel of educators, district administrators, and funders to discuss the progress and future of the NVUSD Arts Education Master Plan (proposed adoption in June 2016). The first of its kind in Napa County, this plan will transform the experience of public school education for local students by creating greater access, opportunity, and equity in both the visual and performing arts. A major initiative for ACNV, the ACNV Education Alliance Coordinator Robin Hampton will lead a discussion among speakers on the public-private partnership, the impact it will have on our students’ education and what role the community can play.

Concluding the formal presentations, a special guest panel discussion will bring insights on regional and national opportunities, trends, and issues. The three guests will speak to their respective experience of the economic, social/cultural, and political state of arts in California and across the nation. Guests include: Kelly Varian, Communications Specialist with Sustain Arts, a project of the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University, in partnership with the Foundation Center and Fractured Atlas; Morrie Warshawski, a consultant, facilitator and writer who has spent 30 years specializing in the nonprofit sector and led the 2008 Napa County Cultural Plan as well other cultural plans across the nation; and, Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theater Bay Area and Director of Californians for the Arts and its sister organization California Arts Advocates, which provide campaigns to raise public awareness and advocacy services for the arts statewide.

Following the presentations, ACNV will host a mixer as well as an interactive drum session with local group Drum Party where attendees will get the opportunity to play world drums (no experience necessary).

What to Expect:

  • Early Bird (4pm – 4:45pm) Round Tables on Key Issues Identified in the 2015 ACNV Advocacy Survey
  • Celebrate the 2016 Arts Hero Honoree
  • Get Important Highlights from the Arts Council Napa Valley Annual Report
  • Hear from and Ask Questions of the Team Behind the Upcoming NVUSD Arts Education Master Plan

​Speakers include:

    • Robin Hampton
    • John Hannaford
    • Chuck Neidhoefer
    • Anna Paris
    • Sonia Tolbert
  • Discover How We Can Transform Our Local Arts into Community Leaders with Guest Speakers
  • New this year – Please stay for the post-meeting mixer and take part in a drumming session lead by local world percussion group Drum Party! 

Tickets available online or cash only at the door.

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Special contributors and sponsors have made possible an enhanced experience for all meeting attendees in 2016. With the support of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Premier Sponsor, and sponsorship by Sandra Re Sims, Verve Napa Valley, and Napa Valley Art Supplies with additional contributions from Napa Printing, Design Studio & Mail Center, Robb McDonough Photography, The Hess Collection, Villa Corona Catering and Restaurant, Dolce & Deluca and Hurley’s Restaurant.

Photos above by Robb McDonough