2017 Napa County State of the Arts Summit

Join us at the annual State of the Arts Summit on Feb. 28th!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
1pm – 5pm | Mixer until 6pm 
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa



Sarah Crowell, Destiny Arts Oakland
Moving in the Movement: Art, Young People and Social Justice

Sarah Crowell has literally been a mover and a shaker at Destiny Arts Center for 25 years.  In her dynamic presentation she will describe Destiny Arts Center’s work, talk about ways that she has navigated the tumultuous world of a youth arts nonprofit, and invite the audience to literally move ideas and concepts into their bodies.



Celebrate 2016 Local Arts Highlights & Forecast for the Year Ahead

Presentation of 2017 ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients



Join dynamic small group discussions and panel presentations:

What will happen next? Update on Federal and State Arts Advocacy & Discussion on Local Actions | Brad Erickson & Christopher de Natale, Laura Collins – Conversation Facilitator

Hear from advocacy leaders on the NEA and California Arts Council budgets, as well as, the agenda for Napa County arts and culture funding.  Brad Erickson of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates returns to State of the Arts to present on the latest news on the state and federal level, while ACNV Advocacy Committee Chair, Christopher deNatale, speaks to local issues like the Napa County’s Arts & Culture Special Projects Fund. Laura Collins, Development Director for diRosa, will facilitate Q&A’s and discussion on next steps for local advocates.

Empowering Student Voices: Partnering in Public Education | Chuck Neidhoefer – Coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts at NVUSD, Andrea Saenz Williams – Director of Education & Civic Engagement at di Rosa

How can arts education empower students and how might community partnerships enhance that? What partnerships and pathways already exist and how might artists support existing public education initiatives? Join Chuck Neidhoefer, the Arts Coordinator of Napa Valley Unified School District, to discuss these questions and others with a panel of local arts advocates, activists, and educators.

Turning the Arts from Survive to Thrive: Building Our Napa County Creative Economy | Danielle Smith (Facilitator), Richard VonSaal, Jessica Penman, Sonia Tolbert

As the “third leg” of Napa County’s wine, food and arts stool, the arts are positioned to be a keystone social and economic engine for our community – but it’s not always that easy. So what will it take to not only sustain but to flourish as a sector? Arts in April Producer and PR specialist Danielle Smith will host a discussion covering ideas of what is unique about the landscape of Napa County, what are the opportunities and challenges, and how we can work together to build a thriving creative industry.  Panelists include Sonia Tolbert, General Manager of Festival Napa Valley, artist and entrepreneur Richard VonSaal, and Jessica Penman, Development Manager for Napa Valley Museum and Chair of the ACNV Leadership Network Funding Committee. 

Brave Space as a Container for Arts-Based Social Change | Mandisa Amber Wood, M.A., M.F.A.

Dialogues about diversity and social justice frequently come up in the classroom, at community events, and at work. In this roundtable, Wood will provide a brief presentation of brave spaces based on the work of social justice educators Arao & Clemens in The art of effective facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (2013). Participants will discuss tools and approaches for moving from personal and creative practices to transformative work in the world. Mandisa Amber Wood is an adjunct faculty member at Napa Valley College as well as artist, dancer, food justice activist, and urban farmer.


Network with fellow colleagues and live performances. 


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Continue the arts celebration and join us at Humanitas Wines and The Wine Foundry‘s fundraiser at Blue Note Napa benefitting the ACNV Education Alliance at 7pm!



Featuring rock ‘n’ roll international discovery artists Katéa (Finland), Ben Hazlewood (New Zealand), Speaker First (Indonesia) with opener Madyx

(USA). With each showcase set, Blue Note Napa Chef Jessica Sedlacek will create a series of four course small plate dishes inspired by each artist’s country of origin to pair with Humanitas and Foundry Wines.

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Special thanks to A&R WorldwideHeritage Eats and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Napa County State of the Arts 2017 is Sponsored in Part By:

Sandra Re Sims 

Napa Valley Art Supplies

Parking: Park in Lot A will not require a parking permit. Parking permits for this lot have been waived for the duration of the event.