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Arts Council Napa Valley releases the Summer 2018 Community Fund Grant Recipients

Thanks to the funding provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arts Council Napa Valley announced 8 local programs were awarded between $2,500 - $5,000 each for a total of $31,000, in their most recent round of grants from their Community Fund.

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Arts Council Napa Valley releases the Summer 2018 Community Fund Grant Recipients

NAPA, Calif. (June 29, 2018)— Thanks to the  funding provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arts Council Napa Valley announced 8 local programs were awarded between $2,500 – $5,000 each for a total of $31,000, in their most recent round of grants from their Community Fund. Three of these projects were awarded through the special, one time, Fire Recovery Grant provided by the Hewlett Foundation. Awards reflect diverse artistic genres, disciplines, and audiences – all supporting ACNV’s vision of enriching our community through arts and culture. The range of funded programs includes media arts, public art, family-friendly shows and more. This stellar group represents a diverse sample of the flourishing creative culture of Napa County.

The Community Fund’s Summer 2018 grant cycle saw 15 applications totaling $62,689.00 in requested support, revealing the need for increased and accessible funds for arts in the Napa County community. In the last 2 years, ACNV has provided over $90,000 to artists and small non-profit organizations.

Summer Round 2018 ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients

American Canyon Arts Foundation

“American Canyon Community Mosaic Project”

“Working with Nimbus Arts and the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley, ACAF will design, organize and produce a community art project tile mosaic on the wall of the new Boys & Girls Clubhouse in American Canyon.”

Beclee Wilson

“The Land and Its People: Art and Poetry”

“This is a returning project, originally funded by a grant from the Arts Council Napa Valley in the Winter 2017 round of funding. This program will include students from the Howell Mountain Elementary and Pacific Union College Elementary School. Beclee will be building off her experience of this program with the students of Saint Helena Elementary. All students will receive a camera to explore the world around them and work with teachers, persons with knowledge of history, the natural environment, and poets in the community. Their created photo and poem of choice will be displayed in a special exhibit at the end of the program at the Paulin Center, Pacific Union College.”

E & M Presents

“Lightwire Theater – The Ugly Duckling”

“E & M Presents brings 3 to 5 touring acts to Napa annually – specifically geared to kids and families. integral to their mission is the distribution of free tickets to at-risk, low income, and disadvantaged youth and their families.

The two matinee performances of the Ugly Duckling (1pm and 3pm) will be held at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. They include an hour of free arts activities, prior to each show in the theater lobby. Lightwire Theater is all about “characters” that come to life through art, science and technology. The one-of-a-kind troupe brings stories to life in complete darkness, and they are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry.”

Jennifer Hunt

“Arts Partnership at Willow Elementary”

In collaboration with teachers and students at Willow Elementary School, Jennifer has designed a year-long arts partnership to continue working with students grades TK through 5th grade. Through exploring how music connects across disciplines Jennifer helps students express understanding, find their artistic voice, and engage with their community. Students learn basic instrumental and vocal skills, introductory musical elements and composition, and incorporate music technology.”

Listen to an audio sample of her work from a previous class she taught to 4th grade students here: ‘Chladni Pattern Music’

Mario Piombo

“Attention Napa Media Mentorship Program”

Attention Napa gives students the opportunity to work in a real world environment, mentored by media professionals. The students choose the topics and perform the requisite roles of a real media production company. They are the producers, writers, directors, camera operators, technicians and craftsmen necessary to execute the entire production. The students learn how to leverage media to make their voice and ideas heard.”


ACNV Community Fund Fire Grant Recipients

Rina Faletti

“Art Responds: The North Bay Fires”

“An exhibition that is a one-year commemoration of the October 2017 fires, proposed from October 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019. An invitational exhibit of eight contemporary artists will show new work directly inspired by the fires. The show will also include a “Fire Wall” of Napa County residents’ fire photographs, to be submitted, juried and curated via an Open Public Call process. It will include a public engagement program of events with panels of artists, a symposium on art and environment, tours by the curator and public talks on art, fire and environment in California.”

Confirmed artists for this exhibition include:

  • Julia Crane: Installations and Photographs
  • Oscar Aguilar Olea: Paintings
  • Andrea Dale: Ash Paintings and Multimedia Wall Sculpture
  • Lowell Downey: Aerial Landscape Photographs
  • Brian Fies: Graphic Illustration
  • Jeff Frost: Timelapse Photography and Multimedia Wall Sculpture
  • Linda Gass: Stitched Paintings and Glass Art
  • Edmund Ian Grant: Prints on Paper
  • Norma Quintana: Documentary Photographs
  • Kristi Rene: Prints on Metal

Karen Lynn Ingalls

“The Grateful Heart Project”

“This project uses the power of art to enable Calistogans to honor and commemorate the first responders, organizations, and individuals who fought the 2017 Tubbs Wildfire, protected the town from harm, welcomed and aided evacuees, and assisted those who suffered losses as a result of the fire. Karen lost her studio and some of her completed work in the Tubbs fire, so this project is personal for her. The Grateful Heart Project will consist of gathering signatures from the community, to be collaged in 12×12 mixed media acrylic paintings, with a heart design incorporated in to each one. Instead of a plaque or framed statement of recognition, this original artwork will be an opportunity to honor the first responders, and memorialize how much they did for Calistoga. The project will culminate in a October show, sharing the artwork with the community on the anniversary of the fires, and then presenting the selected organizations with the artwork shortly thereafter.”

Norma I. Quintana

“Forget Me Not Portraits of Fire, Loss and Recovery”

“The Forget me not Not portrait series includes subjects from all walks of life, who live, work or travel, in the Napa Valley. During my youth, the Quintana family would conduct an annual migration to Puerto Rico. During these visits the tradition was to arrange documentation of the occasion in the form of a family portrait rendered at the same photographic studio, using the same backdrop.

For this series, at prearranged locations, Norma will erect her 10’x14′ portable canvas backdrop and begin rendering portraits of individuals who compose the diverse population of the Napa Valley. Aided by Professor Lonnie Graham, a visual anthropologist, the series will serve as a documentary of the monumental losses suffered by all who live and work in Northern California. Being a victim of the fires herself, Norma lost her home and all of her professional equipment. Her project goal is to put a face on individuals who may have been forgotten, give a voice to stories unheard, and share the tyranny of a boundless burden.”

The work will be presented in numerous exhibitions with dates to be announced soon.

About the Community Fund

Made possible through the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant awarded to ACNV in 2018. The re-granting 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.

About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, the foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, and make the philanthropy sector more effective.

The foundation’s Performing Arts Program makes grants to sustain artistic expression and encourage public engagement in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, to give California students equal access to an education rich in the arts, and to provide necessary resources to help organizations and artists be effective in their work.

The Hewlett Foundation has supported the arts since its founding more than 50 years ago. Today, it is the largest private funder of the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, making roughly $20 million in grants to more than 220 nonprofit arts organizations in 11 Bay Area counties each year.

About Arts Council Napa Valley

​As the official local arts agency in Napa County, Arts Council Napa Valley connects, advocates, and leads the arts community countywide. Since 1981 the Arts Council has served to benefit all residents with a more sustainable, accessible and quality local arts scene.  Since the adoption of the Napa County Cultural Plan in 2009, it has organized policy initiatives like the City of Napa Percent for Art Ordinance and Napa Valley Unified School District Arts Master Plan. The Arts Council also offers programs and support, like the annual State of the Arts Summit, Napa Valley Creative Directory and ACNV Community Fund, to empower the industry through education, information, and resources.