Winter 2018 ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients Announced!

Arts Council Napa Valley awards over $17,000 for local arts and culture programs

Thanks to funding provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arts Council Napa Valley announces the winter 2018 Community Fund grant recipients. Four local programs received between $2,500 – $5,000 each, totaling $17,500 in funds awarded.

Awards reflect diverse artistic genres, disciplines and audiences – with the range of funded programs including performing arts shows, art exhibitions, writing courses and more. These programs are supporting ACNV’s vision of enriching our community through arts and culture by creating greater access, engagement and culturally relevant opportunities for locals. ACNV has provided over $100,000 to artists and small non-profit organizations, so that local work may grow and deepen the impact of arts and culture for all in the Napa County community.

ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients | Winter 2018

Conflict Zone | Nancy Willis

Conflict Zone is a project created by artist Nancy Willis with Yazidis from Northern Iraq. In 2018, Willis collaborated with Yazidis living in Texas to create monotypes about their daily lives. To respond to their images, Willis will create oil paintings of their former homeland and launch a joint exhibition.

Teens Create – Printmaking | Sue Bradford

“Teens Create – Printmaking” is a returning grantee from the ACNV Community Fund. The program class provides 3 hours of guided studio time working in monoprint and related methods with Sue Bradford in her Napa studio. Sessions include discussion and direction of the evening’s project, space to work, materials, etching press, guidance through the printmaking process and related artmaking methods and a safe place for the teens to explore and express themselves.

Valley Players 2019 Season | Napa Valley Players

Valley Players is a community theater group that produces classic and contemporary genre performances. Valley Players’ focus is including as many women as possible in each aspect of theatrical production – from writing to acting to directing to design and more to represent women over 40, a group generally underrepresented in theater. In Valley Players’ 2019 season, there will be three plays: Farce of Habit, Hardball and Women in Jeopardy at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

Play Performance Dates:

  • Farce of Habit, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, will be performed six times between February 15-24, 2019.
  • Hardball, by Victoria Stewart, will be performed six times over two consecutive weekends during the summer/fall of 2019.
  • Women in Jeopardy, by Wendy McLeod, will be performed six times over two consecutive weekends during the fall/winter of 2019 (dates to be determined).

Invite the Muse Writing Course | Emily Ann Freiman

Invite the Muse Writing Course is for new and seasoned writers. The course facilitator offers narrative, story and poetic writing themes, incorporating aspects of artistic expression, to stimulate imagination and build community.


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 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 private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. 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.