Arts Council Napa Valley Releases Winter 2019 Community Fund Grant Recipients

Arts Council Napa Valley awards $20,000 for local arts and culture programs

Thanks to support provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Arts Council Napa Valley announces the winter 2019 Community Fund grant recipients. Six local programs will receive between $2,000 and $5,000 each, totaling $20,000 in funds awarded.

The funding requests in each grant cycle far exceed the amount which ACNV is able to award. Thus, many deserving projects are unable to be funded. The organization is dedicated to continue fundraising to grow the Community Fund and its impact. If you are interested in more information on how you can help, please contact ACNV’s Program Associate, Crysta Tim at or (707) 257-2117.

The winter 2019 Community Fund grant awards reflect diverse artistic genres, disciplines and audiences – with the range of funded programs including cultural performances, mental health awareness, new artist exposure 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. Since the inception of the Community Fund, ACNV has provided more than $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.

“With each grant cycle, we’re seeing a growing and diverse applicant pool that is becoming a truer representation of our cultural community,” said Colleen Schulman, ACNV Board of Directors Chair. “We’d love to grow the fund further to be able to award all of the deserving projects. I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to experience and enjoy those that we were able to and proudly support in this winter cycle.” 

ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients | Winter 2019

This is My Brave – Napa Valley

Kristine Haataja
A live on-stage show of teens and young adults sharing their stories of mental health and substance abuse challenges and recovery through essay, poetry, original music, dance, comedy and more. The show fights stigma by bringing these issues into public conversation and providing a sense of hope for others. To learn more, visit

Up & Coming Incubator Program at 2020 Art, Sip & Stroll

Yountville Arts Commission
During the 2020 Art, Sip and Stroll Event, the funding will allow for 10 booth spaces in a specific area of the event for “Up and Coming” artists to display and sell their art. There will also be a  facilitated mentor program with more seasoned festival display artists to connect with “Up and Coming” artists. To learn more, visit

Our Wall: Community Youth Mural

Kara Harrington
“Our Wall” is a year-long public art project developed by community engagement artist Kara Harrington to connect youth with the community through murals. A wall located along the Napa Valley Vine Trail will be designated for participants, guided by Kara, to paint (and paint over) their ideas for one year.

Viva Mariachi Festival

Viva Mariachi Festival
Viva Mariachi Festival will provide free community concerts and ticketed performances featuring the rich heritage and cultural traditions of Mexico through Mariachi musical performances by visiting and award-winning ensembles, with instruments including: the guitarrón, vihuela, harp, violins, brass instruments, and woodwinds.

Global Showcase for Napa Lighted Art Festival

Lisa Gottfried
Napa youth will create artwork and animations to be projected onto a downtown building during the Napa Lighted Art Festival for over 20,000 visitors in January. People who attend the Lighted Art Festival represent all ages, are local Napans, and visitors from around the Bay Area and beyond. To learn more, visit

The Tempest 2020

Jennifer King
A re-imagination of William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest as a ninety-minute theatrical event that will combine music, dance, actors, and digital projection and perform at multiple venues as Shakespeare Napa Valley’s 10th Anniversary production. To learn more, visit


About the Community Fund

Made possible through the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant awarded to ACNV in 2019. The re-granting program funds $40,000 each year to small nonprofits, individual artists and groups of individuals 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. To learn more, visit

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.