ACNV Releases Winter 2020 Adaptation & CARES Grant Recipients

Arts Council Napa Valley awards over $32,000 to local artists & organizations

NAPA, CA (February 4, 2020) – Thanks to funding provided by both the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the California Arts Council, Arts Council Napa Valley announces its winter 2020 Adaptation & CARES grant recipients. Twelve local nonprofits and individual artists received between $1,000 – $5,000 each, totaling $32,630 in funds awarded.

ACNV’s Adaptation Grants provide funds for individual artists and small organizations to address the challenges introduced or made worse by the pandemic, economic downturn, and racial justice reckonings of 2020. The purpose is to ensure that these artists and organizations have the support they need to survive and develop thoughtful and imaginative plans to adapt their operations and work in the face of dramatically changed and changing circumstances.

ACNV’s CARES Grants provide funds to support and serve Napa County’s Latinx community by funding local Arts and Culture organizations led by and serving Napa County Latinx communities.

Awards reflect diverse artistic genres, disciplines, and audiences – with a range of funded programs and adaptation efforts, including virtual arts education, theater performance streaming, online art shows, and more. These programs support ACNV’s vision of enriching our community through arts and culture by creating greater access, engagement, and culturally relevant opportunities for both creatives and 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 ADAPTATION Grant Recipients | Winter 2020

CAFETERIA KIDS THEATER | 501(c)3 Nonprofit

License and live stream upcoming 2021 Summer shows, as well as our four current productions in their 2021 Winter/Spring class offerings: Beauty and the Beast Jr. via ShowTix4U, Alice in Wonderland, and LunchBreak via The Streaming Theater, and The Stinky Cheese Man via Broadway on Demand.

KARA HARRINGTON | RAD Wall Coordinator

Coordinate & adapt the Our RAD Wall education program by implementing increased site sessions, expanded outreach, youth advisory team development, professional artist participation, remote on-site peer-to-peer connection opportunities, and having a Spanish speaker on-site.

CALISTOGA ART CENTER | 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Serve the community through providing online classes/workshops, art kit distribution, and Community Participation Projects such as the Poetry Walk for Valentine’s Day, Re-Enact Art Selfie Project, and Art Experience Drive through.

JENNIFER HUNT | Musician & Teaching Artist

Enhance online teaching experience through upgrading virtual teaching tools and technology and providing student lesson materials.

ISRAEL VALENCIA | Photography Business Owner

Adapt creative business practices through hiring professionals, implementing online services & tools, and upgrading equipment.


Continue creative work on three different public-facing series: “Black Lives Matters” Painting Series, “Column Project” Sculpture Series, and “Venus Veil” Etching Portfolio.

RINA C. FALETTI | “Art Responds” Director/Curator

Establish an Art Responds presence for online exhibitions and discussions of artist responses to environmental crises and environmental justice.

NANCY WILLIS | Studio Artist

Continue work surrounding investigative practice through studio painting works on paper & canvas.

KAREN LYNN INGALLS | Studio Artist & Teacher

Adapt online teaching methods through the implementation of technical assistance and new teaching equipment.

ACNV CARES Grant Recipients | Winter 2020


Provide socially distanced arts opportunities for Latinx adults, children, and teens, Spanish and English speaking, to create images and words about their experiences with resilience during the pandemic.


Provide bilingual visual arts programming directly & digitally at the Napa and American Canyon Boys & Girls Clubs. Participants and their families will receive free passes to visit the di Rosa.

NIMBUS ARTS | 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Create and distribute more free art kits and expand the delivery of virtual programming,  resume Dia de Los Muertos collaborative programming with local schools, and maintain & expand at-home community-building and educational activity for Napa County’s youth for the foreseeable future.

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 California Arts Council
As a state agency, the California Arts Council supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, programs, and services. The organization invests in California community organizations, local units of government, and creative individuals via competitive grant programs that are administered through a multistep public process. In response to COVID-19, the Council has a strong vision for how this year’s grants will bolster recovery to preserve jobs and stabilize arts organizations, with equity at the center.

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.