Winter 2022 Community Fund Grant Recipients

Arts Council Napa Valley Releases Winter 2022
Community Fund Grant Recipients

Arts Council Napa Valley awards $55,000 for local arts and culture programs

Thanks to support provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and North Bay Arts Fund, Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) announces their winter 2022 Community Fund grant recipients. Twelve local projects and programs will receive funds upward of $2,500 each toward their work in the community.

We are proud to say that we are funding every final phase applicant in this round, doubling the impact from what we’ve historically been able to support each cycle. We dedicate ourselves the continued growth of the Community Fund so we can support even more artist-led projects and programs throughout Napa Valley. If you are interested in more information on how you can help, please contact ACNV’s Program Manager, Crysta Tim at or (707) 257-2117.

The winter 2022 Community Fund grant awards reflect diverse artistic genres, disciplines and audiences – with the range of funded programs including youth arts programming, cultural musical performances, 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 locals. Since the inception of the Community Fund, ACNV has provided more than $200,000 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 was able to more than double the amount of available funds for our Community Grant Program this year and with the increased funding we are excited to be able to support more diverse projects across the Valley,” said Chris DeNatale, ACNV Executive Director. “This winter’s grantees are impacting our community through some very exciting and thoughtful programs that reach members of the community of all ages. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to support such significant projects and programs.”

ACNV Community Fund Grant Recipients | Winter 2022

Napa County Office of Education

Each 4th-8th grade class of students at various school sites throughout Napa County will receive a copy of “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora” through the Napa Reads program. These students will identify central themes, including tradition, identity, community, family, and resilience. They will also collaborate to design a visual, written, or performance art project centering around these topics.

Napa Valley College

The 2023 Viva Mariachi! Festival is a 2-day program of mariachi performances for Napa youth, their families, educators, and the public to celebrate Mexican music and culture. Award-winning youth ensembles from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Santa Rosa will demonstrate what’s possible when a community develops a Mariachi music program for its students. For more information, visit: 

Kristina Young

Napa artist Kristina Young will create “A River Calms Our Wild”, a permanent sensory path of mosaic stepping stones, for Willow Elementary in collaboration with 92 third-grade students and their teachers. The curriculum-inspired artwork will depict the Napa River and be installed as a welcoming entryway on campus.

Oke Junior

Local music artist Oke Junior will collaborate with local wellness organizations around Napa, California to address mental health issues impacting our youth during the Health is Wealth Tour. He will engage with the students through conversation and performing arts on various local high school campuses throughout the tour.

Children’s Museum of Napa Valley

The mission is for Napa county children to have the opportunity to become published artists, own their published work, and have it proudly showcased in this collection of creative work throughout Napa County. Creating in Place is expected to be celebrated in community exhibits, business events, and purchases at local bookstores. For more information, visit: 

Clark Harding

Local musician Clark Harding plans to wrap three Utility Boxes in Napa with original art from different Napa County artists in various distinct styles.

Nancy Willis

The Artist Trellis is a series of collaborative printmaking events intended to create a ripple effect of awareness for the arts. Artist Nancy Willis and four fellow artists will host a diverse list of industry and civic leaders for art-making studio sessions that will foster exchange and community awareness.

Jessel Miller

For the first time in history, the entire Napa Valley from American Canyon to Calistoga joins forces to create a united event honoring the beauty, diversity, art, and commerce of Napa Valley. This is a Valley Wide series of local events celebrating the Mustard Season taking place between January and March of 2023. For more information, visit:

Valley Players

This season, Valley Players is scheduled to perform August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, and summer readings at Temple Beth Shalom and Enchanted Hills Camp Lighthouse for the Blind. For more information, visit:

Napa High School Choral Boosters

The recently passed event comprised Napa, Vintage, and American Canyon high school vocal music groups. The show also featured four semi-professional and collegiate performing groups, The Stanford Fleet Street Singers, The California Golden Overtones, Take Flight, and Western Addition. The show concluded with the professional headliner M•pact.

Afsoon Razavi

Local artist Afsoon Razavi plans to create an outdoor mural depicting wildlife native to our community in their natural habitat in the City of Napa. This phase of the process will be spent doing the research, development, and planning required to get the mural completed.

Mikey Kelly & Israel Valencia

These meetups bring together two of our favorite things– local eats and art! These two artists are using tacos as a means to bring together the creative community of Napa Valley to meet, hang out, talk, and connect. They’ll provide the tacos, and artists will provide the conversation.

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About the Community Fund

Made possible through the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant awarded to ACNV in 2022. The re-granting program has funds surpassing 100 thousand dollars for the first time surpassing the previous amount of 50 thousand.  Grants are made 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 with 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 the North Bay Arts Fund

The mission of the North Bay Arts Fund, a project housed at the New Venture Fund, is to support the arts in historically underfunded communities in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties. It does this by providing local agencies with support to learn about and execute participatory grantmaking processes.

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.