Arts & Culture Commission


Interested in promoting arts & culture in Contra Costa? Commission seats are open! AC5 has two seats open, an At-Large seat which can be filled by residents of any part of the county, and a District 1 seat, for residents of County District 1, under Supervisor John Gioia. These are volunteer positions. Meetings are evenings, once a month in Martinez. Interested individuals can call (925) 646-2278 to get an application or for more information. 

Student Art Work Is Being Sent To The Capitol For Display

Charles Altson of Richmond will have his large oil painting, a self-portrait, showcased in the U.S. Capitol Building. He competed with other high school students throughout Contra Costa County in this year’s Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Congressman DeSaulnier. Charles took first place. Congratulations to him and all the high school students who entered.

Art work was submitted earlier this school year. It was juried by three judges, including AC5 Commissioner Darwin Marable. On Tuesday evening, May 5th, a reception was held at Diablo Valley College where students’ digital photographs, watercolors, oils and acrylic painting were displayed.

AC5 Attends a Statewide Arts Convening

California for the Arts presented Confluence 2015 in Sacramento on April 15 and 16. It was a meeting of all the players in the state to discuss best-practice, learn about funding for the Arts, get an updated assessment of California’s creative economy, and to meet other Commissioners throughout the state.

AC5 Commissioner Tess Snook O’Riva and the new AC5 Executive Director, Roger Renn were in attendance along with Randall Lavender, acting provost Otis College of Arts and Design in Los Angeles; Forest Sterns, Art Director and Illustrator for Planet Labs; members of Californians for the Arts; the California Arts Council, and many county Arts commissioners.

Throughout the first day Commissioner Snook O’Riva was able to meet state legislators to talk about funding for Contra Costa County arts and culture programs and thank them for their support of the arts.

The second day offered workshops, networking opportunities and inspiring talks. Speakers included Diane Rodriguez, who was recently appointed by President Barak Obama as a member of the National Council of the Arts. Moy Eng, Executive Director for the Community Arts Stabilization Trust spoke from her heart and sang “Happy Birthday” as she explained how important arts are to communities.

Both Commissioner Snook O’Riva and Mr. Renn attended many workshops to help them understand and better serve the many Arts and culture communities throughout Contra Costa County.