What's New:
  • Poetry Out Loud 2015! Witness passionate poetry recitals by high school students. Poetry Out Loud,Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 6.43.57 PM a high school recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is under way in Contra Costa, with participation from 14 high schools. Winners of high school competitions move on to a countywide competition, and from there to state and national finals. 
        What: Poetry Out Loud Contra Costa Countywide Competition -Free! Open to the Public.
          When: Saturday, February 7, at 11 a.m. 
        Where: Las Lomas High School Theatre, 1460 South Main Street, Walnut Creek

  • Know a talented high school artist? California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), a four week intensive arts training program for high school students is accepting applications for its 2015 program. Includes music, theatre, dance, fine arts, media arts, writing. Scholarships are available. No one is turned down because of the inability to pay. Application deadline is February 28. Learn more here, including how to apply online. 

  • Interested in promoting arts & culture in Contra Costa? Commission seat 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 download an application here. Instructions on returning the application are on the form. Call or email the commission with questions (contact information to the right). 
  • Check out our newly launched arts and culture  directory and calendar (linked on left), available for your perusal and use. Add your bio, contact information, professional website to the public directory, and your events and shows to the calendar. Spread the word of this great new service! Check the directory guide, and the event/calendar guide, located on each home page, for easy directions.