What's New:
  • Congratulations to Arielle Herman, a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, the first-place winner of the  Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud countywide competition. Arielle will travel to Sacramento March 15-16 to compete in the statewide competition. Congratulations as well to runner-up Kara Lenci, an 11th grader with the Truthtrackers Homeschool Co-op. Thanks to all of this year's Poetry Out Loud participants, representing 14 high schools in Contra Costa County. Check here for details on the state competition. 
         Arielle Herman
        Poetry Out Loud is 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. 

2015 Poetry Out Loud Countywide Participants 

  • 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.