Arts & Culture Commission

Veterans Grant Announcement
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AC5 is excited to be working with Veterans in Contra Costa County and bringing the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts program to them in the form of “ABOUT FACE: Building Veteran’s self-understanding through self-portraits. Our new program will offer Veterans an opportunity to explore portrait painting as a way of self-expression. Through a generous grant from the California Arts Council, we are offering portrait painting workshops to Contra Costa County Veterans free of cost.

Workshops will take place this fall at ARTU4iA, a working art studio, led by artist John Kleber and Veteran and artist Geoffrey Meredith. More information will be available at VET CON, 17 August 2015 (9am-2PM), held at the Hilton Hotel in Concord. To attend visit:VETCON

AC5 is pleased to be partnering with the Contra Costa Veterans Service Department and Contra Costa Television to help Veterans tell their stories of transitioning from military life to careers, hobbies, or interests they are passionate about today.
                 AC5 High School Art Scholars 

Contra Costa Sudents will attend the 2015 California State Summer School for the Arts
Certificates were given to attending students after a presentation to the Board of Supervisors by AC5 Commissioner, Darwin Marable. Over 500 students this year will study Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, Theater and Visual Arts at the campus in Southern California.

These students will attend 4 weeks of classes in the arts from 9-6 pm, five days a week. Classes are taught by professional artists and college-level professors, and students can apply for college credit upon completion. Students recognized were:

Laura Augustinsky, California High School, Creative Writing
Jonathan Babu, Dougherty Valley High School, Instrumental Music
Cameron Burrill, Acalanes High School, Theatre
Julia Chai, Dougherty Valley High School, Visual Arts
Grant Chudler, Campolindo High School, Animation
Isaac Edejer, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Theatre
Annalise Hanel, Heritage High School, Animation
Isabelle Jia, Dougherty Valley High School, Creative Writing
Olivia Keller, Albany High School, Dance
Young Min Kim, Dougherty Valley High School, Creative Writing
Michelle Li, Dougherty Valley High School, Visual Arts
Miriam Marks – Peterson, The College Preparatory School, Visual Arts
Robin Qiu, Dougherty Valley High School, Creative Writing
William Southall, East Oakland School of the Arts, Musical Vocal
Olivia Wong, Monte Vista High School, Creative Writing

Congratulations Arts Scholars!

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.

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