Arts & Culture Commission (AC5)

  • Congratulations to the 2014 Contra Costa County Arts Recognition recipients: Sylvia Fein, a painter from Martinez; Joel Summerhill, a painter and landscape architect from Antioch, and Silvester Henderson, chorale director and chair of the Music Department at Los Medanos Choir, in Pittsburg. The recipients will be honored by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 21 at 9 a.m., in the Board Chamber at 651 Pine Street, Martinez. The public is welcome. Click here, or see page to left, for more on the recipients and all nominees.
  • Opening, October 21, Portals, an AC5 Art Passages show at 651 Pine Street, the County's main administration building, featuring the works of Diane Williams, Chuck Potter, Elise Porris, Ceylan Hulya, Lisa Rasmussen, and more. Portals is organized in honor of Art and Health Month, November 2014, and all of the artists are alumni of the Arts and Consciousness graduate program at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda. They view their art as healing and transformative. Building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Images below.)
  • A Portals Public Reception will be held at 651 Pine Street on    Friday, November 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring guest speaker Naj Wikoff,  an an expert on health and art. Portals is a collaboration of the Arts & Culture Commission, Contra Costa Health Services, the Art of Health and Healing, and JFK University.

    • Looking for a performing arts space in Contra Costa, or have one to rent? Check our new online performing arts venue directory, (also on the left), a partnership with Bay Area Performing Arts. 

    • Check out our newly launched arts & 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!
    Commission Overview 
    To advise the Board of Supervisors in matters and issues relevant to Arts and Culture; to advance the arts in a way that promotes communication, education, appreciation and collaboration throughout Contra Costa County; to preserve, celebrate, and share the arts and culture of the many diverse ethnic groups who live in Contra Costa County; to create partnerships with business and government; to increase communications and understanding between all citizens through art. 

    Most importantly, the Commission will promote arts and culture as a vital element in the quality of life for all of the citizens of Contra Costa County. 

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    (Pictured: Carlos Leal, Richmond High School, Poetry Out Loud, 2013)