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Is the 805 Ready for a Regional Arts Council?

1437Is the 805 Ready for a Regional Arts Council?

The 805 area has the critical mass in terms of artists, arts institutions, and population of a major city. It is a culturally contiguous region with supporting wine, restaurant, and film industries, plus museum, transportation, and tourist infrastructure. It has a score of small towns and centers facing similar core economic re-vitalization and cultural problems, including tight city  budgets and increasing infrastructure costs. Does it make sense to keep pursuing a balkanized arts and culture strategy with each town duplicating vital marketing, staffing, and organizational costs?  Is it time for a regional approach instead?

 

 

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FEB
03
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Future of the Arts Putting it All Together: Tracy Hudak, Arts Impact Director at Large

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Society805 recently caught up with artist and arts advocate extraordinaire Tracy Hudak between projects to find out what she is thinking and doing these days regarding the arts in the 805. Tracy is noted for having her finger on the pulse and designing effective partnerships between public and private entities and the arts. In an area where cities and organizations often make expensive mistakes, Tracy has excelled in helping people get the most bang for their buck by creating successful programs that excite artists and public alike. Find out what is working and not working in the arts these days and how that relates to the arts here in the 805.

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NOV
18
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Arts Candidates Sweep Ventura City Council Elections

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Cheryl Heitmann, Executive Director of the Ventura Music Festival, top vote-getter in Ventura City Council elections.
Pro-arts candidates sweep the recent Ventura City Council elections by overwhelming margins, with the top vote count going to the director of an arts non-profit, affirming the ongoing vigor and electoral strength of the arts in Ventura.  It was an instructive test, as the “arts slate” crossed party lines and was not the slate supported by any of the official party in Ventura.
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OCT
28
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Irving Foundation Grants for the 805

SeattledanceProjectThe James Irvine Foundation Arts Regional Initiative, Phase Two, has awarded over two and a half million dollars in grants for 805 regional arts institutions committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts.

 

 

Julie Tobiason and Timothy Lynch of Seattle Dance Project

 

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SEP
06
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Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground

KKNew 2               Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground. Photo:Hayley Young Photography, courtesy of
Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Magazine.
     
By Blake Beckmann
 
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Some might argue that Monday nights are a tough sell. I completely disagree. That’s the time you get to see the world as it really is, without make up, hung over from the mess it made during the weekend. Especially walking down Sunset Boulevard.
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JUL
25
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Ventura Wins Arts Destination Award

580098 10151104027566912 1760747186 nOn the 22nd of July , at the closing general session of their 97th Annual convention in New Orleans, the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) announced that Ventura, California, along with Miami, Florida, have been selected as the winning destinations for the first Arts Destination Marketing Award for “their innovative collaboration with local art agencies to market their communities as a travel destination.”

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AUG
17
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Artist Interview: WAV Artist Janet Lamb

JL1 copy copyStrolling along the streets of Ventura during one of the art walks, Janet Lamb happened upon a kiosk with wonderful brochures advertising a new living and working space. It was called the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) project and its goal to blend art, community, and environment--instantly she thought, "That is for me!"
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AUG
11
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Artist Interview- WAV Resident Luce Patricolo

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My interview with Luce Patricolo was unfortunately held to phone conversation and email. But I could tell from the brief communication, that Luce was an individual full of passion and life. When speaking of the WAV, Luce’s passion is felt though the computer screen. “The WAV’s intent and Chris Velasco’s dream is to keep artists in Ventura who have all but been driven away by lack of affordability, vanished endowments for the arts, and virtual risk of extinction within our current society. Raising the consciousness of Americans that art is essential to humanity and the feeding of ones soul. Where Europe has always been aware of the worth and contribution of the artists role in society, America, I feel is in need of an awakening of its value”.

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AUG
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Artist Interview- WAV Resident Catlin Harvey Blair

DSC 4678Catlin Harvey Blair: The Interconnectedness of Art and Nature
Catlin Harvey Blair is a sculpture artist and jewelry designer who grew up right here in the 805 in Santa Barbara, California. Growing up in a positive family that raised her with the aesthetic of seeing beauty as it naturally exists in the world, she found her artistic niche early. She loves to put things found in nature in a different context to make them truly seen. “Some people look at a stick and just see a stick, but it’s more than just a stick, it’s this beautiful part of nature that fits in perfectly with its environment,“ says Catlin.
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AUG
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Artist Interview- WAV Resident Jessica Lindley

HIPme“While shooting with a medium format twin lens reflex camera moments in time are brought together to express a feeling, a moment laced with another moment in time”. These thoughts and passions sprung from the mind of an Artist, Jessica Lindley, who currently lives and works as a photographer at the WAV.

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