Fresno Arts Council Awarded
California Arts Council “Artists in Communities” Grant
Fresno, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $7,500 to The Fresno Arts Council as part of its Artists in Communities program for support of “Art Walks”.
Artists are integral to healthy communities, and the arts are a societal cornerstone that bring people together, build community, and foster social progress. The Artists in Communities program supports artistic residencies by centralizing artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. Funded projects are artist-driven and engage community members as active participants. With the support from the California Arts Council, the Fresno Arts Council, and lead artist, Mauro Carrera will transform 8 crosswalks into 8 public art installations by adding painted embellishments between the designated pedestrian traffic lines. Designs of each crosswalk will be created and applied in collaboration with the surrounding residents.
“Art Walks” is a partnership between Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria, and the Fresno Arts Council. This project will bring District 1 residents together to create a beautiful visual statement about their neighborhood” Council Member Soria said, “It is exciting news to see these types of investments come to Fresno, art plays a critical role in building vibrant communities, beautifying them and helping attract private investment” Lilia Gonzales Chavez Executive Director of the Fresno Arts Council said, “We are thrilled to be able to enhance public safety through the arts, with these artistically embellished crosswalks.”
Fresno Arts Council is one of 71 grantees chosen for the Artists in Communities program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.
“When artists and community come together, powerful ideas are forged,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “They create a symbiotic relationship, where each engages and inspires the other toward a common purpose. The partnership between Fresno Arts Council and Mauro Carrera established through this Artists in Communities project will be an invaluable asset to the Fresno Community.”
To view a complete listing of all Artists in Communities grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/FY1718_ProjectDescriptions_AC.pdf.
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The mission of the Fresno Arts Council is to “enrich people’s lives through the arts.” As the local partner to the California Arts Council our purpose is to advocate for and support arts programs and artists in Fresno County. FAC advocates to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; we collaborate with community leaders, businesses, and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together. In 1980 the County Board of Supervisors appointed the FAC as the local county partner to the California Arts Council (CAC) The city of Fresno designated the FAC as their official Arts Council and defined its role in policy, planning and budgetary issues in a Memorandum of Understanding that was approved by the Fresno City Council in 1989.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.