El Dorado Arts Council receives grant

Funding supports arts organizations in rural and underserved communities

The California Arts Council announces that the El Dorado Arts Council will receive a 2011-12 Creating Public Value grant of $9,000.

The El Dorado Arts Council, located in Placerville, was one of 77 organizations that submitted the strongest proposals to enrich their local communities through music, theater, visual arts, dance and other arts.

The arts council will expand “Art in the Orchard,” a weekend event of visual and performing arts presented in collaboration with the Apple Hill Growers Association and El Dorado County Farm Trails. Approximately 12 new farms, orchards, and/or vineyards will be added to serve as venues. Activities will include petting zoos, plein aire painting, open mic performances and cowboy poetry. A community mural and an installation art project will precede and follow the main event.

“The Arts Council’s Creating Public Value Program aims to assist arts organizations located in rural and underserved communities in our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Geographic and economic constraints can hamper arts programming in rural areas and in urban communities where there is limited access to the arts. These organizations improve the quality of life and economic progress in these neighborhoods by providing arts programming for all ages.”

The Creating Public Value Program’s intent is to promote partnerships, lifelong learning, and the social and economic impact of the arts. Grantees demonstrated how they will support new and expanded programs to benefit the communities they serve through any of the following goals: supporting safe and creative opportunities for youth; fostering attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities; providing greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities; and/or encouraging economic and community development.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser and Rosalind Wyman.

Funding for this program comes in part from the sale of the Arts Plate, the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. If one million drivers put Arts Plates on their vehicles, California would have $40 million for the arts and arts education annually. More information is available at

For more information about the El Dorado Arts Council, please visit For more information about the Creating Public Value program, contact the California Arts Council’s Information Officer Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588 or [email protected]

Additional information may be found on the California Arts Council’s Website at

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