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City Awards Community Arts Grants

Post Date:March 10, 2017 3:14 p.m.

The City of Davis is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of Community Arts Grant awards. This annual funding is awarded through the City Manager’s Office/Arts & Cultural Affairs program, and has received a substantial boost in the past few years through expanded support from City leadership. The program provides funds for a wide variety of community-based arts programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts, and this year is no exception.

Congratulations to the following 2017 grant awardees:

ACME Theatre Company/Free Comedy in the Park–A Re-cycled Production of the Jungle Book
Production of free public performances of The Jungle Book. Staged and managed by high school students, and presented using entirely donated recycled materials.

Art Theatre of Davis/Free to Seagull
Production of an original interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s dramatic classic The Seagull for local audiences, including special programming at Atria Living/Covell Gardens and free Thursday performances featuring talk-back sessions.

Christine Zdunkiewicz/Chamber Players in Davis
Expand capacity for local Chamber music ensemble, including performance with local high school musicians for school-aged students and Davis community.

Danielle Fodor/Chapman and Madrone Street Mural
Creation of a community-designed and community-painted mural in the Chapman/Madrone neighborhood.

Davis Arts Center/ a la mode
Creation of an exhibit and digital catalog honoring the history of the Davis Arts Center’s Tsao Gallery.

Davis Community Chorale/ Introducing New or Underserved Community members to Live Choral Music
Work with community service providers to offer complimentary tickets to underserved members of the Davis community to attend Chorale’s 2017 spring and winter performances.

Davis Dirt/ Davis Music Day
Production of the 2nd annual Make Music Davis festival, an all-day musical event affiliated with Make Music Day, an international public celebration of music for all ages.

Davis Shakespeare Ensemble/2017 Davis Shakespeare Festival
Increase organizational capacity including: expand audience base to reach a broader range of Davis residents, increase quality of productions, strengthen school immersion program and educational outreach to the community and expanded Summer Festival offerings.

Donna Jury Wren/ Live Music at Davis Community Meals
Provide free weekly live music concerts for community diners and staff at Davis Community Meals.

Pence Gallery /Make Stuff
Engage new audiences in a series of free and low-cost hands-on workshops building on current exhibits, and designed to teach new skills, themes, and ways of seeing art.

Stories on Stage/Stories on Stage Davis
Stage monthly performances of contemporary fiction, identify emerging authors, celebrate and call attention to the cultural and artistic diversity on our region, and put Davis on the literary map.

Third Space/Empowerment through Experimentation
Present a series of affordable community workshops designed to empower marginalized individuals through creative activity, and encourage participants to continue producing art, forming artistic collaborations, and adding to the community’s diversity of expression.

Earlier this year, the City Council approved awards totaling $40,725, the largest demonstration of support for community arts grants ever committed by the City. Eligible applicants included Davis art groups, organizations and galleries, members of the university community who extend on-campus activities into the City of Davis, non-profit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All projects must take place in the City of Davis. Applicants selected for funding will receive up to $4,000, and must complete their projects by the end of June 2018. The Community Arts Grant cycle will open again in fall 2017. "As we grow our Arts program, we are beginning to see the fruits of this kind of investment pay off, with expanded creative offerings to our community, innovative collaborations, and more financial support going into the pockets of our local artists," said Rachel Hartsough, City of Davis, Arts & Culture Manager.

Some highlights from last year’s grant recipients include:

Antonio De Loera-Brust/ Campito Kids
Produced Campito Kids, a 15-minute film short about migrant children in Davis striving to assimilate. It is based on the filmmaker's personal experiences and years of observations, and was shot entirely in Yolo County, at Davis schools and migrant camps. Campito Kids was just selected to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Trailer.

Davis Manor Neighborhood Street Mural
Over 150 people participated in the design and creation of a large painted street mural at Duke/M Streets with local artist Danielle Fodor. The site of the mural has become a shared community space for neighborhood gatherings, craft swaps, and celebrations, and Fodor produced this short video A Journey into Community describing the process, and including some amazing drone footage of the mural. Additional street mural projects are in the works, so stay tuned…

Davis Arts Center/ Natural History Guide
The finishing touches are going into place for a very special commemoration of the City of Davis Centennial--100 for 100, a community-produced guide to the Natural History of Davis. Completed with the participation of local artists, school children, and those inspired to contribute work to the project, a field guide will be produced celebrating the 100 community-selected items that represent Davis Natural History.

Davis Dirt/ Make Music Day
To commemorate the City Centennial, the popular Make Music Davis will launch its annual celebration of all things musical, joined by people of all ages, all around the world. Make Music Davis.

"It is exciting to see the return on investment of our City support, when our local artists start to get international recognition such as participation in the Cannes Film Festival, and inclusion in international collaborations like Make Music Day," stated Mayor Robb Davis.

Some grant recipients may be reached for further information about these, or other programs and services:
ACME, Emily Henderson,
Danielle Fodor,
Davis Arts Center, Stacie Frerichs,
Davis Community Chorale, Christine Hance,
Davis Dirt, Annie Meckstroth,
Pence Gallery, Natalie Nelson,
Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Rob Salas,
Third Space, Luis Aspeitia,

For more information, please contact Rachel Hartsough, City Manager’s Office Arts & Cultural Affairs, at or 530-747-5640. Learn more about the City's Arts Program at