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Davis, CA 95616
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The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program supports community-based arts projects, cultural opportunities, and education initiatives that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts. The program is the clearinghouse for all creative activity in the City of Davis government, and serves the entire Davis community. We develop community partnerships, explore best practices, manage the public art collection, and support Civic Arts Commission activity and initiatives, including:
- Managing programs for the cultural enrichment of the city.
- Supporting artists & organizations in the cultural arts community.
- Encouraging private initiative in arts & culture.
- Increasing public understanding, appreciation & enjoyment of cultural activities in all arts disciplines.
- Managing guidelines for the acquisition & care of all City-owned Public Art.
- Administering the Poet Laureate program.
- Promoting Arts Education efforts with Davis Joint Unified School District as well as local stakeholders.
- Building community partnerships and providing leadership in the local arts community.
- Promoting collaboration and partnerships with UC Davis students and faculty.
- Partnering with Community Development efforts to integrate Art in long-term civic growth.
On October 20, 2009 the City Council, wishing to encourage reflection upon the richness and diversity of the people, locations and traditions of the City of Davis established a two-year, honorary position of Poet Laureate of Davis, California. The Poet Laureate encourages the reading, writing, sharing and celebration of poetry.
The City of Davis is pleased to announce that Dr. Andy Jones will continue to serve as Poet Laureate. In 2014, Dr. Andy Jones was selected by the Civic Arts Commission and the Davis City Council, as the third honorary Poet Laureate of the City of Davis. His new term will run from September 2016-2018.
Dr. Jones is a long term resident of Davis, a continuing lecturer at the University Writing Program, is the Academic Associate Director for Academic Technology Services, is the editor of The Wheel and serves as the chair of the Davis Cultural Action Committee. He is an accomplished poet with many publications, is the recipient of multiple awards and honors and has recently published his second book. Additionally, Dr. Jones has long standing been an advocate for local poets including hosting a bi-monthly poetry series and conducting the “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” in which he has interviewed over 1000 poets.
Poet Laureate predecessors include Allegra Silberstein and Eve West-Bessier.
Community Arts Grants
The City of Davis Community Arts Grant Program provides funds for a wide variety of community-based art programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts.
Congratulations 2018 Art Grant Recipients!
The Arts & Cultural Affairs program is pleased to award $71,578 to artists and arts organizations in Davis for projects taking place in 2018-2019. The City of Davis is excited to announce the following Community Arts Grant recipients:
- ACME Theatre Company ($3,850)
- Davis Arts Center ($4,200)
- Davis Chamber Players ($2,000)
- Davis Community Chorale ($4,000)
- Davis Dirt ($4,000)
- Davis Manor neighborhood Council ($5,000)
- Davis Media Access ($3,999)
- Davis Musical Theatre Company ($2,500)
- Davis Phoenix Coalition ($2,000)
- Davis Shakespeare Festival ($4,000)
- Ground and Field Theatre Festival ($4,000)
- International House ($5,000)
- Donna Wren Jury ($5,000)
- Pamela Trokanski Dance Company ($5,000)
- Pence Gallery ($5,000)
- Silk Road Dabke Project/Youth Resist through Story and Dance ($5,000)
- Statement of Love ($3,764)
- Stories on Stage ($2,400)
- Traditional Chinese Dough Figurines ($865)
The deadline for this year is now closed. Please subscribe to our Civic Arts calendar to receive notifications of upcoming opportunities. 2018 Community Arts Grant Guidelines can be viewed and downloaded here.
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City Supported Programs
The City's Arts & Cultural Affairs program is proud to support and/or partner with a wide range of locally produced creative community programs:
New Art Acquisitions
The Civic Arts Commission is pleased to announce the acquisition of several new works of art into the City's collection:
Burka Boarder, Finley Fryer, 2010
Balance Beam, Cedric Wentworth,1999
Collaboration, 2012, built by California ceramic college students
Gandhi Statue, 2014, Ram Sutar
Regal Cinema Benches, Donna Billick, Wes Horn, Mark Rivera, 2014
There are currently no open Calls for Artists. Please check back regularly for new projects.
You can also sign up to receive email notifications from the City of Davis. Follow the link and select Civic Arts Commission to stay up to date on requests for proposals (RFPs) and upcoming calls.
Congratulations to the recipients of recent City of Davis public art commissions:
Will Durkee: In the Key of Davis painted piano,Davis Food Co-Op
Danielle Fodor: Central Park painted utility box for the Farmer’s Market 40th Anniversary Celebration
Will Durkee: In the Key of Davis painted piano, Hunt Boyer Mansion plaza
Davis Arts Calendar
There are several great resources for finding the latest and greatest arts events, exhibits, performances, and activities in the Davis area and beyond. Take your pick:
In 1973, the City created the Art in Public Places Program, and has since set aside 1% of all public funds allocated for Capital Improvement Projects to purchase art that enhances the quality of the Davis environment. Artists selected through this program represent a diversity of style and media. Sculpture, murals, paintings, tile work, and functional pieces are located around the city to enhance the quality of life for all Davis residents and visitors.
Public Art Walking Tour and Gallery Guide
We are pleased to be updating our map and guide to Public Art in Davis, with the support of Marc Hoshovsky and the UC Davis Design Department. Check out maps and images of public art here, and stay tuned for an updated map and walking guide--coming soon!
Our guide to public art and galleries provides information on public art around Davis and descriptions of galleries and local arts resources. Print copies of the guide can be found at city offices and many art galleries, or you can download a copy here: Public Art Walking Tour and Gallery Guide.
Arts in the News!
Learn more about all of the exciting developments in the City’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Program:
- Make Music Davis returns on June 21st (June, 2018)
- Summer brings Shakespeare, Sunflowers to town (May, 2018)
- Speaking of Poet Laureates (UC Davis Arts Blog, April 2018)
- Art is Everywhere in Davis (Yolo Magazine Winter/Spring 2018)
- City arts grants fund art, music, theatre, dance programs (January, 2018)
- Local Arts Groups Share Information with networking Group (December, 2017)
- Public Art in Davis Poses a question: what do you want to do before you die? (Fox 40 TV, November, 2017)
- New Arts Alliance Connects, unites, fosters creative minds (November 26, 2017)
- Last Wishes, realized (November 19, 2017)
- A Whole Lot of Good luck (November 15, 2017)
- Butterflies Soar at Park (November 10, 2017)
- East Davis Mural brings smile to our faces (October 29, 2017)
- A Piece of Burning Man is coming to Davis (October 22, 2017)
- Piano Man Lifts Hearts of all who pass by (October 20, 2017)
- Before I Die...Art Wall Inspires Davis Locals (September 28, 2017)
- Street Mural brings East Davis Community Together (September 10, 2017)
- Before I Die...Public Art Project comes to Davis (September 8, 2017)
- Celebrate Summer on the Green (July 28, 2017)
- Public Piano gets a new Paint Job (June 30, 2017)
- Community street, path mural projects gets state funding (June 24, 2017)
- Public Pianos out of Hibernation for the Summer (June 17, 2017)
- Davis Art Map Arose From a need to Sit (June 16, 2017)
- Davis Arts Center: Music, Exhibits, Inspiration Await you this Summer (June 16, 2017)
- City Announces Community Arts Grant Awards (March 24, 2017)
- Davis Media Access: Is a vision for the future taking shape? (February 3, 2017)
- Artists gather to share new ideas, talents (Davis Enterprise February 2017)
- Next generation DHS Grad Tackles Migrant Issues with Short Film (December 23, 2016)
- Drawing the Lines of Community Ideals (November 13, 2016)
- Vandalism of Public Piano Hits a Sour Note (November 11, 2016)
- Mural Spruces up Davis Manor Neighborhood (October 23, 2016)
- Davis Manor Mural Photos (October 12, 2016)
- Welcome to Davis, Mr. Gandhi (October 14, 2016)
- Remembering Gandhi (October 5, 2016)
- Street Art (August 7, 2016)
- City receives Creative California Communities grant (July 17, 2016)
- Public pianos return for summer musical fun (June 19, 2016)
- Street pianos fill Davis with sweet melodies (June 15, 2016)
- City Hall gets a design makeover from UCD students (May 27, 2016)
- Painted utility box project celebrates Davis Farmers Market (May 19, 2016)
- Local art sees a big boost from city grants (March 6, 2016)
Arts in Private Development
There is an abundance of research supporting the essential role public art plays in enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living, working, and visiting a community. The tangible impact on social climate, walkability, real estate pricing, public safety, and community pride cannot be ignored. To support the work of local private developers, we have collected resources from other cities and associations that address the benefits of inclusion of public art in private developments. For more information, or support in your project, please contact our Arts & Cultural Affairs staff at email@example.com or (530) 757-5640.
Civic Arts Commission
The Civic Arts Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to art and culture in the community, and selects art to include in the city's art in public places collection. The commission encourages programs and methods that support creative activities to the highest standards, as well as increase public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of a variety of art forms.
If you are interested in applying for future openings on the Civic Arts Commission, you can get more information here: http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city-council/commissions-and-committees/apply-to-serve-on-a-city-commission
To receive meeting agendas, announcements, and project RFPs by email please subscribe to eNotifications by selecting the Civic Arts Calendar option.
The Civic Arts Program works with other agencies and organizations to promote arts in the community.