Amgen Tour of California
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors recently presented the City and the tour organizers, Raissa de la Rosa-Hamilton and David Guhin, with a Gold Resolution. The Council also chose to honor Raissa and David for their exceptional volunteer efforts for this event. Congratulations to the community, the volunteers, and the sponsors who helped make the 2012 Amgen Tour of California such a success!
Festival of Neighborhoods
On July 29, hundreds of residents from all across Santa Rosa and beyond converged on Courthouse Square for the Festival of Neighborhoods. This event was organized by the Neighbors Summit, a group of volunteer Santa Rosa residents, and the Community Engagement Program. The day was the culmination of months of planning and included more than 45 neighborhood associations, non-profits, clubs, and City services. It provided an opportunity for residents to learn more about what is available to them to help strengthen and organize their neighborhoods. It brought people together to share success stories and learn from each other about what is working successfully in our community. And most of all, it was a fun day with music, food, kids activities, and families coming together to enjoy Santa Rosa’s wonderful resources. It’s never too late to join in engagement activities. To find out how you can be more involved in your community, visit our website at
Free valet parking was provided by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. Residents formed bike parades and rode to the event together.
Hundreds of people came together to celebrate our neighborhoods.
Free Graywater Workshops
Come learn how to design, install, operate, and maintain a safe and legal Laundry to Landscape Graywater System. This is a Do-It-Yourself system that does not require a building permit. You'll leave the workshop with most, if not all, of the necessary indoor plumbing parts.
There are two options. Click on flyer for additional information and instructions on how to signup!
City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program Receives Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 80 "Our Town" grant awards totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia. The City of Santa Rosa’s Arts Program is one of the grantees and will receive $50,000 to fund the development of a Public Art Master Plan.
Through "Our Town", the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All "Our Town" grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of a minimum of a not-for-profit organization and a local government entity.
The City’s Art in Public Places Program will lead the project, working with the Sonoma County Museum and many local arts and business organizations. Funding will be used to hire a public art consultant selected through a competitive request for qualifications process; the consultant will facilitate community input, organize and host stakeholder meetings, and form focus groups of arts not-for-profit organizations. The Sonoma County Museum is planning to relocate to a building in downtown Santa Rosa, and the public art master plan will guide its incorporation of historic squares and public spaces for outdoor lectures, workshops, performances, and other educational programs. Project activities are expected to position downtown Santa Rosa as an arts destination.
NEA Chairman Landesman said that "Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts – both literally and figuratively – into the center of them. Communities from Teller, Alaska to Miami, Florida are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual, and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders."
Santa Rosa’s Arts Coordinator, Tara Matheny-Schuster will lead the project and is excited to ask the community how public art impacts their lives. “Partnering with the Sonoma County Museum as well arts and business organizations will provide a rich collaborative environment for developing a comprehensive public art master plan.
The NEA received 317 applications for "Our Town" that were assigned to one of three application review panels based on their project type; arts engagement, cultural planning and design, or non-metro and tribal communities. With only 80 grants emerging from the 317 applications, or a success rate of 25 percent, competition was strong, a testament to the artistic excellence and merit of the City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.
For more information on the City of Santa Rosa’s Arts Program, please visit srcity.org/arts, or contact Tara Matheny-Schuster, email@example.com, (707) 543-4512.