Americans for the Arts


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Welcome to the City of Santa Rosa's
Arts Program! 

Arts and Culture programming for the City of Santa Rosa includes many exciting possibilities for artists and community members alike. Artists are encouraged to take advantage of numerous exhibition opportunities through the Art Exhibition Program, the National Arts Program, Art in Public Places Program and the Arts District. The community is invited to participate in art receptions, musical and theatrical performances, festivals and other events. Here are some of the programs we offer:

 Art Exhibitions

Arts District

Public Art Master Plan 

 Art in Public Places

Live at Juilliard Concert Series 

Public Art in Private Development


National Arts Program

Enter your artwork for the chance to win prizes and scholarships!

The National Arts Program® exhibit and competition is designed to honor the creativity which lies in us all. This annual program, sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation, allows residents of Santa Rosa or City of Santa Rosa employees and their families to enter one piece of artwork into a community exhibition at Finley Community Center. Registration is FREE and open to all ages and levels of experience. Register online HERE or pick up a registration brochure at Finley or Steele Lane Community Centers. Registration deadline: January 9, 2015. Register early, as we are limited to the first 200 entries.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rasmussen at jrasmussen@srcity.org or (707) 543-4674.



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A draft of the City of Santa Rosa's Public Art Master Plan is now available online! Click here to find out more.



20@20 Sculpture Show

20 @ 20
Special Sculpture Exhibition

Through May, 2015

Join us as we help Paradise Ridge Winery salute its 20th anniversary with 20 works of art that celebrate sculpture. The exhibition, presented by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, includes an exciting group of emerging artists along with a core group of established artists. It’s a new presentation of diverse works that opens June 22 and runs through May 2015. Click HERE to learn more.

Paradise Ridge Winery,
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive



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City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program Awarded NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces 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. The full press release is available HERE.





Street Performer  


In 2010, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a new ordinance permitting Street Performers in Santa Rosa!

The ordinance is now in effect. Permit applications are available online and at the Finley Community Center. Permits are free, and you must apply in person at the Finley Community Center with a photo ID.

Application for Street Performer Permit
Guidelines and Information
Street Performers Ordinance  


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 Contact Us

Tara Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 

Jessica Rasmussen
Arts Specialist
(707) 543-4674