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SOFA Stroll


April 17, 6-8pm

A monthly Open Studios evening in the SOFA Arts District. Stroll through open studios and galleries, meet the artists, take home some art. sofasantarosa.com

SOFA District, South A Street at Sebastopol Avenue



Earth Day Saturday April 19, 2014 12-4pm Courthouse Square. Our future in Every drop! srcity.org/earthday


April 19, 12-4pm

The City of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma County Water Agency are hosting the 5th Annual Earth Day Festival in Courthouse Square. We invite the community to learn about local environmental organizations, green products, and how we can help you achieve your water-use efficiency goals.  We will also be providing ways to help conserve water during the current drought period as well as water saving demonstrations. You can discover valuable information including free workshops, home and business surveys, water saving fixtures, and much more. srcity.org/earthday

Courthouse Square



Waxing Moon

Book Reading and Signing

April 26, 2pm
At the age of 20, H.S. Kim moved to the US. After graduating from Teacher's College at Columbia University, she taught Creative Writing and English as a Second Language to a wide range of Students, including teenagers in Harlem, prison inmates in upstate New York, businessmen in Austria, Laotian refugees in Oakland, and foreign scholars at various universities. A born storyteller, H. S. Kim began to write fiction after settling down in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children. Waxing Moon is her first novel.  
Museum Members $7.50 / General $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at our website by clicking 

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street



Eternal Light

The Music of Morten Lauridsen

April 26, 8pm & April 27, 3pm

The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, directed by Dan Earl, will sing Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna", with chamber orchestra. The California Redwood Chorale will sing Lauridsen's "Dirait-on," and more. Both choruses will join in singing Lauridsen's "Sure on this Shining Night". These concerts mark the retirement of Dan Earl, whose service to the community has spanned decades of commitment to musical education.

$15 admission general

The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue




Thoroughly Modern Millie

May 2 - May 25, 2014
Thursday, Friday, Sataturday 8pm
Saturday, Sun 2pm

Based on the popular movie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, the stage version includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Directed by Craig A. Miller.

Ticketing information and Tickets for Purchase available HERE.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street



teresa and ira


Sunday, May 4, 7:00 p.m

As comfortable with humor as with harmony, Teresa Tudury and Ira Marlow are both stellar solo performers whose original songs are lightly crafted gems of wry observation and hilariously spot-on wordcraft. Described (by L.A. Weekly) as "a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt, Tudury has sultry voice and smooth, bluesy way with a guitar, and fast-rising Marlowe has been compared to a young Tom Waits. This intimate concert brings you up close and personal with two of the Bay Area's finest songwriting performers. . . And yes . . . there will be pie.

$15 in advance
$18 at the Door
Purchase tickets HERE.

The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue



Public Art Master Plan


The City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program has selected a consultant to develop its Public Art Master Plan. Todd W. Bressi, partnering with Via Partnership and The Planning Center| DC&E, has entered into a Professional Services Agreement with the city for consulting services. Managing the project for the city is Arts Coordinator, Tara Matheny-Schuster, partnering with the Sonoma County Museum. Click here PDF for the full press release.



NEA Logo

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! 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



Since the 1990s, the City of Santa Rosa has strived to build a thriving public art program. In recent years, these efforts have paid off with tremendous successes, including the creation of the Santa Rosa Arts District.

Downtown Santa Rosa is now a designated Arts District. The Community is encouraged to bring art and cultural events to the district, benefiting the area and the entire region.

The goal of the Arts District is to create a beautiful and inspiring destination that maximizes the public’s opportunities to experience art.

On June 2, 2009, the City Council adopted the City of Santa Rosa Arts District Business Plan. Approved by the Art in Public Places Committee in May 2008, the Business Plan identifies and assesses Santa Rosa’s current art and cultural assets and maps out steps which can be taken to develop a rich and vibrant Arts District downtown. It addresses how the Arts District can support itself in the coming years and provides concrete action steps for meeting these goals.

Executive Summary PDF

Complete Business Plan PDF (4MB)

Arts in Santa Rosa Report 11/06 PDF

Arts District Progress Report 12/07PDF

Arts District Phase I Accomplishments & Phase II Focus PDF

The Arts District lies in the area bordered by College Avenue and Bennett Valley Road, and Brookwood Avenue and west of Railroad Square. Click here for a mapPDF.

With venues like Courthouse and Railroad Squares, Juilliard Park, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, A Street Gallery and The Sonoma County Museum, a wide range of arts and cultural experiences will celebrate the full spectrum of arts media and expressions. The goal of the Arts District is to create a beautiful and inspiring destination that maximizes the public’s opportunities to experience art.

You will find perodic listings of our “Happenings” in the City’s Adventure Guide, The North Bay Bohemian and The Press Democrat. This list is updated on a regular basis. To contribute, please email your downtown event info to mberg@srcity.org.

The Arts District is overseen by the Recreation & Parks Department and the Art in Public Places Committee. Click here to find other Art in Public Places programs, like the Civic Artwalk, public sculpture installations and more!




Tara Matheny-Schuster
Arts Coordinator

(707) 543-4512  tarams@srcity.org

Madalyn Berg
Art Specialist
(707) 543-4674