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Imaginary Ensemble (ages 9-13)
Ensemble 461: Teen Ensemble (ages 14-18)

Now Accepting Students

Sign up now for workshops and productions that begin in September! No auditions, or prior experience necessary. In The Imaginary Ensemble, acting, improvisation, movement, voice and circus skills will all be explored. Ensemble 461: The Teen Ensemble focuses on advanced training in voice, movement, text, and performance through group process. Click HERE for more information, or call (707) 528-7554.

The Imaginists Theatre, 461 Sebastopol Avenue




ARTIST LECTURE: Louisa King Fraser

August 28, 6-8:30pm

Louisa King Fraser is one of Sonoma County’s most prominent Plein Air painters. This fundraiser exhibition features work throughout her career including landscapes, studies and earth paintings. She will talk about her life as an artist and give a gallery tour of her paintings and works on paper. Lecture preview reception at 6pm, lecture at 7pm. Click HERE for more information.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street





Through August 28

This exhibit features oil and acrylic paintings of familiar objects, including toys, letter blocks, and candy. Swearingen enjoys creating photo-real paintings that often include an element of Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye). He enjoys painting highly detailed subjects, while focusing on light and color. Put a smile on your face by taking in this fun exhibit.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue




ONE BY ONE OUR FRIENDS: A Benefit Show for the Imaginists Theatre Collective

August 29, 6-10pm

Come support The Imaginists and dance yourself into a stupor to the sounds of Rags and Snake Walk. Let the voices of Claire McCaffrey, Ashley Jarrett and Anni Kivioja melt away your troubles. See mimed and masked performances. Featured visual artists will have shadow puppets, masks, photographs, and coloring books on display. And don't miss the infamous Imaginists Puppet Peep Shows! Potluck begins at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

1181 Sunset Avenue (Please note: Benefit location is not at the Imaginists Theatre)



Concert Series


August 30, 7:30pm

The Glaser Center's Showcase Concert Series resumes on August 30, with a sensational international show featuring brother-and-sister duo Gabe & Mimi Pirard, founding members of Dgin, a popular North Bay French-Gypsy-Flamenco ensemble. Performing with them is Cascada de Flores, aka Arwen Lawrence & Jorge Liceaga. Celebrated for their heartfelt approach to Mexican and Caribbean classics, Cascada De Flores are dedicated to the preservation of this exciting, enchanting style of music. Click HERE for tickets.

The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue



Apple in Hand


Artist Reception: September 5, 4-6pm

Show opens September 2nd at Sonoma Clean Power, a small office with big dreams. "To encourage and develop artistic expression and to foster greater appreciation for art in our community, we want to showcase the artwork of local Sonoma County artists on our walls." Open to the public Monday through Thursday 9am – 4pm, and Fridays 9am – Noon.

Sonoma Clean Power, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 605



First Fridays


September 5, 5-8pm
Open Art Studios inside the studios of these participating First Friday artists: Chroma Gallery, Studio 312, South A artists: Frank Caton, Rebecca Stone, Jack Jones, Max DuBois, Taunee Callahan, Dan Scannell, Fred Vedder, Michelle Bottaro, Elizabeth Winnacott, and Kathryn Kelsey.

SOFA Arts District 



Funny Girl


Through September 14

Her career spanned from comedienne to Vaudeville star. In The Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. This show is her story, made famous by Barbra Streisand star of both the film and original Broadway cast. Musical numbers include I’m the Greatest Star, Don’t Rain On My Parade, People, and You Are Woman, I Am Man. Click HERE for tickets.

6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. 6th Street



Raptor Art

Action Drawing with Jonqui and a live falcon

Through September 23

Chroma Gallery will feature the art of bird activist/artist Jonqui Albin. Her wire sculptures and drawings of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are prominently featured. The public is invited to weekly classes, demonstrations and performance art during which live raptors will be present. Next perfomance with live falcon is August 30th. Jonqui hopes to raise awareness about bird preservation by partnering with bird rescue organizations and donating 10% of her proceeds to their efforts. Click HERE for more infromation.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street



Open Mic


Fourth Wednesday, June-October: 6-9pm

Bring your guitar and your family to the Church of One Tree for Open Mic Night on the fourth Wednesday of the month, June through October. This is a fun program the whole family can enjoy together. The fee is only $5 per person and it includes participation in group beginning guitar lessons from 6-6:45, and entry during the Open Mic program, 7-9pm. Music, comedy, theater, poetry and other art performers, of all skill levels, are welcome. You may bring a brown bag dinner and we will have limited refreshments available for purchase. All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. As the evening progresses it naturally takes on more of an adult tome for the more serious artist. Click HERE for more info.

Church of One Tree, 492 Sonoma 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 Thompson, partnering with the Sonoma County Museum. Click here PDF for the full press release.



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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! 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, SOFA District 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.

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 Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 

 Downtown Art Links