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PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN ADOPTED
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After nearly 3 years of development including securing an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Santa Rosa City Council unanimously adopted The Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan on February 24, 2015. For more information about the development of the plan, click HERE or contact Arts Coordinator Tara Thompson at (707) 543-4512, or tthompson@srcity.org.

 

 

Jim Crow Lecture

LECTURE:
The Establishment of Allensworth- Navigating Jim Crow America

March 26, 6pm

Reception: 6pm at the Museum
Lecture: 7pm at USF Santa Rosa Campus

Beatrice Cox, an archaeologist for Garcia & Associates, wrote her Masters’ thesis at Sonoma State University on the analysis of the archaeological finds from the Allensworth Hotel. She will talk about the history of Allensworth, the Jim Crow laws and how they existed in California, and the aspirations of the townspeople of Allensworth. Click here for tickets.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street 

 

 

SitCalm!

SITCALM!

Opens March 26, 8pm

Slide feet first into the celebrated first season of SitCalm with the Imaginists, bound to become one of the most beloved and celebrated series of made for theatre TV. Watch your favorite characters get mixed up again and again in some of the silliest situations, goofiest gags, and most hilarious high-jinks this side of Santa Rosa Avenue. The Imaginists jump into the bright bottomless pit of situation comedy finding freedom within the form. Adult situations, language and measles abound. Click here for more information and tickets.

The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Avenue

 

 

Calabi Gallery

ART INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL WORLD

On Display Through: March 28

This exhibition encompasses a vast range of artistic interpretations from traditional landscapes and realistic depictions of flora and fauna to abstracted evocations of the artist’s emotional response to the natural world. Artists include Douglas Ballou, Warren Bellows, Holly Downing, Pamela Glasscock, Karen Green, Fran Hardy, Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Mary Jarvis, Sun Jones, Carolyn Lord, Sherrie Lovler, Lucy Martin, Isabelle Proust, Jim Spitzer, Inna Talantova and Richard Wagener. Come celebrate our first show of 2015!

Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street

 

 

Dreamings

DREAMINGS: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART

On Display Through: April 4

The tradition and symbology of Australian paintings reaches back thousands of years, when these patterns were first used for ritualistic body painting and sand mosaics. In the early 1970’s, Aboriginal artists began using modern art materials and combining their traditional imagery of complex geometric patterns with lush acrylic colors. This is a rare opportunity to purchase these works from a private Australian collection. Each painting includes documented provenance of its authenticity and information about the artist.

Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street

 

 

On Stage at Courthouse Square

ON STAGE AT COURTHOUSE SQUARE
at the 2015 Earth Day Festival

April 18, 12-4pm

New this year at the annual Earth Day Festival, On Stage at Courthouse Square is an outdoor showcase of Santa Rosa's performing arts scene. Enjoy FREE performances by Onye and the Messengers, the 6th Street Playhouse, New World Ballet, the Imaginists and more! Click HERE Adobe for the performance schedule. Click HERE for more information on the Earth Day Festival.

Courthouse Square

 

 

Alison Saar

ALISON SAAR: THISTLE AND TWITCH

On Display Through: April 20

Los Angeles native Alison Saar is an internationally acclaimed sculptor whose often life-sized works are narratives of her personal and cultural identity. Collecting from a wide variety of sources-African and Haitian folklore, contemporary African-American culture, Catholicism, mythology, voodoo, and the practices of "outsider" artists, Saar constructs a visual language that is simultaneously historical and philosophical, accessible and explorative.

Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street

 

 

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ANGELA HUNTER GEISS: 113 MANDALA JOURNEY

On Display Through: April 23

Angela Hunter Geiss began drawing the Mandala as a creative, meditative outlet. Creating meditation mandalas is her art therapy. Some colors schemes are derived directly from chakra clearing visualizations, some are patterned and colored after nature and Mother Earth and some simply emerge through her as she paints. Viewing hours by appointment. Please call (707) 543-3010.

City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue

 

 

Downing

FIRST FRIDAY AT MY DAUGHTER THE FRAMER: HOLLY DOWNING "SMALL MEZZOTINTS"

On Display Through: April 26

My Daughter the Framer, inside Corrick's, presents this exciting new show of Holly Downing's work. The opening reception coincides with the newly enlarged First Friday Art Walk, including the Calabi Gallery, Annex Gallery, Chrome Gallery & more SOFA galleries. For more information on Holly Downing's exhibit, call (707) 542-3599.

My Daughter the Framer, 637 Fourth Street

 

 

 

Street Performer

STREET PERFORMER PERMIT

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

WHAT IS THE ARTS DISTRICT?

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.

Since 2006, Downtown Santa Rosa has been 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!

 

 CONTACT US

Tara Thompson
Arts Coordinator
(707) 543-4512 
tthompson@srcity.org

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