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Calling all Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) Artists!

: The Vallejo Arts Fund (VAF) will distribute $500,000 to support arts & culture in Vallejo by beginning to address structural inequities that have impacted BIPOC artists, culture bearers, arts organizers, and their communities. The Fund seeks to support artistic and cultural work within the performing, visual, digital, and media arts, as well as traditional folk art and oral/written storytelling.

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The Vallejo Arts Fund (VAF) emerged from listening sessions and convenings with Vallejoans and is grounded in the belief that the city’s art is urgent and that resources need to be prioritized for communities that have historically been excluded from these types of funding opportunities.
The Vallejo Arts Fund (VAF) emerged from listening sessions and convenings with Vallejoans and is grounded in the belief that the city’s art is urgent and that resources need to be prioritized for communities that have historically been excluded from these types of funding opportunities.

By cityofvallejo

THE VALLEJO ARTS FUNDING MICROGRANT APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN!

Applications Due February 28, 2023, 3:00 pm

The Vallejo Arts Fund (VAF) emerged from listening sessions and convenings with Vallejoans and is grounded in the belief that the city’s art is urgent and that resources need to be prioritized for communities that have historically been excluded from these types of funding opportunities.

The Vallejo Arts Fund (VAF) will distribute $500,000 to support arts & culture in Vallejo by beginning to address structural inequities that have impacted BIPOC artists, culture bearers, arts organizers, and their communities. The Fund seeks to support artistic and cultural work within the performing, visual, digital, and media arts, as well as traditional folk art and oral/written storytelling. VAF deeply values the healing aspects of all art for artists and their communities.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST MICROGRANT APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!

  • Due Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 3:00 pm

Application and more information here.

PROGRAM GRANTS SUPPORTING YOUTH ARTS GRANTS, BIPOC-CENTERED ARTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICE GRANTS, ARTS CULTURAL SPACE GRANTS, AND NEXT LEVEL ARTIST GRANTS

  • Due Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 3:00 pm.

Application and more information here.

Every Friday until March 17, 2023, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, a Vallejo Arts Fund team member will be available at LaDell’s Shoes to answer your questions in person.

The VAF ambassadors will also be holding events and oneon-one sessions to support Vallejo artists and culture bearers in submitting their applications for grant funding.

GOT QUESTIONS?

Email the VAF team members @ alison@3palmsgroup.com sermarinluna@3palmsgroup.com vafoutreachkerby@gmail.com vafoutreachmeja@gmail.com

Plant roots in Vallejo

This Saturday!

This is the best time of year to put native plants in the ground! Join the Vallejo Watershed Alliance on FEBRUARY 18 FROM 9-12, at Glen Cove Waterfront Park, along with the Solano Resource Conservation District, GVRD, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, to plant native grass and other plugs in the soft ground.

To RSVP, please email Info@ VallejoWatershedAlliance.org

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The Presidio to Unveil SUPERBLOOMS, an Art Installation on July14

Tosha Stimage stood on the new Presidio Tunnel Tops and took a breath. She inhaled the salty air, and her eyes wandered over the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded in mist. She delicately explored the nearby plants, their touch and their smell bringing a sense of connection to nature, she said, that resonated deep within her. Tosha, a multimedia artist and floral designer, has translated those sensations into her new work, SUPERBLOOMS — a colorful ground mural installation on view to Presidio National Park Site visitors starting in mid-June.

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Left to right, Tosha Stimage and Favianna Rodriguez. Photo by Felipe Romero, Presidio Trust
Left to right, Tosha Stimage and Favianna Rodriguez. Photo by Felipe Romero, Presidio Trust

By Tosha Stimage

Tosha Stimage stood on the new Presidio Tunnel Tops and took a breath. She inhaled the salty air, and her eyes wandered over the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge, shrouded in mist. She delicately explored the nearby plants, their touch and their smell bringing a sense of connection to nature, she said, that resonated deep within her.

Tosha, a multimedia artist and floral designer, has translated those sensations into her new work, SUPERBLOOMS — a colorful ground mural installation on view to Presidio National Park Site visitors starting in mid-June. Shapes referencing the delicate tendrils of the Chilean strawberry, the pink Checkerbloom and the fiery California poppy all express the resilience and beauty of these native plant treasures.

SUPERBLOOMS is the third installation of the Ancestral Futurism Public Art Mentorship program, a project led by Oakland-based artist and environmental justice activist, Favianna Rodriguez. It invites emerging and mid-career BIPOC artists to develop temporary installations at the Presidio Tunnel Tops.

“The model of indigenous/community-led, environmentally informed practices in our public spaces is one example of how we might create more equity and inclusion in our world,” Tosha said. “Art can express the inseparable connection that requires us to consider not only ourselves but our fellow person and planet.”

There’s more to enjoy this summer at the Presidio Tunnel Tops, which opened in July 2022, and has since welcomed some 3 million visitors since. There are outdoor spots for family gatherings, the Outpost playground, views like no other, Presidio Pop Up food trucks, and plenty of free events.

Come to the free SUPERBLOOMS art launch party to enjoy hands-on artmaking, DJ music, plant starters, and more. Sunday, July 14, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm at Presidio Tunnel Tops, 210 Lincoln Blvd. presidio.gov

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Mayor Breed, Actor Morris Chestnut Attend S.F.’s Indie Night Film Festival

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco. San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry. The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

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(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell
(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell

By Y’Anad Burrell

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.

San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry.  The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

A weekly celebration of cinematic artistry designed to elevate emerging talent while providing a platform for networking and collaboration, entrepreneur Dave Brown created Indie Night to bridge gaps within the filmmaking community by fostering connections between like-minded individuals worldwide. The Indie Film Festival currently has over 450 film submissions worldwide, and its cinematic vault only continues to grow.

The festival showcased over 10 short films and trailers, and featured Faces of the “City: Fighting for the Soul of America,” produced by veteran actor Tisha Campbell.  This film is about the vibrancy and legacy of San Francisco. The festival also previewed “When It Reigns,” a trailer by Oakland’s burgeoning filmmaker Jamaica René.

Indie films have not just challenged traditional cinematic norms; they’ve shattered them. These films offer unique storytelling perspectives and push creative boundaries in truly inspiring ways. With their smaller budgets and independent spirit, they often tackle unconventional subjects and portray diverse characters, providing a refreshing alternative to mainstream cinema. As a result, indie films have resonated with audiences seeking an escape from formulaic blockbusters and are increasingly celebrated for their authenticity and originality.

Organizers say the mission of Indie Night is to elevate the craft of independent artists and creators. It also provides a venue for them to showcase their work, network, and exchange information with new and established creatives. It creates a community that values and supports independent art.

For more about the Indie Night Film Festival, visit www.indienightfilmfestival.com.

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El Cerrito Calls for Artists to Transform Its Utility Boxes

The City of El Cerrito’s Arts & Culture Commission is seeking individual artists, teams of artists or community groups to apply for its “2024 Utility Box Public Art Program.” The project is a beautification initiative designed to add to the vibrancy of the San Pablo Avenue corridor by having community artists transform unsightly utility boxes into attractive works of art, according to the City.

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An artist stands by their work that transformed the utility box from drab to fab. Photo courtesy of the City of El Cerrito.
An artist stands by their work that transformed the utility box from drab to fab. Photo courtesy of the City of El Cerrito.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Standard

Do you have an idea for beautifying urban public spaces with your art? If so, this initiative might be perfect for you.

The City of El Cerrito’s Arts & Culture Commission is seeking individual artists, teams of artists or community groups to apply for its “2024 Utility Box Public Art Program.” The project is a beautification initiative designed to add to the vibrancy of the San Pablo Avenue corridor by having community artists transform unsightly utility boxes into attractive works of art, according to the City.

This program’s theme is “Artwork that Celebrates El Cerrito’s Natural Beauty and Environment,” and any artist/team/community group residing in Contra Costa County can apply. The boxes, including one main utility box and a smaller traffic signal box adjacent to each other, are located at Ashbury and Fairmount Avenues, next to Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.

A $2,500 stipend is offered for each utility box completed and the application is due Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m. Work on the boxes begins Aug. 5, with work to be completed by Sept. 6.

To date, eight utility boxes have been painted by local artists as part of the initiative throughout 2021 to 2023. Artists including Adaleyd DeLeon, Kristen Kong, Shanna Strauss, Martial Yapo, Jesse White and Ricardo Cerezo have been selected by the city to beautify utility boxes with their art since the program’s inception.

Questions? Contact Will Provost at 510-215-4318 or wprovost@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us. Applications can be submitted online https://el-cerrito.org/1522/Utility-Box-Public-Art-Program

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