The Amador County Arts Council, also known as AmadorArts, was created in 1978, with a cultural plan leading to official non-profit status in 1981. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated Board of Directors and community supporters, AmadorArts has persevered for more than 30 years and has grown into a successful and dynamic local arts council.
Today, we provide professionally-taught arts classes in every elementary school in the county, reach over 1500 local students, have 200 active members, host dozens of community arts events & channel funding to artists & projects throughout Amador County. AmadorArts is a non-profit community arts organization dedicated to enriching life in our community. We believe that the Arts are a resource that contributes to our economy and to our quality of life.
Executive Director: Terra Easton Forgette : Terra was born and raised locally. She is a graduate of Stanford University and a two-time California Arts Scholar. At AmadorArts Terra oversees all programs and activities; networks with local organizations and community groups; works with the Treasurer to manage budgets, fundraising, and expenses; makes presentations and appearances representing AmadorArts; and manages outreach and social networking. She reports directly to the Board President and the Board of Directors. Terra also sits on the Board of Directors at the Amador Council of Tourism, Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, and involved in community theatre at the Blue Mountain Theater.
Penny West is the creative pen behind all AmadorArts press releases, news articles and our ArtsLine Newsletter. For 21 years she was the executive director of the neighboring Calaveras County Arts Council. She resigned from that agency after a transition for many years of training her successor. Currently she’s an Arts Consultant for other local arts agencies with whom she works on a variety of projects that draw on her considerable skills, such as grant writing, fund development, strategic planning, promotion, and event/project coordination. For AmadorArts, besides publicity, Penny advises the Board of Directors on a variety of issues, including finances, gallery operation, and Board policies, to name a few.
The board of directors of the non-profit AmadorArts recently announced it has hired two local women to assume the responsibilities of current Executive Director Terra Forgette who is taking maternity leave.
Administrative Coordinator: Carol Brown : Brown retired four years ago from over 30 years in corporate work, most recently as representative/liaison to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and before that, she planned and managed international meetings and conference events for VISA Financial Services. At AmadorArts, besides handling administrative details, she’ll be working on maintaining and expanding membership, coordination of ArtTrek, Winefest, and other special events.
Program Coordinator: Meghan O’Keefe : O’Keefe is a musician, performance and dance movement artist, with extensive background in management and teaching. Her schooling includes being a graduate in Performance, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Santa Maria CA. Then, after graduating with a degree in Biology from Oberlin College, in Ohio, she continued her work at a home health care corporation in Ohio and became president. She’s been manager of Rosebud’s Café in Jackson and manager of a commercial farm in Ione. Currently she’s a teacher in dance, musical theatre, and acting at Amador High Schoo. She is a founding director of Frontier Horizons, which offers job training for women in agriculture. O’Keefe is already managing TGIF, the free summer music series of AmadorArts, and she will take on the coordination of many other programs, including the 2017 community art classes and grantwriting.
AmadorArts Board of Directors
The AmadorArts Board of Directors is group of hard-working volunteers representing different geographic and professional areas of Amador County.
President, Polly Miller
Vice President, Nan Muzinich
Secretary, Joy Palmer
Treasurer, Sue Kendall
Arts Education Chair, Sue Lagomarsino
Amador High School Student Directors Katy Hirschfelt & Emily Falco
Argonaut High School Student Director Gaby Flores