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Get in on arts and culture

Local Partner to the California Arts Council

Serving Buena Vista Me-Wuk, Ione Miwok, and Jackson Miwuk lands

Join In Art, Culture, & Creativity!


From April 14th through 17th, Amador County Arts Council worked from the capitol to advocate for arts funding and to learn from our peers across the sector.

Meghan Joy “mojo” O’Keefe, the Executive Director/CEO of Amador County Arts Council, presented at the two-day statewide convening of the county arts councils inside the Urban Hive. Staff members Deja Douglas, Lee Thibodeaux, Jacqueline Diaz, Secretary Joscelyn Courtney, and Treasurer Katharine T. Jacobs joined O’Keefe at the Arts Summit on Tuesday at the Sofia Theatre complex with California For The Arts. On Wednesday, O’Keefe collaborated with hundreds of arts and cultural advocates to discuss the data with senators and assembly members.

Want to be part of advocating for more local arts education, public art, and free live music?!

Join the board or advisory committee to create our future together. To learn more, attend our board meeting on May 21st at the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.

While working from Sacramento, staff revisited the Miwok memorial in Capitol Park.

This monument was unveiled on November 7th, 2023, with Amador County Arts Council in attendance to represent the State Local Partner program and the county arts councils’ collective commitment to Native peoples and communities.

Amador County Arts Council has been granting funds to local Miwok artists and cultural practitioners since 2020.

Assemblyman James Ramos surrounded by tribal leaders and citizens. (Photo/Assemblyman James C. Ramos Office)

Amador Arts Board Meeting May 21st

🌟 Join Us at Our Board Meeting In May🌟

Arts and culture play an essential role in connecting our community across differences.

Together we celebrate all things AMADOR! At Amador Arts, COMMUNITY is our central driving force. JOIN US to fund arts education, public arts, free live music, and cultural celebrations.

Amador Arts Board of Directors is a community of creatives and arts lovers working together to highlight local arts and culture and to raise money to give to local artists and organizations.

Your voice directs our activities and fuels vibrant arts engagement across all sectors and for all people in, around, and visiting Amador County.

Third Tuesday of the “odd” months at 6 PM



📧 Stay Connected: For more information or to get involved, contact us at or call/text us at 209-256-8166.

We have been making grants since 2010. Click the image below to visit our grants webpage and start working on your applications today!

View Student Visual Art through May 17th

We want to let you know that you still have time to see the incredible artwork by Amador County students TK-6th.

Available For Viewing Until May 17th

Time: 8 AM – 4 PM

Location: ACUSD District Office  217 Rex Ave, Jackson, CA 95642

Our Arts Education Program was established in 2010 and is funded by individual donations, the Giving Tuesday fundraiser, and business sponsorships, including the Amador County Office of Education.

Embracing the Year of the Dragon!

February 10, 2024 heralded the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. From February 8 to February 22, I visited ten third-grade classrooms throughout Amador County, teaching them about Chinese New Year. We read Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee, and talked about the cultural history, customs, and traditions of Chinese New Year celebrations.

We decorated lanterns and learned to make a traditional calligraphy banner welcoming the new year. With the support of the Amador County Arts Council in funding the materials for the classroom activities, the third-graders got a first-person lesson on Chinese culture and how the overseas Chinese communities celebrate and nurture our roots no matter where we are. Written by Connie Chai McKenney, ACUSD Parent, Amador Arts Board Member, and first-generation immigrant from Taiwan, R.O.C.

Let Get Dancin’

Mark your calendars for Friday fabulous season of live music under the pines at Mollie Joyce Park in Pioneer


Your top band nominations have been chosen, and we’re all set for evenings of dancin’, picnics, and free arts activities.

This series is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk, Volcano Telecommunications, and Equality California.


Check Out The Bands

Do You Know Your Arts Education Rights?

Amador Arts aim to ensure every student, parent, and teacher is informed, equipped, and inspired to advocate for equitable access to arts programs across the state.

Learn Your Arts Education Rights by going to

Would you be ready to make a change at your school? 📢 If you’ve noticed any barriers to students, you can always raise your voice!

Learn how to bring awareness and drive action by going to

2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals 

The 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals occurred on May 1st and 2nd at Lisner Auditorium, GWU, Washington, DC!

🎤 Over 160,800 students participated in this national competition, including dozens of students from Amador County.

The national champion receives a $20,000 cash prize. Second and third-place finalists receive $10,000 and $5,0000 awards respectively. You can view a list of the finalists for Poetry Out Loud here. Congratulations to the National POL Champion, Niveah Glover, a 12-grade student in Jacksonville, Florida.

Poetry Out Loud is a year-round curriculum at Amador County Arts Council! PLUS: We get students in other arts disciplines involved. Digital, Visual, and Music youth artists use the POL poems to inspire new, original works of art. Teens can get involved by joining us on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 PM (even in the summer!!!). Find out more at our website or by contacting us at (209)256-8166 or

Check Out POL Winners

Your Chance to Let Amador County Know!


Have you ever longed for community art classes for all ages?

This survey asks what kind of education/training you want to see in our community.

Even though ARTS is not listed as an option, we encourage you to select “OTHER” and let the county know what kinds of ARTS CLASSES YOU WANT in Amador County…🤔

Maybe you are dying to learn Gaidhlig traditional dance, or maybe you can’t wait to get into a pottery class. You may want to take creative writing after school or join an adult marching band! The sky’s the limit! 🙌⛅️ Share what you want on this survey. Together, we create arts and cultural vibrancy in our county.

Take the Survey Now:

Deadline: May 31st

Make A Positive ARTS + CULTURE Impact

As our community’s needs evolve, we remain committed to advancing rural arts + culture.

Your gift makes it all possible.


🎨✨ Attention Artists and Creatives! ✨🎨

Are you tired of spending a fortune on advertising and outreach?

We’re excited to offer you a FREE solution:

the Amador Arts online calendar and directory!

Connect with your community, showcase your art, and promote your events in one convenient platform!

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This activity is supported in-part by the California Arts Council, a state agency,

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