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Local Partner to the California Arts Council

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

We awarded 5 Scholarships this year!

🎨✨ In partnership with the Wyman Dickerson and the Kat Everitt Memorial Scholarship Funds, the Amador County Arts Council awards 5 students with scholarships to support their continued pursuit of a career in the arts.

Congratulations to Claire Tearpak and Phedre Perkins of Amador High School and Annabel White, Sienna Flock, and Ashley Rouen of Argonaut High School! The future of arts, culture, and creativity is strong with these students leading the way for Amador County. 🌟🎉

Master Teaching Artist, Bruce Peccianti

Retires For Real

Congratulations on your retirement, Bruce!

After FIFTY YEARS of teaching, the Amador County Arts Council Board, Advisors, Staff, Youth, and Volunteers are honored to inform the community that Bruce Peccianti is retiring from teaching the arts in our public schools. Bruce has worked for the Amador County Arts Council since 2010 when he collaborated with our board to envision, design, and launch a pilot arts education curriculum with $100. Thanks to Bruce’s expertise at curriculum development and teaching visual arts, he swiftly compiled a set of K through 6th grade arts education that is standard-based and progressively teaches the elements of the Visual Arts.

Meanwhile, the Amador County Arts Council Board and Staff worked diligently by engaging community donors and business sponsors to rapidly grow this program over the following decade.

Today, the Amador County Arts Council invests over $53,000 per year into standard-based arts education delivered equitably to 100% of the public elementary students at all 6 school sites throughout Amador County. Additionally, we provide the Junior High and High School students with access to the national Poetry Out Loud curriculum along with pre-professional career development that welcomes youth, young adult, and disabled creatives into the arts and cultural sector.

Bruce Peccianti has been instrumental in the education, lives, and careers of generations of creatives, many of whom live and work in Amador County today! Join us in congratulating Bruce on his retirement!

What about the future? The Amador County Arts Council investment in arts education is in good hands with our Teaching Artists Susan Ross and Marissa Fereirra, both of whom will continue to teach the Bruce Peccianti, standard-based arts education.s

Find our more about our investments in Arts Education by clicking the images above or reach out to us at (209) 256-8166, info@amadorarts.org. If you want to be part of funding arts education, click here to become a donor today.

Healing And Reconciliation Institute

Did you know?

What we call Amador County is home to four independent and sovereign nations: Buena Vista Me-Wuk, Ione Miwok, Jackson Miwuk, and the United States.

🌟 The Healing and Reconciliation Institute is dedicated to a resilient future by uniting Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. They address historical and ongoing harms through a framework for repair, fostering healing and reconciliation within communities!

Stay updated on issues affecting Indigenous peoples and learn how the Healing and Reconciliation Institute fosters community healing by subscribing to Our Shared Humanity Podcast!

Our organization is grounded in decentralized leadership and our ED/CEO attends trainings annually with HRI and other similar agencies.

Summer STUDIO Every Tuesday

Summer STUDIO Every Tuesday from 3 to 5 PM

STUDIO is your free creative space designed to empower rural youth creatives entering the arts and cultural workforce!

Get a head start on Poetry Out Loud, enjoy snacks, and get professional guidance and pre-college support from successful rural professionals. 

In The Spotlight

Student Director Angela Johnston’s latest masterpiece in progress, inspired by the enchanting “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

Our talented students are earning community service hours by turning poems from the Poetry Out Loud website into stunning works of art!

Sign-up For STUDIO

TGIF FREE Summer Concert Are Here!

Join us for dancin’, music, picnics, and free art activities

Fridays at 6 PM this summer!

Upcoming June Concerts:

June 14: Phamily Band (cover rock)

June 21: Doppelgänger (high-energy covers)

June 28: Triple Threat (rock and blues)

📍 All concerts will be at Mollie Joyce Park in Pioneer, in partnership with Amador County Recreation Agency. Why? It’s the financially responsible thing to do!

Need more info? Visit amadorarts.org or click the button below👇

Do you want to help us raise enough money to pay for the concerts this summer? Click here to become a donor today.

Learn More TGIF 

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

TOBACCO FREE EVENT

Call To Artists!

Enter YOUR ART into the Amador County Fair!
Showcase your talent and share your creativity with our community.

Art by Kylie O’Shea Rasmussen, a dedicated Board member of the Amador County Arts Council! Just like our many board members, Kylie enjoys entering art into the Amador County Fair.

Do you need help entering your art into the county fair? Reach out to us for support. (209) 256-8166, info@amadorarts.org.

📅 Important Dates:

  • July 5th: Entry forms due to the entry office
  • July 20th: Intake Day—deliver your artwork to the fairgrounds
  • July 21st: Judging Day

Art by Loretta Armstrong, a longtime favorite in the professional division at the Amador County Fair!

There’s even a Youth competition!

We’re here to help kids enter—let’s learn the guidelines together!

Amador sponsors the Professional and Amateur Fine Art competitions! 

Don’t miss this chance to be a part of our amazing county fair. 🌟

Teacher Feedback Survey

📢 ATTENTION CLASSROOM TEACHERS!

If you received arts classes from the Amador County Arts Council during the 2023-24 school year, please complete the feedback form by August 19th. YOUR INPUT is essential for sustaining and building this program.

🎨 CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY TODAY and help us bring more arts and cultural education to your classrooms and schools!

Click here to give your feedback

Lavender Library

🌈📚 June is Pride Month! 📚🌈

History is so important!

This June stop by the Lavender Library, a volunteer-run LGBTQ+ library, archive, and community space in Sacramento, offering a rich collection of queer books, films, archives, zines, and more.

But did you know there’s LGBTQ+ history to explore right here in Amador County? Discover local stories and additional resources at amadorarts.org.

Let’s honor our history, embrace our present, and look forward to a bright, inclusive future together.

According to our Executive Director Meghan Joy “mojo” O’Keefe, “I used to ask my mom to bring me to the Lavender Library when I was 16. It was the closest place to Sutter Creek where I could find myself reflected in the books. I had freedom to learn so much there!”

Dive Into LGBTQ+ History

Our Town Grant Opportunity

AMADOR ARTS INVITES YOU TO JOIN US as we ask the community: How do you want to partner to bring this grant to Amador County?

Our Town Guidelines Webinar

🗓️Thursday, June 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Thinking about applying for the FY 2025 Our Town Grant? Join Design & Creative Placemaking staff who will provide an overview, highlight successful projects, and offer tips for a strong application.


Register Now 

Beautiful Communities: Our Visions for Creative Placemaking





🗓️ Tuesday, June 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Celebrate the transformative power of arts and culture in our communities with national leaders Marty Pottenger, Mark Valdez, and Scott Oshima. Hear insights on leveraging creativity for community change and get updates from NEA Director Ben Stone. We’ll also co-create and envision a bright future together!

Register Now

Why Apply For Our Town Grant?

Our Town Grant develops small-town community spaces.

Transforming these spaces requires a collective effort: cities, nonprofit organizations, and community citizens of all ages. Let’s come together to co-create and envision the future we want to see. 

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.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK

🎨✨ Attention Artists and Creatives! ✨🎨

🎉✨ June is bursting with incredible events in Amador! 🎉✨

There’s something for everyone, from local music, food and health to youth art opportunities, engaging workshops, and captivating art exhibits and receptions.

Explore holidays and celebrations on our calendar—some of which you may not have heard of before— let’s make this June filled with arts and culture around Amador! 📅✨

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

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