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MEDIA RELEASE from Amador County Arts Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Deadline for Intent to Submit is Sept. 27)DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15
Call for Artists to Enter Works in “Safe Space” Exhibit in Jackson

 Call-for-Artists: Calling all artists of all ages, all disciplines, and skills to submit works to “Safe Space”—an art show celebrating the courage and beauty of rural, queer communities. By highlighting the experiences of the marginalized and disenfranchised, “Safe Space” serves to bring new opportunities for understanding the value of diversity in our rural community. Open world-wide for all rural LGBTQ/Ally artists, this show is produced by the Amador County Arts Council in collaboration with Tri-County LGBTQ Alliance, Amador PFLAG, Amador County Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPEAK), Sierra Wind Wellness and Recovery Center, and Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families. “Safe Space” is a perfect art show for all rural, LGBTQ/Ally artists, who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

Intent to Submit must be received by September 27th.  Each artist may enter one piece. Pieces may be for sale by the artist. If you would like to submit art to this show: email the coordinator, Cynthia at, subject line: “Intent to Submit, Safe Space”.

Once signed up, artists must prepare their works for hanging or installation and  deliver them to the Amador County Arts Council by October 11th.  The location is in Jackson, CA at 617 South CA-Hwy 49 in the Mother Lode Plaza, and the open hours are Monday-Friday, 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

If you need art supplies or resources, notify the Amador County Arts Council for assistance.  The “Safe Space” exhibit will run from October 25th through December 20th, Monday through Friday, from 2-6pm, closed for holidays on November 25-29.  The Opening Reception, free and open to the public, will be Friday, November 15th from 4-7pm. This reception will include music, snacks, and performance artists. This activity is made possible in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Contact info: (209)256-8166 or email

The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Amador County Suicide Prevention Coalition, is proud to announce HEART OF HOPE —An art show celebrating the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health challenges. Amador County Arts Council is holding an OPEN CALL for submissions to HEART OF HOPE. Submissions are open to all ages, all art modalities, amateur to professional from anywhere. Whether entering work to express your own experiences, or to show support for others, contributing artists will bring our community together in a new and profound way.

HEART OF HOPE will run September 4th through October 15th. A special reception with performances will take place during National Suicide Awareness Week on Friday, September 13th from 4-7pm. Entries for the exhibit, only one per person, should highlight the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health challenges, and they may be for sale directly by the artist.  Works must be ready to hang, with resources available for those in need of assistance.

 There is no fee to enter, but please register your intent to enter by July 31. The delivery deadline for those needing assistance in preparing work for exhibition is August 15. Otherwise, the deadline to receive work at AmadorArts in Jackson is by August 30th.  Please pick up your work at the end of the show by October 18, or if outside the area, include packaging for return of your work by U.S. Postal Service and a check to AmadorArts for $15 for shipping.  

This show is made possible by the Amador County Department of Behavioral Health Mental Health Services Act Reversion Fund, the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. For information on submissions and guidelines, please contact Amador County Arts Council at 209-256-8166 or The physical address is 617 S. Highway 49, Jackson CA.


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