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Friday, August 28, 2020
AmadorArts: Arts Line - Aug 2020
Amador County Arts Council!
The Arts keep Amador ALIVE!
Thanks to your generous support, Amador County Arts Council, “AmadorArts” has spent the last 38 years making the arts central to our country way of life. Free Music, Arts Education, Wellness Arts, Artist Resources, Cultural Arts Exhibits, Open Mics, Winefest, the Creative Economy, and more! There is no limit to the impacts of the arts when a community works together. That’s why the new Board of Directors of AmadorArts invites you to come play with us in The Arts! 'Cuz The Arts keep Amador ALIVE! Stay safe, stay well, and be bold with The Arts as together we bask in the burgeoning, yet deeply rooted, art scene of Amador County.
Krampus Mask made with thermoplastic and foam by Sarah Cuthill.
Become a donor HERE:
Studies continue to show that mental health and wellness are improved by The Arts. So keep your artsy self engaged and creative! Have fun with the MASK UP Art Show.
Create a mask, post a picture of you in your safety mask, post your mask-making business, or just enjoy our online show. Together we can show off our individual style AND keep Amador Safe.
Join us for a LIVE VIRTUAL RECEPTION on September 10th at 6PM.
In 2019, citizen stakeholders gathered with the Amador Alliance for Arts Education to discuss equity in local arts education.
In July 2020, the AmadorArts Board of Directors adopted a new strategic Plan. This plan includes policies on Anti-Racism and Tribal Acknowledgment. In our ongoing commitment to Anti-Racism and the principals of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, AmadorArts has launched a new program. Established by Valeria Davidson, Dr. James Armstead Jr., and Meghan Joy O’Keefe, Rural Advocates for Racial Equity (RARE) will meet monthly to discuss and build actions to explore and dismantle racial inequity in our families and communities. Join this group by contributing on the survey found HERE.
Worldwide, artists of Latin heritage of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works.
AmadorArts is hosting an art show celebrating the many facets of Latin and Hispanic heritage. Opening September 22nd online and in-person, we invite artists world-wide to submit works of any media including visual, theatre, dance, music, literary, industrial, and media arts. Visit theCall for Artists page to learn more.
HEART OF HOPE
The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Amador County Department of Behavioral Health and the Amador Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“AmadorSPEAK”), presents the annual HEART OF HOPE—an art show celebrating the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health and wellness. View the online gallery HERE.
"Don't Panic" by Olivia Oddo is one of the many thought-provoking pieces in this year's Heart of Hope Art Show.
Become a Student Art Director TODAY! Our Student Director program includes one-on-one mentoring in arts career pathways, project and teaching opportunities, professional development, arts education training, and leadership skills.
We are seeking 8 young people to serve as Student Art Directors. View the Open Call for Student Directors on our website HERE.
Deja Douglas, former Student Art Director.
Irv Gidding - He Hit All the High Notes
by Penny West, Publicist
The arts of the Motherlode lost a mighty musical soul when Irv Gidding died last month at age 87 at home in Sutter Creek. His talents were plentiful. He played the trumpet starting off with the Army Band in Korea, and he played the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the upright bass. Irv’s gentle spirit and witty sense of humor touched many. He was a music teacher in the Amador County schools for 35 years, sharing his love of music and inspiring Amador’s young. He was actively involved in music groups until the age of 85, including serving as choir director of the Creekside United Methodist Church for 40 years, the Amador Choraliers, the Amador County Concert Band, the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, the Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra, and even some in Calaveras. Yet, he also managed to golf, fish, and camp, and was devoted to his family including his his wife of 63 years, Lita (Parks) Gidding.
Irv Gidding was a long-time music director.
Gidding was a beloved horn player & percussionist
Arts Scholarship Winners for 2020
Two $1,000 Amador Arts Scholarships have been awarded each to Julianne Godman of Amador High School and Deja Douglas of Argonaut High. The scholarships are meant for students to further their education in the Arts, and by doing so, helps to keep the Arts alive for the future.
Julianne Godman is a cheerful 19-year-old driven to make something of herself. She attended Sutter Creek primary and elementary schools, Ione Junior High and says her greatest accomplishment so far is finishing four years at Amador High School. She’s excited to start her future education with Amador College Connect, partnered with Columbia College, where she’ll be taking
Julianne Godman has a love for both visual and performing arts.
two art classes, history, and early childhood development. Julianne loves the arts and credits “Ms. Marchand” (renowned Art Teacher Marchand Heimann) with her involvement. “She did so much to show me how to be creative,” claims Julianne, who continued her interest by being in her high school Art Club. The performing arts appeal as well to Julianne. In junior high, she learned guitar from her neighbor, Ken Custodio, and now is learning to play the drums. As a sophomore she took Dance from Meghan O’Keefe and can’t say enough about what that meant to her. Right now this summer, she says she’s “learning life skills” from her dad Patrick, who takes her on his construction jobs where she’s picking up welding, concrete work, deck building, you name it. This young woman sparkles and it’s contagious. Read more HERE.
Deja Douglas, former Student Art Director and one of the two scholarship recipients.
Winefest 2020 Update
AmadorArts is sad to report that Winefest 2020 will be postponed. Instead we are launching a series of fun, virtual events including performances, culinary arts, online auctions, and more! We need YOU to helpus make the online auction one to remember. Donate an AUCTION ITEM today to help keep the Arts Central to Amador County life! Your support keeps The Arts FREE and VISIBLE throughout the schools and community. Contact Carol Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. The online auction will be November 7-28. Please deliver auction items by October 8.
AmadorArts has lots of programs to serve the community, even during the pandemic and even during Shelter in Place! Volunteers make our programs and services a success.
Support Winefest: contribute to the online Auction!
To keep the arts central to Amador, become a volunteer today! We have opportunities for community services in social media, web development, database, events, exhibits, fundraising, and lifelong arts learning—including visual, theatre, dance, music, and media arts ed for all ages! Contact email@example.com or fill out our Volunteer Registration Form.