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• AUGUST 2016 NEWS •


Arts Council Santa Cruz County will partner with everyone involved at the Tannery Arts Center and the larger community to create an actionable community plan. This plan will re-articulate the vision for the campus and identify how to make the Tannery an even more successful, not-to-be-missed public space where creativity, community and commerce thrive.

The many people and organizations — artists, residents, owners, leaseholders, nonprofits, small businesses and more — who have roles on and around the campus will help inform the refreshed vision. The planning process, funded by a Packard Foundation grant, will be a lively, dynamic and welcoming public process where everyone who visits, lives and works at the Tannery will be encouraged to participate.
“Leading this process is a bold new initiative for us,” said Arts Council Santa Cruz County Executive Director Michelle Williams. "And this is a huge opportunity for all of us at the Tannery.”
Now through February 2017, Arts Council representatives will engage with Tannery user groups by going door-to-door, hosting potlucks, conducting surveys and facilitating meetings. Details about opportunities for the public to provide feedback will be posted throughout the campus and on the Arts Council’s website in the near future. Interested parties may also connect with the process by emailing.
“To do this, we want and need to meet people where they are,” Williams said. “And it’s a terrific opportunity to further build relationships within the campus and throughout the community. I think the process of creating this plan is as important as the product."
Aug. 5: First Friday. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Aug. 8-12: DANCEarts! Weeklong camps explore world cultures through dance immersion, art and craft, in-depth and age appropriate learning, and lots of fun! From India and West Africa to to the Circus Arts and Brazil. Ages 5-10 years. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Aug. 8-21: Radius for Rent! Host an event, workshop or concert in a beautiful art gallery. Email for details.

Aug. 8-12:  Final Sewing Summer Camp session. Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine, take measurements, read patterns and create wearable clothes. 1-5pm. Ages 9-16.
Flora & Fauna in Studio #127. Welcome to the newly expanded retail space and new works by Caroline Webster and Noelle Correia. Be sure to stop by and see the beginnings of the lovely little shop and get on the mailing list to see what's next. 

Tues: Tannery Tuesday the Artbar and Cafe. Happy hour all day. 

Thursday Art Market: Featuring artists, food, demonstrations and live music, rain or shine. On Aug. 4, music by Kat Factor, featured printmaking by Kit Eastman. 4-7 p.m. Free!

Thursdays: Wet Paint! Painting classes led by Kirby Scudder. Artbar and Cafe. 6:30-9 p.m. $12.

Fridays: The Prosperous Heart - Creating a Life of Enough, a course that marries the tools of the Artist Way with new prosperity tools to discover and heal issues dealing with prosperity and finances. Join us as we meditate, clear, share, create art and process. 1-3 p.m. $25. Call Joan Rose Staffen at 831 251-0866 or email to register.
Arts Council Santa Cruz County Executive Director Michelle Williams 



The Arts Council moved to the Tannery in 2012 to join this neighborhood of thinkers, creators, makers, and activists. Being at the Tannery provides the Arts Council with a closer connection to artists, arts organizations, and the creative spirit — and has inspired new thinking for the organization’s work county-wide.

“The Tannery is the most diverse arts campus in the nation, home to artists ranging from Burning Man participants to Fulbright scholars. We’re in awe of the magic that happens here, because of this creative community,” said Michelle Williams, executive director of Arts Council Santa Cruz County.
The Arts Council has worked to strengthen the Tannery by securing funding for positive programming for kids on campus, the creation of the Thursday Art Market, the launch of Ebb & Flow, free public use of the conference room, a communications plan highlighting the creativity here and new signage so people know where to find the awesome things this campus offers. 
Contemporary visual artist Danielle Peters  



A new contemporary visual artist has joined the Tannery. Danielle Peters, originally from Kansas, landed in Santa Cruz after visiting on weekends while teaching semester at California State University, Stanislaus in New Genre Art, New Media Theory, Sculpture and a Contemporary Art Seminar. The surf scene and strong tango community initially inspired her.
Her art practice is about slowing down, quieting herself and breaking apart the network of emotions that are triggered by conflict and chaos. Peters works predominately in paper and new media, and often creates collaborative works of art.

“I don't wish to feed the fire around me or to choke it out; I'd like to gather in front of it with others, offer comfort, sit awhile, gaze, accept, and wonder," Peters said. "I want to make people excited about contemporary art, not afraid of it!”

In addition to being recently selected for the City’s SCRAP Program, Peters will offer demos at First Friday for VR (through a Virtual Reality headset), private and small group lessons in Life Drawing, Relief Printmaking, Photoshop and Contemporary Art for kids.

She holds a BFA from University of Kansas, MFA from University of Georgia, studied Printmaking and Paper Arts for a semester in Seoul, South Korea, and was part of an Artist-in-Residency program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the Creative Arts Co-Director at Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County and adjunct professor at universities. Learn more.
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