Free Arts Day Festival October 17th

To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall.

To celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a free Arts Day Festival on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 5 pm at El Cerrito City Hall.

Activities and performances include a puppet show by Children’s Fairyland puppeteers, sidewalk chalk art, surf music by the Del Mars, film short by Les Blank, poetry reading by Kirk Lumpkin, street photography workshop, and classical chamber music performances by the KSO Trio and the JCT Trio. Painter Deb Danziger will give an artist’s talk about her solo exhibition in the City Hall Gallery, entitled Beyond & Below, and we’ll have a creative reuse “Make ‘n Take” booth.

Local arts and cultural groups with exhibits include Playland Not-At-The-BeachThe Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, the El Cerrito Historical Society, and the Shadi Holiday Display Committee.

Want to get involved with or volunteer to help out? Are you hosting an arts or cultural event, performance or exhibit in October in El Cerrito that you’d like to have included on the Arts Month web page? Other questions? Call Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318. For more information, including tentative times (which will be updated if revised), check out my blog post.

Sequestration: What It Means for Museums

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) sent the following email on March 5, 2013 on “Sequestration: What It Means for Museums.”

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) sent the following email on March 5, 2013.

Sequestration: What It Means for Museums

On Friday, March 1, $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts were triggered, a process commonly called “sequestration,” which is now affecting nearly every agency throughout the government. For most agencies that support museums, (including IMLS, NEA, NEH and NSF) this means a five percent cut in their annual funding, including a reduction in grant-making activities for the year ahead.

Full article: http://www.collegeart.org/advocacy/2013/03/05/sequestration-what-it-means-for-museums/