Humboldt Arts Council
Eureka Humboldt California Arts Council
Humboldt County, located in California's True
North, is home to an extraordinary number and quality of painters,
ceramists, writers, musicians, actors, dancers, poets,
and cultural historians.
The Humboldt Arts Council (HAC) was
organized in 1966 and incorporated in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for artists, developing
arts education, and making the arts accessible through innovative and
multicultural programs. The Council, as Humboldt County’s largest
multidisciplinary arts organization, focuses on working in partnership with
artists, arts organizations, community groups, and schools to strengthen the
arts’ accessibility and impact as aesthetic, personal and social resources.
The Council envisions that the importance of art will be evident in all
aspects of life in Humboldt County, including homes, schools, businesses,
and government. The Council is dedicated to providing leadership in support
of the rich heritage of the arts on California’s North Coast, and to
bringing this legacy fully into community life.
1987, HAC became the State Local Partner for the California Arts Council and
the community representative for the California State Summer School for the
In 1996 the
Humboldt Arts Council accepted an offer from the City of Eureka to undertake
the effort to save the historic 1904 Carnegie Library building, which was
destined for demolition. The former Carnegie Library had been a symbol of
community pride and local culture for over 100 years.
After the successful Carnegie Capital Campaign to raise $1.5 million from
the local community, foundations and corporations, the Council began the
restoration process in 1999 to convert the historic Carnegie building into a
regional art museum and art center.
On January 1, 2000 the Humboldt Arts Council and the community celebrated
with a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the Morris Graves Museum of Art
for its new “Century of Service” to the community.
The Museum today houses seven galleries including a Courtyard Sculpture
Garden, a Museum Store, classroom
facilities, an Arts Resource Center and a Performance Rotunda, and each
month, Eureka’s Arts Alive! brings an average of 2,500 community members to
the Museum to enjoy musical performances and art exhibits.
HAC sponsors these
opportunities to appreciate the best of Humboldt County arts and culture:
The Palette, an annual
feature magazine and resource guide distributed free throughout Humboldt
County and on the internet at www.thepalette.com
First Saturday Night Arts
Alive!, a contemporary cultural tradition bringing artists and the
public together monthly in over 60 participating galleries and
Sunday Afternoons at the
Morris Graves, a performance by local jazz artists, a talk on some
aspect of Jazz history and a jam during which guest musicians are
invited to join that Sunday’s performing group.
First Thursday Film,
designed to provide quality film and open discussion based on PBS Point
of View (POV) and Independent Lens programming. Many of these films are
documentaries and deal with issues such as art, music, education, race,
gender, politics and MORE!
Second Saturday Family Arts
Day, activites for youth and families, including performances, hands-on
arts projects, & interactive storytellers.
including the North Coast Open Studios Tour, Images of Water, Art Banks
Touring Program in Humboldt County Schools, Young Artists of Humboldt
Festival, Junque Arte, and Humboldt Arts Council’s Annual Juried Member
As a private, non-profit
California corporation, the Humboldt Arts Council depends on financial
support from membership dues, donations and contributions, local program
grants and earned income. Information Link: Humboldt Arts Council