Welcome to the web site for the Siskiyou Arts Council, dedicated to developing, sustaining and promoting the literary, visual and performing arts in Siskiyou County, at the top of the state in northern California. Please follow our links to learn more about us, our activities, and how you can get involved. And return soon for updated information, new features and the latest arts news. The mission of the Siskiyou Arts Council is to bring heart and vitality to our communities, and to foster a spirit of creativity and prosperity through excellence in the arts.
The Siskiyou Arts Council (SAC) was established in 1972 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public benefit non-profit corporation which serves as the local arts planning and programming agency for Siskiyou County. SAC is authorized by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to serve as the County's representative to the California Arts Council's State-Local Partnership Program.
The mission of the Siskiyou Arts Council is to bring heart and vitality to our communities, and to foster a spirit of creativity and prosperity through excellence in the arts.
The grass roots vision of the Siskiyou Arts Council spans three decades, from the mid 1970's through the present day, offering this county a wide range of art-related services and events.
The Board of Directors and volunteers of SAC believe that the vitality of local art and artists is an essential part of our community's growth, expression, and prosperity. Therefore, it is of great importance to support an effective Arts Council that enriches the quality of life for all residents of Siskiyou County.
The Board of Directors are volunteers, serving a two year term and directing the countywide activities and organizational health of the Siskiyou Arts Council. The public is always invited to attend monthly Board meetings on the first Thursday of each month at locations around Siskiyou County. Those interested in serving on the Board may submit a letter of interest, and are welcome to join at any time of the year.
Artists on the Internet!: The SAC web site provides an On-line Artists' Registry, with World Wide Web listings for the artists, writers, musicians and performers of Siskiyou county. This provides rural artists with needed exposure and public access everywhere the internet reaches. Arts organizations, services and businesses are also invited to join the Registry, free to all Friends of SAC. When funding allows, SAC provides free photography, in-depth interviews, and marketing assistance for Siskiyou County artists and performers, all of which is included on the website and used by the participating arists to further their own careers.
Public Performances: The Siskiyou Arts Council Talent Showcase is held annually in autumn at the COS Theater in Weed. This fun-packed evening of entertainment features some of the best talents in Siskiyou County. Auditions are held prior to the event, and past performances have included hula dancers Ann Cramer and Louise Ray, Nuria's Academy Irish dancers and Flamenco dancers, foreign exchange student pianist Irene Pieto Jimenez, singer/songwriters Alex Colvin, Carolyn Hedger, Bernadette Wulf, Melissa & Marc Wright and belly dancer Julie Miyasaki. For information on this year's Talent Showcase, call the Siskiyou Arts Council office 938-0130.
Our annual Art in the Garden presents live music by local performers, art and fine food in Mt. Shasta each summer. This annual fundraising party is held on an evening in August at Native Grounds Nursery in Mt. Shasta. SAC hosts fine art and art demonstrations, enterainment, hord d'ouvres and wine tasting to benefit the Siskiyou Arts Council.
SAC provides needed support for independent events year round, including the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Mt. Shasta City Dance Theater, Yreka's ACT and Rd Scarf Society, and Joan Lucas' Senior Theater classes at College of the Siskiyous.
In April of 2007, The Yreka Community Theatre will host California's poet laureate Al Young in a presentation with local poets, as Young kicks off his "Top to Bottom" tour of California. SAC is working with the California Arts Council and local organizations to sponsor the Poet Laureate event. The Downtown Friday Night Art Walks program was launched by SAC and JEDI in communities throughout Siskiyou County. Community organizers and volunteers continue these events with SAC assistance. SAC works with volunteers throughout the county to organize and promote the monthly Mt. Shasta Third Friday Art Walk, Weed Arts Evnts, and the annual Dunsmuir ArtWalk. .
Information Link: Siskiyou Arts Council