San Mateo County Arts Newsletter
JUNE 2004


Ten of San Mateo County’s most artistically talented high school students have been selected to participate in the California State Summer School for the Arts (also known as InnerSpark), a month-long intensive summer program led by top creative professionals. The 10 students were honored in special ceremonies June 4 in The Lodge in Belmont’s Twin Pines Park. Ceremonies throughout the state were sponsored by Union Bank of California.

Congratulations to the 2004 California Arts Scholars from San Mateo County: Tyler Leon of Burlingame, Mallory La Bro, Jasmine Moser and Tiare Tavake Gordon of Daly City, Myra Messner of El Granada, Jessica Hemingway and Mallory Ortberg of Menlo Park, Sean Monaghan of San Bruno and Justine Drennan and Jason Hendardy of San Mateo.

High school-age students were required to meet rigorous application requirements, including submission of either audition tapes, writing samples, portfolios of their work, slides, film clips and storyboards. Applications were judged by distinguished artists, educators and representatives of the California State Summer School for the Arts faculty. More than 1,200 applications were received for the 520 available spot at the summer program.

In recognition of these gifted high school artists, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger designated June 4, 2004, as California Arts Scholars Day. At the Belmont reception hosted by ARTshare, the young artists were presented with medallions embossed with the state seal. ARTshare Executive Director Sharon Prager opened the proceedings, praising the students for their achievements and noting how students with arts degrees are valued most highly by business these days. Assemblyman Gene Mullin and San Mateo County Arts Commissioner Brian Douglas presented the medallions and numerous certificates of recognition from our national and state representatives and the County Board of Supervisors.

The students will study from July 10 through August 7, 2004, on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. InnerSpark offers instruction in the fields of animation, music, dance, film and video, theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. It provides a unique opportunity to spend four weeks studying and working with professional artists, writers and performers of national stature.


After many years of service, California Arts Council Executive Director Barry Hessenius, who spoke so eloquently about the crisis in arts funding at ARTshare’s Diamond Awards Luncheon in March, offered his resignation to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his new administration. Juan Carrillo has been appointed as Interim Director by the Governor.

Mr. Carrillo brings 26 years of experience to the position. He states that it is now his responsibility “to steer this agency through the next few months” until the Governor announces the next Director.

He reports that both the Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 have approved the Governor’s recommended state funding of $1.075 million for the California Arts Council. However, Assemblymember Sarah Reyes has proposed an additional $10 million for the CAC budget. As a next step, the Joint Budget Conference Committee will begin its work.

You may not be aware that the slashing of the CAC budget to just over $1 million (from the former allocation of $18 million) has eliminated all of the funding for the Local Arts Partners – including ARTshare, which is the Local Arts Partner for San Mateo County. This means that a major portion of the ARTshare budget has disappeared.

Also eliminated throughout the state are such important programs as Artists in the Schools--with individual and multiple artist residencies, Arts Partnerships in Education, the Demonstration Project Program in K-12 public schools, and the Exemplary Arts Education Program. The State of California is now ranked last in the nation in per capita support for the arts. California spends a mere 3 cents per person to support the arts, while the national average is $1.15. In contrast, New York spends more than $2.75 per person.

For updated information on the California Arts Council, visit the website at


A three-day hands-on workshop for classroom teachers and youth developers interested in learning the basics of integrating art into the classroom and community setting with be held from August 17 through August 19 at the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland. The workshop also is appropriate for artists interested in developing their teaching skills and linking their practice to classroom environments, and for art teachers wishing to learn new techniques and explore new ideas for their curriculum. No art experience is necessary. It will be taught by Arlene Shmaeff, M.A.

It will include activities with a wide variety of visual media, learning about the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework, and learning how to use visual art as a learning tool and point of entry for core curriculum. Space is limited; the registration deadline is August 10. The cost is $250. For more information, visit call the registrar at (510) 465-8770, extension 311, or visit the web site at:


The Foundation Center is celebrating June as Funding for Arts Month. Visual or performing artists, filmmakers, writers, researchers, and musicians can take advantage of a free one-week subscription to “Foundation Grants to Individuals Online” during June. It’s the only online resource devoted exclusively to foundations that award grants to individuals, providing information on more than 6,100 foundation and public charity programs. To find out more, visit


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