San Mateo County Arts Newsletter

February-March 2005

12 Organizations Receive ARTshare Grants


Belmont, CA—Twelve San Mateo County arts organizations have been awarded grants in the ARTshare 2005 Regranting Program. Funds for the grants have been made available to ARTshare by the San Francisco Foundation.


The two largest grants, $2,000.00 each, were awarded to Art in Action in support of its arts education programs in county schools and to Zohar Dance Company for its IndepenDANCE and Juvie Jazz outreach programs.


Art in Action, based in Menlo Park, provides arts programs to 18,000 students in 50 schools during the regular school year and to 5,000 children in summer art camps. With a professional approach, Art in Action fills in a vacuum where the arts have been disappearing from the curriculum. To engage the community at large as well as the children, student work is displayed at public library art shows. One such exhibit will be on view at the Willow Oaks and 49er Academy at the East Palo Alto Public Library from March 3 to March 31.


Zohar Dance Company seeks to make dance accessible, inclusive, vibrant, relevant and integral to its community. IndepenDANCE is an outreach program for at-risk and special education children and Juvie Jazz serves incarcerated youth. They have garnered national and international recognition as model arts education programs.


Three grants of $1,000 were awarded:


The Atherton Arts Committee was awarded $1,000.00 for its mural project at Selby Lane School, which serves a population of which 70 percent are English language learners.


City Arts of San Mateo has received a $1,000.00 grant for its High School Visual Arts and Literary Arts Recognition Program.


The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, based in Woodside, was awarded $1,000.00 to support artist residencies.


Seven grants of $500.00 each were awarded:


The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula was awarded $500.00 to support the Modern Painting Project for at-risk youth.


East Palo Alto Commitment to Performing Arts was awarded $500.00 to help launch the new organization.


Kainos Home and Training Center was awarded $500.00 in support a hands-on arts program, led by a professional artist, for individuals with developmental disabilities.



Peninsula Cantare was awarded $500.00 for operational expenses.


The Peninsula Museum of Art was awarded $500.00 for a copier and printing supplies for its library and docents.


The San Mateo Dance Association was awarded $500.00 to support choreography for its annual dance performances.


The West Coast Songwriters Association was awarded $500.00 to support website development.


The distinguished grant selection panel included Gerald Brett, a writer, art collector, and Founder/Director of Language Pacifica, and currently Vice Chair of the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Peter Foley, an internationally recognized artist and writer working in Palo Alto; San Francisco multi-media artist and arts educator Deanne Morizono Meyers, currently an Artist/Facilitator for Community Works California; William Moreno, Executive Director of The Mexican Museum in San Francisco and formerly on the boards of San Francisco’s Galeria de la Raza, Business Volunteers for the Arts and the Oakland Youth Chorus; and Oakland dancer/choreographer Regina Thompson, a human resources professional.


The panel was impressed with the breadth and quality of arts programs on the Peninsula, the varied forms of outreach, the sensitivity to bringing together diverse communities, and the creative energy in new and developing organizations.


ARTshare is a non-profit organization serving San Mateo County with an expansive website at, the Diamond Awards recognizing valuable contributions to the arts in San Mateo County, exhibits showcasing county artists at ARTshare 25 and the County Government Center Gallery, and other activities advocating on behalf of the arts and linking artists, arts organizations, and the communities in which they work.

Americans for the Arts
by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO

I want you, as a stakeholder of Americans for the Arts, to be aware of some exciting news that was released to the public yesterday. Our board of directors and the board of directors of Arts & Business Council Inc. have unanimously voted in favor of a merger, effective immediately.


As you know, private-sector support for the arts from individuals, foundations, and corporations represents a critical piece of arts funding in America. However, the larger private-sector relationship with the arts has changed dramatically in recent years. While corporate and foundation leaders continue to support the arts, recent modest gains in overall giving disguise the fact that the market share of total philanthropy devoted to the nonprofit arts has declined by nearly one-third since the early 1990s.


By combining our resources and programming initiatives with Arts & Business Council Inc. (A&BC), together we will be able to more effectively achieve our goals of increasing private-sector support for the arts in America. We are excited about the opportunities that this merger presents, and are pleased to welcome the staff of A&BC to our team.

A&BC is devoted to stimulating partnerships between the arts and business that benefit both sectors and the communities they serve. It is the oldest such arts and business partnership association in the world. Initially limited to local services in New York City, A&BC now runs national programs such as Business Volunteers for the Arts and The National Arts Marketing Project and has 17 affiliates. The current national work of Arts & Business Council Inc. will become the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. A&BC's New York-centric work will continue as the Arts & Business Council of New York.


More details on the merger are available on our website,, including a Frequently Asked Questions document and a press release that was issued to the media yesterday. If you have any questions about the merger, please contact Mara Walker, chief planning officer, at or 202.371.2830.

With regards,

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO


CHILDREN’S ART:  “From Menlo Park to China”

(Art Notes by Bonny Zanardi)


“Our Home: Chinese and American Children’s Art on the Environment” at Zeum, celebrates four collaborative projects between China and America.  The exhibit, opening January 29 through April 10, features children’s visual art, poetry, audio and video.


The four-part exhibition is presented as a partnership between Zeum and the 1990 Institute, an international organization that brought participants together through its C2C-C2C (Children to Children – Connecting Two Countries) effort.  William Lee, director of the l990 Institute finds “deep satisfaction in connecting our children from different shores to share their very basic concerns and dreams.”


One of the projects :Flying the Child’s Hope” presents 100 pieces by Chinese youngsters, which were selected from more than l million entries in a contest by the 1990 Institute’s Children’s Art on the Environment Project.   “From Menlo Park to China” centers on a video that follows l5 students from Menlo Park’s Hillview Middle School as they joined with Chinese children to paint a mural wall at the China National Children’s Center in Beijing.  “Our Water” is a collection of self-portraits and poetry created by 4th and 5th grade students from Hatch Elementary School as part of the “Our Water” program of Kollage Community School for the Arts.


“Tree of Hope,” created by 8th grade students from Odyssey School, an independent middle school in San Mateo, is a sculpture illustrating the need for all nations to share responsibility to protect the earth.


Zeum at 221 Yerba Buena Gardens is located at 221 Fourth St., San Francisco.  Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.  Admission is $7. for adults, $6. for seniors and students, $5. for youth up to 18 and free for Zeum members.  Call 415-777-2800, or visit  



Arts License Plate

Starting January 1, 2005, the cost of the Arts License Plate will increase. Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed legislation by Senator Jack Scott (D-Altadena) that will increase the cost of the plate from $30 to $50 (Renewals will increase from $15 to $40). It is estimated that the added fees will generate an additional $1.5 million to bolster arts support in communities across the state. This adjustment marks the first increase in 10 years for the plate and places it in line with the cost of other specialty plates. However, if you purchase plates BEFORE January 1, you may still pay the old price and save $20.

Designed by noted Northern California artist Wayne Thiebaud, the Arts Plate is the most popular specialty plate in California with more than 122,000 plates sold since 1994 and raising more than $6.8 million. Proceeds from the plate sales benefit the programs of the California Arts Council including arts education and local arts programming. The Arts License Plate was the first plate in the nation whose revenue solely benefited the arts.


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