Executive Director's Message
July means one thing….ARTOWN! After 11 months of building and creating a vibrant and rich month of arts and culture, we find ourselves ready to explore our city and region though an artistic lens. I am often asked how I navigate the planning of our month-long celebration. I have pondered this query and offer this response: I love our city and region. We have amazing neighborhoods with welcoming parks and venues. There is nothing more fun that being able to cycle, walk or drive to meet friends and family where community and the arts collide. To that end, my task is to help build energy and excitement around new, unexplored art forms as well as established art institutions in our region that are worth showcasing because they are the essence of why our area is bursting with artistic abundance.
I hope that you are able to explore our new unconventional artistic spaces. There are a few in particular that are worth noting: The vertical stage of the entire City Hall building off which BANDALOOP will rappel and dance, the basement of Liberty Food and Wine Exchange which will house our first foray into immersive theater with At the Illusionist’s Table and Rancho San Rafael Park which is home to Dragon Lights Illuminated.
Artown has placed an emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion which has diversified our audiences, our board of directors and brought a different level of artistry to our community. The Artown experience offers an inclusive and welcoming invitation to everyone where all are celebrated for who we are as a cohesive community and allows our individuality to shine and be recognized.
Let the arts resonate as we host a party of vibrancy and artistic excellence.
See you in the park!