Aren’t you all wonderful?!

Thank you, thank you to all of you who donated to the Arts Council during our year-end appeal. We’re tremendously grateful for your faith and trust and investment in our work. Even more gratifying were the notes that many of you included with your donations. “Art makes a community stronger. Art stirs beauty. Beauty feeds our soul,” said one of you. I couldn’t have said it better.

We’re also thrilled that 14 of you donated to our Facebook fundraiser to buy 25 new guitars for our fantastic Mariposa’s Art students! These guitars, in the hands of Watsonville youth, will be instruments of self-expression, storytelling, and joy. The guitars also gave the whole Arts Council staff team a rare and somewhat ridiculous opportunity for a group play-along and attempted tuning party. (The pictures were great – the tuning, not so much. Have you ever tried to tune a brand-new guitar? It’s like each string wants to return to its original resting place.)

Finally, we’re also thrilled that events such as Twisted Tasting, Fire and Ice, and Hearts for the Arts have all chosen us, some year after year, to benefit from their proceeds. All of these events will be a terrific time while also supporting creativity in Santa Cruz County.

2017 was an intense year, for everyone. At the Arts Council we’re fired up to make 2018 a year of being bold, going big, and doing all we can to make our community and our world a stronger, more vibrant, and more connected place. Thank you for being a part of this journey!

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