Community and Arts Commission Talk Art at the First-ever Community Confab

by | Jul 23, 2018 | Santa Clarita Arts Commission

What are your thoughts about the arts community in Santa Clarita? Do we need to have more public art or art programming? Perhaps as an artist, you are seeking more opportunities to showcase your work in the City? These are the type of questions the five-member Santa Clarita Arts Commission addresses for our community. After all, the Arts Commission was formed to advise the City Council in all matters pertaining to arts programming and public art, and to work with other agencies and civic groups to plan and develop the arts community. On Thursday, August 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to discuss these topics and more with Arts Commission Chair Susan Shapiro and Arts Commissioner Patti Rasmussen, at the first-ever Santa Clarita Arts Community Confab event.
The Community Confab will be taking place on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, as part of the [email protected] Art Walk. The Art Walk is a special night for art lovers to meet other artists, peruse unique artist booths, appreciate local art and even enjoy some live music with “Note by Note,” a music showcase at The MAIN.
The area for the Community Confab will be set up outdoors along Main Street to provide a laid-back setting that encourages open dialogue. Anyone interested in talking art is invited to meet with the commissioners and developers of the Arts Community Confab.
“Many artists in the community have no idea that there is an Arts Commission. As a commissioner, I like to hear from artists – about their passions and what we can do for them. Commissioners go to many events and try to meet as many artists as possible. The Arts Community Confab will give us an opportunity to speak one-on-one with artists in a relaxed atmosphere,” said Arts Commissioner Rasmussen.
“From its inception, the Arts Commission acknowledged the need to increase the influence of the arts in the Santa Clarita community,” said Chair Susan Shapiro. “It’s been our priority to enhance awareness and support for the arts; this led to the creation of the Arts Master Plan, a roadmap for arts, entertainment and cultural development over the next 10 years,” she adds.
The Arts Master Plan prioritizes 41 recommendations and addresses several areas of interest: public art, Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District, arts education, governance of the arts, cultural facilities, venues and spaces, supporting artists and arts organizations, arts funding, creative economy, marketing the arts and celebrating diversity.
An increase in arts grant funding, The MAIN in Old Town Newhall, the annual ARTober program and the annual Youth Arts Showcase are just a few examples of projects and programs that were accomplished as part of the Arts Master Plan.
Art Commissioners Shapiro and Rasmussen will be available at the Community Confab to share Arts Master Plan project updates and to hear from artists how the Commission can better support them and enrich the creative and cultural community in the City.
“It’s important for us to become aware of more of the individual and diverse artists and art of all kinds in our community. We would like to hear from more artists so that we can better support them and their work,” says Commissioner Shapiro. 
For those who can’t make it to the event, an Arts Commission public meeting is held every second Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall. During the public meeting, the Arts Commissioners discuss and review proposed and in-progress projects and the public is invited to voice their opinion during a participation period. To learn more, please visit



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