Santa Cruz County Parks | Winter/Spring 2022 | Activity Guide

14 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services ARTS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Santa Cruz County Arts Commission The Mission of the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission is to promote, expand, and plan for the cultural life of Santa Cruz County and to bring artists and arts organizations together with government for the benefit of all county residents. Percent For Art Program: Building A More Beautiful Community In April of 1991, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors took action to establish a Percent for Art Program applicable to County construction projects. Up to 2% of the cost of construction of buildings and parks can be designated to fund the inclusion of public artwork. Visit for information about current public art projects and how to submit a proposal. Art Exhibitions Paintings, prints, crafts, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, and mixed-media works by local artists and crafts people are exhibited year- round at the County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. Exhibits typically run for 2-3 months on the first and fifth floors. Artists interested in showing their work at a County facility (Government Center, Simpkins Swim Center, Health Services Agency, and others) can visit the Arts Council website at for more information about the application process for 2022 exhibitions. Nominations for “Artist of the Year” Nominations are currently being accepted for Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. The Artist of the Year award is presented by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission for a lifetime of achievement in the disciplines of performing, visual, or literary arts. Nominees must be a resident of Santa Cruz County and must have: a national or international reputation, contributed to the cultural enrichment of the local community, and created or presented work in Santa Cruz County. The most recent recipient of the award is Yermo Aranda. Please visit for more information about Artist of the Year, as well as what to include in your nomination letter. Anastasiya Bachmanova 2021 Virtual Holiday Art & Craft Faire Unique, locally made art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire. Visit throughout December to find a unique gift for that special someone, festive stocking stuffers or something for yourself!

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