Healdsburg Center for the Arts is a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring, and promoting the arts through community education programs, events, and exhibitions.
Diana Jameson, President
Vesna Breznikar, Treasurer
Rhonda Bellmer – Education
Chris Vetrano – Fundraising
History of Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Healdsburg Center for the Arts has a history that goes back twenty-three years. Incorporated in December 1993, Healdsburg Arts Council (HAC) was formed to advance the arts and art education in the Healdsburg community and to further the community’s artists, writers and performers by providing performance opportunities, library readings, visual art presentations, and educational workshops in the arts for artists, art patrons, and students.
After years of producing “pop up” exhibitions, and many art classes and workshops in various vacant spaces around town, the Arts Council opened a permanent home in April 2002 on Plaza Street fulfilling the most universal request in the 1999 Community Cultural Plan. Appropriately named Plaza Arts, the facility became the home for a new visual arts gallery hosting exhibits and workshops, as well as providing space for local artists to display on an ongoing basis. The space was run purely by volunteers and opened with a highly successful auction of donated art at the “Healdsburg: Our Town” exhibition.
In 2003, the focus areas of the Arts Council began to spin off and leave the incubator to form their own non-profits, Jazz Festival in the spring and Plaza Arts in August. Plaza Arts received the IRS non-profit community benefit designation in December 2003.
Plaza Arts continued to grow, receiving community support through events such as Miniatures in the Manor and Opera in the Garden, both held at Madrona Manor, the annual Healdsburg Art Festival, and other events held to underwrite the operation costs of maintaining a space for exhibits and education.
In 2010 Plaza Arts became Healdsburg Center for the Arts (HCA) and has gradually expanded the programs to include a gift area of artisan made work; growing the education program to include a mentoring program for artists, ongoing art instruction, after school programs and a six week Summer Art Camp; and expanding the exhibitions with a nationwide call for artists for one exhibit a year. One of the most popular exhibitions is the Young Artist Show, featuring works from ten area elementary schools, as well as the HCA youth education program. In 2016, over 410 young people had their art on display for the month long exhibit.
This vibrant organization exists with a team of dedicated volunteers who staff the gallery, coordinate and assist at events, hang exhibits, and serve in an advisory role to the Board. Completing the team are three part time staff, a Gallery Manager to coordinate the various exhibits and the team of volunteers, an Administrative Assistant taking care of the books and communications; and a contract Education Coordinator to facilitate the many youth and adult education opportunities. A very involved Board of Directors oversees and guides the organization.
From the beginning, community partnerships have been critical to the ongoing success of the art center. Since 2010, HCA has actively partnered with schools and the city to enable the expansion of the youth education program.
West Side School became the home for Summer Art Camp for five years and was the inaugural school participating in the Stars program, where the 6th grade students each created a star that was installed in a constellation at West Side School.
In 2015 the City Community Center at Foss Creek was the site of a year long after school art program, and will become the home of a mosaic created by over 100 youth under the direction of a mosaic artist during a summer workshop at the Boys & Girls Club in 2016.
Annual Estimate of people served
12,000 gallery visitors
4,000+ volunteer hours donated
3,000 event participants
2,000 newsletter recipients
500 exhibiting adult artists
450 exhibiting young artists
300 young students
150 adult students
Healdsburg Center for the Arts offers many exciting volunteer opportunities.
If you wish to join our team please see our Volunteer page
Healdsburg Center for the Arts maintains a gallery, a classroom, and produces multiple arts events throughout the year. The gallery features local artists in residence and invited artists, as well as juried exhibitions. HCA offers art education for children and adults through the year, including a 6 week summer art camp for children. We are a volunteer organization, supported by more than 50 active community volunteers. Our success depends on our generous patrons, sponsors, members and volunteers. For donation information, please see our Donations page.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Our Patrons Circle is an important part of the continuing success of Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Generous gifts from our patrons help provide a vital portion of the financial foundation necessary to develop and grow our ambitious and community programs. You are invited to join our Patrons Circle. We thank-you for supporting the arts and helping Healdsburg create and maintain a vital and thriving Arts Center.
Your generous gift is tax deductible. Also please remember, charitable gifts of marketable securities offer advantageous tax deductible savings. For further information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals and Grants
Frank & Patricia Carrubba
Merede & Barbara Graham Memorial Fund
John and Geraldine Holt
Mark and Barbara Ihde
John and Kim Lloyd
Tom & Sandi Passalacqua
Businesses and Government