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December 07, 2007Mary Beth Barber

Panel Process on December 11-13 for State-Local Partnership Program in the Arts

California Arts Council conducts official peer review panel for program funding local arts agencies throughout California

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council will conduct a peer-panel review of applications to the agency's State Local Partnership Program (2007-08) on December 11, 12 and 13, 2007, at the California Arts Council offices at 1300 I Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814. The review process is open to the public, and the panels will take place as follows:

Tuesday, December 11, 2007: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday December 12, 2007: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; and
Thursday December 13, 2007: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The State-Local Partnership Program fosters cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the state (via the California Arts Council) and the designated local arts agency* of each county. The program goals include cooperative activities, information exchange, and leadership to create, present, and preserve the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians.

* A local arts agency is defined as a nonprofit organization, or an agency of city or county government, officially designated to provide financial support, services, or other programs to a variety of arts organizations, individual artists, and the community as a whole.

A list of panelists and a list of the local arts agencies seeking funding follow this release. Members of the public and the press interested in attending may contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588 or


2007-08 Review Panel
December 11 - 13, 2007


Jeanne has been the Executive Director of the Marin Arts Council for 17 years, and has worked in the non-profit arts arena for more than 30 years as a producer, event coordinator, program director, fund raiser, and administration and management consultant. She worked for Bread & Roses, City Celebration in San Francisco, and was Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission prior to becoming Director of the Marin Arts Council. She served as a regional Co-Chair for the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies and has served as a peer panelist for the California Arts Council. She has served on the Marin Economic Commission as a representative for the non-profit sector. Jeanne is also an annual presenter on behalf of the arts in Marin at the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, and at the bi-annual Marin Nonprofit Conference.

Patrick Brien is the Executive Director for the Riverside Arts Council. With a background in professional theatre, Patrick sports a long list of international directing, acting and design credits spanning from Amsterdam to Hawaii. He has served as Executive/Artistic Director for theatre companies in Germany and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has taught acting at the collegiate and private level for 19 years, with several students moving on to work in television and film, as well as on stage. In 1991, he helped to open Robert Redford's children's theatre in Sundance, Utah. In addition to his work in the arts, Patrick is a nationally certified marathon coach for Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while training athletes for endurance events around the country.

BOB CASEY Groveland
Bob Casey has over 30 years experience in managing non-profit organizations in public broadcasting, both radio and television. In 1980 he assisted in establishing of a public radio station in Mendocino County and is a past board member of the Palo Alto Cable co-operative. He has over fifteen years experience in high technology marketing in the Silicon Valley and extensive experience in nonprofit management and development. He is currently a board member of the Central Sierra Arts Council.

Diem Jones is the Director of Programs for Arts Council Silicon Valley and has served as Administrative Director of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College, National Director of WritersCorps (an AmeriCorps program), Development Director of WPFW/Pacifica Radio, Associate Director of Associated Writing Programs (AWP), and Director of the Hurston/Wright Writers Week-West. Diem is also currently Executive Director of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and the Voices Writing Workshops at the University of San Francisco and is a published author, musician, and award -winning photographer. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Youth Speaks, KMVT (Mountain View Public Access Television) and is currently co-chair of the Funding Advisory Committee of the Cultural Arts & Marketing Department of the City of Oakland, CA. His most recent creative work can be heard on a Spoken Song CD, "Black Fish Jazz," released in March of 2002.

For nearly six years, Debra Lucero has administered and directed the Butte County Cultural Tourism project. She is the president of Friends of the Arts-Butte County, the local arts agency serving the county. She is a past member of the Chico City Arts Commission, Downtown Chico Business Association, and sits on the Janet Turner Print Museum Board of Directors, and the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association. Ms. Lucero is an award-winning journalist whose background includes eight years as a newspaper writer and editor in California, working for the Modesto Bee, The Vacaville Reporter, Chico Enterprise-Record and the Red Bluff Daily News. Lucero has an extensive entrepreneurial background and is a marketing, public relations and product development specialist.

Jeanette Richardson has been the ACK Executive Director for 6 years. She is a California native, who has been active in Kern County arts for 20 years. Before moving to Kern County, she worked in the San Francisco Bay area as an artist, teacher, business owner, gallery director and Director of a private art school. In Kern County she was the former Assistant Director/Director of Marketing and Development for the Bakersfield Museum of Art. For 7 years Jeanette hosted and produced both radio and television programs, telethons; such as Children's Miracle Network, and was the Public Affairs Director for the ABC affiliate KERO TV 23. More recently, she was the Executive Director for the Centennial Celebration Foundation, overseeing over 50 public festivals, events, plays and concerts. In 2005 and 2006 she led the Public Art Project for the County of Kern commissioning and funding 12 art works for the new airport terminal. She has been an active consultant creating funding campaigns, teaching non-profit management, media relations, board development, strategic planning, and marketing. Her client base has included: cities, colleges, homeless shelters, hospitals and theaters. Jeanette has a degree in art from San Jose State University and has studied non-profit management through CSUB and Indiana State University. She has received numerous state and local commendations and awards for community service and in the arts.

2007-08 State Local Partnership Program Applicants

Alameda County Arts Commission (Alameda County)
Friends of the Arts, Butte County (Butte County)
Calaveras County Arts Council (Calaveras County)
Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (Contra Costa County)
Del Norte Association (Del Norte County)
El Dorado Arts Council (El Dorado)
Fresno Arts Council (Fresno County)
Humboldt Arts Council (Humboldt County)
Arts Council of Kern (Kern County)
Inyo Council for the Arts (Inyo County)
Lassen County Arts Council (Lassen County)
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (Los Angeles County)
Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Los Angeles County)
Madera County Arts Council (Madera County)
Mammoth Art Guild (Mammoth County)
Marin Arts Council (Marin County)
Mariposa County Arts Council (Mariposa County)
Arts Council of Mendocino (Mendocino County)
Merced County Arts Council (Merced County)
Arts Council for Monterey County (Monterey County)
Modoc County Arts Council (Modoc County)
Arts Council Napa Valley (Napa County)
Arts Orange County (Orange County)
Arts Council of Placer County (Placer County)
Plumas Arts (Plumas County)
Riverside Arts Council (Riverside County)
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (Sacramento County)
San Benito County Arts Council (San Benito County)
City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (San Diego County)
San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco County)
ARTS Obispo (San Luis Obispo County)
Santa Barbara Arts Commission (Santa Barbara)
Arts Council Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County)
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz County)
Shasta County Arts Council (Shasta County)
Sierra County Arts Council (Sierra County)
Siskiyou Arts Council (Siskiyou County)
Arts Council of Sonoma County (Sonoma County)
Stanislaus Arts Council (Stanislaus County)
Trinity County Arts Council (Trinity County)
Central Sierra Arts Council (Tuolumne County)
Ventura County Arts Council (Ventura County)
Yolo County Arts Council (Yolo County)
Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council (Yuba County, Sutter County)

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Annette Bening, Eunice David, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Carlos Martinez, Michael Rubel, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton and William Turner.

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