By Narinder Dhaliwal, President - Yuba Sutter Arts Board of Directors
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” Albert Einstein.
With those prophetic words in mind, the Yuba Sutter Arts Board and Staff renewed their commitment this past year to bringing new, innovative and life changing programs for all residents; a veritable smorgasbord of artistic and cultural offerings. We began our Street Pianos project placing highly decorated pianos in public places in Marysville and Yuba City to enable spontaneous moments of music by passersby. We developed other music programs like our monthly Jazz Jams and Songwriter Workshops while continuing our very successful Yuba Sutter Youth Choir now in its fourth year.
Public art, from our Cover It! Utility box mini murals in Yuba City to the new Murals of Live Oak, far exceeded our expectations in terms of engagement. Quite simply, the positive response has been overwhelming. Veterans Arts projects reached hundreds of new veterans in our community as well as active duty military and their families from nearby Beale Air Force Base. Our Jump StArts grant from the California Arts Council has enabled our teaching artists to engage with at-risk and otherwise system-engaged youth in high schools in both counties and juvenile hall as they learned new and meaningful artistic forms of expression.
I could not be more proud of all that Yuba Sutter Arts has accomplished this year. It has been a time of remarkable growth not just in terms of financial capacity, but as you can see, also in terms of the depth and breadth of our programs and events and our outreach into new segments of the community.
As 2020 approaches, we look forward to helping commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.”
Yuba Sutter Arts will help orchestrate community-wide art and culture projects and events around this important milestone including presentations by actors portraying leaders of the suffrage movement like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
While our grant writing efforts and fundraisers help fuel our special programs and projects, we are a membership driven organization. More and more, the local community is recognizing, appreciating and supporting our accomplishments. Our last year-end appeal was the best ever and our future is brightened by support close to home.
In the year ahead, we will look to fill in any gaps in our outreach, work to ensure engagement with all within the community, both young and old, and continue to support all of our local artists with even more challenging opportunities and projects.
Thank you to all our supporters great and small. You make a world of difference to us and to our community and our success depends on you. “The best is yet to come!”