California Arts Council

State of California

State-Local Partnership Panel to Meet June 6-8
45 applications to be reviewed

Published: 06-02-2011

The California Arts Council will conduct a peer-review panel of applications to the agency's State-Local Partnership Program on June 6-8 at the California Arts Council offices at 1300 I Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814. The panel-review process is open to the public and will take place as follows:

Monday, June 6, 2011: 1:00 - 6:00 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011: 8:30 - 6:00 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011: 8:30 - 4:00

The State-Local Partnership Program fosters cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the California Arts Council and the designated local arts agency of each county. This partnership includes funding, cooperative activities, information exchange, and leadership, enabling individuals, organizations, and communities to create, present, and preserve the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians.

Peer panelists

Patrick Brien (Victorville) is the Executive Director for the Riverside Arts Council. In this capacity, he has served as consultant to numerous organizations and communities throughout the Inland Region. 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, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming (where in 1995 he was awarded the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Art in the State). The American Association of Community Theatre presented him with the 1993 National Best Director Award. 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 an avid endurance athlete, competing in several marathons each year and has served as a nationally certified marathon coach for Team in Training.

Ginny Brush (Santa Barbara) has served as Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission since 2006 working closely with the City of Santa Barbara's Arts Advisory and Visual Art in Public Places Committees. As the Visual Arts Coordinator for the City and County of Santa Barbara from 2000-2006 Brush curated exhibitions in the County's public galleries, and developed and coordinated public art projects for the City of Santa Barbara. Brush has been involved in the Arts from a variety of perspectives: as an artist/photographer; an independent curator; an art educator; and as an arts advocate, 2nd District Arts Commissioner for the County of Santa Barbara, Co-chair of Friends of Photographic Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and a member of the Contemporary Arts Forum's Exhibition Committee and Board of Directors. Ginny served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission from 2007-2009. Brush was honored with the Citizen of the Year award by the Downtown Organization in 2009. In addition to the Ensemble Theatre Board, Ginny currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization and Friends of Leonard Knight Board, and is currently President of Santa Barbara Beautiful, and Secretary of the SB Arts Collaborative Board. Prior to being hired as Executive Director of the County Arts Commission, Brush was creative director of Brush & Associates, an advertising, marketing and design firm. She graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara in 1970, with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (painting) and a minor in English, returning in 1986-89 to pursue graduate studies at UCSB in sculpture, installation art and photography. Brush was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Rhode Island School of Design in 1983-84.

Diem Jones (Santa Clara) joined the Arts Council Silicon Valley staff in 2002 as Director of Programs, overseeing seven grants programs and the arts education programs, and supervising the Music & Arts fundraising campaign. He was promoted to Deputy Director and served in that capacity until April 2011. Over the past 30 years he 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 currently also Executive Director of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and the Voices Writing Workshops at the University of San Francisco, which is focused on writers of color.

In October 2006, the Siskiyou Arts Council hired Lauri Sturdivant (Siskiyou) as its Executive Director. Sturdivant returned to Siskiyou County after residing in Point Reyes Station where she worked as the West Marin Public Waste Information Coordinator, recycle consultant to the County of Marin. She continued her work as an artist with her own gallery while promoting the annual Junk Art Show, "Oh Rapture, It's Scrapture, On Tour." Sturdivant has used her extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising, group dynamics and government protocol and personnel/volunteer management to grow SAC. In addition to duties as Executive Director, Sturdivant teaches art classes to adults with developmental disabilities and special education teens. Sturdivant is a graduate of Leadership Siskiyou County, and of the Ford Family Institutes Leadership Class, and board president of the Siskiyou Opportunity Center. Sturdivant continues making junk art and lives in Mt. Shasta.

Roxanne Valladao (Quincy) has served as Executive Director of Plumas Arts since November of 1986. In her tenure, Plumas Arts: maintained ranking as a model partner in the CAC State-Local Partnership Program, which significantly increased the budget, organizational profile, county funding, earned income and memberships of the agency many times over, bringing Plumas Arts a reputation as an innovative force shaping the future of Plumas County. In recent years, she has been responsible for the transition to a more earned-income funding base enhancing organizational stability. Roxanne was awarded the Plumas County 2007 Golden Merchant Award by Plumas Corporation for "Outstanding Contribution to our Economy through the Arts." She has been a peer review panelist for the California Department of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Education Grant Programs and CAC State-Local Partnership Program and California Countrysides panels. She has served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Local Arts Agencies (CALAA) as well as served as District Chair in Region One. With a 23+ year record of work keeping a rural nonprofit agency thriving in the wake of funding crises falling like dominoes, she serves informally by referral as a mentor to arts councils and nonprofit agencies upon request. She has been a photographer for 30+ years and teaches a Black & White Darkroom Photography Class at Feather River College.

More information: State-Local Partnership Program. The public may attend and listen to the panel deliberations; contact Rob Lautz at 916-324-6617 or

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