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Professional Advancement Grants Awarded to 16 County Artists

SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ Creative Sonoma announces 16


Professional Advancement Grants totaling

of Individual $50,000.

Grants were made available in an effort to help artists “re-launch” their careers af- ter experiencing direct losses, including loss of their homes, studios and workplaces dur- ing the fires of 2017. Grants were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Cal- ifornia Arts Council and the Hewlett Foundation.

The Doyle family from back in the early 2000’s. We had some good times together! From left to right: Paul Doyle, Evelyn Nickenig (my grandma) younger brother Chris, Matt (the oldest brother) Kathy (the oldest of us five) and Brent, my second oldest brother. ~ Love all you guys, Your brother, Paul Andrew Doyle, Publisher, Upbeat Times

Cody Loves to shop at

Western Farm Center!

Meet Cody, a purebred boxer. His favorite snack is elk antlers. Elk shed them

naturally. They are collected, cut up and made into great treats for dogs. The

owner of this boxer brought him by to purchase the special food he eats. She also loves to buy her cat and dog non-allergenic toys and treats.

She says there is really no other place to shop where she can bring her dog right in the store.

Western Farm Center (707) 545-0721

21 West 7th Street • Santa Rosa

Since 1967 we’ve been the favorite place to shop for your pets & farm animals!

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Grants were awarded to art- ists for projects that will help them get back to the business of getting their work created, seen, heard and sold. Funded artists span all creative dis- ciplines from musicians and filmmakers to sculptors, pho- tographers, designers, jewel- ers and painters. Funds will as- sist these creative individuals to create new work, purchase necessary art supplies and tools, mount new exhibitions, and more. “Creative Sonoma was able to provide emer- gency financial assistance to many in our community who experienced physical loss im- mediately after the fires,” said Chair of the Board of Super- visors David Rabbitt. “These grants help our local artists see over the horizon of addressing

their emergency needs to see a new future and re-start their careers.” These grants represent the

fifth round of funding that Creative Sonoma has dis- bursed into the community, to individuals, businesses, organizations, and schools to- talling more than $400,000 to date, in response to the fires. Creative Sonoma’s fire re- covery efforts will continue through

its Arts Resilience

Residencies, a free program placing trained teaching artists in Sonoma County schools to use the arts to address the impacts of trauma. Since the inception of the program, more


have occurred in throughout the County.

still be scheduled by schools; application

100 residencies Residencies can information


available at www.Creative- atr.

The residency program has been funded by the Red- wood Credit Union Recovery Fund, the Sonoma County Of- fice of Education, and individ- ual donors. A complete list of grantees

and their locations is attached. For more

introductions to the recipi- ents,


information, contact


Madsen, kristen.madsen@

Adopting a really

positive attitude can work wonders to adding years to your life, a spring to your step, a sparkle to your eye, and all of that.

Christie Brinkley Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. ~ Thomas Tusser or

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