Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 2018 Cohort Announced!

The Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 2018 program from California Center for the Book will serve as a springboard for exploring and discussing how the Arts – visual arts, literary arts, performing arts – impact both individuals and the community. Participating libraries will receive a bookshelf aimed at sparking conversation and programming support. 

We are pleased to announce that the Californians: Community Conversations about the Arts 2018 cohort will include 14 projects at 21 libraries across California. Libraries will also work with more than 20 community partners to create unique programming aimed at adult and multigenerational audiences.

Below you’ll find a list of participating libraries, program coordinators, and community partners. Programs and partners will continue to develop through January and programs will take place January – June 2018.

The 2018 Toolkit is also now available for anyone who is interested in bringing arts-related community conversations programs to their library. You’ll find conversation starters, background reading, partnership ideas, programming ideas, and the complete annotated booklist.

Thank you to our Toolkit contributors David Lopez and Erika Barbosa and our book provider, Ingram Library Services.  Visit the Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts page to learn more. Again, welcome and congratulations to our 2018 Californians cohort!

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2018 Participating Libraries

Library Program Coordinator Community Partner
Anaheim Public Library – Central Library Tony Lam WOCA (Warehouse of Contemporary Art), MUZEO, Anaheim School District
Arcadia Public Library Darlene Bradley Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Arcadia Unified School District
City of Inglewood Library – Main Library & Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Tommy Vinh Bui Local artists and collectives
City of Thousand Oaks Library – Grant R. Brimhall Library & Newbury Park Library Dayna Canada Ventura County Arts Council
Glendale Library, Arts & Culture – Brand Library & Art Center Caley Cannon Local Dance Companies
Long Beach Public Library – Main Library & Long Beach Literary Arts Center Nancy Lynee Woo & Lauren Nguyen Long Beach Literary Arts Center
Madera County Public Library – Main Library Patrick Fitzgerald Madera Arts Council
Oceanside Public Library – Civic Center Library, Mission Branch Library, & Bookmobiles Monica Chapa Domercq Oceanside Arts Commission
Ontario City Library – Ovitt Family Community Library Abigail Martinez Chaffey Community Museum of Art
Palos Verdes Library District – Miraleste Library & Malaga Cove Library Ketzie Diaz Canvas Collaboration
Riverside County Library System – Vick Knight Lakeside Library Darrin McGraw Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
San Jose Public Library – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Danny Le POW! WOW! San Jose
Whittier Public Library – Central Library & Whittwood Branch Library Bonnie Weber Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts