About RAI

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MISSION

Rural Arts Initiative

As a respected non-profit in Lake County since 1981, LCAC’s mission is to: Be the catalyst for arts and culture as a driving force in Lake County’s economic development and cultural enrichment (important to everyone, especially our children).

OUR CHILDREN

Supporting their future success by bringing the arts back into education.

Art education increases test scores across every subject area, lowers dropout rates and closes the achievement gap regardless of socio-economic status. Most importantly, is it the basis for developing the #1 attribute sought by today’s and future employers, innovation and creativity.

LCAC is partnering with the LC schools to help fund the expanded arts program the schools want and need; utilizing art teachers, local artists and combining the arts with more traditional subjects.

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OUR ECONOMY

Supporting economic success by making Lake County an arts destination

Arts and culture has been proven to create economic success thru tourism and relocation by bringing revenue, jobs and attracting new “citizens”.

 

LCAC will partner with our community and our bountiful, beautiful resources to promote & brand Lake County as an arts & culture destination. We will work to support and fund current and new arts spaces & studios; create a strong accessible arts community with “map” and directory, build economic clusters (“hiveries” – cultural/arts facilities linked with local businesses) and create unique arts instillations (i.e., the mural trail) and arts celebrations e.g., art & film festivals.

Projects in support of RAI

 

Though there are two “tracks” Arts in School (children) and Arts Destination (economy) all the pieces are intended to work together to support current & future success for our County.

 

Arts in Schools

Support arts education in LC schools, grades pre-K to 12, to boost our kids’ success in school and jobs

Our children’s success is a community’s number one priority. Interaction with arts is increasingly a critical factor for their future success. We will work with our schools to bring in more arts, based the California Arts Council long standing Arts in School Program that suggests supplementing current arts education with more arts classes, having local artists (certified) working with classes/programs and finally adding arts elements to other classes e.g., arts and history, arts and welding.

 

Currently, we are working with Superintendents, Principals, Dept Head for Arts, specialists etc. to outline a plan of “need” and the costs for more arts in the schools.* This will be finalized into an agreed project/business plan from which the schools can plan and manage as well as the LCAC can work to get on-going funding. While we gather data & build plan we are sponsoring an art contest being given in the schools (Drawing Down the Moon) & creating a scholarship fund (see below) thru out “mural contest” to begin partnering with the schools around arts.

 

Arts Partners

Create powerful links with LC ‘s attractions (e.g., lake, wine, air,  sky & agriculture), our communities, businesses & government

Uniting our County in a unified, powerful support of the RAI is critical; success is based on the full community (e.g., people, government, businesses, non profits, artist, art spaces) becoming engaged in the vision of “arts” as a driver of success for our economy and our kids. This cannot be a LCAC alone initiative. Supporting “arts” is important but also key is, together, looking for areas where we can continue to build synergy so the arts are embedded in ways that can strengthen all the enterprises. Even “small” partnerships can have a big impact e.g., art displayed in windows of empty buildings.

Currently, we are reaching out to our community, government, non-profits & business leaders to build a partnership/sponsorship around RAI; to work together as we design and fund the Rural Arts Initiative. This overt support is particularly important in order to showcase our entire communities “backing” of RAI as we reach out for funding.

 

Arts Branding

Brand and promote LC as an arts destination for tourism and relocation. Includes an LC on-line Directory of “arts”

We have now (& plan to continue nourishing) robust and significant arts resources in this County, including artists (of all arts areas), art spaces and art events. Mapping and publicizing Lake County’s arts resources (branding) can, along with our other attractions, dramatically increase tourism and relocation. This “creative place-making” has proven results in towns/counties like ours; it will not only provide direct revenue but encourage other businesses (hotels, restaurants) to locate here!

Currently LCAC is mapping the arts resources and developing an on-line directory that will function as a “destination map”. This arts directory will concurrently create a platform for our arts destination branding but also be a resource to help make a cohesive art “place”, where artists, arts lovers & tourists, event sponsors etc. can find and contact the arts resources in the County.

 

Arts Collective

Bring together LC artists (writers, performers, craft, music, fine arts etc.) to create an association with synergy & “clout”

Lake County’s robust arts community is the foundation for an attractive arts destination. Not only given its current members but in its ability to attract new artists to lake County. The arts community ability to grow and flourish is partly based on their strength as an organization; an association, that can support/encourage/develop their entire community. Like any “association” it takes some nourishing initially to bring the many parts together.

Currently LCAC, is using the mapping/branding and conversations with leading arts resources, to engage the arts community and help it mature into a stronger collective.

 

Arts Spaces

Support current and future LC galleries, theatres, pop up art and businesses that showcase arts etc.

The “heart” of an arts destination is its arts talent but the “body” is its arts spaces; formal places like galleries, add on places like art in businesses, occasional places like arts at events or festivals all “house” and showcase our arts. RAI will look to find support for our arts spaces making sure our arts destination is full-some and alive. It’s necessary to get the “word out” but also to provide the needed support to keep venues open and to grow the numbers of formal, add-on, occasional arts spaces in the County.

 

Arts “Hiveries”

Create cooperatives that bring together arts and local businesses with shared space & mentoring

Starting with arts spaces (gallery, classes, studios) as a “anchor store”, groups of local businesses can thrive together by working together and supporting the combined “hivery”. Wine tasting, local produce/products, specialties (e.g., yoga, spa treatments), natural foods; arts & local businesses supported by mentoring & PR creating more “attractions” for our destination County

Currently we are looking for and at locations that would be appropriate and available.

 

Unique Arts

Have unique arts attractions in LC… Mural Trail can be the first attraction, building on what we have now

Having a unique arts attraction in Lake County is one of the “best practices” to becoming an arts destination. The Mural Trail with Lake County inspired murals (from themes on natural resources, culture, history etc.), can be our first attraction, building on both “quilt trail” and the numerous murals we have on the County. This includes the recent student murals in Clearlake.

The LCAC RAI team will identify and manage the process between partners in this endeavor including local governments, locations, muralists and sponsors

 

Currently we are putting together a mural contest to kick off the mural trail and support the entire Rural Arts Initiative. This will feature 5-6 locations around the County with sponsors supporting the contestants. Sponsors’ donation will go to muralists (who will be “juried”), a money prize and a college scholarship fund for a high school student who will be going on to a degree in “arts”.