Director's letter

Did you know……

  •  A student involved in the arts is FOUR times more likely to be successful with academic achievements, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and three times more likely to be elected to school office.

  • 72% of business leaders today say that CREATIVITY is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

Nurturing creativity is Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s reason for being.  In the past year alone we offered over 75 dynamic education and cultural programs and our exhibitions inspired, challenged and engaged 20,000 visitors (a new record!). In short, SVMA made creativity happen. And 2014 promises to amaze! (Look for Aidlin Darling Architecture, Wiliam T. Wiley, emerging, young Sonoma artists, Eleanor Coppola and much more).  

You—and our many treasured partnerships—made it possible. Generous donations remain our lifeblood. We are very grateful!

Now, at year’s end, please consider a tax-deductible contribution to our 2013 Annual Fund.  Your support is crucial for SVMA to close the year with a balanced budget.

With your support, SVMA continues to fill a critical gap in arts education in our schools:

  • Our innovative Art Rewards the Student (A.R.T.S.) program brought curriculum-based arts education to every 4th and 5th grade classroom in Sonoma reaching 800 students – at no cost to the schools.  Integrated into SVMA exhibition themes, this year’s A.R.T.S. project focused on the Japanese internment inspired work of Roger Shimomura, and concluded with one of our moving youth exhibitions – Minidoka on Young Minds.

  • SVMA’s lively summer arts camp inspired 30 young artists and writers, ages 10 – 15 years, to “make their mark” with guest artists Nicole and Marc Katano.

  • Our guided gallery visits, enjoyed by 1,100 K-12 students and their teachers in 2013, enabled them to deepen their experience of the exhibitions and participate in hands-on art activities in our studio classroom creating work in response to the exhibition.

We accomplished much together this past year.  Your donation today will help us reach our Annual Fund goal, and ensure Sonoma Valley Museum of Art begins the New Year strong, financially healthy, and ready for an awesome 2014.  Thank you for your support!  Click HERE to make a contribution today.



Kate Eilertsen                                             

Executive Director                     

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