Opening Reception
October 26, 2:45 pm
Council Chambers, Santa Cruz City Hall

Artwork by Ama Delgadillo

The Santa Cruz Eduction Foundation is pleased to join the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County in the inauguration of a new Children’s Art Exhibition Series at Santa Cruz City Hall. The first installation opens on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 and features artwork from Branciforte Middle School 7th and 8th graders under the direction of teacher Wendy Thompson and arts liaison for Santa Cruz Middle Schools Kathleen Crocetti.


The public is invited to an opening reception honoring the students whose work is featured in the exhibition on Tuesday, October 26th in the Council Chambers at Santa Cruz City Hall at 2:45 p.m. The children’s rotating art series is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission and the Cultural Council as a means of supporting and publicly celebrating the creativity of Santa Cruz City youth. Lenz Arts, a local custom frame shop, and the Santa Cruz Education Foundation are sponsors of this exhibition.


“The young artists who contributed to this exhibition are working in watercolor to create a stylized drawing of an insect with interesting overlapping arrangements of geometric shapes and organic ‘bugs,'” said Wendy Thompson, Literacy through the Arts teacher.

“We are delighted to support this opportunity for student’s to display their art and to participate in strengthening the bonds between our public schools and our City leaders'” said Suz Howells, President of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.


The opening reception will include light refreshments and will be attended by the artists, parents, teachers, friends, and the community. Once the public has been able to view the art and meet the young artists, attendees will be welcomed by Santa Cruz City Mayor Mike Rotkin who will present a certificate of achievement to each child whose work is included in the exhibition.

The Arts Commission designated the funding last year for the hardware needed to turn the Council Chambers into a gallery. “This first exhibition is the realization of a long-held goal to enliven the Council Chambers and celebrate local artists of all ages,” said Arts Commission Chair Linda Bixby. “We are grateful to the Cultural Council for partnering with us to make it happen.”


The Cultural Council, founded in 1979, leads and advances the arts by providing support and funding to artists and arts organizations. The Santa Cruz City Arts Commission was established in 1977 to foster support and appreciation for all forms of creative expression, and to advise the City Council on programs and policies that enhance the aesthetic and cultural quality of life in the city.


The Children’s Art Exhibition will rotate several times a year, featuring different young artists from Santa Cruz City Schools. The public is encouraged to attend the openings, and to view the art prior to City Council meetings. For more information about the Cultural Council, please visit For more information about the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission, please contact Crystal Birns at To sponsor one of the exhibitions, please contact Michelle Williams at (831) 475-9600 or