Column: “Creative Space” – 2014 Contra Costa County Arts Recognition Awards

July 17, 2014 14:00 pm · 4 comments

tilden park

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Arts Recognition Awards, sponsored by the the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (aka AC5). The awards honor individuals, businesses, institutions and charitable organizations that have made significant contributions to Contra Costa County’s arts and culture.

Nominations across all areas and disciplines are encouraged:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Digital Arts
  • Arts and Culture Administration
  • Arts and Culture Education
  • Arts and Cultural Philanthropy
  • Volunteer Support


These are the two main questions to consider for your nominations:

  1. What role has the nominee played in support of arts and culture in Contra Costa County?
  2. Why should this nominee be recognized in the arts field (i.e. leadership, vision, creativity), and what significant impact has the nominee had on the arts in the community and Contra Costa County and/or beyond?

Click here to submit an online form, or click here to download a PDF to fill out and mail to the Commission. Nominations are being accepted through July 31, 2014.

Be sure to check out the brand new Events Calendar on the AC5 site for countywide art events! It’s a self-service site that is free for anyone to list. AC5 has also recently revamped their Arts Directory (also self-service) for listing and locating individual artists, as well as arts organizations and venues.

Photo credits:

1. Tilden Park by Geoffrey Meredith
2.  2013 Honorees (left to right):  Supervisor Candice Anderson;  Corey Mason – OneWorld Radio; James Phillip Wright – architect; Eugene Rodriquez – Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center; Supervisor John Gioia; Supervisor Federal Glover


TONIGHT – Music & Market
6:30 – 8:00pm
The RaveUps – Yardbirds tribute band
Todos Santos Plaza, Concord

Tuesdays in July
5:00 – 9:00pm
Off the Grid – Blues, Brews & BBQ
Todos Santos Plaza, Concord

July 18
6:00 – 9:00pm
Transportation – artist reception
Martinez Gallery

Saturday, July 19
10:00am – 4:00pm
Chevron Family Theater Festival
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

July 19
Public art walking tour
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

July 26
12:00 – 3:00pm
Handmade Happy Hour with Lisa Fulmer
Concord Library

July 26
9:00am – 4:30pm
iXalt! Hula Dancing Class
New Life Campus, Concord

Now through July 26
Walnut Creek Centennial Paint Out
Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek

Now through July 26
Walnut Creek Paint Out exhibit
Valley Art Gallery

Now through July 31
Artist Getaway exhibit
Art Cottage, Concord

August 2
8:00am – 4:00pm
Martinez Peddlers Faire

August 2
1:00 – 3:00pm
Make a Skull Family Day
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

August 17
10:00am – 5:00pm
Art in the Park
Plaza Ignacio, Martinez

Now through August 21
Janet Yelner, Mixed media exhibit
Shadelands Art Center

August 23
4:00 – 6:00pm
Local Produce – artist reception
Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, information about creative movers and makers, and fun how-to craft projects for you and your family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a marketing consultant and a project designer for the craft industry, Lisa also offers a craft party planning service for birthdays, family reunions and other special events.

1 gratt July 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

F.G. missing a baseball game while the firefighters are making a pitch at a board meeting for their jobs, oh ya thats right, you were watching the game during the firefighters pitch.

2 Silva July 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Lisa, Thank you for what you do here. This is the column I most appreciate on

3 Lisa Fulmer July 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

So happy you enjoy my column, Silva – thanks for reading!

4 gratt July 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

where is the fat one????

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