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Arts & Culture

Sonoma Valley's rich history, beautiful scenery, and small-town vibe have inspired a thriving arts community.  The volunteer members of the City's Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) help to develop and establish programs to promote, enrich, and advance the cultural and fine arts in Sonoma.

Local Arts Organizations

The City's core service provider for arts and cultural programming is the Sonoma Community Center, which offers classes in ceramics, fiber arts, visual arts, culinary arts, and music, as well as programs and camps for youth. The City also provides financial support to the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation to support building renovation and programming, and partners with other local arts organizations on various initiatives. Local arts and cultural organizations include:

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Sonoma Arts Live theater company

Transcendence Theatre Company (Broadway Under the Stars)

Sonoma Plein Air Foundation

Sonoma Valley Historical Society & Depot Park Museum

Art Escape

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Sonoma Conservatory of Dance

Sonoma International Film Festival

Additional arts and cultural organization listings for Sonoma Valley can be found at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.

Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force

The Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force is an ad hoc organization, formed in early March 2020, shortly after the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place order began. Since then, 25 local nonprofit Heart of Sonoma Logoorganizations committed to building community through the power of creativity worked together to launch the Heart of Sonoma initiative and Summer Arts Stroll to keep the community inspired and connected through creating and sharing art during the pandemic. This unprecedented effort has not only succeeded in bringing art to the community but has also allowed team members to share ideas and strategies on how organizations can continue to work together in the future.

Sonoma Art Walk

Sonoma Art WalkSonoma Art Walk is a monthly, community-wide celebration of Sonoma’s vibrant business community and outstanding local artists. The City of Sonoma in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma Community Center and Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art invites you to bring your kids, invite your friends, and enjoy the art! Admission is free. For a list of participating businesses and artists please visit the Sonoma Art Walk website.

Note: this program is currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earth Day Photo Contest Winners

Photo "Scorched Beauty"
"Scorched Beauty" by Kim B.

In honor of Earth Day, the City held a Photo Contest encouraging people to submit photos of their favorite natural spot, plants or creatures in Sonoma.  View the winners and all of the entries here.

A delicate balance art exhibition at the Sonoma Plaza

Public Art

"A Delicate Balance"
May 4 - October 19, 2021
This public art exhibition, a partnership between Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the City of Sonoma, presents eight large-scale sculptures by four major artists from diverse backgrounds. The installation, on view in the Sonoma Plaza, explores the equilibrium between the fragile and the solid, nature and technology, and humankind and science, and reminds us of the delicate balances of life as we consider how our world has changed over the past year. Learn more at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Previous public art installations have included the Heart of Sonoma artist series and The Love In the Air community gratitude project.

Heart signs

Art All Around

From building murals to sculpture gardens to downtown galleries, art is all around us in Sonoma.  Learn more about local venues and events at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Honoring Local Artists

2020 Treasure Artist and founder of Hula Mai, Betty Ann Ka`iilana BrunoTreasure Artists of the Year are nominated by the community and selected annually by the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission to be honored for "outstanding achievement in a chosen artistic medium including the performing, visual, musical, literary and theater arts". The 2020 Sonoma Treasure Artist is Betty Ann Bruno.

The CFAC also selects one or more local students each year to receive the Student Creative Artist Award.

2019 Student Creative Artist Award Recipient

Adrienne "Adie" Valavanis, 2019 Student Creative Artist Award Recipient

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