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. Cathy Capriola, Sonoma’s City Manager, reached out to Linda Keaton, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, with an idea of creating some kind of committee to help lift spirits as City storefronts closed and the community sheltered at home.
Since March, 25 nonprofit organizations committed to building community through the power of creativity worked together to launch the Heart of Sonoma initiative and Summer Arts Stroll to fulfill its mission to keep the community inspired and connected through creating and sharing art during the COVID-19 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 Valley kids and teens are invited to join the Summer Arts Stroll’s spirit building effort! Free hearts and art kits are currently being distributed through local organizations and are also available to pick up at two locations. Youth artists are encouraged to decorate both sides of their heart, take a picture and share it on social media using the hashtag #heARTofSONOMA and display it at their own home or return it to be displayed as part of the Summer Arts Stroll. Learn More...
Summer Arts Stroll - A Free, Valley-Wide Public Art Exhibit, July 25th - August 31th
The Summer Arts Stroll is a self-guided, outdoor art-viewing experience - complete with a virtual map and decals identifying exhibit locations for patrons to view from a safe distance when it's convenient for them. Artwork will be visible to the public through windows or in outdoor areas. Learn More...
HeART of Sonoma - Community Art Project
The Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force worked collaboratively to launch Heart of Sonoma, a community-wide art project to encourage community spirit and inclusiveness through easy and fun community action. All are encouraged to participate, you don’t have to be an artist to join in the fun! Learn More...
Task Force Participants
Participating organizations include:
Arts Guild of Sonoma
City of Sonoma
heART Without Borders
Sebastiani Theatre Foundation
Sonoma Arts Live
Sonoma Conservatory of Dance
Sonoma Community Center
Sonoma International Film Festival
Sonoma Plein Air Foundation
Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sonoma Valley Creative Alliance
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Sonoma Valley Unified School District
Springs Community Alliance
Transcendence Theatre Company
Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra
News & Press Releases
- May 1, 2020 - Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force Launches “heARTofSONOMA” Community-Wide Art Project
- May 19, 2020 - Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force Installs “Heart of Sonoma” Artist Series on Sonoma Plaza, in Boyes Hot Springs and at Sonoma Community Center
- July 14, 2020 - Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force Announces the Heart of Sonoma “Summer Arts Stroll” – July 25th – August 21st