New Season Community Development Corporation of Esparto Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

Capay Valley, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award funds to New Season Community Development Corporation as part of its Local Impact program.
The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts.

The project entitled “Capay Valley and its People” will engage local artists to submit their artistic interpretations of the Capay Valley with subthemes of History and Culture; Farmers and Ranchers at Work; Families at Play and Scenic Beauty. The chosen art will be transformed into murals on buildings in Esparto, CA under the tutelage of Eduardo Pineda of California College of the Arts and an internationally renowned muralist. New Season and community volunteers will help prepare and maintain the finished art projects.

“New Season has been working with other organizations in the Capay Valley to promote art in our communities. We are so pleased that we were able to receive funds to continue this mission and we look forward to artists’ vision on this project,” Jim Durst, New Season Board President stated.

“ We are also grateful for the building owners who stepped forward to make this project possible along with additional funds from Yolo County Rural Initiative Funds and the Heitman Foundation, “ explained Lynn Rolston, New Season Treasurer. “Their match to this grant made it possible for state funding”.

New Season looks forward to the project and encourages all artists and aspiring artists to ask for a submission form and orientation materials by submitting their name, address and email to Sue Heitman at

Locally, “Yolo Arts is excited to support the “Capay Valley and its People” mural project. It’s wonderful to see community projects that weave arts and economic development together,” according to Alison Flory, Executive Director of Yolo Arts.

New Season Community Development Corporation is one of just 130 grantees chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 203 organizations statewide. The news of the grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

“The Local Impact program eliminates barriers keeping low-income, rural, and historically underserved communities from equal access to arts programs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. New Season’s project helps to further the Arts Council’s vision of enriching the lives of all Californians through arts participation, while allowing the local community to access their own creativity.”

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