Sacramento residents are lucky to be part of a vibrant and eclectic arts community, with everything from contemporary paintings, blues music, new media and photo essays to dance, theater and performance art. With so many fascinating happenings going on around town all of the time, it can be hard to keep up. Luckily, true tweet-hearts of the arts will never miss a thing if they follow these favorite local Twitter feeds.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
The Commission tweets about art in all its forms at local museums, including family-friendly events and available grant monies for art-related programs. Since it is funded by the City and County, the focus is on local happenings, but news and issues from the national and world art scene also get attention as well. Recent tweets encouraged people to post about the local arts scene on Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Envision Sacramento website. Highlight for job seekers; the feed also sends out employment openings within the arts community.
Verge is a nonprofit art community with artist studios, a printmaking lab and plenty of gallery space. The Twitter feed promotes its artists at events both on and off site, such as ceramist Chelsea Greninger’s show at the Bows and Arrows collective. The feed includes Instagram pics of cool art spotted around town, the Bay Area and So Cal. These include a wall mural at Insight Coffee Roasters and an etched plea to keep the Kings in Sacramento noticed at the LA County Museum of Art. Tweets may also encourage followers to vote for Verge Art as “the best place to see art” in the annual Sac News and Review contest.
Gallery 21Ten is officially just one part of the Sacramento Art Complex, but its Twitter feed also promotes artists whose work is being shown at the complex’s loft and sculpture garden galleries. The gallery is quick to tweet when work by its artists are shown at other local businesses, and you can follow the feed to learn about local artists like photographer Jason Kurokawa, musician Clemon Charles and sculptor Cindy Wilson. Favorite tweets can show Sacramento hometown pride, such as the happy tweet announcing that local artist Laura Caron won a Juror’s Choice award at the KVIE art auction.
The California Arts Council
This Twitter account shares art news from all over the state, but Sacramento-centric information shows up regularly. Followers can learn about battles for public funding for the arts, surveys about art and education, new art installations on public properties, guidelines for national and international art exhibitions, fundraising and educational events at Sacramento museums like the Crocker and inspirational words from local artists in every genre.
Tweets from Sacramento Events may include the “art” of Sacramento nightlife and parties, but up-to-the-minute posts also cover free community concerts. Followers can get the scoop on local “open-mic” nights, musical performances at the Red Hawk and Lucky Derby casinos and event-planning meetings for nonprofit group like Sierra Forever Families. Recent examples include tweets promoting and applauding the Woodland Opera House Theater Company’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and a show of artwork done by students from Sacramento High.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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