Arts & Culture Advisory Committee


On April 10, 2012. the Napa County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution creating an Arts & Culture Advisory Committee (ACAC) for the primary purpose of conducting a capacity building grant program and making recommendations to County staff regarding grant awards to be made to non-profit art and cultural organizations in Napa County. Funding for grants comes from the Special Projects Fund, which the Board of Supervisors established after the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) increased from 10.5% to 12% on January 1, 2005.

Each year the ACAC conducts a Request for Proposals application process, awarding arts grants to deserving arts-based nonprofit groups in Napa. The ACAC forwards its recommendations for deserving applicants to the Board of Supervisors, which makes the final decisions on grant funding. The goal of the arts grant program is to: provide more focus on growing arts and culture in Napa, include more diversity of cultures and voices, and foster more collaboration among Napa's art groups, as reflected in Napa's arts plan: A Community Cultural Plan for Napa County (PDF).

FY 2023-24 Grant Cycle (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)


Grant Workshop

A video of the virtual grant workshop hosted by the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee on January 17, 2023, is now available. All potential applicants are encouraged to attend or watch so that they may learn about the application process and the new 2023-24 Grant Guidelines. 


Representing Term Expires
Christopher DeNatale (Chair) Arts Council Napa Valley (Non-voting) 9-30-2021 (415) 297-3093 2
Jessica Lee Penman (Vice Chair) County At-Large (3-Year Term) 9-30-2021 (707) 944-0904 2
James Thomas Bailey Presentation/Performing Arts 9-30-2021 (707) 255-0950 ext. 659 3
Evy Warshawski Creation of Arts and Culture Opportunities 9-30-2022 (707) 501-8567 4
Andrea Saenz Education of Arts & Culture 9-30-2023 (323) 828-7756 1
David Ruane Youth Arts 9-30-2023 (707) 481-6450 2
Teressa Foss County At-Large (One-Year Term) 9-30-2021 (949) 233-7091 5
Jesse Petrick County At-Large (3-Year Term) 9-30-2022 (310) 367-2977 1

Committee Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Arts & Culture Advisory Committee

Time: 9 a.m.
Date: Monday, January 23, 2023
Location: Zoom
Or Join by Telephone: 669-900-6833
Webinar ID: 812-1104-6644

January 23, 2023 meeting agenda document packet (PDF)


Time: 9 a.m.
Dates: 4th Monday of January, April, and October
Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1195 Third Street, Suite 305, Napa, CA 94559


Special meetings of the Advisory Committee may be called in conformance of the Brown Act, including 24 hour notice of the meeting posted at the regular meeting location, and in those local newspapers that have requested to be informed of Advisory Committee Meetings.


Meeting Videos


Read the Committee's Bylaws (PDF), including purpose, membership, terms and more.

FY 2021-22 Grant Award Recipients

Tourism Generating Arts & Culture Organization (Awarded: $100,000)

  • Friends of Lincoln Theater: $15,000
  • Music in the Vineyards: $15,000
  • Napa Valley Writer’s Conference – NVC District Auxiliary Services Foundation: $10,000
  • Cinema Napa Valley: $15,000
  • NapaShakes Napa Valley Shakespeare: $5,000
  • Napa Valley Museum: $15,000
  • Napa Valley Festival Association: $15,000
  • Napa County Historical Society: $10,000

Arts & Culture Services

  • Arts Council Napa Valley: $38,353


General Arts and Culture Organization (Awarded: $75,000)

  • di Rosa Center: $15,000
  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: $10,000
  • Shakespeare Napa Valley: $5,000
  • Rail Arts District Napa: $5,000
  • Cafeteria Kids Theater: $10,000
  • Lucky Penny Productions: $10,000
  • Napa Valley Art Association: $5,000
  • Nimbus Arts: $15,000