Arts & Culture Advisory Committee


Each year the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee (ACAC) conducts a Request for Proposals application process, awarding grants to deserving non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Napa County. The ACAC is responsible for developing grant eligibility criteria, an application process, application forms, holding grant training workshops, developing scoring criteria and guidelines for evaluating grant applications and forwarding its recommendations for deserving applicants to the Board of Supervisors, which make the final decisions on grant funding. The goal of the arts and culture grant program is to: provide more focus on growing arts and culture in Napa County, include more diversity of cultures and voices, and foster more collaboration among the County's art groups, as reflected in the County's arts plan: A Community Cultural Plan for Napa County (PDF).


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

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) Permanent 415-297-3093 2
David Ruane (Vice Chair) Youth Arts 9-30-2023 707-481-6450

James Thomas Bailey Presentation/Performing Arts 9-30-2024 707-255-0950 ext. 659 3
Evy Warshawski Creation of Arts and Culture Opportunities 9-30-2025 707-501-8567 4
Andrea Saenz Education of Arts & Culture 9-30-2023 323-828-7756 1
Jesse Petrick County At-Large (3-Year Term) 9-30-2025 310-367-2977 1
Jeffrey Prather
County At-Large (3-Year Term) 9-30-2024 707-363-1574 2
Teressa Foss County At-Large (One-Year Term) 9-30-2023 949-233-7091 5

Committee Meetings


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

FY 2024-23 Grant Award Recipients

Tourism Generating Arts & Culture Organization (Awarded: $139,474)

  • Music in the Vineyards: $18,755 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Napa Valley Festival Association: $27,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Napa Valley Museum: $27,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • di Rosa Preserve: $25,000 (Capital Improvement)
  • di Rosa & Shakespeare Napa Valley: $20,000 (Collaborative)
  • Napa County Historical Society: $17,325 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Napa County Historical Society, St. Helena Historical Society & Napa Valley TV: $3,394 (Collaborative)

General Arts and Culture Organization (Awarded: $166,442)

  • Cafeteria Kids Theater: $2,500 (Leadership & Professional Development)
  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: $2,500 (Leadership & Professional Development)
  • Lucky Penny Productions: $17,500 (Capital Improvement)
  • E & M Presents: $7,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • American Canyon Arts Foundation: $1,500 (Capacity Building)
  • American Canyon Arts Foundation: $6,000 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Napa Public Access Cable Television: $15,000 (Capacity Building)
  • Napa Valley Youth Symphony: $17,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Nimbus Arts: $27,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Cafeteria Kids Theater: $12,800 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Shakespeare Napa Valley: $7,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Nimbus Arts: $2,500 (Leadership & Professional Development)
  • Cameo Cinema Foundation: $16,365 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Bel Canto: $7,500 (Special Programs & Projects)
  • Napa Valley Unified Educational Foundation: $22,277 (Special Programs & Projects)