The Arts Alliance is making a comeback. Originally formed in 1997, as a coalition of artists and arts organizations coming together to address arts needs in the community and hosted by the city of Santa Clarita, the group accomplished a great deal: the development of a Cultural Arts Master Plan, advocating for support for additional funding for the Performing Arts Center, advocating for an Arts Commission, and arts funding. With changes at the city, and changes in the name, the Arts Alliance eventually faded away.
That is, until now. The Arts Alliance is making a revival. The new Arts Alliance is a forum to create discussion on important issues that face the local arts community: on-going arts funding, public art, local venues, development of an arts center, and further development of the Arts Commission, fostering local arts jobs, and strengthening the local arts economy.
“It was always the goal of the Arts Alliance to be independent of the City,” said David Stears, director of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and an adjunct professor at College of the Canyons.
“Now is a great time to revive the Arts Alliance,” said Stears, who’d been a member of the original alliance. “The arts are on the verge of a renaissance in our community.”
Currently the Arts Alliance is a mostly a series of social media forums: a facebook Page (facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSC), a twitter account (@ArtsAllianceSC), Email: ArtsAllianceSC@gmail, and a facebook group for artsist (facebook.com/groups/ArtsAllianceSCV). Anyone can sign-up for a monthly newsletter at the website: http://artsalliancesc.weebly.com
The Arts Alliance is open to all artists, performers, art organizations, and arts supporters in the entire Santa Clarita Valley. Currently there is no formal structure to the group, however there are plans for a future meeting. Anyone interested in participating, organizing, or hosting a physical meeting, please send an email to ArtsAllianceSC@gmail.com .