About Civic Arts Education
For over 40 years the City of Walnut Creek's Civic Arts Education program has been the regional center of arts learning - promoting new visions, supporting exploration, stimulating creative thought and encouraging personal self-expression. It brings high quality visual and performing arts instruction and educational experiences to participants of all ages. Last year over 16,000 adults, youth and children enjoyed beginning through professional level classes and programs. These are offered at the Civic Park and Shadelands campuses as well as at Tice Gym, and various schools. The ArtReach program serves children, teachers and school districts through partnerships supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the California Department of Education. CAE Community Partnerships promote an arts learning community that adds to quality of life, introspection and personal growth through the arts while supporting over 170 professional teaching artists.
Our vision is to build an artistically enriching and creative community through premier and innovative Arts Education.
Our Mission is to create engaging Arts opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds that instruct, inspire and ignite. Its mission is grounded in a belief that Arts learning is integral to human development and continual personal growth.
Part of the City of Walnut Creek’s Arts Recreation & Community Services Department, Civic Arts Education serves the Diablo region. Begun in 1964, it soon celebrates 50 years. This milestone and economic challenges are driving the need for a strategic plan to look at annual services of 6.6 million arts contact hours reaching 19,000 students of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the Bay Area. The strategic planning is driven by the
Arts Education Advisory Council in consultation with members of the Arts Commission and the Friends of Civic Arts Education Foundation.
Arts Education services emanate from Core programs in visual and performing arts on two campuses in 18 fully equipped studio classrooms, music practice rooms and an auditorium. Annually 180 artists provide 680 classes, workshops, master classes, year programs, performances, concerts, exhibits, art sales and events. City support to the Core has been about 28% with remaining revenues from fees, rentals, resale, service contracts, and contributions.
CAE’s outreach programs through ArtReach are supported by grants and partnerships. Begun in 1983, the programs provide residencies, staff development and community education. They served 9382 students in 352 classrooms with 2248 visits in the past 3 years. The region served covers 200 square miles, 16 districts and a population that doubled in 3 decades reaching 762,417 with city population at 66,000. Racial and ethnic diversity are increasing faster than population growth, accounting for 35% and a rapidly growing income gap with 8% of families and 6% of seniors living in poverty.
The 4-year old Friends of Civic Arts Education Foundation and its partners help provide access to all with support for scholarships, equipment and matching grants.
Where We Are
Civic Park Campus – Civic Park, N. Broadway and Civic Drive, 925-943-5846 (Click here for map)
Shadelands Campus – 111 N. Wiget Lane & Ygnacio Valley Road, 925-943-5846 (Click here for map)
Corinne Abbott, MFA, SF Art Institute; taught ceramics at ceramic institute in Faenza, Italy and Malta; currently teaching at SFAI.
Graciela Acedo, began dance training at Academia Interamericana de Ballet in Venezuela; has danced with Ballet Teresa Carreno and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas as well as Oakland Ballet; teaching experience includes Oakland Ballet, Shawl Anderson, Ballet San Jose and Marin Ballet among others; currently teaches at U. of San Francisco, Berkeley Ballet, and Ayako Ballet.
Robert K. Amador, adult education instructor and digital media professional; teaches industrial technology courses, visual communication, computer technology, digital photography, digital storytelling, web design, Photoshop, Lightroom, Wordpress and podcasting using multimedia software applications.
Noelle Arms, BA, Theatre, Chapman University; attended Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute; currently directing Kids and Mini Kids Theatre at CAE as well as Artistic Director for Poison Apple Productions and Stage One Summer Program in Point Richmond; published playwright as well as actor and director.
Gary Bergren, studied at CCAC and locally with David Hardy, Charles White and Van Waldren. Exhibited Sabine’s Crossroads Gallery, Jackson Hole, and currently with Simic-New Renaissance Galleries, Carmel; recently awarded 2nd place in Figurative Painting for portrait painting “Frontiersman/circa 1870”.
Michael Berkley, formerly instructor and resident artist at Univ. of Oregon and Multnomah Art Center, Portland, with expertise in functional ceramics.
Ed Blackburn, MFA, San Francisco Art Inst., recently taught at Santa Clara Univ. with national exhibition record including permanent collection at Oakland Museum and SFMOMA.
Tesia Blackburn, MA, JFK Univ.; Bay Area artist for over 15 years; Golden Working Artist for Golden Acrylic Colors since 2000, currently represented by SF MOMA Gallery.
Jill Brehm Enders, BM vocal performance, Indiana Univ Jacobs School of Music; sung opera roles with Indianapolis and Ohio Light Opera; music recorder; composer of 3 full length musicals, one of which earned a Path Finder aware; performs stand-up comedy; teacher and performer in Bay Area.
Alana Buschini, Master’s Program Dance Edu. CSUEB, BA, UCB, Pilates Certif, Turning Point Studios; Former Dance/PE Faculty at Las Positas College; performing credits include Disney; dance companies LA JAZ Dance, Fascinating Rhythm Productions, Young Rebels European Tour; performer in Regional Theater; currently,dance and drama teacher for SRVUSD; former studio owner, choreographer for community theater.
Mona Clee, studied jewelry making at Revere Academy, Mendocino Art Center and the Crucible; work featured in Oakland Musuem, and Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino Gems and Partners galleries; article on etching red brass, copper and nickel published in November 2006 issue of Art Jewelry magazine.
Laurie Close, BFA, San Jose State Univ, studied drawing, painting & printmaking; BFA Pratt Institute in New York City; Bay Area painter who has exhibited her paintings in New York and the Bay Area.
Jen Cole, developed jewelry business in 1989, has sold and shown her Lacquered Paper Jewelry countrywide; currently showing at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley; Artist in Residence at Kala.
Kate Colwell,has been involved in textiles since 1960 and learned to weave at SF Fiber in 1981; predominantly weaves functional items but work also focuses on reuse and recycling as well as repurposing found objects; currently weaves, spins, dyes and knits and is a member of Golden Gate Weavers.
Peter Coussoulis, Ceramics Studio Mgr. and kilnmaster with expertise in sodium vapor firing. National studio potter network advisor; international exhibitions/collections.
Tom Crews, senior instructor and camera salesman with Reed’s Cameras for over 20 years; frequently judges photo contests at various camera clubs in Bay Area and has made presentations to schools and civic organizations.
Rebecca Crowell-Berke, has operated ballet schools in Marin County and Danville/Alamo area; trained with Gordon Paxman and Bene Arnold, Salt Lake City and has staged such ballets as ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Raymonda’ and ‘La Bayadere’.
Jeanne Disney, BA, Dance, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; has taught ballet and jazz since 1993; currently teaches at Ygnacio Valley H.S.; has choreographed for Telluride AIDS Benefit, Works-in-the-Works, Berkeley and Mountain Dance in Aspen.
Rem Djemilev, BA/MA, Moscow Conservatory, performed in Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra; currently violist and violinist with Arlekin String Quartet, California Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra; teaches at Crowden School and CCMC, Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley; conducts Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, Berkeley as well as Young Performers Orchestra and Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra, Walnut Creek.
Maria Dudley, BA, English, UC Berkeley and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Cal State University, Hayward; writing enrichment teacher and tutor in Walnut Creek for past 16 years; active in annual San Francisco Writers Conference and currently participating in local writing group called “Writing Mamas”.
Karen Ehrhardt, BA, CSU. Hayward; professional jeweler for over 20 years. Work in Oakland Museum Collection; instructor at Studio One.
Connie English, Bay Area mosaic artist working with many mosaic mediums, specializing in tempered glass, natural and recycled materials; Certified Interior Redesigner and member of Society of American Mosaic Artists, work sold at local garden and furniture shops.
Stephen Evans, BA, Music (Cello) from Univ. of Texas at Austin and Masters from Univ. of London; has taught cello and piano for 17 years; currently active member of several local symphonies and chamber groups.
Kathy Faut, preschool teacher for over 15 years throughout the Bay Area; worked as play leader and music teacher at Gymboree.
Kolby Fehlberg-Burns, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking emphasis, Montana State Univ.; work has appeared in juried exhibitions and is in private collections throughout the West; has been beading for the 30+ years.
Mimi Foord, professional Product and Surface Designer with a special interest in home furnishings and children’s soft toys, costumes and room décor; Bay Area clients include Pottery Barn Kids, Williams Sonoma, and Cost Plus World Market; taught computer-aided Textile Design at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley, California.
Sandra Foster, Yoga Ed., CA. Inst. Asian Studies, Inst. for Yoga Teachers. Teaches Iyengar method in Bay Area.
Stephenie Gaustad, has taught spinning and weaving across the US and Canada for nearly 4 decades; articles appear in Handwoven, Spin.Off and her artwork illuminates her husbands book, “Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning”.
Tricia Goldberg, studied tapestry weaving and design at the San Francisco workshop; work included in public and private collections and in publications including Fiberart Design Books 3, 4 and 7 as well as both editions of Carol Russell’s ‘The Tapestry Handbook’; helped found Tapestry Weavers West and serves on the board of American Tapestry Alliance.
Lou Grantham, BFA Textiles, SF State; over 40 years experience in weaving, spinning, natural dyeing, and textile design; originator and owner of San Francisco Fiber Company; co-sponsor of the Oakland Fiber Festival.
Michele Hament, has been making and teaching basketry since the early 80's; work has been featured in books and magazines; has exhibited in the US and internationally; has been working with Mayan women artisan groups in Guatemala teaching basketry; also makes soldered jewelry and mosaics.
Tim Hancock, BFA, Academy of Art College, San Francisco; currently teaches The Art of Drawing and Cartooning at the Art Room in Lafayette, as well as at various after-school art programs at local elementary schools; freelance illustrator and painter.
Greg Hazard, attended Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara; Certified Photographic Consultant, member of N. Calif. Professional Photographers and member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.
Ana Lisa Hedstrom, innovator in Shibori resist dyeing for over 30 years; has exhibited internationally and has work in the De young Museum, The Oakland Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Musuem in NY and the Museum of Art and Design in NY; her work may be seen in recent publications: SILK by Mary Schoeser, CRAFT IN AMERICA by Jo Delorio, and ART QUILTS by Kate Lenkowsky.
Bill Helsel, professional photographer since 1976 specializing in architectural and travel photography; represented by a major stock photo agency.
Ann Henderson, English, MA Curriculum and instruction, Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education, with more than 40 years teaching young people, including 15 years teaching pottery for teenagers.
Lesley Jensen, BFA, Ceramics, Colo. St. Exhibiting potter and teacher since 1979. Presently teaches ceramics at College Park H.S.
Chris Kanyusik, BFA, Ceramics, The University of Montana, Post-Baccalaureate, Sculpture, Brandeis Univ, MFA, Ceramic Sculpture, Rochester Inst. Of Technology; figurative ceramic sculpture exhibited nationally.
Bruno Kark, full-time studio potter from Earthworks Pottery, Berkeley; apprenticed with Isezaki Jun, Bizen, Japan.
Karen Nelson Kelly, BFA Studio Arts, Cal State Univ., Hayward; Fine Art instructor with Cities of Antioch and Pittsburg for past 3 years; private instruction at home studio, exhibited work in shows locally and regionally.
Erin Leedom, received training at American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet as well as San Francisco Ballet; featured in Dance Magazine and has performed in Europe and throughout the US; Artistic Director for Calif. Academy of Ballet Company and School since 2002.
Jody Mattison, MFA, Academy of Art College; award-winner in Pro-Arts juried show “New Visions: Introductions ‘01”; instructor of Figure Drawing, Sketching and Color Theory at Academy of Art College; published in International Artist magazine July 2002, private commissions in local collections, numerous juried shows in Bay Area.
Melissa McCumiskey, BFA, Academy of Art; exhibits in local shows and galleries for over 20 years; taught stained glass, blown glass, fused glass and torch work (bead making) at Hot Box Stained Glass.
Amanda McGovern, has danced and toured with various companies including Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Lisbon Dance Company in Portugal and Oakland Ballet; currently teaches at Corner Studio in SF, pursuing BA in Performance, St. Mary’s College.
Lynne Meade, BA, Visual Arts with concentration in Ceramics, Wesleyan Univ., Connecticut; work shown in numerous exhibitions, specializing in carved porcelain; published in several national and international publications.
Ginger Megley, studied ballet and gymnastics; danced with the Westchester Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater and Moving Basis; also co-directed the dance program at the Orinda Community Center for 8 years; has taught adult ballet classes in the Bay Area for over 20 years.
Tomoko Murakami, MFA, Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute; MA, Transformative Arts, John F. Kennedy Univ; recipient of the 1992 Kala Art Institute Fellowship and 2008 Susan Boulet Award; work has been presented by Gloria Delson Fine Arts in LA, Gallery on the Rim in San Francisco, Tomura Gallery in Tokyo, Richmond Art Center, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts; currently teaches at CCA, and NIAD Art Center.
Rana Nassar, preschool and youth arts instructor for Civic Arts; currently working on completing additional units in early childhood education at DVC.
James Newton, graduated from UC Santa Barbara, performing arts; currently teaching at ASU of Calif. on UC Berkeley campus; works sold in stores and galleries in Bay Area and through home studio.
Jen O’Neill, BA, Dance, St. Mary’s College; has taught dance in LA and Bay Area for past 12 years and has danced with choreographers and companies including Dana Lawton Dances, Davalos Dance Co. and Hart Pulse Dance Co.; has taught at St. Mary’s College and various studios, elementary and high schools in the East Bay.
Frank Pappas, BA, SF State Univ; Radio & Television, Multi Media Production Teaching Credential, Chapman Univ; Producer, Studio Engineer, Production and Post Production work for numerous bay area firms including extensive work with KOFY-20 and KTVU-FOX2; teaches high school Mass Media Communication, Broadcasting, Video Production, and Multi Media; director and co-founder of nationally recognized Delta Moon Student Film Festival since 2001.
Rachel Pergamit , Bay Area actor, director and producer for nearly 30 years; currently production coordinator for Civic Arts Education, producing more than 20 events a year; helped to create Youth Theatre Company and directs After School Drama Club for local elementary school students; two-time Shellie Award winner.
Max Pricco, BA, Music, San Francisco State Univ; Medaille d’Argent from the Conservatoire National de Versailles, France; studied at UC Davis and the Sorbonne in Paris; studied with world renowned jazz artists, Joe Henderson, Jacques Desloges and Jean-Claude Diot; studied with James Matheson and Donald Carroll, members of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera; performed with Mel Torme, Neil Sedaka, Toni Tenille, Jack Jones and Shirley Jones.
A. J. Remedios, instructor/music appreciation; performed with Sydney Philharmonica Choir, Lamplighters and as soloist, St. Mary’s College chapel; performed as tenor soloist, Trinity United Methodist Church, Berkeley.
Sue Reynolds, B.A. in Art History UC Davis, attended Rocky Mt. School of Photography, Fine arts and documentary photographer for over 10 years; solo and group exhibits in the Bay Area, Montana and Tokyo, Japan, and in collections nationwide; publisher of two photography books; member ASMP.
Pamela Rousseau, studied ballet and Russian character dance in the San Francisco Bay Area; performed with Khadra International Folk Ballet, Neva Russian Dance Ensemble, and with singer Nikolai Massenkoff; ACE Certified Trainer and also holds certifications in Pilates and Pre/Post Natal Fitness.
Penny Ruhter, MBA/PA; fused glass instructor, jewelry designer and exhibitor in local galleries; buyer/teacher for Broadway Bead and owner of Hot Box Glass Studio for several years.
Ellen Sachtschale, BFA, N. Illinois Univ.; formerly taught at Artscenter and Arthaus in N. Carolina; private studio, Stone Garden, in Clayton featuring abstract organic vessels and wall reliefs.
Ruth Santee, teaches full-time at San Joaquin Delta College; taught at California College of Art, U.C. Davis and St. Mary’s College; 1993 recipient of the Cadogan Fellowship, from the San Francisco Foundation, 1994 recipient San Francisco Arts Commission and Outstanding Achievement in Drawing, Bradley University 2005; work has been reviewed in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner.
Cynthia Schultz, BS, Music Education/Music Therapy, Univ. of Minnesota; actively teaching music for 20 years as well as piano lessons, harp lessons and is licensed Preschool Music Instructor through Musikgarten; has professionally performed engagements with her harp for 20 years.
Sue Scott, BFA in Painting & Drawing, College of Arts and Crafts; assistant teacher for Civic Arts Fine Arts Preschool; youth arts instructor and currently teaches at the Art Room.
Reba Siero, interests include knitting, crochet, embroidery, spinning, hand-dyeing of both fabric and yarn, sewing, quilting, weaving and most recently, machine knitting. She brings her math and science background into play as she learns new techniques and finds creative ways to share her love of her various crafts with others.
Edward Stegge, danced with Colorado Ballet for ten seasons; guest artist with Minnesota Dance Theater and performed extensively throughout Japan; joined Diablo Ballet in 2002 and has performed the title role in Julia Adam’s ‘The Little Prince,” and KT Nelson’s “Walk before Talk” among others.
Susan Sterling, apprenticed as a teenager to a master weaver in upstate New York, studied textile art at Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts, taught weaving at Walnut Creek Civic Arts and Richmond Art Center; has taught children from kindergarten through high school.
Patricia Strout, has taught watercolor, acrylics and multimedia to adults for over 15 years; Vice-President of Concord Art Association and won Teacher of the Year Award for excellence in teaching, 2008.
Mayo Sugano, began ballet training at Aoyama Ballet School in Tokyo and in 1997 won scholarship prize in 25th Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland; awarded full scholarship with San Francisco Ballet School and joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 1998; currently dances with Diablo Ballet and has been featured in ballets by George Balanchine and KT Nelson.
Julie Tadena, lead teacher in Fine Arts Preschool toddler program for last five years; 12 years experience in early education with work in both art and special education programs; attended Los Medanos college with a background in drawing and painting.
Lisa Taft, MA and Ph.D., art history, Ohio St.; children’s art instructor since 1984 and published ceramic tile historian.
Patsy Taylor, MFA Painting, Academy of Art University; landscape painter who has worked with children of all school ages for 15 years and coached Odyssey of the Mind.
Reid M. Thaler, award winning photographer with almost 35 years’ experience. He has taught all ages and abilities ranging from children to seniors, as well as the blind.
John Waller, Bay Area percussionist; has played with sitar master Habib Khan, flamenco group Maya & Michaud, Jazz Inc. and others in jazz, alternative rock and world music.
Lynn Watson, has been selling her photographs on stock photography sites since 2004; her photos have appeared in calendars, magazines, on websites and book covers.
Hope Weiner, Bay Area artist, obtained Level One Certification from PMC Connection; teaches workshops at SF City College and work on exhibit at 2006 PMC Conference.
Mira M. White, MFA with Distinction, California College of Art; award winning painter with an exhibition record both domestic and international; received Grand Prize at prestigious Rocky Mountain National Aquamedia Exhibition, 2001, was presented in Watercolor Magic, 2002 and 3rd place winter in national Pastel Journal competition, 2006.
Monica Williams, bachelor’s degree, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; has performed in symphonies in Bay Area, Rochester, Cincinnati and Chicago; currently works with contemporary ensembles Copus and Phoenix Rising.
Leslie Wilson, BA, Uof MD, Secondary Art Education; award winning watercolor painter, Signature Member of Cal. Watercolor Assoc. And member of Gallery Concord, East Bay Fine Artists; has participated in juried exhibits and competitions including Scene on the Strait, Napa Valley Art Festival and published in “Splash 10” by North Light Books.
Roger Yee, MFA Ceramics, San Jose State Univ., has been a ceramic artist for over 15 years and currently ceramic studio technician at Civic Arts Education.
Fumiyo Yoshikawa, born in Kyoto, Japan, studied and practiced Japanese traditional painting and has taken part in a number of art exhibitions throughout Japan at major art museums including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum; she has introduced Japanese art and culture to people from diverse backgrounds through her teaching and demonstrations at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Colorado Mesa University and Japan Society of Northern California.