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Fund Raising Event benefiting Carnegie Art Museum’s exhibit and education programs!

28 September 2017

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

celebrate memories, contemporary art and heritage

Saturday, October 14 , 2017  – 6-9pm

at Carnegie Art Museum/ reservations required

info: 805 385-8158

Event Information:

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

A Spectacular Evening cherishing memories and remembering loved ones while aiding the Museum’s exhibit and education programs! Music by Dueto Romantico Angel y Paloma, hops, specialty drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, amazing desserts, VIP preview hour, affordable art, and a Día de los Muertos Altar in memory of Jackson Wheeler.  Costumes in the Day of the Dead theme appreciated but not obligatory. View Linda Arreola’s exhibit The Avalanche and The Silence and a select showing of California Latino Art by Frank Romero, Gronk, David Flury, Carlos Almaraz, Patssi Valdez and Andrea Yomtob.


RSVP by October 7, 2017 – 805.385.8158 or

$100 VIP 6pm preview admission, swag bag & drawing ticket

$90 VIP 6pm preview admission & swag bag

$50 CAM members 7-9pm admission & refreshments

$60 general 7-9pm admission & refreshments

Fiesta Art Sale Fundraiser

Purchase small masterpieces donated by SoCal artists before public release.

VIPs have first purchase opportunity during 6-7pm preview.

Supported by Carnegie Art Museum Cornerstones – a 501©3 non-profit.

Proceeds benefit Museum exhibit and education programs.


Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Sponsors:

Fuego/Fire –

Amy Cherot

Law Office Of Joseph A. Rund

Agua/Water –

Grant courtesy Suzanne Chadwick

Keith & Arlene Beckwith, Realtors, affiliated with Keller Williams

Darin and Lisa Hornbaker

Denise and Greg Sanford

The Green Law Group, LLP


Fiesta Brew Sponsor – Anacapa Brewing Company

Fiesta Dessert Sponsor – Desserts To Die For

Fiesta Marigold Sponsor – Sun Valley Floral


Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos will be set amid the smart, geometric art of one of California Community Foundation’s 2016 Fellowship in Visual Arts Award Winners, Linda Arreola, whose major Carnegie exhibit will coincide with the Getty’s own Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exploring Latin American and Latino art in exhibits from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Above in Carnegie’s Mezzanine Gallery to spread the educational value of the Día de los Muertos tradition, will be an ofrenda (altar) in memory of the late poet and art collector Jackson Wheeler. Hanging above will be papel picado designs customized by Los Angeles print artist Daniel Gonzalez. California Latino art from Carnegie’s collection will also be exhibited, including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero newly returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Live music by Dueto Romantico Angel Y Paloma, hops by Anacapa Brewing Company, specialty desserts and drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, a VIP preview hour, swag bags, an affordable art sale and prizes, shall all make this event one to be proud to help and fun to attend.


Lisa Horan  805 385-8254/ Suzanne Bellah  805 444-2411       / 

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM/  424 South C Street / Oxnard, California  93030

Thurs-Sat  10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm   closed holidays




13 June 2016

Our title FundsforWriters draws a lot of attention in Google searches, especially if someone seeks money. The people who contact me the most are often:

1) from developing countries
2) brand new writers
3) broke from all other resources and in a financial bind
4) retired academics

A lot of writers think grants and support money are only available for people who fall into demographic, race, age, educational, or ethnic categories ahead of the writing talent, but in every single case, who you are is less important than your project. You present proposals to be considered for grants, and most grantors refuse money for marketing, self-publishing (especially with vanity presses), and living expenses, unless you’re a proven writer, and then in rare instances.

In many of the cases, the individual has decided that writing will elevate them from whatever lifestyle they are in and hope to escape from. Nicely, I attempt to explain that making money as a writer isn’t like deciding to deliver newspapers for extra money. Doing so flies in the face of writers who’ve fought to learn the craft and the business.

I’ve probably been snubbed as much by academics as people from developing countries who want to make six figures writing SEO articles. One scholarly gentleman actually scolded me for not sending him the names of people with means and willingness to support credentialed souls with obvious intellect worthy of such endorsement. Accused me of withholding those names for a selected few.

New writers want financial assistance to break free or justify taking the time away from other distasteful income, and the broke ones are grasping at last resorts, hoping that publishing a book will keep the wolf at bay. Writing doesn’t exactly work that way. Quick money ain’t gonna happen in this environment. We have to learn the craft, then strategically seek the right avenues to publish and market. Grants are out there, but they are a tool, not a God-send.

But regardless the person’s background, request, or experience, I send them to these sources:

1) their state arts council
2) their state humanities council
3) crowdfunding sites ( or )
4) any nonprofit or educational institution that might be interested in their subject/research. While the institutions may not have the funds, they can serve as fiscal agent, acquiring the grant on a writer’s behalf and administering the grant. See .
5) check out or or  – These sites offer to be fiscal agents for grants, and they might have something to fit a writer’s project.
6) local community foundations where small grants are made available to those living in a geographic area.

With the small cost of indie publishing, and the negligible cost of traditional publishing, grants are not needed to become a published author. And most of all, the project is the driving force of receiving a grant. The quality of work, the human message, the overall impact of the art/artist upon society and readers, are what matter. As with writing, it’s more about the impact on the reading public than the author. Remember this when seeking funding: It’s more about the bigger picture.

~C. Hope Clark is a publish of author of the award-winning Carolina Slade Mystery Series, owner and editor at – Offering tips and tools for serious writers to advance their careers!