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December 2012 - 2012 Diamond Award Recipients Announced - Peninsula Arts Council to Present Awards at Gala on January 25th at Hiller Aviation Museum Read the Press Release

November 2012 - NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PENINSULA ARTS COUNCIL’S 11th ANNUAL DIAMOND AWARDS - Awards given in nine categories- Deadline to submit 11/30/12 Read the Press Release

November 2012- Peninsula Arts Council Receives Funding from Best Buy Children’s Foundation - Serves as fiscal sponsor to Digital Monkey Foundation to implement a Teen Tech program. Read the press release

October 5, 2012 - In honor of October National Arts and Humanities Month, Peninsula Arts Council President Julie Fellers, sits down with Dani Gasparini, host of Pen-TV’s One on One Show to provide an update on Peninsula Arts Council activities in the County. Watch the video at:

Julie Fellers
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President, Peninsula Arts Council

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Expanded Events Calendaring Anticipated to Spur Visibility for the Arts

July 16, 2012, Belmont, CA
- PAC is thrilled to team up with the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to improve arts and event calendar listings for San Mateo County. The move is expected to increase visibility and attendance for arts and cultural events in the County.

“Currently most arts organizations and city departments offer an arts and events calendar online or in print, says Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council. By consolidating the number of arts calendars, we save a viewer valuable time, reduce redundancy of effort, and ultimately provide a better service by reaching a broader audience.”

The calendar will now be available on-line on both the SMCCVB and PAC websites. “Having arts information on both sites should improve results on search engines and add value for residents and visitors,” says Anne LeClair, President and CEO of SMCCVB.

Artists and arts organizations are invited to send arts and cultural events directly to SMCCVB Media Manager, Stephanie Fermin at for posting on SMCCVB’s “See What’s Happening” calendar. Submissions should be no more than 250 words in length and should include: Who is holding the event; Where and when it is being held; any cost involved; as well as a contact email and, if available, a link to the event website. Please download the attached form.(Please note: Listings will be added as space and time allow and inclusion will be at the discretion of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.) Highlighted arts events will continue to be included in PAC’s monthly arts newsletter when sent to The Bureau will also be reaching out to venues on the San Mateo County Arts Commission's list.


June 8, 2012 - Belmont, CA - Organizations Collaborate to Highlight Local Digital Animation and Graphic Novel Talent at the San Mateo County Fair -
Fair Runs June 9-17, 2012 at the San Mateo County Expo Center

The Bay Area is home to some of the world's most talented and innovative artists producing artwork for the gaming and film animation fields. Major local companies include Dreamworks, Pixar, Zynga, Sony, and Electronic Arts. With worldwide consumer spending for mobile gaming estimated to reach $11B by 2014, Peninsula Arts Council recognized a need to collaborate with other organizations to help forge a connection between the arts and business communities in San Mateo County.

On October 5, 2010 the first Digital Animation Taskforce meeting was held at Peninsula Arts Council in Belmont. In attendance, were Matt Cranford, Sales and Events Manager, San Mateo County Fair, Liz Della Chiesa, long-time coordinator of the Youth Division at the County Fair, Boris and Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Coordinators of the Fine Arts Department and Marianne Markt, director of the Digital Monkey School Foundation and Julie Fellers, President of the Peninsula Arts Council.

From that initial meeting the decision was made to develop an entirely new division for the county fair that would better tie together the “technology” department and the “fine arts” departments. Peninsula Arts Council offered to sponsor the prize categories. SMC County Fair personnel offered to implement the programs. Contests were then developed for “Best of Local Digital Animation”, “Best of 2D Digital Art” and “Best of the Graphic Novel.” A few entries were received in 2011. This year, planners are delighted that the contests received multiple entries.

Peninsula Arts Council will present awards to the following individuals on Saturday, June 9 at noon in the Technical Department at the San Mateo County Fair:

Team Bobo- Jose Gonzalez, Angelica Acob, Molly Chu, Ashley Tahilan, Joseph Bustos, Razvan Luta, Minako Ikeda-Oikawa, Ernest Liu, Best of Local Digital Animation, Best of Show – Technical - for their entry “The Bobo Zone” Watch it here:

Danielle Johnson, Best of Local Digital Animation, Youth Division for her entry:

Isabella Reeves, Best of 2D Digital Art - for her entry “Story of the Moon Bunny” a collage series that shows her concepts for an animated film.

Charlotte Cheng, Best of the Graphic Novel – for her graphic novel entry “Attack of the Space Chickens” See her work:

Judges included: Greg Orduyan and Alyssa Graham of Digital Monkey School, Karen Blake, Supervisor of the San Mateo County Fair Technical Department, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Director and Peninsula Arts Council Boardmembers Julie Fellers, Mary Alice Bowie, Denise Delaney, and Joan Currie.

The three organizations also recognized that digital animation and gaming businesses need local creative talent to fuel their industries and envisioned offering classes at the County Fair to initiate a support structure and venue for students to gain further competency in this field. This year the founders of Digital Monkey Foundation will be offering a full array of free courses at the San Mateo County Fair. Courses include:

June 9th - 5 pm
From Pencil Drawing to a Digital Painting
n Photoshop

June 10th - 2pm
Video Gaming
Creation of custom models and levels
in Smash-World

June 11th - 2pm
Create Character Animation
in Photoshop

June 12th - 1pm
Modeling and Animation for kids
in 3D Studio Max

June 13th - 2 pm
Create Character Animation
in Photoshop

  June 14th - 2 pm
Bring your inner artist out with Digital Collage
in Photoshop

June 15th - 3 pm
Video Gaming
Creation of custom models and levels
in Voxatrone

June 16th - 5pm
Video Gaming
Introduction to creation of 2d Games
with Gamemaker

June 17th - 2pm
Video Gaming
Creation of custom models and levels
in Smash-World

“This collaboration between organizations is visionary”, says Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council. “It establishes strong community ties, develops, recognizes and promotes local talent which then ultimately drives the future success of our local business enterprises.”

The San Mateo County Fair runs June 9 – 17 at the San Mateo County Event Center. For complete program and entertainment listings visit

About Collaborating Organizations:


Peninsula Arts Council is an independent non-profit organization that has served San Mateo County for 20 years. Its mission is to advance the arts in San Mateo County. Its three key areas of focus that have long-term benefit for San Mateo County include: public art, arts in education and developing San Mateo County into a destination for the arts, parks and culture.

Digital Monkey

Digital Monkey School Foundation’s mission is to imagine, discover, develop, and implement programs, services, and events that: develop artistic abilities, provide leadership opportunities for teens and young adults and bring the community together.

San Mateo County Fair

The San Mateo County Fair “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” boasts a stunning variety of world class musical entertainment, live performances, fun festival food, local and traditional contests, and a “Ferris Wheeling” carnival. The fair, now in its 78th year, lasts nine days and will be attended by over 150,000 guests. The San Mateo County Event Center is the host of the San Mateo County Fair, which will be held June 9-17, 2012. Visit the web site: often for regular updates, contest rules, entertainment schedules, promotions, giveaways and sponsorship information.