Arts and Culture El Dorado’s mission to promote, connect, and empower arts and culture throughout the county is achieved by targeted programs and services; a vibrant gallery exhibition series; and a focus on initiatives which support and sustain the cultural life of the region.

Climbing Exhibition in South Lake Tahoe

Poetry Out Loud

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Congratulations to our 2024 Poetry Out Loud Finalists

On Thursday January 31 the County Finals were held at the Imagination Theater in Placerville, CA. The finalists were, from left, Megan Murdock (3rd place), Alivia Chen (2nd place), Grayson Laffin (4th place), and Gabrielle Garlick (1st place). Gabrielle will be moving on to the State Championships in Sacramento on March 17 and 18.



Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. El Dorado County will be participating in NEA Big Read by sharing in the experience of reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast.

As part of NEA Big Read, Arts and Culture El Dorado is partnering with the El Dorado County Library and will host programming events at each branch library in the county. Programming will include book talks, self-portrait workshops, a conversation exchange, oral history collecting, and film screenings.


Coming Soon to Switchboard Gallery: Youth Art Month

Veterans' Voices Writing Workshop is a free program where veterans may find camaraderie through the creative process.

Participants who contributed to the 2023 anthology came with a range of writing experience. Some had little to no experience with composition, some had professional writing experience, and others had a longstanding interest in writing or had works in progress. What they shared at the outset was having served the country in the military and an interest in developing their own writing skills.




Artist Anton Nemeth at his ceramics bench

Pine needle basket by artist Nettie Fox

Poetry Out Loud contestant Michaela Yack

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