2023 Carpenter Award

Honoring Dr. Ed Manansala
County Superintendent of Schools
Thursday, June 22, 2023 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm • David Girard Vineyards

Dr. Manansala has led the Office of Education with calm, fortitude, and commitment to students, educators, parents, and administrators. He is a collaborator, a passionate advocate, and an innovator, and champions arts and cultural programs in our schools, understanding full well the vital importance of creativity in the lives of young people.

The Carpenter Award reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the Galleria at David Girard Vineyards, where we will gather with friends and supporters for a cocktail reception to celebrate Ed and the work of the Office of Education.

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Antepasados: Those Unseen opened Friday, May 5, and runs through Sunday, June 4 at Switchboard Gallery (525 Main Street, Placerville).

This exhibition, which is the first in Arts and Culture El Dorado's new gallery space, features the original prints of Sigrid Benson and sculptural works of Marisa Sayago. Antepasados: Those Unseen examines the complexity of human relationships, kinship, and the invisible presence of those who have come before us.

FIRE/LAND: The Exhibition is an installation of Ameera Godwin’s digital prints and video, representing the artist’s creative journey into local forest lands in response to wildfire and climate grief, vulnerability, and responsibility.

Opening reception: Thursday, June 8, from 6 -8 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, July 13, starting at 6 pm

In 2022, Arts and Culture El Dorado engaged City leadership in a dialogue about the need for a public art plan in order to establish decision-making guidelines for public art proposals that come before the Council and a roadmap for developing new artworks and funding sources.

Significant benefits will result from a public art plan that arises from true community engagement, is scaled appropriately to the size of the town, has realistic guidelines and benchmarks, and will result in a process that is trusted by all participants.

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




Artist Anton Nemeth at his ceramics bench

Pine needle basket by artist Nettie Fox

Poetry Out Loud contestant Michaela Yack

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