Stockton Arts Commission

The Stockton Arts Commission serves as the arts advocacy commission for the City and a catalyst to support and strengthen community awareness, opportunities and involvement in arts and culture. 


Stockton Arts Week and Collide Festival 2019

The City of Stockton will host a big finale to Stockton Arts week on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, with the Collide Festival at Weber Point Events Center, 221 N. Center Street, from 4 – 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will offer live music, entertainment, cultural performances, free makerspace workshops, life-size sculptures, exhibitors, art market, food trucks, a community live art competition and more!


Collide is a celebration of art in all its forms. The festival will showcase sculptures, music, spoken word, dance, painting, photography, and hand made goods. Enjoy the live music and performances while visiting the art market where many vendors will be highlighting their art and/or hand made goods. In addition, many exhibitors will be hosting informational booths related to art organizations.


Ready to get your hands dirty? Festival goers can learn skills in free makerspace workshops from acrylic pouring to wire art making. The goal of the festival is to spark collaboration and inspire new combinations of cultural and artistic traditions.


The finale event is made possible in collaboration with many local art organizations, local artists, Visit Stockton, and by the California Arts Council. 


For details about Collide Arts Week venues events, and the Collide Festival Finale, go to Visit Stockton.


We Got the Grant!

We’re elated to announce the California Arts Council has awarded the City of Stockton and the Stockton Arts Commission a Creative California Communities Grant for Stockton Arts Week. With support from the California Arts Council, with its biggest investment in arts and culture statewide since 2001, the Stockton Arts Commission will expand Stockton Arts Week.

Events will showcase the diversity of local artists, expand the arts, and improve the City’s downtown. Free events will occur at multiple City locations and culminate on October 19 in the Collide Festival at Weber Point. We have been awarded $60,000 and funds will be used for two years of programming.

For a full list of 2019 Grant Awards, visit the California Arts Council press release in External Links. 


City of Stockton Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Tama Brisbane, who will serve the City of Stockton in the capacity of Poet Laureate. Her term is effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021.


2019 Arts Awards Celebration

The 2019 Arts Awards Celebration is in its planning stages. Check back to learn more details.

For a list of the 2018 Award Honorees, please visit the Arts Awards page.


Arts Commission History

The Commission was founded by Marian Jacobs and a group of local arts supporters in the mid-1970s. Today, the Commission operates within the City's Community Services Department with an arts director and a 15-member volunteer commission appointed by the Mayor and City Council. 


To learn more about the Stockton Arts Commission's function, legal authority, member qualifications, visit the City Clerk's Arts Commission page.



External Links

Stockton Arts Commission - Facebook

Stockton Arts Commission - Twitter 

California Arts Council – Grants 2019


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/16/2019