The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity


ARTree hosts various events throughout the year. Our most regular event is Art Walk, which we do every month. Some of our recurring events include:


April Guest Speaker Series – Jorge Gutierrez



A Talk AND a Movie

“The Book of Life” director will screen the film before his talk

A film released last Halloween was described as the most beautifully animated film in 2014, fulfilling a life-long dream of its director, Jorge Gutierrez. Described it as a love letter to Mexico, “The Book of Life” has been nominated for a Golden Globe, a Critic’s Choice Award, and Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. Gutierrez is no stranger to acclaim, having won multiple Emmy and Annie Awards for his Nickelodeon series, “El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera.” However, that’s not the only reason you want to hear him speak. He tells stories of his life in Mexico, and Hollywood, with passion, humor, spirit, and honesty. Young people will see what they can become with knowledge and persistence while those of us a bit older will find his energy infectious.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Newhall Community Center

4:30 pm – Screening
6:30 pm – Jorge Speaks

No charge for admission

Thanks to our partners CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the City of Santa Clarita.

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On April 6, Show Up for Public Art

Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

My fellow Santa Claritans, I ask you to consider public art. Is art a sculpture on a highway median or a mural on a wall? Is it a concert in the park or a play in the foothills? The City of Santa Clarita wants to know your answer. What is public art to you? Is it important to have it in the lives of your children, your neighbors, and your community?

On Monday, April 6, 6:30pm at the Activities Center, you will have a real opportunity to tell the city want it should do about public art. Santa Clarita is creating an Arts Master Plan. It will direct the city’s spending on art for the next ten years. That’s a long time. And, as hard as it is to believe, the city wants the input of citizens from across the valley. The writers of this master plan will get ideas from many sources, but the most important source is us – the folks who live, play, drive, work and go to school here.

Do we want more concerts, support for art non-profits, public sculptures or murals, an arts center or a theater? These are just a few of the ideas that have been discussed recently by art supporters. But that’s not the full list. Priorities will be determined by what you have to say, but you can’t say it if you are not there.

Mark your calendar. Monday, April 6, 6:30pm, at the City of Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. Be there and be heard. Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success is showing up. You can bet that the ARTree and our supporters will be showing up. Will you?

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