September 23, 2004



Second Annual Arts Open House Scheduled

Lodi, Calif. (September 23, 2004) -- The Lodi City Council will proclaim October National Arts and Humanities Month in Lodi at its meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 2004. 

The City of Lodi’s Division of Arts & Culture will carry the message of this proclamation to Lodi through it Second Annual Local Arts Open House:  Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Crete Hall at Hutchins Street Square.  Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Representatives from most of Lodi’s arts agencies as well as Instructors from the City’s Division of Arts & Culture will be on hand to talk about their programs; demonstrate their crafts; and distribute information about their organizations.  Wine tasting, as well as free appetizers and beverages will also be provided.

The public will be treated to performances by local dance and theatre instructors; visual arts demonstrations and short presentations by the leaders of the Lodi Arts community. 

Representatives from (at least) the following local groups will be on hand to answer questions:

§         Lodi Arts Project Fund

§         Lodi Arts Commission

§         Central Valley Youth Symphony

§         Lodi Community Art Center

§         Lodi Woodbridge Symphony Orchestra

§         Lodi Theatre for Youth

§         Lodi Children's Summer Theatre

§         Lodi Children's Chorus

§         American Pen Women

§         San Joaquin Storytellers Guild

§         Welsh America Society of Central Calif

For further info, please call the Division of Arts & Culture:  333-5511.

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. The month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which began in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. With a 40-year record of objective arts industry research, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. The web address is

October Arts Events at the Square:

2 – Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums (8 pm, Kirst Hall)*

8 – First Friday Art Hop:  Rowland Cheney (6-9 pm, Thomas Theatre Gallery)*

9 – Stockton Barbershop Chorus (2 pm, Performing Arts Theatre)*

14 – Annual Arts Open House (7:30 pm, Crete Hall)

16 – Ain’t Misbehavin’ Broadway Revue (8 pm, Performing Arts Theatre)*

21 – CSUS Wind Ensemble (7:30 pm, Performing Arts Theatre)*

31 – Haunted Hutchins (4:00 pm, South Plaza)



The Lodi Arts Commission was established by the Lodi City Council in 1982 and charged with the mission to promote and encourage programs to further the development and public awareness of and interest in the fine and performing arts and to act in an advisory capacity to the Lodi City Council in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the City.   For more information about the Lodi Arts Commission, call 209.367.5442 or visit their website at