Connecting art, culture, and community in Tulare County since 1999.
Mission and Vision Statement
The Arts Consortium brings together artists, organizations and art enthusiasts to advocate, promote and provide opportunities to create and celebrate the arts for all Tulare County residents and visitors. Through leadership and innovation, we are committed to preserving our cultural and creative diversity by building community where the arts are a vital part of everyday life.
The Arts Consortium (AC) believes that the arts should be universal, affordable and accessible to everyone regardless of age, capacity, limitations or language. The arts build community, add to the beauty of our environment, record our history, are an economic boon and create opportunities for breaking down barriers, reducing levels of intimidation and building bridges. The AC further believes integrity, consistency, diversity, fiscal responsibility, originality and the power of collaboration are mandates for a successful arts organization.
The Arts Consortium is contracted by the City of Visalia to provide services in accordance to their Cultural Plan. The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has designated the Arts Consortium as the official arts council of Tulare County. The Arts Consortium is the official local partner of the California Arts Council, and has received a State Local Partner Program grant for operational support.
Stop by our location and see and learn about the best local art in Tulare County!
300 E. Oak Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
My Voice Media Center is a collaboration between the Arts Consortium and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency – Mental Health Branch to provide art instruction for adults and their support base who have lived experience with mental illness. My Voice Media Center provides digital and traditional media in order to tell their stories and achieve their artistic aspirations.
Accomplished professional artist facilitates the creative ambitions of participants, offering weekly courses in photography, videography, drawing, poetry, audio engineering and recording, and much more. The facilitators act as guides, empowering artists to use digital tools to realize their own creative visions.
To learn more about the program, contact the Arts Consortium’s My Voice Media Center during our regular business hours.
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM at 300 E. Oak Ave. Visalia CA 93291.
*Calendar subject to change. Please call ahead for class availability.
Provides a basic understanding of the technical skills needed in digital photography. Both the beginning and advanced portions of this section are designed to build confidence in creating avenues of expressions through photography. Participants will learn how to operate a digital camera and will get a basic understanding of the design skills needed to express their thoughts. In addition, participants will become familiar with transferring photos from their camera onto a Mac or PC.
Explore the basic photography and videography skills needed to capture still and moving images with an easy to use a digital camera. Participants will view images and videos to identify best in quality. They will have the opportunity to edit, transform, or modify their digital photographs and video using the software Final Cut Pro X. Participants can develop a portfolio of images and video taken.
Rebecca’s session is dedicated to developing images through the use of pastel painting techniques. An important part of this session is the guided critique every week, during which participants have the opportunity to share constructive comments and opinions with each other. This critique is meant to encourage thoughtful analysis of artwork and to build the sense of camaraderie.
Olivia uses techniques she acquired at UCLA’s 2017 Arts and Healing Conference to lead participants through a wide variety of short-term art exercises. This session is designed to encourage visualization and planning in color, texture, and materials. Participants are also asked to fulfill a short writing requirement after each project, explaining the reasons which led to their final product.
Nathalie Debenne – Singing Sessions
Nathalie applies various singing techniques, including breath and relaxation exercises. The sessions cover songs participants enjoy singing. Nathalie’s credits include backing vocals for bands in France, including Paris, and appearances here in Visalia.
Learn techniques for creating original prints. Work primarily in relief printmaking — a process in which the matrix is prepared by removing a portion of the surface. Ink is applied to the undisturbed areas and pressed onto paper to create an impression. The matrix is MDF wood, a rubber block or a linoleum block. A common example of a relief print is a rubber stamp.
Basics of audio engineering. Instruction on recording music and voices and blending together the elements to make a professional recording in a studio environment.
A session devoted to the techniques of acrylic painting and drawing. Paint using basic shapes and values based on a value greyscale. Learn the techniques of color theory and painting using a full and limited palette. You will complete several projects including a still life, landscape and self-portrait.
James (Jim) Willwerth
Instruction at all levels of literary writing, from poetry and novels to short stories, nonfiction and memoirs. Participants read from their original work in class and are given notes on structure, characterization and form to craft the best material possible. Jim also helps participants make sense of the feelings that go with their stories.
More visiting artists to be announced.
Visit and learn more about the My Voice Media Center here.
Thank you Sponsors
The Arts Consortium brings together artists, organizations and art enthusiasts to advocate, promote and provide opportunities to create and celebrate the arts for all Tulare County residents and visitors.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor give us a call at 559.802.3266 or send us an email at email@example.com
The Visalia Arts Consortium would not be possible without our amazing Partners! Thank you to each organization who are cornerstones and champions of the arts.