Fire Response

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the projects selected for Fire Response – Round One, a temporary public art opportunity announced last month. The Public Art Program issued a Call for Artists seeking temporary art installations addressing the 2017 Northern California Wildfires. This was the first round of funding for the project and included a fast-paced timeline to allow for projects before the end of the year. Round Two will be published in early 2019 and will include more lead time for additional projects. For Round One, the maximum budget was $4,000 for each selected project, totaling $16,000.


Roman ChoAshes Fell Like Snow: Large format photographs of community members impacted by the fires, displayed on custom stands.Courthouse Square, exhibit proposed for Dec. 3 - 30Roman Cho CHS installation
Jane Ingram AllenLiving Quilt for Santa Rosa: Ecological public art installation using handmade paper with wildflower seeds. Includes community workshops.Rincon Ridge Park, workshops in November, installation proposed by Dec. 1Jane Ingram Allen paper closeup
Carol Mancke & Trena NovalThe Land and Me: Traveling neighborhood-scaled public conversation and community performance. Various Locations, dates and locations of activities to be announcedCarol Mancke gathering
Stefanie Nagorka & Aileen CormackWeb of Dreams: Site-specific community-based project with 100+ students providing a healing experience for the community.Santa Rosa High School Front Lawn, installation proposed for DecemberStefanie Nagorka Web of Dreams sketch


This opportunity was open to artists, or artist teams to create and install temporary art installations addressing the 2017 Northern California Wildfires. In proximity to the one-year anniversary of the wildfires, this funding is to support artists to produce and present community-based projects in response to the fires that activate public spaces. Projects will be temporary installations that are in public places or within public view for as little as one day or up to 3 months.

For more information, contact the Arts Coordinator at (707) 543-4512 or