In the year to come, artist Ruth Chase (that’s me) will lead an artist-in-residence with Nevada County Arts for a new initiative called Belonging. Belonging is a community art program that centers around our vulnerable mountain home and the people who tend it, love it and depend on it in Nevada County, CA.


Ways to Participate

  1. Join NCArts Belonging Facebook group where each week Chase throws out key questions about what it means to belong in Nevada County.

Facebook Group Search: BELONGING | A community arts initiative with Nevada County Arts Council

  1. Participate in free community art workshops held in fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.
  2. Help create a public exhibit with the work completed in the free community workshops.
  3. Attend BELONGING get togethers at key Nevada County locations, including Truckee.
  4. Volunteer at a variety of events, help behind the scenes. A great way to get involved in the community.
  5. Donate to BELONGING via NCArts. BELONGING is partially funded by California Arts Council and requires matched funding from the community. Please contact if you would like to help with a donation, or contribute volunteer time. There are many ways to help.


Easy to donate $20.00 for the BELONGING project

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BELONGING Press Release


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About the Author Ruth Chase

Ruth Chase is primarily a project based artist whose award winning series, West of Lincoln Project, probed into the lives of individuals who grew up in Venice, CA. She is a California-based painter that uses biographical portraiture to communicate stories of compassion, and valuable insight that promotes positive social change. Her work includes the use of social media in her creative process to stimulate conversation around human value, as well as engaging the public to actively participate in the final outcome of her work.