Belonging was about how people find a sense of belonging in relation to the land. Ruth interviewed 13 featured participants and created the Belonging film with Radu Sava, and used social media to engage the community in a dialog about their sense of belonging. She created paintings that reflected the Nisenan tribe, local rancher, small batch cannabis growers, and the Chinese immigrant communities, along with public speaking engagements. The Belonging film was accepted into the Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival.


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Belonging explores our vulnerable mountain home and the people who tend it, love it and depend on it. During Year One, Artist-in-Residence Ruth Chase led us on a journey through which we examined our sense of belonging in relation to the land. Working with filmmaker Radu Sava, she directed a short film and community exhibition, together with a year’s worth of public art making workshops and dialogue.

“BELONGING”, the film, was shown at the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (AKA “the Sundance of the Sierra”) in September, 2018, then at the 18th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2019. Belonging is a program of Nevada County Arts Council, supported in part by an Artists in Communities grant from the California Arts Council.

Belonging features Rick Berry, Jeff Brown, Jonathan Collier, Shelly Covert, Philip Oyung, Nancy Tiken Lopez, Elisa Parker, Aimee Retzler, Mike Stewart and Rob Thompson.

Gallery of Belonging PaintingsRuth Chase Artist

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Belonging is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.

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