APRIL 15 2019 – MAY 31 2020

What Does Home Mean To You

Now in Year Three, Belonging manifests as HOME, and elicits perspectives on cultural identity from our less represented populations. Ideas of “home” are being explored through the lens of art salons, our gold country history, our recovering native population, and our recent immigrants. Critical bridge building tools are emerging through creative practices, as we meet.

In addition to this, we are linking Belonging | HOME to our work with a new program for organizations wishing to explore issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and this will manifest as Cultural Equity Convening during the winter months. Our commitment to OF/BY/FOR ALL is helping us deepen community impact, advance goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion, provide professional development, and develop new, community-centered ways of working. Being part of OF/BY/FOR ALL’s change network is the beginning of a journey for us, just as HOME represents a sensitive conversation on what it means to be “at home.” You can find out more about our work with OF/BY/FOR ALL here.

“that modern culture is suffering an epidemic of alienation, yet so many of us feel alone in our unbelonging, as if everyone else was inside of the thing that we alone are outside of. And keeping silent about our experience of estrangement is, in large part, what allows it to perpetuate.” 

― Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home

    Every Saturday at 9 AM Ruth facilitates a live Facebook community conversation about what does home mean to you.

    Artist Workshops

    Ruth held workshops for artist working with CHIRP on how to create art from sensitive content, Biographical Portraiture.

    HOMELAND : Nisenan Heritage Day

    Shelly Covert and Ruth Chase filmed a conversation with the Nisenan Tribe and the artists about working together.

    HOMELAND : Restoration, Sovereignty, Recognition – Art Reception

    Participated by filming the artists, speaking about the workshops.


    HOME, through Nevada County Arts Council joined the #changenetwork of OFBYFOR ALL.

    Miami – OF/BY/FORALL

    Tracy Pepper, Ruth Chase, and Nevada County Arts Council attended the OF/BY/FORALL UN Conference where we engaged in workshops to develop tools and to self check on how we engage our amazing and diverse community.

    HOME Art Exhibition

    Juliette Williams of Osborn Woods Gallery and Ruth Chase curated an exhibition called HOME. It was a local call to artists to create work that reflected their perceptions of what home meant to them. The exhibition was online as COVID was a month in.

    COVID 19

    Because of COVID the public convening was put on hold. We are currently determining if an online event is worth doing or is it better to wait to have the convening in person.

    HOME 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.