The Valley Cultural Coalition’s mission is to ensure the health of the arts and the cultural communities in the Central Valley.


General Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from 11:30AM-1:00PM. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 8 at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness. We will be learning about the new mural going up on the CMAC building and the latest on the Downtown Revitalization.

We encourage you to attend our 2016 General Meetings to network, partner and collaborate with other community members who share VCC's passion. These monthly meetings will focus on valuable information for the cultural arts sector in the valley each month. The location of the meeting will be announced monthly. Everyone is welcome. 

We are pleased to announce that our State of the Arts Luncheon will be held on October 21, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:30 at the Star Palace in the Warnors Theatre.  Our main speaker will be Dr. Don Simmons, Professor of Humanics at Fresno State.  Earlier this year, Don spoke at one of our General Meetings and was so well received that everyone asked him to return. Don will be speaking on  building a successful nonprofit, grant writing, and marketing.   We are so excited to have such an expert in his field present at our luncheon. We will be viewing a video of the Tony Award winning musical, Hamilton, in the Warnor's Theatre.  Our luncheon will conclude with a panel led by Donald Munro.  The topic of the panel discussion will be the Arts in the Valley.  Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.  Tables of 10 are $250 for members and $350 for nonmembers. To reserve you seats go to



Dear Coalition Member:

Because of you and others like you, Valley Cultural Coalition (VCC) has created a thriving cultural community for the past 15 years. Our goal is to advance the cultural arts, science, and history in the Central Valley.  The VCC Board is committed to building appreciation, participation and support for our cultural arts sector. With your continued involvement, we can speak with a common voice and reach our goal. 

We are sending out a weekly newsletter called the Valley Cultural Calendar featuring the activities of our members.  Please send your events to me at  If you are not receiving the newsletter, please send me your email address.

Last October we celebrated Arts and Humanities Month. We held a Fall Arts Festival Preview Party on October 3 at Arte Americas to promote many upcoming cultural events in the valley. The delicious food from The Painted Table was also enjoyed. Then we invited Barry Hessenius, author of Barry’s Blog (, and Richard Stein, President of Californians for the Arts & California Arts Advocates, ( as well as the Executive Director of Arts Orange County, to speak at our State of the Arts Luncheon. The luncheon was held on October 23 from 11:30 – 1:00 at the Warnors Theatre's Star Palace. There was a lot of interesting networking with other cultural arts enthusiasts. We held a silent auction and served a delicious Mexican lunch.  We really enjoyed the speakers and comraderie at the Luncheon. Don't miss next years!!!

Your membership is essential to ensure that VCC may continue to connect and define the cultural arts sector for our region. There are numerous member benefits including: Member of the Month, which is a unique promotional opportunity that includes a presentation at the VCC general meeting, promotion of your events in our weekly calendar going out to over 1,000 people, and if you are a non-profit organization, you qualify for a free copier at a very reasonable per copy rate. Contact our office for details.

By uniting together, we can create a thriving cultural arts community and your participation and contributions will continue to transform our Valley.  Together we can do great things!

Ann McGowan

Executive Director

Valley Cultural Coalition

7634 N Meridian, Fresno, CA 93720




  • CAC
  • NEA
  • American for the Arts