THE ARTS RESPOND: Creative Endeavors after the 2017 Sonoma County Fires

Welcome to The Arts Respond to the Fires landing page. As you browse this page you’ll see the artwork and creative activities that our community is producing in response to the fires of 2017. Our goal is that this site becomes a repository not only for our collective memory, but also for the remarkable work that is helping to lift us all to a better, more hopeful place. And to serve as a reminder of how the arts inspire the best in all of us and our community.

These works – images, videos, and audio files - are drawn from all the postings to our website. If you have created new work and would like to be included on the page, you can create or edit an Individual Profile, Organization/Enterprise Profile, or add a Marketplace Listing, and tag CreativeResponders with your page or images. For questions or help with listing, please email CreativeSonoma@sonoma-county.org.

And if you would like to support the creatives that received a Creative Sonoma Recovery Fund Grant (for loss due to the fires), please click HERE for individuals, and HERE for organizations.

QUICK LINKS: IMAGES | VIDEOS | AUDIO | EVENTS

IMAGES

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center

  • Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County

  • Brian Fies

  • Fulton Crossing Gallery

  • Fulton Crossing Gallery

  • Fulton Crossing Gallery

  • Fulton Crossing Gallery

  • Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

  • Museums of Sonoma County

  • Blanca Harnwell

  • SoCo Dance Theater

  • SoCo Dance Theater

  • SoCo Dance Theater

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center

  • Rivertown Revival

  • Walking Elephant Theatre Company

  • Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County

  • Tawnya Lively

  • Tawnya Lively

  • Tawnya Lively

  • Tawnya Lively

  • Tawnya Lively

  • Tawnya Lively

  • 2018.10.13: SWEET HOME SONOMA: Free Creativity Sessions with Art Escape

  • Mark Lifvendahl

  • 2018.07.29: JULY 29 - A FREE CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY FEATURING MARIACHI CHAMPAÑA NEVÍN AND THE SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY

  • KSRO - Film “Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned”

  • 2018.01.20: Revive! Art Revival for Sonoma County Fire Victims

  • 2017.10.09: Santa Rosa in Pen & Ink

  • 2017.10.09: Santa Rosa in Pen & Ink

  • Alex Cole Studio Donates Painting Proceeds

  • 2018.02.03: Art from the Heart Holds Silent Auction Fundraiser at SSU

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center - Healing By Art: After the Fires

  • Marsha Klein Studio Features "Facing the Fires Series" for Recovery Fund

  • Marsha Klein Studio Features "Facing the Fires Series" for Recovery Fund

  • Marsha Klein Studio Features "Facing the Fires Series" for Recovery Fund

  • Marsha Klein Studio Features "Facing the Fires Series" for Recovery Fund

  • Marsha Klein Studio Features "Facing the Fires Series" for Recovery Fund

  • 2018.09.29: Charles M. Schulz Museum - Free Day and Fire Relief Silent Auction

  • 2018.09.29: Charles M. Schulz Museum - Free Day and Fire Relief Silent Auction

  • 2018.09.29: Charles M. Schulz Museum - Free Day and Fire Relief Silent Auction

  • Clementine Darling

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • 2018.09.20: Healing Landscapes

  • SoCo Dance Theater - Remembering the Heartwood

  • SoCo Dance Theater - Remembering the Heartwood

  • 2018.03.29: AFTER THE FIRES, VOL 1 - Mickelson and North Bay Artists Record and Produce Fire Relief Album

  • 2018.10.28: "Wildfires through the Heartwood" Dance Film Commemorating Impacts of Fires

  • 2018.07.08: Out of the Fire - Benefit Compilation CD

  • 2018.06.30: Rose Gold: Songs For Sonoma Fire Relief

  • 2018.06.30: Rose Gold: Songs For Sonoma Fire Relief

  • 2018.06.30: Rose Gold: Songs For Sonoma Fire Relief

  • 2018.06.30: Rose Gold: Songs For Sonoma Fire Relief

  • 2018.06.30: Rose Gold: Songs For Sonoma Fire Relief

  • 2018.07.14: Rivertown Revival

  • Gayle Manfre “The Night the Fire Started, My View”

  • 2019.02.28: Children's Museum of Sonoma County Offers Fire Fighter Playhouse

  • 2019.02.28: Children's Museum of Sonoma County Offers Fire Fighter Playhouse

  • 2019.02.28: Children's Museum of Sonoma County Offers Fire Fighter Playhouse

  • Steven Radice

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Helena Donzelli

  • Jackie Lee Art

VIDEOS

  • Filming from SoCo Dance Theater's "Into The Heartwood" that took place at Bruce Johnson's sculpture garden exhibit, Root 101, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. This filming took place in summer of 2017, a few months prior to the October wildfires that burned many of the sculptures seen in this film.

  • The story of the October 2017 Santa Rosa Fires. The worst disaster in California history....

  • Documentary about Healing By Art: After the Fires, by Eve Goldberg 2018

  • The THICKER THAN SMOKE Project was born out of the ashes of the October 2017 Sonoma County Fires. There is a strong need to heal our youth and community as part of the rebuilding process. Our goal with this project is to create original documentary theatre pieces with youth most affected by these fires with the goal to connect, create, awaken, and heal our community through the power of theatre and story telling. The fires that raged through Santa Rosa beginning on Oct. 8th have taken an unprecedented toll on our community. Roughly 340 young people have lost their homes, while others have also lost their schools. As a nomadic theatre company that goes to where the stories need to be told, The THICKER THAN SMOKE Project will partner with schools in Santa Rosa to create original documentary theatre pieces that will be performed by children who were affected by the Sonoma County wildfires. The script will be created from interviews the young cast members conduct with their families and neighbors. The plays will be performed live for the Sonoma County community, and all the interviews will be archived and available for anyone in the world to hear on the Walking Elephant Podcast.

  • Cinematography & Edit: Jeff Bodean Still Photography: Will Bucquoy Camera Assist: Andy Gatley Music: "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington

  • Among artists who lost their homes and studios in the Northern California fires, a common refrain is feeling stymied, stuck, unable to create — hoping the spark will return once the shock and confusion passes. Not Brian Fies. Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, October 9, 2017, the cartoonist bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires. The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies' usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest. The response was massive. In the week after the fire, an online version of Fies' comic, 'A Fire Story,' was viewed by over half a million people. Now, KQED Arts bring his story to life. With moving animation, and with narration straight from Fies and his wife, Karen Fies, 'A Fire Story' now also includes an epilogue from the artist about the long process of recovery, and the stability of home. Narrators: Brian and Karen Fies Director, Producer, Sound Design: Kelly Whalen Co-Director, Animator, Editor: Farrin Abbott Executive Producer: David Markus A production of KQED Arts

  • From Ashes To Art - Sonoma California Fire Anomalies On Display

  • Santa Rosa artist Gregory Roberts discusses the Sonoma Ash Project, where he uses donated ashes from homes burned in the Tubbs fire to glaze the inside of handmade pots he will gift to fire victims.

  • Rose Gold: Songs for Sonoma Fire Relief by University of the Pacific students

AUDIO

  • Here's the album version of "Fire Map" from my upcoming album, 11:11 EP. This song is dedicated to the survivors of Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, CA.

  • SINGLE "HOmetown's on fire" from new Compilation CD "After the Fire - VOL. 1"

  • The Crux has a new song out... and it appears on “After The Fire: Vol 1,” a compilation of regional artists that is being sold to raise funds for repairing damage from the North Bay fires. The whole project is produced by our friend, Scott Mickelson. Read about it here: AFTER THE FIRE STORY The Crux’s track is called SAME BED. It is about how we splinter but stay together. How sometimes you just want to crawl into warm pocket. About laying right beside someone while you each drift into completely different worlds.

  • “AFTER THE FIRE: VOL. 1” “After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area. All sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.

  • “After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area. All sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.

  • “After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area. All sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.

  • “After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area. All sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.

  • The phrase "second responders" has been used about artists, mental health professionals and others who have been helping our community cope with grief and loss since the North Bay fires. An exhibition currently on view at the Chroma Gallery in Santa Rosa features work by artists processing their own reactions to October's events, and using art to help heal their community. J. Mateo Baker paid the gallery a visit and has this report.

EVENTS

Sonoma County’s arts and cultural community has developed a wide variety of fire response activities and events to bring the community together. Click on any posting to see what’s happening.

2019.10.09: CALL FOR CREATIVE WILDFIRE RESPONSES

2019.06.31: KRCB - Arts Response Grants Projects

2018.07.14: Rivertown Revival

2018.03.29: AFTER THE FIRES, VOL 1 - Mickelson and North Bay Artists Record and Produce Fire Relief Album

2019.02.28: Children's Museum of Sonoma County Offers Fire Fighter Playhouse

2019.01.27: From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds

2017.10.09: Santa Rosa in Pen & Ink

2018.11.09: Crying into the Viewfinder: A Month After the Fires

2018.12.07: Cartoon Drawing Workshop With Brian Fies

2018.11.10: Rising Up: Art, Trauma, and Resiliency Roundtable

2018.11.08: Sonoma County, One Year Later - A Conversation

2018.11.01: Poetry Reading by Iris Dunkle and Gwynn O'Gara

2018.10.27: Moving Through Together: Live Dance Performance and Film Screenings

2018.10.24: Poetry Event: Words on Fire

2018.10.20: Fire Survivor Ensemble: First Person Plural Series special presentation

2018.10.13: SWEET HOME SONOMA: Free Creativity Sessions with Art Escape

2018.10.06: Opening Reception for From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds

2018.10.06: Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together, Sonoma County Regional Parks

2018.09.29: Charles M. Schulz Museum - Free Day and Fire Relief Silent Auction

2018.10.28: "Wildfires through the Heartwood" Dance Film Commemorating Impacts of Fires

2018.09.29: Community Celebration & Free Day at the Museum