As a catalyst for the Arts and Humanities since 1983, the Arts Council of Placer County (ACPC) has been building the community’s artistic culture throughout Placer County. ACPC believes art should be a part of everyday living. When it is, everyone in the community benefits from a higher quality of life.
ACPC encourages and supports the public to “experience art in all degrees” by providing artists and art lovers with many different resources for staying connected. The Art Events Calendar provides a comprehensive list of upcoming events, the Arts Directory includes listings of Placer County Artists, Venues and Organizations and the annual Placer Artists Studio Tour gives the public direct access to view and purchase work from many different artists.
In 2020, the Arts Council of Placer County Endowment Fund was seeded through a gift made lovingly by bequest from Anu Vuorikoski. ACPC is seeking support from the community to help grow this fund with similar planned gifts made through Placer Community Foundation. Forward-thinkers like Anu will ensure the arts remain a constant source of creativity, inspiration and joy in our community.
Anu served as the Treasurer for the Arts Council for a total of five years. She greatly valued a vibrant arts community and was keenly aware of the financial struggles artists and arts organizations face. Her legacy gift seeds a permanent fund at Placer Community Foundation in which gifts of all sizes are pooled and invested for long-term growth. Cumulative earnings on investment are distributed as a grant to the Arts Council of Placer County to directly support their work. The greater the assets in the fund, the greater the impact the Council can make to promote and advocate for all arts across Placer County.
“When my husband Steve and I moved to Placer County 25 years ago, we noticed right away how many nonprofits do great work here, and what an amazing giving community it is. When we made our wills and trust, we decided to dedicate one third of our estate to several organizations that we support and have come to admire for their great work.
We were delighted to discover that Placer Community Foundation can facilitate the charitable portion of our estate plan, allowing us to easily add and update our charities of choice, without expensive attorney fees. Thanks to our dear friend Anu, our planned gifts now include the Arts Council of Placer County Endowment Fund. We feel great knowing that our future gift will help ensure that the Arts Council of Placer County and other fine organizations will continue for generations to come.”
—Karen Killebrew, 2020 Board Chair, Arts Council of Placer County.