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Arts Habitat


Arts Habitat connects and collaborates with artists and arts organizations in Monterey County to foster a dynamic, growing community, while leading the way to a thriving center for the arts at East Garrison.

The Big Idea

Arts Habitat invites artists to open up their studios, and invites the public to see where and how artists do their work on annual art studio tours throughout Monterey County. In 2020, what would have been the 29th annual tour was postponed until next year due to Covid-19, with new dates scheduled for the weekends of May 8-9 and May 15-16, 2021. Mediums represented include photography, painting, prints, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, assemblage, mosaic and pottery, and much of the artwork on display will be for sale. Besides the two weekend open houses, Arts Habitat offers free workshops for participating artists, providing information of best practices for marketing, publicity, artwork display, merchandising, pricing and other tips that will aid artists in selling artwork during and after the tour.

For me, creating art is by nature a solitary act, but my ultimate intention is to communicate and share my vision. The Artist Studio Tour allows me to take that next step - to communicate directly with Tour attendees and share my vision. It is very satisfying to meet the people that buy your work, and later imagine looking out from the new wall where it hangs, into the new life it is living.

- Kate Warthen

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.