Humboldt County, located in California's True North, is home to an extraordinary number and quality of painters, ceramists, writers, musicians, actors, dancers, poets, and cultural historians.
In 1987, HAC became the State Local Partner for the California Arts Council and the community representative for the California State Summer School for the Arts Program. In 1996 the Humboldt Arts Council accepted an offer from the City of Eureka to undertake the effort to save the historic 1904 Carnegie Library building, which was destined for demolition. The former Carnegie Library had been a symbol of community pride and local culture for over 100 years. After the successful Carnegie Capital Campaign to raise $1.5 million from the local community, foundations and corporations, the Council began the restoration process in 1999 to convert the historic Carnegie building into a regional art museum and art center. On January 1, 2000 the Humboldt Arts Council and the community celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the Morris Graves Museum of Art for its new “Century of Service” to the community.
(right) Carnegie Library in 1977
The Museum today houses seven galleries including a Courtyard Sculpture Garden, a Museum Store, classroom facilities, an Arts Resource Center and a Performance Rotunda, and each month, Eureka’s Arts Alive! brings an average of 2,500 community members to the Museum to enjoy.
(left) Morris Graves Museum of Art Opening, 2000
As a private, non-profit California corporation, the Humboldt Arts Council depends on financial support from membership dues, donations and contributions, local program grants and earned income.