Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV), along with partners Festival Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD), is proud to announce the Napa Valley Unified Board of Education’s unanimous approval of the Arts Education Master Plan (AEMP), a five-year visual and performing arts initiative to provide opportunity, access and equity to all students.

Festival Napa Valley is pleased to announce that Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated entertainer Wayne Brady will star as host and emcee of Imaginarium: The Annual Festival Gala. Fresh from his leading role in the Broadway sensation Kinky Boots, and famed for TV’s improvisational series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the actor, singer and comedian will conduct the Sunday, July 17 festivities from the dramatic tented stage on the fairway lawn at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Festival Napa Valley (formerly Festival del Sole), one of America’s premiere summer destination events, presents its Eleventh Season, July 15-24, 2016. The ten-day fete features exclusive engagements by preeminent classical, opera, jazz and dance artists paired with intimate food and wine affairs hosted by the region’s top vintners. Through its free programming and arts education initiatives, the festival seeks to bring the transformative power of the arts to all.

Napa Valley Festival Association, the nonprofit organization that produces Festival del Sole, announced today that the internationally acclaimed summer celebration has been renamed Festival Napa Valley.

Haute Living's Kelly Carter covers the festival's Donor and Sponsor Appreciation dinner, noting that one in every four concert seats was given free of charge to local residents, that the festival awarded $275,000 in grants to arts education programs in schools throughout Napa County, and that the 11th season will be dedicated to Margrit Mondavi, with performances and events reflective of the Mondavi family’s Italian heritage and their belief that wine, food and art are to be celebrated together.

On November 4, Ann and Gordon Getty invited guests to their Pacific Heights home for the annual Napa Valley Festival Del Sole Appreciation Dinner. The evening recognized the festival's major donors and sponsors, announced the awarding of $275,000 in arts education grants, and revealed the dedication of the festival's 2016 season to Margrit Mondavi.

Festival del Sole announced its 2015 grants. They included $120,000 to fulfill a wish list from visual and performing arts teachers, a $50,000 grant to begin creating a master plan for arts education, $30,000 for Lincoln Theater's Artist in Residence Program, and $15,000 for Napa Valley Youth Symphony. {View PDF | View on}

Napa Valley Festival Association has announced that Festival Napa Valley’s 2016 season will be dedicated to Margrit Mondavi, a festival board member and longtime advocate of the arts, philanthropy and the Napa Valley.

As Festival del Sole marks its tenth season in the Napa Valley, media coverage of the "celebration of the art of life" has been extensive. Here is a sampling of articles from around the country.

Haute Living's Olivia Hsu Decker offers a full round up of the 2015 festival, calling it "by far my best festival experience, compared to the world-renowned festivals at Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Aspen and a few others I’ve attended."