About Us

       Weaving the Arts Into the Fabric of Our Community

 

        The Ink People has been changing people’s lives since 1979 by connecting the community with resources for cultural development. We encourage people to exercise their humanity, build civic discourse, and engage their creative potential. We have a long time presence in Humboldt County and northern California as a community-based, grassroots, artist-run, arts and culture organization. We are organized on community access principles and the belief that art, in all its forms, is essential to the human spirit and well being.

       We base our activities in a philosophy of sharing and community building. We think it is important to listen to people’s hopes and dreams, and to help realize them, but not do it for them.  We feel that arts and culture should be an integral and conscious part of everyone’s life, so we set about weaving the arts back into the fabric of our community.  We know that young people are the future and are incredibly challenged by today’s world, so we try to give them tools to build successful and fulfilling lives.

       The Ink People was co-founded by two printmakers, Brenda Tuxford & Libby Maynard who wanted to create a peer support structure for artists, educate the community about the value of the arts, and use art to effect change. A small, but passionate staff run day to day operations with help from over 100 volunteers and independent contractors.

       With over 400 members, we are nurturing culture through the education and involvement of artists and audiences. The DreamMaker Program supports over 70 self-directing projects created by people who want to make their community a better place through arts and culture. We offer administrative support, management, and capacity building training. Other ongoing programs include exhibitions, performances, educational opportunities for all ages, a monthly newsletter, and the MARZ Project, which provides at-risk youth with tools to create positive change in their communities.

The Ink People Office:
inkers@inkpeople.org
Main Office: (707) 442-8413
Fax: (707) 444-8722
525 7th St. Eureka, CA 95501
Open Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Brenda Tuxford Gallery:
thebrendatuxfordgallery@gmail.com

Ink People Staff:
Executive Director- Libby Maynard
Administrative Director- Mus Jaafri
Artistic Director- Kati Texas
Technology Director - Karen Asbury
Ink People News Editor- Jess Stasse
Brenda Tuxford Committee Chair- Robert Sataua
Brenda Tuxford Gallery Coordinator- Angel Roberts
Alternative Galleries Coordinator- Angie Valetutto
Bookkeeper- Jacqueline Dandeneau
And many more wonderful voluteers

MARZ Project:
marzers@gmail.com
Ray Cisek, Cory Goldman, Kati Texas

Ink People Board of Directors:
President- Julian Lang, Multimedia Artist, Karuk/Wiyot Tribal Scholar Director, Institute of Native Knowledge
Vice President- Leslie Castellano,  Performer, Organizer, Director at Synapsis
Treasurer- Eileen Sacra Capaccio, CPA, Hunter Hunter & Hunt
Secretary - Robert Sataua, Director, Retelling the Story; Marketing Representative, STH Distribution/SIA Home Fashion
Zo Devine- Artist
Sean McLaughlin- Executive Director Access Humboldt
Glen Twombly- Project Manager Glen A. Twombly & Associates
Michael Kraft- Senior Project Manager, Sequoia Personnel Services

Ink People, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt California nonprofit corporation. 2012-2013 Form 990 (link to PDF)

In addition to our supporting members, The Ink People would like to thank these funders:

Major FundersMajor Funders:
National Endowment for the Arts
California Arts Council
City of Eureka
Computer Labs for Kids
Humboldt Area Foundation
Melvin and Grace McLean Foundation
Save The Redwoods League
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
Northern California Indian Development Council

Community Supporters:
101 Things To Do
All Under Heaven
Andree Wagner Peace Trust
Axis Mundi Collective
Bear River Band of Rohnerville
Blue Lake Casino
Blue Lake Union School
CA Indian Manpower Consortium
Carmela's
Carson Block Building
City of Arcata
Coast Central Credit Union
Dell’Arte, Inc.
Episcopal Divinity School
Ferndale Pie Co.
First 5 Humboldt
GHD, Consulting Engineers
Headwaters Fund
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Humboldt Green LLC
Humboldt Arts Council
Humboldt Co, DHHS, Transition Age Youth
Humboldt County
Humboldt Lodging Alliance
Humboldt Roller Derby
Humboldt Sponsors
Humboldt State University Art Department
JAMS Foundation
Kuhnel Family Trust
Mad River Brewing Co.
Mad River Hospital
Mazzotti’s
Mikki Moves Real Estate
North Coast Repertory Theater
Northcoast Horticulture
Pierson Building Center
PPM Investments, Inc.
Red Deer Consulting
Redwood Art Association
Royal Gold
Schatzi's Hidden Treasures
SHN Engineering
St. Joseph Radiology/Oncology
Sublime Swine LLC
The Vision Center
Trillium Dance Studios
Trinidad Chamber of Commerce
Umpqua Bank
United Indian Health Services
Veterans for Peace, Humboldt Bay Chapter
Welliver Construction
Wildberries Marketplace