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this month's CONTRIBUTORS ALLEN Allen is a freelance writer in PIERLEONI Sacramento. He worked for The Sac- "Rail Warriors" ramento Bee as a writer and editor pg. 30 viduals — all working together to shape our city. We’ve already seen what can happen when creative and community-centric voices come together. One example is the concert series pro- duced by SOFAR Sounds Sacramento, the local offshoot of a London-based startup that invites music lovers to unusual spaces — like Phono Select Records in south Sacramento or Shift Coffee on Del Paso Boulevard. The simple idea that a musical experience can and should happen anywhere and everywhere builds on the best models related to inclusivity, ac- cess and empowerment. Commitment: Sacramento could become a phenomenal art and cultural mecca in a way that promotes cultural eq- uity and a creative economy. A survey of 1,709 Sacramentans in 2018 led to the Creative Edge: Sacramento’s Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Plan and affirmed 77 percent of resi- dents believe it’s important to celebrate and recognize diverse communities and that the arts are a key mechanism to do so. Creative Edge details six goals and a host of action steps, but it’s essentially a toothless tiger without a financial investment from the City of Sacramento, which could inspire investments from other sources. We need to offer pathways for cultural ac- tivities that provide a vital economy for performers, musicians, writers, artists, designers, art galleries, historical sites, muse- ums, broadcasters, filmmakers, instrument technicians and so much more. As I was reminded during that healing circle, when change needs to happen, and a path forward feels unclear and uncer- tain, the arts are a good place to begin. But it takes all of us coming together and being willing to do things differently to truly make a change. Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick is director of education at the Crocker Art Museum, a department that serves more than 60,000 people annu- ally through programs like Art Ark, a museum on wheels; programs for babies and toddlers; studio art classes; and Block by Block. Stacey was named 2017 Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Educa- tion Association. in the features department for 30 years. “In researching Amtrak and the 150th anniversary of the Trans- continental Railroad, I was reminded that Sacramento was shaped by the railroad,” he says of his feature story in this month’s issue of Comstock’s. “At one time, we were the trans- portation hub of the West. That still resonates today.” JESSICA LASKEY Jessica is a freelance writer and “Outside's In” professional actress based in Sac- pg. 36 ramento. “I loved tackling such a broad topic,” she says of writing about outsider art in this issue. “Be- cause outsider art can encompass so many styles, the research alone was eye-opening, not to mention the conversations with so many knowl- edgeable people from the local art scene.” Jessica’s work can also be seen in Inside publications, Sacra- mento Magazine, Sactown Magazine and The Sacramento Bee. She is the founding copublisher of Indomita Press, an independent local pub- lishing company she runs with her husband. Find out more at jessica- laskey.com. TERENCE DUFFY Terence graduated with a BFA in "After the Fire" photography from the Academy of pg. 62 Art University in San Francisco and has been shooting magazine and ad work for the past 15 years. Terence spent about two weeks in Paradise to photograph images for the proj- ect “Beauty From the Ashes,” some of which are featured in this issue. “My father asked me what was it like up there, and I said, ‘If I was to put it into a collection of words, it would be horrifyingly beautiful.’ Because it’s horrifying, but it’s also got its own beauty. There is a beauty to the decay of something in its own right.” To see more of his work, visit www. terenceduffy.com. May May 2019 2019 | comstocksmag.com | comstocksmag.com 11