The mission of The Dirt is to showcase Davis and Yolo county’s unique people, places and events, inspiring readers and promoting local arts, culture and community. 

The Dirt was founded in 2008 and returned to print in December 2022 after a three-year pandemic hiatus.


The Dirt is published entirely by the support of our local sponsorship partners. If you would like to reach readers while supporting local arts and culture, please consider taking out an ad space in the publication. The Dirt has a circulation of 5,000 and is distributed to a very targeted, local audience who are interested in learning about your business. We will recognize your sponsorship and support on all of our platforms, as we work to expand reach through newsletters, social media and on TheDirt.Online

Please get in touch if you would like a media kit with ad rates (which have been kept at their 2020 status). 


The Dirt is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program.


Please submit any and all events to our calendar for a FREE digital and print listing. We do our best to catch everything, but we don’t want anyone to miss hearing about your event. Use this link, which you can also find at the top of the website, to submit events: https://thedirt.online/add-an-event/

Important: Submit events by 5 pm PST on the 23rd of each month to guarantee printing in the following month’s issue of The Dirt.


We would love to hear from you! Contact us for article suggestions, press releases, general information and to request information about advertising at hanna@thedirt.online.

@thedirt.davis / #thedirt.davis


Hanna Nakano is editor & publisher of The Dirt.
Email her at hanna@thedirt.online.


Our website homepage features Frank’s Place by Cate Dayan.


Cate Dayan is an educator and an artist in Davis, California. With her paintings as with her students, Dayan strives to add richness, color, texture, and meaning. “Teaching is a profession of continued reflection, re-examination, re-thinking, and re-working. Like a new canvas, each new school year holds limitless possibilities. Learning communities, like paintings, are unique, each with their own novel colors—simultaneously interacting, playing, collaborating, and disagreeing with one another. Paintings and classes each possess their own beauty and their unique challenges. I bring my ever-growing experience and developing techniques to my students and paintings alike.” 

Dayan draws inspiration from “the confident, direct, and bold lines of David Hockney, the colors whimsically conjured by Wayne Thiebaud, and the strength and power of Melissa Chandon’s iconic imagery.”

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