About

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. 

I am excited to announce that a print edition of The Dirt is back for December 2022! Like much of the world, we hit pause in March 2020 (The Davis Dirt‘s tenth anniversary).

You can read the full digital edition of the print here!  


SPONSORS & ADVERTISERS

The Dirt supports 100% local music, art, food, and culture. To make the publication free and available to all of Davis, and to offer this platform to local artists, we rely on the support of sponsors. 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 will be distributed to a very targeted, local audience who are interested in learning about your business. We will be recognizing your sponsorship and support on all of our platforms, and we will be working to expand the publication’s reach through newsletters, social posts, and on our website, TheDirt.Online

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

THANK YOU

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


EVENT HOSTS

Regardless of whether or not you choose to advertise, be sure to submit any and all events for our calendar for a free listing. We do our best to catch everything and 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 Dates—Please submit your events by 5 pm PST on the 23rd of every month to guarantee printing in the following month’s issue of The Dirt: https://thedirt.online/add-an-event/


CONTACT US

We would love to hear from you! Contact us for article suggestions, press releases, general information, and to request information about advertising at ashley@thedirt.online.
Social: @thedirt.davis / #thedirt.davis

EVENTS IN DAVIS & YOLO COUNTY

Recognizing how many exciting things are happening in Davis, but also around us—in Winters, Woodland, Capay Valley, for example—you’ll find some notable events outside of Davis are included in The Dirt. Our new website lets you view events by month, week, day, or venue as well. Find All Events

FEATURE STORIES

We’ve also added stories about the people, places, and events that make Davis a special place. These, too, can be found online, giving them a chance to have a life beyond each issue. Find All Articles


ABOUT THE EDITOR

Ashley Muir Bruhn / @ashleymuirbruhn

Ashley Muir Bruhn spent years as a writing instructor in Los Angeles, and a book editor in New York—where she founded the still popular travel & lifestyle site Hither & Thither. She has been featured in Sunset Magazine, and her writing has appeared in various publications, such as Travel & Leisure and Time Out New York.

A UC Davis alumna, Ashley returned to Davis in 2012 to raise her family with her husband Aron—whom she met working on campus at the CoHo as an undergraduate. Aron’s parents are retired faculty who came to Davis in the early ’60s. Ashley’s parents have since moved to Davis from southern California. The couple have two children, Hudson and Skyler, and an affectionate dog named Sawyer. 

ABOUT THE ART

Our website homepage features Onward/Adelante by Jose Arenas, courtesy of the artist. The image is of a 7′ x 7′ mural (acrylic on stucco) installed at Logos Books in Davis, CA, on May 27, 2022.


Onward/Adelante explores dual identities, migration, cultural ritual, and memories of a migratory childhood. The central composition highlights a figure in profile wearing a Huipil, a common traditional garment worn by indigenous women with intricate floral patterns that reflect tradition and a continued effort to preserve rituals and customs. The form is additionally surrounded by Milagros, small metal religious charms often carried for protection and good luck. Heart symbols among other body parts represent human frailty and the love one person feels for another. The figure is also metaphorically anchored by indigenous terrestrial floral species native to North America that are furthermore recognized as occurring on the continent prior to European settlement. The idea for a mural at the Logos Books was initiated by Carrie Ceniseroz, a long time Logos Books volunteer and art who envisioned a series of murals on the west facing wall of the bookstore. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jose Arenas is a contemporary artist based in California. Born in San Jose, Arenas regularly traveled between Northern California and Guadalajara, Mexico. His experiences navigating two worlds along with its complex process of integration and assimilation drive his impulse to form meaning using familiar objects, motifs, and culturally specific symbols. Arenas received a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute (1995), and an MFA from UC Davis (2000). His artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and New York City. He currently serves as Director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), a community centered silkscreen program and extension of the UC Davis Chicana/o Studies Silkscreen program in Woodland, CA, and teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and Silkscreen Workshop courses in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis.


Previously, you may have seen “Davis Outside The Box,” 2019, courtesy of Lily Therens.

Lily is an art director, designer, and illustrator based in midtown Sacramento. A UC Davis graduate who grew up in rural California without electricity, she now spends most days creating on a computer with her pug Stanley at her side. From mural design to making pins, Lily deems humor, hard work & humility central to her approach.