The Confidence Lab is a dedicated space for temporary “pop-up” arts projects, including installations, student works, play readings, live music, and other activities. The space occupies the bottom level of Main Street’s historic Confidence Hall, and is managed and programmed by El Dorado Arts Council in a public-private partnership with the City of Placerville.
The Confidence Lab is merely the newest tenant of Confidence Hall, a building that has housed everything from fire engines to city council members over the last century and a half. Built in 1857, and rebuilt in 1860 following a fire, Confidence Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Placerville’s most recognizable and beloved historic buildings.
Thursday through Sunday
11 am - 4 pm
Or when Installations and/or Performances are Scheduled
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Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 Gallery Open: Thursday-Sunday 11 am – 4 pm Public Event, Artist Talk with Kim Abeles Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6- 8 pm El Dorado Arts Council, in collaboration with the Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG) in Placerville, embarked on a month-long residency with noted artist…Read More
Save the Graves: Tales from Beyond the Headstone
October 31 starting at 4 pm
Join the Save the Graves coalition for a spooky good Halloween time. Come to the Confidence building of Old City Hall and be transported back to a time beyond living history. Actors will play the roles of several historical figures in Placerville’s history. Including, but not limited to stories of the Old Firehouse, Historic City Governments, and maybe a scandal or two.
Opening November 2018
Organized by El Dorado Arts Council, the Resilience Project will house resident artist Kim Abeles in an Institute of Forest Genetics cabin, where she will work with the students of Independence High School to develop an artistic project that examines and reflects the idea of “resilience” in all its complexity.
Once completed, the students’ work will be publically displayed in the Confidence Lab in Placerville. Kim Abeles one-month residency begins fall 2018.
Resilience was funded in part by El Dorado Savings Bank, the Teichert Foundation, the Society of American Foresters and the National Endowment for the Arts.