Bounxeung Synanonh, who escaped communism, lived in a Thai refugee camp and came to the United States blind, is one of nine artists chosen for the 2016 National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship for his artistry with the khaen, a bamboo wind instrument.
California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia is this week's guest on Artwaves. Gioia is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning poet. He was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 2003-2009, and during that time launched several nationwide programs expanding public support of the arts and arts education including the national recitation contest for students Poetry Out Loud.
Arts Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, received a $26,819 grant through the State-Local Partnership program, which “fosters community development through the arts at the county level,” said Caitlin Fitzwater, communications director of the California Arts Council.
The Cambodia War Widows Project, which began seven years ago as a social practice art project exploring photography as a form of art therapy, is now having its first gallery installation in Cambodia. Instigated by Khmer artist and poet Chath Piersath and artist Mary Oestereicher Hamill, the work comes out of a long engagement with widowed women in rural Cambodia who have made haunting, heartfelt works. Now, together with small paintings by Piersath, the series is installed at Sangker Gallery in Battambang.
The California Arts Council has announced $8.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the state via 10 competitive grant programs. 712 grants will be awarded for programs supporting arts education, underserved communities, veterans and their families, local economic development, arts and community development, creative placemaking, and arts service organizations.
Artist and professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud will be honored as the inaugural recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor's Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 28. The award recognizes an acknowledged innovator whose career accomplishments have led to a long-term positive impact on the lives of others and who is an inspiring influence for other innovators. The recognition and award will be presented by Acting Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter as part of the UC Davis Chancellor's Innovation Awards event.
Vincent had been making guitars by hand for close to 20 years. But unlike most luthiers, Vincent learned his craft while in prison, as part of the state's Arts-In-Corrections program, a world-renowned initiative which brought arts programming to prisons for decades until it was cut due to budget shortfalls a few years ago. "The guitars that were coming out of that program were world-class," says Vincent. "They were concert guitars."
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the center of attention in most US public schools today. But training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. This info-graphic shows the benefits of both.