Filipino-American hip-hop artist and philanthropist Apl.de.Ap is set to headline the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture which will be held on October 8, 2016 at the historic Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, Calfiornia.
DANA GIOIA is the current Poet Laureate for the State of California. He joins us on this program to share how his mixed background (Italian & Mexican) inspired his works, and why he believes poetry must be accessible to all, not just academics and other poets. Gioia's latest collection is 99 POEMS: NEW & SELECTED.
Arts and cultural districts have spurred new businesses, attracted more tourism, and established vibrant, creative cultural economies across the nation. Now California will have the opportunity to celebrate our communities and the arts by clustering existing arts and cultural amenities in officially designated cultural districts.
The first thing to know about Dana Gioia the poet - and, since December, California State Poet Laureate - is the richness and range of his poetry. Thoughtfully embroidered with literary allusions, wit and natural imagery, it's alternately prayerful and playful, and occasionally Chandler-esque ("The scent of your shame is a heavy cologne/ That lingers for hours after you go"). His closing lines twist and reveal, like the newspaper reader who saves an ex-lover's wedding announcement "Inside a book like something I might use/ A scrap I knew I wouldn't read again/ But couldn't bear to lose."
Unearthing lesser-known slices of Los Angeles history is just one reason Kun's work has caught the attention of the Getty, the city's Library Foundation and now the MacArthur Foundation. After a lifetime of scholarship and publishing, including "To Live and Dine in L.A.," a book that surveyed the Los Angeles Public Library's trove of old restaurant menus, and "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles," which did the same for the institution's collection of sheet music, Kun became one of 23 MacArthur fellows announced Thursday, just after midnight on the East Coast.
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.