Praxis Studio, a one-year extracurricular, cross-disciplinary arts and design program, was developed by Devon Tsuno, assistant professor in CSUDH’s Art and Design Department, in partnership with arts nonprofit Big City Forum. The program is funded through a $40,000 grant from the California Arts Council as part of its 2016 Creative California Communities program.
Geri Koncilja, a multimedia specialist with the Colorado Department of Corrections, has plenty of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted pieces in her Pueblo home. And while each piece is special in its own way, what makes her 120-piece-and-growing collection so unique are the artists and their incredible ingenuity. Every piece of this particular collection was made by inmates.
When the Kenneth Rainin Foundation set out to bring public art to Central Market, it knew it was an experiment. It’s one thing to install art in a museum, with tickets and suited docents setting a formal tone. It’s another to install art on a busy San Francisco street known as much for crime and homelessness as swank cafés and sleek towering apartments. The city’s economic extremes come into sharp relief: technology workers pour into the companies ushering in the future, passing by those left behind by the city’s boom.
Local residents can catch California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia when he reads from 99 Poems in the 33rd Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, this Saturday, Nov. 19 , 2-4 p.m., at the San Luis Obispo County Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo 93403.
Locally, the Coachella Valley is home to a diverse and dynamic artistic community, rich in cultural heritage. The regional creative economy accounts for one out of every five jobs and generates almost $1 billion per year in raw impact. Arts and tourism leaders see this as a strong foundation on which to grow. The question is where to start.
Blythe has come full-circle, and on a long arc: McMullan wrote it while behind bars 25 years ago, but the play only came to life on stage for the first time this fall. Its only Bay Area performance was in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz on Nov. 5, and, like the playwright, the actors were all formerly incarcerated.
You can imagine how this idea was received 10 years ago, but here’s the pitch: A tenacious British actress teams up with Oscar winner Tim Robbins to bring acting classes to maximum-security prisons. And not just any acting classes, but improv workshops that ask Crips and Bloods and convicted murderers and white supremacists to sit together, wear makeup and masks, and maybe even pretend to be women sometimes. The eight-week intensive is meant to help the incarcerated better handle their emotions. But if you think it sounds more like the treatment for an Orange Is the New Black spinoff than a serious attempt at criminal-justice reform, you’re not alone.
Trio of arts, culture and design work to boost tourism, jobs and city coffers—At well over $300 billion, the creative economy in California is no joke. In San Luis Obispo County this means more jobs and economic benefits as a result of increased tourism which relies on arts, culture and design in myriad ways.
Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary is one of sixteen schools in California that's part of Turnaround Arts: California, the local branch of a White House program that aims to use arts instruction to push all learning forward – increasing student achievement, attendance and engagement. Joyner is in its first year of the program, and KPCC will be spending the year following the school as it places its bet on the arts as an instrument of change.
This ongoing writing workshop series is an opportunity for vets — in particular those who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to write their stories, whether service-related or not, in the form of memoir, letter, poetry, fiction or drama. The workshop is free to all veterans and provides attendees with the skills to chronicle their experiences, translating thought and memory into the written word.
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.