Dana Gioia, an American poet and writer, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain his unconventional style of poetry, his response to his academic critics, and why poetry has seemed to disappear from American culture. Gioia was previously the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and his newest book is 99 Poems: New and Selected.
The mission of Get Lit is to use spoken word to increase literacy and transform lives. It was founded 10 years ago and about 50,000 kids have come through the program. Teens choose a classic poem that they connect with, study and memorize it. Then, they write their own response.
The Ventura County Arts Council and the Pacific View Mall are collaborating on an experiment designed to make the arts more available to the general public and to give the work of local artists wider exposure. Tucked up in a quiet corner next to the Sears secondfloor entrance, the Arts Collective is a work in progress.
The state Senate Education Committee heard testimony today on SB 916, the Theatre and Dance Act (which legislators have dubbed "TADA!") that would establish single-subject credentials for dance and theater. The committee members voted in unanimous support, 9-0, and one senator called it "absolute[ly] awesome."
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, professor of poetry emeritus at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed to a second term as the nation’s top poet, an honor he said will enable him to continue sharing the “inspiration tsunami” he experienced in the last year.
Recently, I joined hundreds of arts advocates at Los Angeles City Hall as a guest speaker for ArtsDay, part of an annual celebration of Arts Week 2016 focused on continuing and expanding investment in the arts. ..
Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City have been given the chance to learn guitar as part of the Arts in Corrections initiative. The initiative is aimed at reducing recidivism and improving the environment at prisons in California.
School districts in North County recently hit a high note when they were recognized by the California Alliance for Arts Education for enhancing student scholastic experience through robust arts education programs.
With the lack of any meaningful rehabilitation programs in American prisons, the Actors’ Gang workshop has shown real evidence of accomplishing the one thing we should hope a prison stay accomplishes: helping inmates begin the process of never having to come back to prison ever again.
In what is surely music to the ears of budding violinists, trumpeters and drummers, the school board has approved spending nearly $356,000 to buy instruments to expand the arts programs at 185 elementary schools.
When people talk about the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — most recently known as No Child Left Behind — they often sigh with relief at the thought of leaving testing behind. Less cited is the fact that the Every Student Succeeds Act puts arts in a comfortable position as a “core” — and therefore needed — subject.
Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé were not the only musicians rocking out during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show this year. Members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, led by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, were also on stage, looking like true rock stars.
Zayan Reza, a junior at El Camino High School at Ventura College, was the first runner-up in the 2016 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud and will represent the Golden State in Washington, D.C., at the national finals in May if the winner cannot attend.
Ella DeAmaral, a sophomore at Anzar High School, recited two poems this past weekend at the State Capitol in Sacramento for the Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Through a grant from the California Arts Council, the San Benito County Arts Council brought Poetry Out Loud to the county for the first time this year.
Sheer embarrassment was dementia care worker Lynda Kelly’s overwhelming emotion the first time she sat in on a Manchester Camerata orchestra music therapy session at the residential home where she works; but the lasting change she saw in the residents in response to the musicians was so great that she is now running weekly improvisation sessions at the home.
While many people find it frustrating and challenging to get through tax season, this year your taxes can actually pose an opportunity for you to do a lot of good in your community while even saving yourself some money at the same time.
A patron, an activist and a teacher were the winners of the fourth annual Leadership Awards from the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, organization officials announced last week. Local restaurateur Fred Deni, former California Arts Council Chair Malissa Shriver Feruzzi and gallery owner and teacher George Small received the awards during a ceremony last Thursday at Typhoon restaurant.
At first glance, the art projects from Crittenton Services’ Kate Waller Barrett Academy in Fullerton look like any other work from beginning art classes in which students learn to draw with perspective, take well-lighted photographs and mold clay, among other things.
When a state arts agency had its budget slashed years ago, the staff changed its communication tactics from reactive and media-based to content creation and information aggregation. The result kept the agency relevant to the field, despite its tiny budget.
Two very different state agencies in California have teamed up for the specialized Arts-in-Corrections program. The result? A unique program that’s gaining positive national–and international–attention.
Joining Forces: Plant to Paper is a new art and writing project catering to veterans and people on active military duty. Mil-Tree joined forces with Arts Connection from San Bernardino to create the project. This multifaceted art project, spanning from February through May, is paid for by a Veterans in the Arts Initiative grant from the California Arts Council.
With musical performances, poetry and stage actors, the California Arts Council celebrated its "Ruby Anniversary" Wednesday. Actress Annette Bening, a former council member, hosted the event at the Crest Theatre.
If you have not found your way to a Poetry Out Loud event, the 2016 county finals take place at the Sonora High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. There are dozens of reasons why you should put this on your calendar, not the least of which is to feel inspired by the words of incredible poets as they are recited by teenagers who have found their way into the hearts of poems.
A grant from the California Arts Council's Arts in Corrections (AIC) program brought the Strindberg Laboratory into California state prisons in August 2015. Arts in Corrections had seen 30 years of successful fine arts programming in California state prisons until a state budget crisis led to its closure in 2010, despite studies showing inmates released from prison were less likely to return if they had participated in arts programming
The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a California lawsuit brought by artists including Chuck Close and the estate of Sam Francis against auction houses over resale royalties. Both sides are interpreting the results to weigh in their favor.
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.