The hearing coincided with the release of the "2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California," an annual report by the Otis College of Art and Design, which for the first time contained a regional analysis of creative industries within eight geographic areas of the state.
El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC), has inaugurated a Poet Laureate program for El Dorado County. This post, officially appointed by a conferring institution, is bestowed on a noted poet to honor his or her body of work and to celebrate poetry as an art form.
Today, there remains good reason to cultivate these skills, particularly in schools where an increasing number of students seem to be less willing to challenge themselves and more inclined to take the path of least resistance to colleges and careers. (And that seems to be every path: A former Duke University professor, scrutinizing transcript records between 1940 and 2013 from more than 400 U.S. colleges, recently found that today's coddled students are three times more likely to be awarded A's in course grades as those 70 years ago. The study also notes that this is not because students are getting smarter: Rather, it is because contemporary society seemingly wants them to feel good about themselves. A Washington Post op-ed likened this phenomenon to giving out trophies to competitors "just for showing up" to play.)
When many people think about prison life, images of cells, orange jump suits and handcuffs might come to mind. But incarceration is more about rehabilitation than punishment and the California prison system is using some non-traditional methods to help its prisoners
Marines and civilians learned how to make silk-screen art April 30 in the first of three classes planned by "Joining Forces: Plant to Paper, The Veterans Initiative in the Arts," sponsored by the California Arts Council's Veterans Initiative in the Arts Grant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.