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.
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.