The California Arts Council continues its upward climb out of near financial starvation with news Tuesday that the new state budgetincludes a $10.8 million bump, bringing state support to the agency in fiscal year 2016-17 to roughly $21.1 million.
Marin Shakespeare's Lesley Currier got a letter some years back from Michael Willis, who'd played Puck in a San Quentin State Prison production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He was writing from his new cell at High Desert State Prison in Susanville (Lassen County) to say how rotten it was at that remote maximum-security facility with no theater program, and urging Currier to bring the Bard to that desolate place.
The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $12,523 to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) as part of its JUMP StArts program. The Riverside Art Museum is one of only twenty-seven grantees statewide for this program.
Artist and professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud will be honored as the inaugural recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor's Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 28. The award recognizes an acknowledged innovator whose career accomplishments have led to a long-term positive impact on the lives of others and who is an inspiring influence for other innovators. The recognition and award will be presented by Acting Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter as part of the UC Davis Chancellor's Innovation Awards event.
Every Tuesday at six in the morning, members of the San Jose-based Red Ladder Theatre Company meet at the San Jose Caltrain station to drive about 90 minutes Southeast to Soledad, Calif. They meet early to make sure they have enough time to get ready for a three-hour improvisation class they teach at Salinas Valley State Prison - a maximum security facility where the state houses some of what it considers to be its most dangerous prisoners.
Fine arts education may be one of the last things you think of when it comes to rehabilitation in California's state prisons. But prisoners across the California Department of Corrections' 34 facilities once had access to theater, music, creative writing and visual arts classes. The classes were offered as part of a program called Arts-In-Corrections - and it actually worked.
Vincent had been making guitars by hand for close to 20 years. But unlike most luthiers, Vincent learned his craft while in prison, as part of the state's Arts-In-Corrections program, a world-renowned initiative which brought arts programming to prisons for decades until it was cut due to budget shortfalls a few years ago. "The guitars that were coming out of that program were world-class," says Vincent. "They were concert guitars."
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. ..
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.