California Arts Council

State of California

California Imagination flies for Flag Day on Saturday, June 14
Annual event includes special banner of artwork from the collaborative PSA on California arts 

Published: 06-12-2008

Arts lovers statewide will have reason to celebrate national Flag Day on Saturday, June 14. The California Arts have their own special banner.

The California Arts Council and artist Jillian Kogan will join with the U.S. Postal Service and dozens of other organizations on the West Steps of the state Capitol at 10:00 am on Flag Day, June 14, 2008, and unveil the California Imagination flag, a rendition of the state Bear Flag representing the arts of California that was created for a collaborative public-service announcement earlier this year.

"Flag Day and the Bear Flag stamp commemorate the creation of our great state of California, just as the California Imagination image represents the state's arts and creativity," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council.

"The arts and creative industries represent a multi-billion dollar industry and employ hundreds of thousands of people in California," continued Johnson. "The visual, literary and performing arts are part of a well-rounded education that encourages imagination, creativity and increased self esteem. And the arts are an integral part of a healthy community. These are the important concepts embodied in the California Imagination flag."

Hundreds of California artists and arts organizations loaned objects and images to be part of the temporary art installation created by assemblage artist Kogan, featured in a video public-service announcement (PSA) that utilizes stop-motion photography. Each object or image used in the project has an important arts story behind it -- the ballet shoes from a San Diego professional dance company, the whistle used by theater educators in Santa Cruz as part of an acting exercise, or the abalone necklace created by a north coast jewelry artist. June 14 will be the first time the California Imagination banner will be shown in a public setting. Kogan will explain how she utilized these items and materials in the project, and California Arts Council staff will explain the stories behind the images and objects.

"Working with the California Arts Council on the California Imagination installation was a wonderful experience," said Kogan. "Culling from so many cultural organizations was the most productive way to creatively unite the statewide artistic diversity that makes California so rich and unique."

The public is invited to attend the events on the West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 14 -- to commemorate the new Bear Flag stamp from the U.S. Postal Service and see the California Imagination flag for the arts of the Golden State. More information is provided in the press release and California Imagination background text.

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