The first thing to know about Dana Gioia the poet - and, since December, California State Poet Laureate - is the richness and range of his poetry. Thoughtfully embroidered with literary allusions, wit and natural imagery, it's alternately prayerful and playful, and occasionally Chandler-esque ("The scent of your shame is a heavy cologne/ That lingers for hours after you go"). His closing lines twist and reveal, like the newspaper reader who saves an ex-lover's wedding announcement "Inside a book like something I might use/ A scrap I knew I wouldn't read again/ But couldn't bear to lose."
Unearthing lesser-known slices of Los Angeles history is just one reason Kun's work has caught the attention of the Getty, the city's Library Foundation and now the MacArthur Foundation. After a lifetime of scholarship and publishing, including "To Live and Dine in L.A.," a book that surveyed the Los Angeles Public Library's trove of old restaurant menus, and "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles," which did the same for the institution's collection of sheet music, Kun became one of 23 MacArthur fellows announced Thursday, just after midnight on the East Coast.
This month, NVUSD will be recognized by the California Alliance for Arts Education for our hard work and dedication. We are grateful for the support the Alliance provided through their Local Advocacy Network, which offers strategic assistance to 30 communities around the state.
With her combination of musical training, youthful enthusiasm and quiet compassion, Megan Wong could serve as the poster child for the healing and transformative power of the arts. Wong heads the Semper Sounds project of Resounding Joy, Inc., a music therapy non-profit founded in 2004 by Barbara Reuer. The organization is one of eight in San Diego County to receive a California Arts Council (CAC) grant from its newest program, the Veterans Initiative in the Arts.
Through three programs — HAC On The Road, the Morris Graves Museum of Art Youth Gallery and the museum’s school tours program — the Humboldt Arts Council is making it possible (and free) for kids in Humboldt County to explore the arts in an educational, empowering and fun way.
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.