Most people know that Juan Felipe Herrera is the U.S. Poet Laureate, but what they might not know is that he is also an anthropologist and photographer. He demonstrates this in the Elotes con Sangre (Corn Stalks and Blood) exhibition at 1419 M St Studios in downtown Fresno. The exhibit is free and open to the public from Oct. 6 - Oct. 21.
Los Angeles filmmaker Pamela J. Peters has a message from Indian Country that she wants to share with the rest of the world: Despite centuries of discrimination and oppression - including murder, rape, forced relocation and cultural assimilation - "We are still here."
As Native Americans, she continued, "We are documented as a past-tense culture, even though we're not."
Last school year, 101,374 students attending California schools had no access to arts instruction at school, according to data released Thursday by a statewide arts education collaborative. That's just 3 percent of students who had not a single arts course offered at their school.
But if you examine the data through the lens of the little-known part of the education code that references arts instruction, the picture is much more bleak.
Murals are popping up left and right in Bayview, thanks to a group of local artists associated with an organization called Imprint.City. Led by Bayview resident Tyra Fennell and former District 10 Community Arts Program Manager of the San Francisco Arts Commission. IMPRINT.CITY has been around for two years. It aims to create arts and cultural programs in Bayview while encouraging economic development.
Offering a keynote address that helped connect the dots between California’s arts and culture sector and the visionary work of reforming government and building the state’s economy, CA Fwd's President and CEO Jim Mayer spoke in front of arts leaders and groups gathered from across the state last week.
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."
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.