Enriching People's Lives Through The Arts
A Message From Our Executive Director
Money makes the world go round...
So many things this month brought to mind Joel Gray in Cabaret playfully singing
about money. Tax season, city budget talks and even discussions about the Renée Fleming performance come down to money issues. As a young girl my mother told me that money was not a topic for public discussion so I am breaking a family rule in broaching this; but I think we should talk.
With no dedicated fund for the Arts in Fresno, the arts community is challenged by a strong desire to share their work and the need to cover the cost that it takes to produce it. It is therefore incumbent upon all of us, artists and patrons to take a close look at the amazing opportunities we do have and how we are stretching ourselves to keep art alive at such a financially difficult time.
At the Arts Council we believe that we are on the verge of an arts renaissance in Fresno and recognize that as this happens we also risk burning out the very energy that it will take to see this through. Artist and arts institutions need to be paid for the work they do or we risk losing their gifts. Like every other worker in any other sector there is a cost associated with our receiving this benefit. So what do we do?
While not the total answer, it is important that we accept that until we establish a dedicated fund for the arts, we, who value the arts, need to dig deep in our pockets and do what we can to be supportive. When ticket prices for an event seem a little high don't be so quick to criticize, it cost to produce good work. Buy a personalized art license plate, proceeds from the sale of these plates come back to the community through the California Arts Council and when filing your taxes, check off the box to include a contribution for the arts; every little bit helps. That clinking, clanking sound can make the world go round ...
Revel in the Arts,
Thursday March 29th, our Executive Director Lilia Chavez gave a workshop on the "nuts and bolts" of grant writing. We had a great turnout and the feedback from participants was very positive. Thanks to all that attended!
Join us for the next upcoming workshop
The Small Business Administration will lead a workshop on
"Starting a Small Business"
Basic information for artists, (or anyone else), to start
their own business idea from the ground-up.
Thursday April 26, 2012
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Fresno Arts Council
1245 Van Ness Ave
Fresno, CA 93721
Space is limited so please let us know if you are coming.
Ph. (559) 237-9734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to us!
We just learned that the California Alliance for Art in Education will award us a grant to build a Local Arts in Education Advocacy Network in the Fresno Unified School District.
2012 Poetry Out Loud
Congratulation Mohammad Shehata!
On March 26th in the State Capitol Senate Chambers, the 2012 State Poetry Out Loud competition took place determining Corbin Gomez, a senior at Oak Ridge in El Dorado County, as the first place winner. Fresno County's Mohammad Shehata, a senior at Clovis West High School, was the first runner-up and will represent California in the national finals if Gomez is unable to attend. We caught up with Mohammad and we asked him about his experience in participating in Poetry Out Loud. This is what this bright young man had to say:
How did you hear about Poetry Out Loud (POL)?
I had no idea what it was before but my drama teacher Ms. Fiester POL to the class. I was not a huge fan of poetry but she took me to the side and told me I should participate. She knew I had a chance to do well in it. Ms. Kyer and Ms. Rakis also encouraged me to compete and advised me throughout it.
Why did you choose the particular poems you read?
I searched the collection and within the requirements (of POL) I went with sonnet 29 because I like drama and theater.Sonnet 29 talks about a man that's blue; in the dumps. People look down on him and his misfortunate, but then the man talks about his friend and about the person he loves. This is enough to cheer him up and helps him look past his depression.
I found Hicoks piece second. It's a satirical story about a man who makes money out of basically nothing. He does mediocre work for a living. When his parents find out about his way of living, they tell his younger brother to come drop-out from college and come home; all because his brother seems to be doing well enough without the formal education. It's a funny poem. I had a good time performing it because it is comical.
The Eagle Plain poem talks about the American eagle and how highly Americans praise it. It is a satirical look on how the eagle over looks its praise.
What was your experience like at the State Competition?
Fantastic! The organizers took it very seriously. The first round took place as soon as everyone got to the hotel. We introduced ourselves in a small room equipped with a big screen. When it was your turn they would put your picture up and live music while you walked up to stage. It was an open event with anyone being able to attend and listen to you recite your poem. The second round took place inside the State Senate Chamber. We got to sit on the senator's chairs. It was televised. It felt very grandiose. When you talked to people afterwards they told you how much they liked your performance; it felt very good to receive such praise. It was a really great overall experience and one that I think Fresno should encourage more on its students.
Do you have any advice for next year's participants?
My advice is to rehearse. You have to digest the poem and understand it. But really, you have to understand yourself. You are going to enjoy the poems that speak to you. There is something for everyone when it comes to poetry; its words and they have to speak to you. If you are dedicated to it, and you enjoy it, and you practice it you will do very well.
This year marks the seventh time the California Arts Council has produced the annual competition -- the largest of its kind in the nation, with over 40,000 students in approximately 33 California counties participating. The program encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
April 5th was an exciting day in the Downtown and Tower District areas. The new blooming shops surrounding the Warnors Theater as well as the brand new art studios on Calaveras street added new vibrancy to the downtown arthop venues. The Tower district was as exciting as always too. If you have not experienced Arthop yet, you are missing out on a fun and engaging event. Oh and did we mention it is FREE? It is FREE. Join us every first and third Thursday of every month from 5pm to 8pm. To check a listing on venues all over Fresno and Madera, visit www.fresnoarthop.org or click here to join our mailing list.
Join us this coming Thursday April 19th at the following venues. Support our Metropolitan and Outlaying Areas, meet local artists and enjoy their artwork, beverages and music.
Armenian Museum Exhibition Hall
550 E Shaw Ave Fresno CA 93710
(UC Center, across from Fashion Fair)
Boling Fine Arts Gallery
5100 N Sixth, #120 Fresno CA 93721
Glass Crackers Mosaic
10710 Highway 41 #102 Madera CA 93636
The Peppertree Gallery
2767 W Shaw Ave Suite 126 Fresno CA 93711
Gallery II - Pat Hunter Studio
1490 W Shaw Ave Fresno CA 93711
Margaret Hudson's Earth Arts Studio & Gallery
1490 E Swift Street Fresno CA 93726
Arthop Brochure 2012
The second printing for the 2012 Arthop brochure is coming up in July. We have had many positive reviews about this year's design and new venues are signing up every month to participate in Arthop. Our deadline to submit the 2012 Arthop Agreement and be included in the second printing is May 7th, 2012. If you are interested in sponsoring the brochure or signing up as an official Arthop venue and be listed in all the promotional material we send out, please contact us before the date mentioned at (559) 237-9734.
Click here for a printable (PDF) version of the 2012 Arthop brochure which includes information on current venues, maps, and our sponsors.
Look out for these upcoming events in our community:
- Earth Day Repurposed Art Exhibit presented by Cathy Barnett Studios, Kings River Arts Council, and Green Fresno
April 14th 11am - 7pm at Reedley, California
For more information contact Cathy Barnett at (559) 859-3330.
- TRASHIQUE presented by Fresno Art Museum
Saturday, April 21st - 6:00pm at Fresno Art Museum
or call (559) 441-4221.
- 8th Annual Film Festival presented by Fresno Filmworks.
April 27th - 29th at The Tower Theater
- A Salute to Spring presented by Soli Deo Gloria
Enjoy a bouquet of dazzling, elegant music conducted by Dr. Julie Carter.
Sunday, May 6th - 7pm at University Presbyterian Church
For more information call (559) 473-6486 or visit www.sdgchoir.com.
Calling All Artists!
As part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting celebrations, Girl Scouts of Central California South has partnered with the Fresno Yosemite International Airport for their 2012 Christmas tree display. The display theme this year is based on the Girl Scouts Forever Green* campaign and is called, I have a dream...it's Green!
There are 12', 8' and 6' Christmas trees for you to showcase your design expertise on. The size of tree you work with is based on a first come, first served basis. Instead of using one of the trees provided you are welcome to create a tree of your own, using recyclable materials. If you are interested in designing for the airport display, please contact Tori Sampson at (559) 291-5078 ext. 145 or by email email@example.com to reserve your preferred tree today. A small stipend will be provided.
Deadline to reserve your tree: April 18, 2012.
FAC in Social Media
Did you know the Fresno Arts Council is actively involved in social media? Make sure you check us out on Facebook and Twitter for important announcements regarding art events, grants, workshops and contests in our community. If you are an arts organization or a local artist, we strongly encourage you to "Like" us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter to help promote yourself and your group. Click on these links for more information:
We want to welcome Janis Verhaert in our FAC office! Janis will be volunteering her time with us during Tuesdays and Thursdays. We appreciate your help and hard work Janis. Thank you!
JOIN THE FRESNO ARTS COUNCIL
"When you join the Fresno Arts Council, you will be in the company of Central Valley residents dedicated in elevating the importance of the arts in the community."
[ ] Arthop Venue $135
[ ] Individual $45
[ ] Organization $100
Thursday, April 19
Metro & Outlaying Areas
Thursday, May 3
Downtown & Tower District
FAC Board & Staff
Pablo Ruiz de Chavez,
Fresno Arts Council
1245 Van Ness Ave
Fresno CA 93721
Tel: (559) 237-9734
Fax: (559) 237-9816
"All children are born artists; the problem is to remain an artist when we grow up."