February Newsletter
Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival
Tickets are on sale now!
Inyo Council for the Arts is thrilled to once again host Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, returning for its 27th year to the Eastern Sierra, Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, 2020 . From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.  

Tickets are available now at the ICA office on Main St and Eastside Sports in Bishop. Tickets will be available at Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes starting Thursday, February 13th.

Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night. Beer will again be available for purchase. For more information, call
Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit us at
137 S. Main St in Bishop.
Bishop, CA — Senior Erik Martinez, from Owens Valley High School, received the title of Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion at the county finals held in Bishop at Inyo Council for the Arts on February 5th. The runner-up was Joy Law, from Bishop Union High School.

This was the tenth year that Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) has hosted Poetry Out Loud, which is sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and locally by the California Arts Council. ICA’s Poet Teacher in the schools, Claiborne Mitchell, worked with teachers and students to implement the curriculum and mentor the student competitors as they prepared for their public performances. Speaking from the stage to the student competitors, Mitchell said she was “Incredibly impressed with how you have chosen poems that resonate with you in one way or another, own it, and get your lips around the word, and to have the valor to come and do this!”

Poetry Out Loud gives students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The students’ performances were judged on criteria including presence, evidence of understanding, dramatic performance, and accuracy. At the county finals, Poetry Out Loud contestants performed works they selected from an anthology of more than 650 classic and contemporary poems. Martinez, who was runner up last year, recited “Apollo” by Elizabeth Alexander and “April Love” by Ernest Dowson.

Martinez moves on to compete in Sacramento March 15th and 16th, representing Inyo County in the California State Championship. The California State Champion will compete for the national title in Washington, D.C. in April. For more information about how to follow this exciting national competition, visit www.inyo.org/poetryoutloud.
Inyo County Champion, Erik Martinez, left, and Inyo County Runner-Up, Joy Law, right.
State of the Arts 2019
Friends of the Inyo
Andy Selters Presentation
Join photographer and author Andy Selters, and arctic guide and advocate Brennan Lagasse for an evening portrayal of this northeast corner of Alaska making headlines for both grandeur and proposed oil development. Andy will share his pictures and tales from a north-south traverse through the Brooks Range, and Brennan will present his perspectives from many visits as a leader of expeditions and youth groups, including work with the native peoples and an overview of the threats from oil development and climate change.

This event, hosted by Friends of the Inyo, will be February 22 from 6pm-9pm at Inyo Council for the Arts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here . For more information, visit friendsoftheinyo.org or call 760.873.6500
Eastern Sierra Land Trust
In Harmony: Music and Art Series
Fill your 2020 with harmony, and join us for the first day of Bishop’s NEW Sunday concert series! Each event will feature a lively concert by The Bill Schuck Quartet, with fresh appearances each season from talented guest musicians. The first concert of the series on February 23rd will feature a guest appearance from musician Sandy Anderson.

Begin your Sunday afternoon at 2PM with a festive and casual mixer at ESLT. At 3PM, we’ll bring the party over to the band, at Bishop First United Methodist Church. Throughout the mixer and the performance, you can meander through displays of gorgeous artwork by Rhondda Saunders and other local Eastern Sierra artists.
When community comes together with conservation, music, and art, we create real Eastern Sierra harmony. Come be a part of it!

Join us on February 23rd, then stick around for the rest of the series on May 10th (Mother’s Day!), August 2nd, and November 8th. Tickets are $50 for one event or $175 for the series, and benefit Eastern Sierra Land Trust and Bishop First United Methodist Church. Tickets can be purchased here .
Bishop Area Climbers Coalition
Pretty Strong : Film Showing and Q+A with Katie Lambert
Join the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition as they celebrate the Bishop debut of Pretty Strong , a “climbing film about women, by women, for everyone.” Tickets will be $10.

From 5.13 big walls in Yosemite to 5.14 sport climbs in Mexico to V14 boulder problems in Colorado, Pretty Strong follows eight of the world’s strongest female climbers as they explore new climbing areas, send hard projects, and push the boundaries of the
sport and themselves.

This film premiere, hosted by the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, will be February 28th at Inyo Council for the Arts. For more information, visit their website here.
Arts education is the key to success for California’s students.

Students who learn arts at school score higher on tests, have better attendance records, significantly lower dropout rates, and are more than twice as likely to graduate from college.

Creativity is cited as the No. 1 desired skill in today’s job market, according to a 2010 IBM survey. Yet less than half of California’s students have access to art at their schools. And those who stand to benefit the most—like low-income students and English-language learners—are the least likely to be given the opportunity.

We can—and we should—do better.

This tax season, you can help keep arts in schools by making a tax-deductible donation of $1 or more to the  Keep Arts in Schools Fund  on your state return. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to support arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council. Do your part for tomorrow’s innovators who need arts education today. Visit  www.arts.ca.gov  to learn how.

Sources: Americans for the Arts – Arts Education Navigator (2013), Create CA Arts Education Data Project (2018).
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Inyo Council for the Arts
137 South Main Street
Bishop, California 93514


(760) 873-8014 / www.inyo.org

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Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.
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