Community Arts
Arts weaves the fabric of a community. Through workshops, education initiatives, and community projects, art creates the connective tissue of a neighborhood. It inspires dialogue and builds bridges of understanding between cultures. Arts education sows the seeds of knowledge in the youth, later gestating into a worldview that leads to an enriched, enlightened lives. Community projects make art of, and for, the people.
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Making Faces with Oaxacan Mask Crafter Jesus Avila
Pedro Arroyo and curator Catherine Trujillo meet Oaxaca native and Los Osos resident Jesus Avila, who offers a glimpse into his woodworking studio where he carves and designs wooden masks used in traditional Oaxacan dances.
Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabistas: Inside the World of Muslim-American Fashion
Hijabista. The word -- which fuses "hijab" and "fashionista" -- gained traction a few years ago when young Muslim women realized they could follow the Islamic rules for modest dressing without stifling creative expression. Now, in Irvine, Muslim-American women discover new ways to express themselves through fashion.
Santa Barbara's Art From Scrap Incubates Ideas
Santa Barbara's Art From Scrap Incubates Ideas
Started in 1990 as the reaction to cuts in the arts at the city's schools, a group of Santa Barbara parents started Art From Scrap. It functions as a teaching facility, a gallery, a store for reusable and new surplus art materials, and a community center, rolled into one.
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Instead of a heart, Tijuana has the Avenida Revolucion, an adult playground for tourists. A group of artists and cultural activists are now reimagining the role of the infamous street.
Stages of Learning: Theater and Language in San Diego Schools
Stages of Learning: Theater and Language in San Diego Schools
Elementary schools in "the Southeast" area of San Diego have implemented innovative arts integration programs that have begun to energize schools in neighborhoods that were once left behind.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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