A Message from the Cultural Arts Manager
These are unprecedented times. As I reach out to members of our community, colleagues and artists, there is a concurrence that we are all living within a “sci-fi movie.” Quite simply, it is truly surreal. In matter of weeks, COVID-19 has changed life so drastically and dramatically. We deeply value our heroes on the frontline – essential safety providers, medical professionals, grocery store workers and so many more. It’s a time when we clamor for positive, affirming stories. It’s also a time when many of us are drawn to the arts to provide comfort, solace and escape. In a recent city survey, it was gratifying to see that 39% of community members expressed interest in musical performances and 36% in visual arts opportunities. Whether streaming arts experiences like the New York Metropolitan Opera’s nightly Live in HD series, the best of Broadway and live performances on ALL ARTS or the San Diego Museum of Art’s virtual tours, the arts continue to have a daily presence that impacts all of us. In this issue, we highlight new city virtual arts programs, as well as local organizations offering online arts experiences. As always, we encourage you to explore and share the arts together with your loved ones.
Richard Schultz, MFACultural Arts Manager
New Arts Commissioners Appointed
At the April 21 meeting, the City Council appointed three community members to the Arts Commission. Current Arts Commissioners Laurenn Barker and Michaela Chamberlain were reappointed for a four-year term. Barker is the current chair of the Arts Commission and Chamberlain recently completed the term of a former commissioner who relocated. Gita Nassiri, who is currently the Board President of the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation, was also appointed to the Arts Commission which has seven members who serve as community representatives in an advisory capacity to the City Council and city staff. This Thursday at 9 a.m., the next Arts Commission meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website. Agenda topics include an introduction of the new Public Art Coordinator and an update on Community Arts Grants. Public comments are welcome and may be emailed to email@example.com. More Info
Tour the Cannon Art Gallery Exhibit Online
The current exhibit in the William D. Cannon Art Gallery is now available to tour online. This exhibition brings together three Southern California artists: Bhavna Mehta, Michelle Montjoy and Irma Sofia Poeter, in a material-rich conversation about construction and connection. Using fine stitching and cutting, fraying fabrics and abstract shapes, text, color, texture, volume and shadow, their work weaves a narrative that seeks to clarify and extend the hidden layers of identity and understanding. With the unexpected closing due to COVID-19, the exhibit has been extended through August 8, in hopes the community will have an opportunity to experience the show in-person when the library reopens.
Bringing the Arts Home Online
The City’s Cultural Arts Office launched new features to the city’s website designed to offer resources to access the arts. On the At-Home Art Projects webpage, our Arts Instructors created activities that anyone can do from home with a few basic materials, a willingness to try something new and a creative spirit. These projects include visual arts projects, coloring sheets based on Carlsbad’s public art and theater activities that will get you moving and vocalizing along the way! More Info
Artful Thinking: Online Teacher Resources
The Arts Education Lessons for Teachers features resources to assist with online learning. The Cultural Arts approach to instruction for new arts education programs in the visual arts is based on Harvard University’s the Eight Studio Habits of Mind. The purpose of the Artful Thinking Program, also from Harvard University, is to help teachers regularly use works of art and music in their curriculum in ways that strengthen student thinking and learning. Each lesson contains a list of simplified art materials that can be used to complete the project and facilitate connections to the California Arts Standards. More Info
Local Arts Go Virtual
In the coming weeks, Cultural Arts will be rolling out a series of new virtual programming for all ages focusing on local musicians, ways to get moving with a local dance company and capturing your family histories through playwrighting.
New Village Arts, Carlsbad’s professional theatre company, launched New VIRTUAL Arts showcasing favorite local artists who are creating unique digital content daily. Everything from cabarets and concerts, to art and dance lessons plus meditation workshops, kids’ programming, talk shows and much more are presented free. New Village Arts is also presenting Streamin’ Shakespeare with unique digital adaptations of the Bard’s most beloved works. Visit the New Village Arts website for more information.
Many local arts organizations have also gone online to connect with their audiences with innovative programming designed to keep the arts as part of daily life. The Museum of Making Music is presenting MoMM@Home, a series of live events exploring a variety of perspectives on music. On Museum Mondays, curator Dr. Jonathan Piper presents interesting tidbits about the history and impact of instruments. Wednesdays are for kids and families with instructions on how to make your own instrument at home or a musical story time. On Fridays, Creator Corners engage composers, producers, musicians, conductors in lively discussions around their art. Visit The Museum of Making Music website for upcoming sessions and recordings of past episodes.
Carlsbad Friends of the Arts Dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the community experience. To become a member or volunteer,visitwww.carlsbadfriendsofthearts.org
Upcoming Events Arts Commission Meeting