New Virtually Artful Program launched
Extraordinary times lead to exciting opportunities! To ensure that the arts remain an integral part of life in Carlsbad, Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz announced a new community outreach program targeted to artists and arts organizations titled Virtually Artful. With theaters, performance spaces and galleries closed due to the pandemic, the connection between artist and performer and their audiences have been compromised, if not significantly jeopardized. To help offset these difficulties, interested artists, performers and arts organizations can apply with a programming concept. Whether a performance or a workshop, Cultural Arts will select a limited number of applicants to partner with and produce their virtual programming which will be distributed through the city’s cable access and YouTube stations. Cultural Arts will provide technical support for filming in the Schulman Auditorium if needed and a stipend. Cultural Arts staff will review all applications and select those that align best with current performance and arts education programming. To apply, please fill out the online application.
Park locations offer summer arts experiences
In exploring new ways to deliver arts experiences throughout the city, the Cultural Arts Education team partnered with the Parks & Rec Department at Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch, as well as Pine Avenue and Stagecoach Community Parks. By doing so, Cultural Arts reached a new cadre of aspiring young artists. Art projects at Leo Carrillo were themed around the setting and life at the Ranch. With a new group of 10 participants each week, the art projects were taught outside, following all safety and health precautions at Club Peacock for four weeks in July. In July and August, arts instructors are teaching once a week at Kidz and Explorer Camps, hosted by Pine and Stagecoach community parks. A variety of visual arts projects were explored, providing great prospects for displays at homes throughout Carlsbad. Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz commented, “It’s wonderful to partner with our city colleagues. The prospects for new collaborations and expansion of arts experiences during and after the current crisis are very promising.”
Edges Frayed workshops now available
Local artists Bhavna Mehta and Michelle Montjoy, whose artwork was featured in the recent Edges Frayed exhibit at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, have each developed a 30-minute virtual workshop, designed for patrons ages 10 years and up of all skill levels. These workshops, encouraging viewers to participate in creating art with fabric and thread, are recorded and can be accessed at the viewer’s convenience. Activities include how to transfer, embroider and display using thread, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, postcards, fabric and more. Next month will also feature an additional workshop with artist Irma Sofia Poeter.
Gallery Curator Karen McGuire remarked, “Viewers can extend the virtual gallery tour experience by encountering the artists in a workshop setting and become a participant who explores their own creative process while gaining an insight into how these artists work.”
Community Arts Grants cycle closes Aug. 17
As one of the many programs to support artists and arts organizations in Carlsbad, the Community Arts Grants program funds quality arts and cultural programming and organizational support within Carlsbad. To offer flexibility for schools, artists and arts organizations, the current 2020/2021 cycle has three application periods to accept grant applications until funds are depleted. The second application period is open now, and will close on Monday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. If funding is still available, the last cycle will open on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and close on Monday, Nov. 16. All eligible projects are encouraged to apply.
Bringing the arts home
The City’s Cultural Arts Office has continued to add numerous resources for accessing the arts to the city’s website. 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!