It was a full house in the radio studio for our show on February 15, 2017. The talk was about the annual Gail Rich Awards which celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.
The director of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Michelle Williams came on to Artists on Art to talk about what the Arts Council does. She and her team support and invest in Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations Last year, more than $180,000 was awarded during our 2016 grant cycle.
For artists seeking grants, the Spring Grant Cycle opened February 8 for artists seeking: Create Grants – for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects and Develop Grants – for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities.View guidelines here.
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 5:00 pm.
The Arts Council does more than giving money away to support art, it also supports a wide range of arts education opportunities, advocate for ongoing support for the arts and lead community collaborations and partnerships.
The National Endowment of the Arts has come under attack with calls for ending funding. Please listen to Michelle Michelle argue for the intrinsic and economic value of the arts at a local and national level.
Christine Wertheim is a poet, performer, critic, curator, author of 8 books, crafter and collaborator teaching at CalArts. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about her upcoming Exhibit at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring. The Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:
■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 with Christine Wertheim
■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
These events are FREE and open to the public. Permits will be for sale at the Performing Arts Lot and the Porter College Lot for $5.
The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..
The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming, acidification of the oceans and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.
In 2005, Los Angeles-based twin sisters, Margaret and Christine Wertheim tried a different approach to communications by starting the Crochet Coral Reef project. The idea was born from their love of the Great Barrier Reef, their oceanic neighbor, and their appreciation for handiwork and the community it can create, simply by participation. Margaret, with a background in physics, math and science communication, and Christine, a professor of experimental writing and feminism, created a revolutionary art program to engage the public in coral reef science.
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