The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 3rd District, which includes all or portions of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
Submissions for the Congressional High School Art Competition in Congressman John Garamendi’s 3rd District are due by 5 p.m. April 28 in Fairfield and Davis.
Full details are available at http://garamendi.house.gov/how-can-i-help/art-competition.
Call ahead for Yuba City drop off time at (530) 329-8865.
To find out residency in the 3rd District, visit www.house.gov/representatives/find.
Source: Congressional high school art competition deadline extended
By Daily Republic Staff
Students in the seventh through 12th grades can participate in a countywide video contest that underscores the impacts of positive behavior in Solano County.
Videos must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, and are due April 21.
The contest, The Power of Kindness, is sponsored by Supervisor John Vasquez and District Attorney Krishna Abrams.
Source: Solano announces kindness video contest
By Susan Hiland
Jasmine Hamilton, a math teacher at Crystal Middle School, will teach two new dance classes at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
The recreational dance class includes international, folk, square, contra and ballroom dance. Students will learn specific dances from each of these styles and gain an understanding and appreciation of the role of dance in societies and cultures.
The dance fitness course includes an introduction to various dance styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
Source: Dance classes offered at Adult School
By Daily Republic Staff
Students from five Solano County high schools will compete next week in a national poetry recitation contest.
The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
The Poetry Out Loud county finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St. Contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems.
Source: Solano high school students compete for national poetry honors
Legislation introduced Monday will help California showcase its role as a world leader by improving media arts education so students will be better prepared for jobs in movies, animation, video games, virtual reality, and other media arts fields, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.
Torlakson sponsored AB 37, which Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell introduced Monday. This is the first day bills can be introduced for the start of the 2017-2018 legislative session. O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, is Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.
“This is an exciting step forward to improve our students’ education in the fascinating and creative world of media arts,” said Torlakson, who started his public service career as a high school teacher and coach. “I want to thank Assemblymember O’Donnell for introducing this measure and preparing students for media arts opportunities in 21st century careers and college.”
Source: New Legislation to Promote Media Arts Education – Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)
By Richard Bammer
In Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” the character Ebenezer Scrooge, a name universally synonymous with being a cold-hearted miser, fails to adopt an attitude of gratitude until he comes face to face with his bankrupt moral inventory.
Right up until Christmas Eve, as written in the short 1843 novel, Scrooge, ever the stingy creditor, continues his bad-tempered ways, rejecting a Christmas dinner invitation from a nephew and all the warm trappings of the holidays. He yells at charity workers and abuses his earnest employee, Bob Cratchit, before he is redeemed by a self-understanding and a power greater than himself.
The well-known story contains a message about the meaning of Christmas, which may explain why the Will C. Wood High School Singers will stage it Dec. 1 to 3 in the Vacaville Opera House, 560 Main St.
Source: Wood High choral group to stage Madrigal Dinner
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Armijo High School graduate SeanPatrick Shadduck is one of 10 artists selected for the third annual “Emerging Artists” show in Healdsburg.
He was nominated by his sculpture professor at Sonoma State University. Being selected is acknowledgement of his hard work, Shadduck said.
He spent Monday installing “Annakin’s Daughter,” which features an image of actress Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia, smoking an electronic cigarette.
Source: Armijo grad joins ‘Emerging Artists’ show
Benicia Herald Staff Report
The following is a complete list of every category that Benicia High School won in at this weekend’s Arty Awards:
High School Comedy/Drama
*Sound Design: Alina Martinez and Foxx Molinari, “Our Town”
*Lighting Design: Phil Alexander, “Our Town”
*Lead Actress: Maya Singh Sharkey, “Our Town”
Source: Benicia High School productions win big at Artys
By Neil Swapp
The arts are as important as academics, and they should be treated that way in school curriculum. This is what we believe and practice at New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA). While the positive impact of the arts on academic achievement is worthwhile in itself, it’s also the tip of the iceberg when looking at the whole child. Learning art goes beyond creating more successful students. We believe that it creates more successful human beings.
NMSA is built upon a dual arts and academic curriculum. Our teachers, students, and families all hold the belief that both arts and academics are equally important. Our goal is to prepare students for professional careers in the arts, while also equipping them with the skills and content knowledge necessary to succeed in college. From our personal experience (and research), here are five benefits of an arts education:
Source: Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education | Edutopia
By Nick Sestanovich
As one player exits the stage of Benicia High School’s drama department, a new one emerges. Nathan Day is ready to demonstrate that the show must go on.Day is the new head of Benicia High’s theater department, and he is taking the reins from Christine Mani, who recently left Benicia High to become a full-time theater instructor at Solano Community College. Some might view this as a difficult transition for students who had worked with Mani the previous year, but Day says they have been very welcoming.
“There’s been a lot of enthusiasm,” he said. “Any time you’re going to a new campus, it’s difficult but when you’re taking over a program where you’ve got kids involved in that program for all four years and they’ve been a part of it and had this great teacher in Ms. Mani, there’s always that nervousness of ‘What’s their reaction going to be?’ But it’s been great. There was excitement, not fear and dread.”
Source: A new Day begins for Benicia High School’s drama department: Former Rodriguez High School drama teacher Nathan Day to run program
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Boundless Studios took seven awards at the Eye Light Film Festival in Vacaville earlier this spring.
One of the films, “Colours,” is featured this weekend at the annual Benicia Film Festival. Filmmakers Jonathan Stevens and Julie Durant will talk about the five-minute short.
The story, Stevens said, centers on teens who remain silent in their own home about life’s big issues. The character, played by CJ Corpus, finds life’s colors through music.
“It brings him happiness,” Stevens said.
Source: Student filmmakers hope for more wins at Benicia Film Festival
By Nick Sestanovich
After 17 years, Christine Mani has taken her final bow as Benicia High School’s drama teacher. However, she will have a new role as a full-time theater instructor at Solano Community College.
Mani cites the need to help Solano’s theater department— which suffered drastic budget cuts in 2012— as her reason to leave Benicia High, an institution she still regards warmly.
“I love Benicia High,” she said. “I love the students, I love the location, I love the people and I love working for them, but like Mary Poppins, I have to leave Benicia because there’s somebody who needs me more. Right now, Solano— which used to be quite the hub of theater in our area— needed a little extra help, and I’m happy to be that help.”
Mani became a drama teacher to fulfill a lifelong love of theater.
Source: New act begins for longtime Benicia High drama teacher
By Daily Republic Staff
Devin Cox, an Armijo High junior, is the first runner-up in Congressman John Garamendi’s annual Congressional High School Art Competition.
More than 90 entries were received. Cox’s “The Jaw of Politics” will be displayed in Garamendi’s Washington, D.C., office.
Davis High sophomore Hoda Balla was the grand prize winner with “Glimpse.” Her art will be exhibited at the United States Capitol.
She has also been awarded a free flight for her and a guest to the nation’s capitol where she will participate in a reception honoring the nation’s winners.
Source: Armijo artist chosen for Washington showcase
By Stacey Goodman
Art continues to remain marginal in education, and I believe this is why: Despite tremendous growth in technology, STEM industries, and education, we are stuck in a rut in our politics, our economy, and the fight for health and fairness for most people.
Art makes us more human and empathetic. Without art, it is hard to imagine the lives of other people, other creatures, and the possibilities of other realities in general. Because of this deficit in art education, young people have tremendous faith in the coolness and remarkable evolution of their gadgets, but not much faith in themselves and other humans to grow and evolve.
Source: More Heart, More Art Through STEAM | Edutopia
Two Vacaville High School students have been named winners in a competitive environmental art contest in the Sacramento region.
Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails has announced 12 winners of its annual Clean Air Art Contest.
Vaca High student Cynthia Rendon Aguilar won third place in the Fine Art category. Fellow Bulldog Elena Quintana won third place in the Ceramics and Sculpture category.
Rendon Aguilar and Quintana will be honored at Breathe’s 40th Annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon on May 11 at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. The pair and three other Vaca High students who were named finalists in the competition also will have their work shown at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum and Verge Center for the Arts this summer.
via: Vaca High Students place in “Breathe California” contest – The Reporter
The Will C. Wood High spring production will be a nonmusical version of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” a comedy better known by its 1944 film version starring Judy Garland.
The staging opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues at the same time May 6 and 7 in the school’s Catwalk Theatre, 998 Marshall Road.
Tickets are $7 adults and $5 for students at the door.
The story tells the tale of the four rambunctious Smith sisters. They decide they do not want to move just when the 1904 World’s Fair is about to begin in their hometown. In the process, the sisters learn about life and love, thanks to the boy next door. In the end, after some romantic misunderstandings and crazy antics, love conquers all.
Source: Wood High actors to stage ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’
By Susan Hiland
Students clapped their hands Friday night and sang along to “A Dios le Pido,” a Spanish song that many of them knew word for word.
The “duck” feathers flew in the air as “Mon Merle” lost his feathers. And the chicken dance was sung and danced in French and it was called “La Danse des Canards.”
The music and dances were all for the 8th Annual Foreign Language Night at Solano Community College. The event presented in several languages including Spanish, French and German had the crowd of about 150 students and teachers eagerly waiting for the next group to come on the small stage.
Source: Solano College students showcase mastery of foreign languages
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Ernestina Garcia was having a “very proud parent moment” as she gazed at, then photographed, her daughter’s artwork on the wall of the Vacaville Art Gallery.
Natalia Garcia, a Willis Jepson seventh-grader, had replicated the Twenty One Pilots album cover for the record “Gun.”
“She’s very artistic,” Garcia said, adding the family has many of her drawings on the wall of their home.
Creativity runs in the family, Garcia said. Another daughter is a musician.
The younger Garcia said she chose Twenty One Pilots because they are her favorite band. She had also submitted a drawing of the late David Bowie.
Source: Charcoal drawing takes top honors at student show
By Irma Serna
The Cat in the Hat tell the story of Horton, a gamer-boy elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing the tiny world of Whoogle, including the beta-tester Jojo, a Who child who simply wants to invent a new phone app but is punished for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a concrete jungle of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible reality TV Star, Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, his adoring neighbor the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.
Source: Benicia High School Performing Arts Presents: Seussical, The Musical
By Matthew Adkins
Benicia Middle School was the setting of the annual Benicia Makers Faire Saturday.
A celebration of ingenuity and creativity, the event was a chance for children and adults to explore the world of crafts, electronics and engineering.
Aaron Newcomb, president of Benicia Makers Space, explained the event took about six months of work to organize.
“We did all the planning and everything, then we contacted local makers and people we know who like to do this and invited them to come at no charge,” Newcomb said. “A lot of people are here because they love what they do. It’s a community event run by volunteers, and so far it’s gone pretty well.”
Source: Dreamers and innovators drawn to Benicia Mini Makers Faire