CSU Summer Arts Festival '04: Students, Artists Arriving

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CSU Summer Arts Festival '04: Students, Artists Arriving

CONTACT: Wendy Costa (559) 278-0509 or 241-6090 — wendyc@csufresno.edu or Tom Uribes: 278-5366 — tomu@csufresno.edu

See Public Events Calendar and Summer Arts 2004 News Page at www.FresnoStateNews.com

More than 200 students, 20 percent of whom are from the Central Valley, are arriving at Fresno State today (June 27) for the first session of the CSU Summer Arts Program, and another 230 will arrive Sunday, July 11 for the second session.

Also arriving throughout July are 140 guest artists, who will teach during the day and perform for the public in 35 diverse events from June 27-July 23.

Students and guest artists will participate in eighteen workshops in subjects ranging from jazz to world percussion, from animation to dance to photography. A nineteenth workshop, “Drawing and Painting in Florence,” takes place June 12 — 26.

Workshop participants will work eighteen-hour days, and on July 9 and 23 they will present their work in free public performances called culminations.

“If past experience is a guide, most students will report that it was the best experience of their artistic lives so far,” reports Jim Spalding, executive direction of Summer Arts.

To support this ambitious program, a headquarters has been set up in the Kremen Education Building, Room 186, where a team of nine year-round and 35 seasonal employees will work under Spalding’s direction. They will arrange meals and accommodations; design ads, catalogues and playbills; plan productions and ticket sales; and order supplies like 200 pounds of clay, a steamroller and 30 gallons of ink, and books with titles such as, “Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry.”

Since its inception in 1985, Summer Arts has held increasing numbers of classes that blend high technology with artistic expression. Some students will learn about the art of sound

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recording from five-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Swedien, and others will learn about experimental narrative from writers such as Mark Amerika, whose web site, Alt-X, has been called by Publishers Weekly, “the literary publishing model of the future.”

Accomplished animators Anthony LaMolinara, Mike Wellins, and Andrew Gordon will teach their workshop participants how to create and animate digital actors, and a veteran of 60 Minutes will be an instructor in the workshop, Producing the Documentary for Broadcast Television.

Highlights of CSU Summer Arts 2004 include: jazz concerts by the Kenny Garrett Quartet and Carmen Bradford; four guitar concerts by world-renowned solo guitarists, including Nicholas Goluses, Martha Masters, and Pierre Bensusan; three dance performances, and two exciting world percussion concerts.

There will also be lectures and presentations by Broadway choreographer Jerry Mitchell, photographer Jo Whaley, several children’s authors, and book artists Tim Ely and Daniel Kelm.

In addition to the performances listed in the Public Events Calendar, CSU Summer Arts will co-host with the Arne Nixon Center two special programs:

1) On Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House, we will have a workshop called “Path to Publishing” where participants will be able to hear from a children’s writer, a children’s publisher, and an agent. Lunch is included and the cost is $30. For reservations, call 241-6090.

2) On Monday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club, young adult authors Chris Crutcher and Terry Davis will have a reading and discussion, followed by an ice cream social. It is free, but reservations should be made by calling 241- 6090.

For more information about Summer Arts, see www.calstate.edu/summerarts or call the box office at 278-5109 Monday through Friday, noon — 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.