Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.
In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. Is arts education important to you?
Why does character matter? What are the skills you need to flourish in the 21st Century? A global “cloud filmmaking” project led by Tiffany Shlain launched with a film about The Science of Character, and she is now gathering entries from students, teachers and communities for a new film, The Adaptable Mind. Use your mobile … Continue reading Submit Your Video for A Global Film Project About Character →
Sanaz Mazinani is an artist with a background in political activism who uses art to inspire dialogue about perceptions of cultural identity. In the latest episode of Art School, she describes her current art practice and the intentions behind her recent installation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
The deadline to sign up for the "Creativity at the Core" conference in Los Angeles is approaching on August 1. Sign up for this three-day institute focusing on integrating the arts into Common Core instruction.
You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking. What's your signature dance move?
Documentary photographer Paccarik Orue worked on a project called There’s Nothing Beautiful Around Here in Richmond, California, a city with a reputation for being unsafe. Take a photo of something that you feel is beautiful and a sign of positivity in your everyday life.
March is National Arts Education Month! To honor and celebrate the importance of arts and culture in education, take a look at our special collection of KQED features on exemplary arts education programs around the Bay Area, and spend some time discovering new artists and activities in videos made for students on KQED Art School.
What are the real issues in your community that could use a superhero's help? In collaboration with a superhero team like the Justice League, what kind of action could you take to help your neighbors and classmates, or improve your local landscape? Explore the art of Amy Franceschini.
All forms start out as shapes, which are two-dimensional and can be found all around us, from street signs to designs to food. What kinds of shapes are you most attracted to in art or in everyday life?
Each year, thanks to the generosity of artist Marion Cilker, San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education host two days of inspiration for both pre-service and in-service arts educators. KQED will be there to present a workshop about KQED Art School, and other presenters include SFMOMA, AXIS Dance, and TheaterWorks of Silicon Valley.