Show students how art can serve as a vehicle for self-expression and community-building with this video collection from KQED. Featured resources spotlight artists who maintain or adapt traditional art forms, from bluegrass to tintype portraits.
Culture Creates Community is one of a series of KQED Arts collections in PBS LearningMedia that have been created to help educators find the best arts-focused PBS resources to enrich learning experiences and integrate the arts into classroom curricula of all subjects.
Graffiti artist Edward Martinez adopted the alter-ego “Scape,” as an acronym for “Screaming, Creative, and Positive Energy”. That energy is evident both in his vividly pulsating paintings and in his work with under-served youth in East Palo Alto, California.
Laurie Lewis is a San Francisco Bay Area bluegrass legend. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist continues to craft a unique sound of her own while helping to guide the next generation of Bay Area roots musicians.
Ed Drew’s tintype portraits of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan evoked the timelessness of war. Once he returned to the United States, Drew turned his lens toward an organic garden project that’s empowering at-risk youth.
With his calligraphy, Zubair Simab seeks both to preserve the ancient art of beautifying Arabic texts and to build understanding among cultures. Zubair fled when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan at 17, eventually emigrating to the Bay Area.
Kapa is the traditional Hawaiian cloth made from tree bark. Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt makes kapa today using natural dyes and ancient techniques.
Charya Burt trained in and taught classical Cambodian dance in Phnom Penh, where her family suffered oppression by the Khmer Rouge. Now in the Bay Area, she’s passing on her art — and pushing it in new directions.
There are several lion dance troupes in the Bay Area. What sets Kei Lun apart is the group’s dedication to passing on ancient Chinese stories, told through the art of lion dance. In the traditional lion dance, props are used that represent different meanings.
Ala Ebtekar experiments with different art forms and has been inspired by literary narratives since he was very young. He grew up as a graffiti writer and DJ, and later pursued painting studies in Iran.
American Nomad is a band that keeps Americana music alive by mixing contemporary and traditional approaches. Join them as they share their approach to songwriting, recording, and performing.
Crafted from recycled materials, Ma Li’s dream-like sculptures celebrate individual freedom, imagination and play.