How important is art to you?
I think creativity is one of the greatest exports in our country, and have always had art in my life. From scribbling on paper as a baby, earning a degree in Art, to taking teens to art museums, attending galleries and openings, and teaching what I know to youth-I've always felt a connection to the Arts. People express creativity in different ways; I like to paint, draw, or take photographs, while some of my best friends are musicians, engineers, or work with their hands. There are an unlimited number of ways to create or express creativity, and it is one of the reasons that the Bay Area and Silicon Valley are considered intellectual and innovative hubs.
This will be the third year that the Library has taken part in Art IS Education month. Every year I'm amazed at all of the talent and passion that exists in our community. This year I've been in contact with Newark Memorial to have students show their work in the library. Showing work in a public place allows students to connect with their community and gives them affirmation that they belong. With the diminishing resources given to elective courses, it's important for the community to step up and support the arts.
This month, the library is having several different programs that embrace the creativity of our community. I encourage you to come out and join us this month at one of the following programs:
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am
photographer and photojournalist Len Cook teaches digital photography on
Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am from March 2 through April 13. Each week
will focus on a single topic including: F-stop, shutter speed, ISO, autofocus,
megapixels, Instagram, and Picassa. This class is for teens 13+ and
adults. Registration is required: 510-795-2627 ext 7 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 9, 2-4 pm
Mandala Paper Quilt Workshop
This fun workshop for families will be led by Teaching Artist Lilli Lanier. This
project uses basic traditional kirigami paper cutting techniques to create
colorful, layered, mandala paper quilt squares. All ages welcome, and all
materials will be provided. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Reception for the Artists
Students from Newark Memorial High School will be showing works of art including drawing, photography, multimedia, and a visit from the NMHS choir. Contact Brian Edwards at 510-795-2627 ext 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, March 16, 1 - 4:30 pm
Encaustic Painting Workshop
Join artist Jose Luis Andrade to experience one of the most ancient and diverse art forms, encaustic wax painting. We will learn fundamental techniques and learn
how to apply them to our own collages or abstract artworks. For ages
10 years and up. Registration is required, please call 510-795-2627 ext 7 or
Saturday, March 30, 2-4 pm
Live Concert with Lisa Marie Johnston
Accomplished singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Johnston brings her Stomp and Groove music to the Newark Library. Lisa describes her music as “what Sheryl Crow and Sublime would sound like having a jam in New Orleans.” Visit www.stompandgroove.com for more info or email email@example.com.
6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark, CA 94560
510-795-2627; TTY 888-663-0660; guides.aclibrary.org/newark
In honor of Art IS Education month, Alameda County Library is presenting a special series of over 100 free arts events for youth and families.
Art IS Education month is an annual showcase of youth arts learning in Alameda County in March during nationa Arts Education Month.
Alameda County Library is working in partnership with the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to expand the reach of Art IS Education to library patrons.