CSU Summer Arts: A Cultural Beat in the Heart of California(June 20, 2002) Put down the passport. Forget the anxiety of long airport lines. Californians need travel no farther than the heartland of their own state to find a summer experience rich in music, theatre, dance, literary and visual arts.
California State University's Summer Arts—for years one of the Central Valley's best- kept secrets—offers a four-week cultural feast on its Fresno campus. From June 30 to July 27, international artists and distinguished CSU faculty will gather there to perform and teach in a program described as "different from any other…in the world."
Intense two-week long artist/student workshops, up to 14 hours per day, culminate in engaging productions that are open to the public. In addition, artists offer an array of public performances on campus at reasonable admission prices.
Visitors join enthusiastic local audiences on warm summer evenings, enjoying the works in the relaxed atmosphere of the campus' people-friendly theatres and halls.
"For fans of the performing and visual arts," said Summer Arts Director Jim Spalding, "it's a virtual kaleidoscope. Pick any night. Every performance or exhibition has something thrilling for the eye, the ear, the mind."
Among the 120 stellar artists participating in Summer Arts 2002 are Trinidadian steel pan virtuoso Liam Teague, the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Alexander String Quartet, San Diego's edgy Lower Left dance company, Los Angeles' Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, award-winning novelist and playwright Joyce Carol Thomas, celebrated children's author Pam Munoz Ryan of Bakersfield, sculptors Judy Hill and Clifford Rainey, and the Pandemonium Steel Drum Band from Long Beach.
At least half are true resident artists, decamping each evening to the quarters they share with students in the program. Their late night exchange of ideas about art amounts to a unique bonus for the 450-plus students enrolled in the 17-year-old Summer Arts program.
Open to talented CSU and other students from all over the state, CSU Summer Arts is a multidisciplinary program in which students earn academic credits in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre, performing and visual arts, design, arts education and new technology. For more information about CSU Summer Arts, call (559) 241-6090 or visit www.calstate.edu/summerarts. Box office: (559) 278-5109, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
The California State University, the nation's largest system of senior higher education, has 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since its creation in 1961, it has awarded about two million degrees to job-ready graduates. The CSU's mission is to provide high quality, affordable education, maintaining its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation. See www.calstate.edu.
CSU Summer Arts guest artist performances:
World Percussion Concert 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30 Concert Hall
The Alexander String Quartet 8 p.m. Monday, July 1 Concert Hall
Lower Left Dance Company 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 Dance Studio
Reading 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 Fresno Art Museum
Glass and Sculpture Lecture 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 Conley Hall
Musical Theatre Salute 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 Concert Hall
Lower Left Dance Company 8 p.m. Friday, July 5 Concert Hall
Percussion Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6 Concert Hall
Dance/Music Concert 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 Concert Hall
Glass and Sculpture Lecture 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 Conley Hall
Chamber, Folk and Jazz Concert 8 p.m. Monday, July 8 Wahlberg Hall
Animation Lecture 6:30 p.m Tuesday, July 9 Conley Hall
Lower Left Dance Company 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 Concert Hall
Glass and Sculpture Lecture 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 Conley Hall
Alexander String Quartet And Friends 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 Concert Hall
Poetry Reading 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 Wahlberg Hall
Animation Lecture 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 Conley Hall
Dance Collective 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14 John Wright Theatre
Photography Lecture 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 Conley Hall
Children's Reading 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 African American Museum
Film and Lecture 8 p.m. Monday, July 15 Education 172
Children's Reading 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 Fresno Art Museum
Children's Reading 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 Arte Americas
Film and Lecture 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 Conley Hall
Architecture Lecture 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 Conley Hall
Steppenwolf Theatre Company 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 Wahlberg Hall
Steppenwolf Reader's Theatre 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 John Wright Theatre
Children's Storytelling 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20 Petunia's Place
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 Tower Theatre
Photography Lecture 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21 Conley Hall
Architectural Lighting Lecture 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22 Conley Hall
Film and Lecture 8 p.m. Monday, July 22 Education 172
Architectural Lighting Lecture 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 Conley Hall
Children's Storytelling 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 Fig Garden Regional Library
Jimmy Heath/ Billy Childs Trio Concert 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 Concert Hall
Children's Reading7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 Wahlberg Hall
Makeup Demo and Lecture 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 Conley Hall
Architectural Lighting Lecture 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25 Conley Hall
Artist/Student Workshop Culminations:
Chamber Music 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 Concert Hall
Music and Movement 1 p.m. Friday, July 12 UC 200
Glass and Sculpture 2 p.m. Friday, July 12 Conley Gallery
Computer Imaging and Animation 2 p.m. Friday, July 12 Conley Hall
Hot House Dance 3 p.m. Friday, July 12 Concert Hall
Disoriented Word 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 Education 172
Scenery Automation/Musical Theatre 7 p.m. Friday, July 12 John Wright Theatre
Percussion in World Music 8 p.m. Friday, July 12 Satellite Student Union
Steppenwolf, Part One 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25 Arena Theatre
Prosthetic Makeup Noon Friday, July 26 John Wright Theatre Lobby
Storytelling and Cultures of Childhood 1 p.m. Friday, July 26 UC200
Digital Film, Photography and Rapid Viz 2 p.m. Friday, July 26 Conley Gallery
Dance 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 John Wright Theatre
35mm Filmmaking 7 p.m. Friday, July 26 Conley Hall
Steppenwolf, Part Two 8 p.m. Friday, July 26 Arena Theatre
Jazz 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 Concert Hall
Contacts: Brenda Roberts, (323) 291-1796 BR1ink@aol.com
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Last Updated: 1 July 2002
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