Friday, December 17, 2010

Inneract Project ::: Building Community Through Design

from Inneract Project

What is the Inneract Project? 
Inneract Project is a professionally supported program that provides free design classes for inner-city youth, in order to channel their creativity into viable career paths. Classes are free and taught at both the Academy of Art University and Ex'pression College for Digital Arts by local design professionals. Current class disciplines include graphic design, architecture.

Inneract Project's mission is to expose under-served youth to careers in design by providing free classes, mentorship, and support for higher education. It is Inneract Project's goal to offer design as a means for positive transformation and expression.

Under-served youth have the least access and exposure to fields in design. IP's vision is to provide middle school students access to these fields in an inspirational college setting, at an age when aptitude and curiosity can be best harvested. We do this by connecting the design community with urban communities, schools and families in a collaborative effort to help under-resourced youth achieve their highest potential. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Our Oakland : Eastside Stories, art project by artist Rene Yung

from Our Oakland : Eastside Stories

Our Oakland : Eastside Stories is an integrated public art project by artist Rene Yung that will beautify the new East Oakland Community Library and create a new platform for community storytelling about East Oakland.  The overall theme of the project is Mutuality + Transformation, meaning that as members of a community, each of us is interconnected and we have the power to individually and collectively take action to make positive changes in our communities.
This project consists of three parts:
  • Public Art in the Library with art glass in a 64-foot clerestory window and an Interactive Pod
  • A Digital Archive of Community Stories about East Oakland
  • Community building activities including forming new partnerships and hosting storytelling events to build a new community online that will help build community on the ground.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Oakland Seen by Artist Alan Leon

Oakland Seen by Alan Leon
by Oakland Seen & Alan Leon

A series of Oakland sketches can be viewed on the Oakland Seen site. Oakland inspires many types of expression, and these drawings of Lake Merritt capture a beautiful and unique urban location (the nation's first wildlife refuge; 1870).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Young Audiences ::: Arts for Learning

by Young Audiences Arts for Learning Northern California
their mission statement says it all: "Our mission is to make the arts—classical, contemporary, and multi-cultural—an essential part of every young person’s education and life."
They offer Programs for Students and Teachers that can be brought to your school.
Reenie Charriere Residency, Peabody Elementary School

Monday, November 1, 2010

Feliz Día de los Muertos

process in motion, repetition and recreation
initiating the spark and watching the seed grow...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Arts Education in Public Schools ::: resources for your neighborhood school

by Americans for the Arts:
Arts Education in Your Community:
Find out what your school arts enrichment program is doing; and what they want to be doing / then find and contact organizations already in place that can help bring the funding.

here you can find a Resource List for Arts Education
click and Search to find a resource in your area

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Obsessed Artist | World United

by Obsessed Artist | World United project(s)
from their website "...making a positive change and uniting the world with artistic influence."
"One of the ways we try to give back through Obsessed Artist is to promote creativity and help ensure that healthy imaginations shape our world to come. We created a non-profit that functions within oa: one with hopes of making a positive change and uniting the world with artistic influence. We naturally named our non-profit World United. World United is an entity catered to the needs of envisioning a world united through the arts.

Engaging Communities Because Obsessed Artist puts a lot of stock in the mantra “think globally, act locally!” we jump at the opportunity to lend our time and resources toward involving ourselves in community pursuits and enhancing the presence of the arts within it. If it’s teaching elementary kids how to tie-dye and draw self-portraits, or contributing to a collective mural on a long forgotten building, we look forward to being involved! If you yourself are organizing a community event, be sure to recruit volunteers through our many tools including our member uploaded events calendar section, and give everyone a chance to make a difference!"
artist: ashmax891 | source:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Berkeley Public Library

09-24-2010 | Berkeley Public Library | Berkeley, CA | Lita Mikrut

Friday, October 15, 2010

What is Sound?

by Favourite Sounds Project
Gives me a feeling that I have actually traveled and experienced the location. Aurally transported and immersed in the recorded splice of life...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Silent Evolution

by Jason deCaires Taylor
this is such a moving and poignant piece. from conception to delivery. time will have it's part in the creation as well...(doesn't it always)
a little bit about the project, written about by Pete Thomas on GrindTV.

Alameda Sun

by Steve Mikrut
In the spirit of creative community & family, first posting is the painting
my Father, was working on during the Spring...his final earthly canvas...

Feb-April 2010 | "Alameda Sun" | Alameda, CA | Steve Mikrut