Five things worth knowing this week
Loving Late Start Art. Late Start Arts spring session kicked off on Thursday with a FULL house (double underline the word full!!). Both sections of our ongoing before-school arts class were filled with eager friends, ready to have a great time learning, playing and creating together.
Around half a dozen kids were not only new to Late Start Arts, but new to VCA—it was especially fun to welcome them into this great program. Gerie Wilson led her K-1 students on journey toward Alaska, meeting Raven through Pacific Coast Native American stories and crafts.
Alisara Martin, one of our rotating teachers in the 2-5 grade level program, challenged her students to create their own Kaleidoscope by deconstructing a sample. Through an exploration of “how-to,” students created some amazing, artful Kaleidoscopes—in a way they can reproduce at home or share with friends.
If you ever need a jolt of energy and a reminder the wonder that is the meeting of arts and kids, you should come on by and see for yourself.
Order out of Chaos. A few weeks back, Ian Metler, our intrepid facilities manager and tool master, designed and procured a fabulous storage and work center for our administrative offices in “The Kay” (thank you Ikea). This week the fixtures were finally installed which has transformed a scary mashup of file boxes, folding tables, and random bits and bobs into something aesthetically pleasing, mess taming, and useful. Front of House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Breen has taken a deep, deep breath and waded into sorting all our supplies and files into the new wall system. Thank you Ian! Thank you Lisa!
Lights, Camera, Collagraphy. The wonder that is the 25thAnniversary Quartermaster Press exhibit and celebration just keeps on giving. Print impresario and budding video superstar led a wonderful workshop on turning bits of cardboard and a piece of plexiglass into a printing plate and from there a captivating piece of original art. You can view the video here.
Mark your calendar for upcoming QMP25 events
- April 28, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Collectors’ Conversation
- May 4, 5:30 p.m. First Friday – Suzanne Moore Artist Talk — Tradition and Transformation
- May 4, 6:30 p.m. – Deborah Taylor — Multi-plate Etching Demonstration
- May 19, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Valerie Willson — Monotype Demonstration
Vashon Summer Arts Fest is in full swing. A concept that was little more than that a month ago is well on its way to becoming an eight-week long celebration of the fullness and richness of the crazy-cool arts scene on Vashon. We had our third artist meeting last night (April 19) and I’m here to tell you this is going to be an amazing summer of art. Lots more to come. Here is the link to the call page.
Kaycie goes to Olympia: Our very own Kaycie Alanis, Vashon Artist in Schools Program Manager, was invited to sit on a grant review panel for the Washington State Arts Commission First Step grant. It was an incredible opportunity for her and us to connect with other arts professionals sitting on the panel, to get an in-depth look at what other programs across the state are up to, and to be a part of the grant process from a new perspective.
The First Step grant program is designed to support partnerships between schools and arts organizations who are working together to develop, implement, and evaluate high quality arts learning programs for students in K-12 schools, as part of the regular school day. These grants can also support professional development for arts education providers, or foundation-building initiatives such as community-wide surveys or curriculum development. This program does not support extra-curricular arts education, or programs that provide one-time exposure to an arts event. Grant amounts are expected to range from $1,000 to $5,000; matching funds from the applicant are required.
Go, Kaycie, Go!
Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, I found myself paging through a well-read copy of Joseph Campbell’s book, Reflections on the Art of Living the other day and stumbled on a beloved poem by Robinson Jeffers called Natural Music. Here it is . . .
The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers,
(Winter has given them gold for silver
To stain their water and bladed green for brown to line their banks)
From different throats intone one language.
So I believe if we were strong enough to listen without
Divisions of desire and terror
To the storm of the sick nations, the rage of the hunger smitten cities,
Those voices also would be found
Clean as a child’s; or like some girl’s breathing who dances alone
By the ocean-shore, dreaming of lovers.
In the words of Joseph Campbell,
Art is the transforming experience
The goal of life is rapture
Art is the way we experience it
Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Cain. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.