Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?
Kristin Farr produces arts videos for KQED and writes monthly features for Juxtapoz magazine. She lives in the East Bay, and her favorite color is all of them.
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The latest episode of Idea Channel explores the business side of pop music and asks how music becomes meaningful to you, “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really?”
Check out KQED’s new app that allows you to learn about and explore San Francisco’s New Deal-Era murals on location at Coit Tower, Rincon Annex, and SF City College. Diego Rivera and Anton Refregier were two of the most prolific muralists in San Francisco at the time, and they worked with a legion of others to create large-scale in San Francisco.
We are big fans of San Francisco artist Sirron Norris featured him in an Art School episode about his work as a painter and animator. Youth media producers at BayCat are also admirers of Sirron’s work, and we recently discovered this terrific video interview with the artist where he discusses the details in his murals, his dog Rosie, the difference between street art and graffiti, and his personal history.
Technology and media introduce new ways to share art and new additions to the artist’s toolbox. Zeega is an online platform for creating and remixing media to create stories, montages and digital collages that express emotion. Zeegas are interactive videos made with combinations and layers of animated GIFs, images, and audio tracks. Zeegas can convey emotion or sentiment, illustrate text, and tell stories. They are mash-ups of original content and existing moments or images from the Internet and pop culture.
Street artist Olek works in the medium of crochet, covering landmarks, cars, people, and even freight trains a colorful camouflage pattern that is often infused with strong statements, sometimes of a political nature. I met Olek recently, when she was creating new work in San Francisco, and when I asked her what she stands for, she replied quickly, “Anything that is right.”
Teachers attended the Integrated Learning Summer Institute at Chabot Space and Science Center over the summer, and many of them created their own short films with the help of education specialists from KQED and SFMOMA. Here’s what Joel Wanek of KQED Arts had to say about it: “The goal of the workshop was to acclimate educators and artists to multimedia editing and to encourage the creation of multimedia pieces the classroom. We teamed up with Calcagno Cullen in SFMOMA’s Education Department to present the workshop…”
KQED Arts Ed will be presenting once again at the Alameda County Office of Education’s annual Integrated Summer Institute. The three-day institute is packed with dynamic mini-courses, speakers and performers. Coming up on August 13-15, KQED is partnering with SFMOMA’s Education department to lead a digital storytelling workshop.
Meet opera singer Jennifer Cherest, an award-winning soprano who has performed at an international array of opera companies. In the newest video from KQED’s Art School video series, Jennifer discusses her approach to singing, and her connection to pop singers like Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Jennifer was part of the San Francisco Opera’s Adler […]