Visions of Central Valley Culture: How Local Arts & Films Portray Valley Life

Description: This discussion centers around the way cultural identity is represented and enhanced through works of art, film, and other expressions. Key Questions: Who has the authority to decide what constitutes a primary work of cultural production that aids in the formation of collective identity? What is the relationship between a need for community identity and the creation of traditions? How does the interaction of multiple ethnic population centers merge, create, and establish historic traditions? In identifying cultural representation in the performing arts, what preconceptions do we incorporate regarding performance space and modes of performance


LECTURE: September 9, 2015 from 3-5pm at Modesto Junior College, Performing and Media Arts Center (PAC), East Campus, Room 243

Lecture with Jessica Gomula-Kruzic, Professor of Video and Time-based Media at California State University, Stanislaus, works with local filmmakers to produce films about the Central Valley. She will discuss a creative place-making project known as the Building Imagination Center in the contemporary arts gallery, Art Space on Main, an extension of the CSU Art Gallery. Lecture with Jack Souza, Artistic Director, of the Prospect Theater Project, Modesto, received an M.A. in Modern Drama (Honors) from University College, Dublin. He will introduce ways that cultural identity is represented through works of art, film and other expressions, including the valley’s unique and diverse cultural make-up expressed through modes of cultural transmission which thrive outside orthodox Western forms of theater, music and dance.

SEMINAR: September 23rd, 2015 from 3-5pm Modesto Junior College, Performing and Media Arts Center (PAC), East Campus, Room 243

Seminar discussion with required and recommended readings including: “Creative Place-making” by Ann Markusen; A White Paper for The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a Leadership Initiative on the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation; Edward Said’s “Freedom from Domination in the Future,” in Culture and Imperialism; Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

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