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Introducing JumpStArts! A New Visual Literacy and Visual Communication Program for At-Risk Youth

Introducing JumpStArts! A New Visual Literacy and Visual Communication Program for At-Risk Youth

  We’ve got a new program this year that has been flying under the radar but I wanted to take a moment to shine a bit of light on it. JumpStArts is a visual arts program for probation and foster youth in Mariposa County. The program is a 20-week artist-in-residence program focused on visual […]

2015 – Year in Review

2015 – Year in Review

Here at the Arts Council we are already months into planning programs for 2016 (and 2017), but with 2015 quickly coming to an end, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect back on what our organization accomplished this year. Turns out 2015 has been a banner year […]

Our 2015 Mariposa County Fair Booth

Our 2015 Mariposa County Fair Booth

We were very happy to join the hundreds of local fair entries at the Mariposa County Fair this year. Anna Friedland designed the Arts Council’s booth, and it was well-received by the community and fair judges (it was given the honor of second place for feature exhibits). Following this year’s […]

Summer Activities for Young Artists (and Older Artists!) by Anna Friedland

Summer Activities for Young Artists (and Older Artists!) by Anna Friedland

Summer Activities for Young Artists (and Older Artists!) I have had a few parents approach me about the summer visual art opportunities for young adults in Mariposa. While the Mariposa County Arts Council does not currently offer programming for 13-16 year olds during the summer, there are still many opportunities to […]

Photojournalism: Aligning One’s Head, One’s Eyes, and One’s Heart on the Same Axis

Photojournalism: Aligning One’s Head, One’s Eyes, and One’s Heart on the Same Axis

A professional highpoint for me this winter has been sharing the photography of David Johnson (Johnson is the photographer featured in our  “Framing the Street” exhibition) with the community of Mariposa, especially the many middle school and high school students who have visited the gallery over the past few months. […]

Introducing Our Artists in the Schools Pilot Program

Introducing Our Artists in the Schools Pilot Program

As many of you may know, the Exploratorium (world famous science museum in San Francisco) integrates art into almost everything they do. When asked why, founder Frank Oppenheimer explained, “Art is included not just to make things look pretty, but primarily because artists make all kinds of discoveries about nature. […]

Interview with Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s Bradley Saunders

Interview with Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s Bradley Saunders

Interview with Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s Bradley Saunders We had our Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Anna Friedland, connect with our Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) Bradley Saunders. Saunders is a new member of MSO and resident of Mariposa County. He has had a life-long love for Yosemite and the surrounding area. […]

Mora, in Yosemite in 1904

Who is Jo Mora?

We are absolutely thrilled to have the work of Jo Mora in our Treetop Gallery this summer! Here’s some background information about this multi-talented artist and what you can expect to discover when you take in Mora in Yosemite. According to historian, Betty Hoag McGlynn, [At the turn of the […]

Photo by F/STOP participant Jane Jones.

F/STOP Photography Program and Exhibition

Last fall the Mariposa County Arts Council launched F/STOP, a series of free, 4-week photography workshops for community members aged 55 and older. Designed to be a fun opportunity for participants to hone their ability to creatively express their identities, tell their stories, and share their connection with Mariposa through […]

Camille Claudel, "The Age of Maturity," Bronze, 1899.

Accessing Art

  One thing that I’ve enjoyed about moving back to Central/Northern California has been exploring and getting familiar with all the great museums in the Bay Area. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the Cindy Sherman exhibition at SF MoMA, the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Asian Art Museum, and […]