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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 […]

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 the […]

Everything Counts in Large Amounts

Everything Counts in Large Amounts

Winter weather has come to Mariposa. A couple weeks ago we had our first snow and after a few hours outside throwing snowballs and building snowmen, my little one was ready to head inside and warm up….then she got bored, but to my great surprise she didn’t immediately request a […]

Art and Innovation

Art and Innovation

 Adam Burns and a summer camp participant create a musical piece by layering beats on top of one another.  The Wallace Foundation just released a report entitled “New Opportunities for Interest Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age” authored by Kylie Peppler, and as the title implies, it focuses on […]

Russian Guests

Russian Guests

Les and me enjoying a lively conversation with our guests In the early 19th century French intellectual and early social scientist, Alexis de Tocqueville, travel around the United States studying the U.S.’s maturing democratic order and in 1835 he published Democracy in America, which details his observations. While the book […]