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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 […]

What on earth is going on in this photo?

What on earth is going on in this photo?

In March I had the opportunity to present at the Arts at the Core: Connecting with New National Standards Conference in Fresno, which focused on the latent opportunities within the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to integrate the arts into K-12 core curriculum. The CCSS will be rolled out […]

Origins of the Taiko

Origins of the Taiko

  This week we are thrilled to be bringing San Jose Taiko to Mariposa for a performance at the High School this Saturday night.  Today, while reading through San Jose Taiko’s wonderful outreach curriculum packet, I came across one version of the mythological origin of Taiko. I am a sucker […]

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Spring Concerts are this Weekend — Two Performances, Two Guest Musicians, Students Admitted Free

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Spring Concerts are this Weekend — Two Performances, Two Guest Musicians, Students Admitted Free

Here’ an interesting little tidbit that you may not know, Mariposa is the smallest town in the United States with its own symphony orchestra. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra (MSO), you have two chances to do so this weekend! MSO will present […]

The Sound of the Next Generation — by Guest Blogger Adam Burns

The Sound of the Next Generation — by Guest Blogger Adam Burns

     Playing music in front of an audience is a uniquely empowering experience. When I started the Beat Harvest music education program, I was very keen that live performance should be part of my students learning process. When I talked to my friends about performing in student recitals, they […]

Take a Hike

Take a Hike

  Photo by Karl Blossfeldt “To photograph is to confer importance.” Susan Sontag We do not hesitate to document with our cameras life’s momentous occasions, the rainbow that magically appears in the sky, our child’s silly expressions, our pet’s funny antics, overseas holidays, sweeping landscapes, and our progress on carpentry […]

New Art!

New Art!

There’s all new art at the Treetop! If you haven’t had a chance to see the gallery’s new spring show come on by and see what our  local artists have been creating. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Mariposa’s artists and I am so fortunate to be surrounding […]

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the Mariposa County Arts Council’s new website! It’s been a period of dynamic change for our organization and one of the new projects we’ve been working on is this new website. My favorite feature of the site is this blog and it is my hope it will be […]