Last year in 2018, 153 students took part as artists in the Arts Festival. We have 54,000 students in SFUSD. That means the percentage of student artists who took part in last year’s Art Festival was only .02%! With numbers like these, many folks are wondering: Is the money we spend on events like the SFUSD Arts Festival really worth it if they reach so few students?
As I look closely at the VAPA budget, I can see discrepancies in where the money is going. I’ve been asking about these for a while now, from the VAPA staff. So far, I’m not getting clear answers…
Use these artists’ work as inspiration for your own protest-poster making, or do family art to celebrate love, equity, and justice for all people.
Actress Alfre Woodard performs a very moving piece from black abolitionist, and former slave, Sojourner Truth who delivered an impromptu speech before a gathering of feminists in Akron Ohio in 1851.
This is a great visual history of social dance, highlighting some of the amazing contributions African-Americans have made in creating American culture.
I reached out to my good friend and poster diva Tula Jeng for some advice. Based on our convo, I put together a quick and “nasty” list of tips and tricks to help any family whip up some really great posters in no time flat!
Many criticize the casting of Zoe Saldana in an upcoming film about Nina Simone, an artist who espoused Black Power and self-determination. I’m not sure Nina would be pleased either… here’s why.
Watching these women dance, makes me realize just how ubiquitous the Beyonce-style of dance has become in modern media today. Why does every dance I see on YouTube involve some manner of jiggling ones booty? And why is everyone dressed in a designer bikini with sequins?
Last year, I was dumbfounded to learn students at my daughters’ school were unable to participate in the 2015 SFUSD Music Festival. Based on outstanding questions from a list of concerns I sent in January of LAST YEAR (2015!), I urge you to ask the following questions at your child’s elementary school.
This is so AMAZING! Thank you Ernestine Johnson for this amazing thoughtful answer…